At its peak, my list of things I really want to play one day was close to 1,000. It was an unattainable goal that, instead of giving me a sense of progress, gave me the impression of having a constant weight on my shoulders.
~5 years later I have a wishlist of about 10 games, most of which came out last year, not the last decade. I feel like I have attainable goals and have caught up. It’s not even so much the backlog at the moment, but rather the list of new games I’ll be playing.
I know that many people have the same or similar issues managing their backlog year after year, so I wanted to share some tips that have really helped me get back on track and not feel like I’m missing out on a great experience that everyone raves about.
Make a spreadsheet.
My Excel spreadsheet is the king of arrears management. This is basically a list of all the items I currently own and all the items I still want to buy/play. It’s broken down by platform, then by game name, game type and time.
It gives you an excellent visual representation of what you have and what you have left to play. Of course, the ability to filter and sort the data makes the task even easier.
Here is mine (now completely naked) that I
This page, for those who haven’t seen it yet, gives a good estimate of how long this game will last. Collect this information for all your games and enter it into a spreadsheet. Yes, it’s boring and tedious, but the end result is worth it.
So now you have a huge, well presented and sorted list of games with relevant data. But you still have a very long list of games and the combined time to beat them all is about 7 lives. It’s time to prioritize.
There should be a first wave of prioritization where the list is divided into two parts: List of possibilities and wishes.
Potential is a list of games you’d like to try one day, or that you think you might be interested in, or that other people have said you’re good at. Wishlist is a list of games you know you’re going to love, have wanted to play for a long time, and have 10/10 games for.
After that, you probably have about 51% on your wish list and the other 49% on your potential list. Do it over and over, scrolling through the lists until you have a really manageable number of games on your wish list, with a combined win time that you can realistically manage according to your game plan.
Once this is done, depending on how many games you have on your potential list, you can review them and consider removing some of them completely.
Choose your way
You now have an organized list of games to work on. You have determined how many games you need to play in a week and how many games you can play in this period. Now it’s time to decide how to manage the list.
It’s up to you to decide, I generally preferred to sort the list by the shortest time to beat and go through the shortest titles first. Start with your favorite genre or the games you’ve been waiting for. However, whatever path you choose, pick a path and start following it, this will eliminate choice paralysis because you will always have something to work on next on your list.
Don’t worry about the FOMO.
As you work on your list, you may struggle with new titles, obscure recommendations, etc. This will happen, and if the game looks promising, add it to the wish list or potential list and stay tuned. You don’t have to play right away, he’ll come later.
It is possible to remove titles from the list. You can’t play everything that’s already been published, and you can’t play everything that hasn’t been published yet. The truth is that 90% of what is published is crap anyway!
At first, I had the hardest time crossing something off the list because I had doubts, but what if it’s really great and I’ve never tried it before?
If you can’t get rid of that feeling, watch a review or a game on YouTube, a minute or two is usually enough to figure out if you think the game is great or not.
Step 6 (optional) :
If you don’t have the luxury of filling out a long list of games and you probably only have time for a handful of games each year, then you should add more passes to your wish list. My rule of thumb is it sounds great, it’s just my kind of game, could it be one of the greatest games of all time?
If the answer is no, cross it off your wish list. There won’t be many who meet these requirements, and this should allow you to make the most of the available playing time.
If anyone has additional advice and strategies for dealing with extreme delays, I’d love to hear them.
I hope this will help anyone who is in the same situation as me!
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