Just wanted to share a solution to my video game backlog that has been, in my case, very successful. I have owned a ps4 for about three years now and over that time I have accumulated 200+ games. With the constant sales in the PSN store as well as the abundance of quality games being produced I found myself buying games constantly which I would never get around to playing. My backlog of games was so lengthy that I felt a sense of pressure to get through games quickly which would often lead to me starting a game, playing it for a couple of hours and then moving onto the next game without ever returning to the first one. This obviously led to a stunted gaming experience.
As a solution I made a spreadsheet of all of the video games that I owned that I wanted to play and I categorized them by the year they came out (if they were a remaster then by the year that the original game came out). Then I initiated A TOTAL VIDEO GAME BUYING FREEZE. I am playing the games on my spreadsheet chronologically — so I won't be playing any of the 2006 games until I finish all of the pre-2005 games. Currently I am playing the first Kingdom Hearts, Spyro, Crash Bandicoot and Pokemon Let's Go.
Things I have learned from this experience:
- At first it was REALLY DIFFICULT TO STOP BUYING GAMES. Even after I initiated my buying freeze I found myself frequently thinking "this is too good a deal to pass up" or "but this game is really good", even with more than 100 unfinished games in my library. To overcome these impulses I canceled my credit card information from the PSN store and enlisted my brother-in-law to help oversee my video game habits.
- I am having MORE FUN playing video games than I have had in years. Maybe it's just because there's no pressure to keep up with all the new games that are out. Maybe the games I am playing now just happen to be super fun (and I am ACTUALLY PLAYING THEM instead of just getting through the first few levels and moving on).
- I am SPENDING MORE TIME PLAYING VIDEO GAMES.
- While at first I felt like I was missing out since I wasn't playing fresh new games like RDR2, that FOMO has been thoroughly replaced by the excitement of discovering how awesome some of the older games are, especially Kingdom Hearts.
- It's going to take me years to catch up on my schedule and finish the 2018 games on there. By the time I will be buying 2019 games (maybe around 2025) I will be able to get each game for under $10 and they will still feel new to me.
- I am saving tons of money.
I wish I would have done this a long time ago!
TLDR: Stopped buying new video games. Organized the games chronologically and playing each year's games before moving onto the next year's games. This saved me a lot of money and revived my interest in gaming!
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