How Big Is Your Backlog?

It’s as soon as once more time for Ask Kotaku, the weekly characteristic through which Kotaku-ites deliberate on a single burning query. Then, we ask your take.

This week we Ask Kotaku: How massive is your backlog?

Wake up, sleepyhead! Time to experience some bugs.

Wake up, sleepyhead! Time to expertise some bugs.
Image: CD Projekt Red


Not too massive, I assume. I’ve been taking part in Civilization VI, as a result of I discover it comforting, which this yr and final has been an necessary approach to decompress, however generally forgetting to filter out my backlog. I purchased a complete bunch of Wolfenstein video games as a result of a) I missed out on them once they had been initially launched and b) wished to shoot Nazis. I haven’t gotten round to taking part in via all of them. Besides that, I need to get again into MLB The Show 20. I purchased Cyberpunk 2077, but it surely was a large number at launch, so I solely performed via a pair hours. Is it price diving again in?

Pictured: three games.

Pictured: three video games.
Screenshot: NIS America


Should be a reasonably straightforward calculation right here. Start with all video games, subtract those I haven’t completed, the remaining is my backlog. Something like 5, then? Oh wait, I might need accomplished the mathematics incorrect.

I want to sit down down and take a severe have a look at my backlog. If I embody all video games I’d prefer to play however haven’t, it’s large. If I slim it all the way down to video games I’ve performed however want to return and end, that’s loads of Disgaea, many of the 3D Atelier RPGs—mainly a complete lot of longer video games I’ve foregone in favor of smaller, tighter, quick video games. Considering the size of the Disgaea video games alone, I’m not certain there’s sufficient time left in my life to finish all of them. Bleak, however there comes a time in an individual’s life once they start to get an thought of what’s left, and I’ve acquired no time to degree up anime characters from degree one to at least one thousand to make them viable celebration members.

With that in thoughts, I’m giving myself a tough restrict. My backlog is allowed 25 video games. Japanese role-playing video games depend as two. Disgaea video games depend as three.

It’s always Breast Cancer Awareness Month in The Outer Worlds.

It’s all the time Breast Cancer Awareness Month in The Outer Worlds.
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Before we handle a query like “How big is your backlog?”, I feel it’s essential to sort out broader questions, resembling, “What is a backlog?” or “Why is a backlog?” Clearly, each one that performs video video games has one, to some extent, which signifies that it’s a pervasive downside. So why does this all the time occur? And what can we do to assist everybody you realize handle this widespread problem? Am I merely distracting you from the truth that my very own backlog numbers someplace within the double digits—together with video games like Spiritfarer, Blue Fire, Bravely Default 2, Hitman 2, Cyberpunk 2077, Lost Words: Beyond the Page, Watch Dogs: Legion, Yakuza: Like a Dragon, Nioh 2, Unruly Heroes, The Medium, and Death Squared, plus two expansions every for The Outer Worlds, Immortals Fenyx Rising, and Doom Eternal—is bound to climb increased within the coming weeks? Maybe. Maybe not. I’ll by no means say!

Unfamiliar new games are terrifying, it’s true.

Unfamiliar new video games are terrifying, it’s true.
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Lisa Marie

My backlog is very large. It’s a hulking mass that I strive not to consider. I’m horrible at ending video games, which makes it onerous to really make progress getting via my backlog. But I’m additionally horrible at making an attempt new issues. I’ve seen some exhibits and films a few dozen occasions, however the strain of beginning a brand new present or sitting down for 2 hours with a film I don’t know I’ll like? Terrifying. The similar factor occurs with me and video games. Instead, I look to consolation video games like Stardew Valley to go the time. It is a private failing.

Probably more memorable than Quake 4. Most things are.

Probably extra memorable than Quake 4. Most issues are.
Screenshot: Sucker Punch


I’ve two backlogs. One is made up of video games that I personal and have but to play or end. That’s a giant however nonetheless manageable listing of video games. Stuff like Ghost of Tsushima, some DLC, and some smaller video games I purchased however by no means performed.

The much less manageable and far, a lot bigger backlog is the one made up of video games I nonetheless want, need, or ought to play. I’ve began chipping away at this listing currently for our ongoing Backlog Month. Stuff like Quake 4, Unreal 2, and different older video games that aren’t beloved, however which I nonetheless need to play. I even have so many indie video games on right here. They look nice, folks inform me they’re superior, and but I’ve so many different massive video games sucking away my free time I hardly ever get to them.

I generally take into consideration how small my backlog was once I was youthful. Before a job, on summer season trip from faculty, with a stack of outdated and new PS2 video games and nothing else to do. I bear in mind I might play and end each recreation I acquired my palms on, typically replaying them a couple of occasions after that. I miss these days. But I even have cash and my very own place now, so I’ll take that plus two massive backlogs as a substitute.

I’m playing Rearmed 2 exactly 10 years, 2 months after its release. Right on schedule.

I’m taking part in Rearmed 2 precisely 10 years, 2 months after its launch. Right on schedule.
Screenshot: Capcom


Bigger than I can cope with within the one human lifespan I’m afforded, I’ve come to comprehend. As I grow old I truly take into consideration this loads, how we’re solely on this planet for a restricted time and we have to make acutely aware selections about how we spend that point. I’m a lotta enjoyable at events! Remember these? Yeah, me neither.

Anyway, such ideas are likely to undermine grand, long-percolating plans like “I’ll positively do a whole playthrough of mainline Dragon Quest video games sometime.” In addition, most makes an attempt at purposefully directing my consideration a technique or one other fail and I find yourself taking a extra chaotic strategy, through which a recreation will out of the blue come to thoughts and appear enjoyable and if I’m in the appropriate temper and the appropriate place I may boot it up and begin taking part in. Recently I’ve began Bionic Commando Rearmed 2, Rage, Enderal, The First Tree (free Epic Store dealie), and Abadox for simply this motive. (Final Fantasy XV as properly, however side-quest mania might have ended my run there.) I additionally simply picked up an Oculus Quest 2, and am gobsmacked by the number of VR experiences ready to be sampled and assessed.

Then past video games there’s films and music and books and TV and naturally the net…It’s all simply a lot! One of my ongoing challenges is to determine the way to stability media consumption with truly residing life out on the planet in a method that works for me and helps my bigger objectives as a substitute of leaving me chasing an insatiable sense of FOMO. It’s onerous to interrupt out of the ultra-consumer mindset, however does putting such a excessive significance on consuming media align with my values and the way I need to spend my life? I’ve to conclude that no, it doesn’t; finally I discover the idea of a video games backlog stifling and unhelpful. I’d do properly to cease falling into that framing when desirous about video games not performed.

How About You?

Kotaku’s weighed in, however maybe you have got some backlog ideas to unburden your self from. Have your say! We’ll be again subsequent Monday to deliberate and debate on one other nerdy problem. See you within the feedback!


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