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Player vs. Backlog: The Homestretch

Waaaay back in 2015, I decided to do something about a bad habit I’d picked up: buying games without playing them. It’s a habit a lot of video game enthusiasts have developed, especially in the era of Steam sales, Humble Bundles and free game giveaways. I’ll delve into the origins of this game backlog at a later date; this post isn’t about the beginning of this journey, but the end.

For close to 4 years now, starting in March 2015, I have been working on eliminating my video game backlog. This is also something many game enthusiasts talk about someday doing. I had made previous failed attempts.

I started with 136 games. I began this year with just 31 games left to go. I’ve decided that this year will be the year my backlog reaches 0 for the first time since … Steam launched? Ever?

And I’m going to document the final stretch of this journey. I’m going to write blog posts about how my backlog came to be, what spurred me to eliminate it, how I’ve gone about it, and what I’ve learned from this experience.

I’ll also write about the games. At least once a month, I’ll write a round-up of the games I played that month, as I check them off my list. I’ll also update this post as I add blog posts on the topic, so that everything can easily be gathered under one page.

Thanks for reading!

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