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    Got a massive backlog- how to physically reward myself for finishing it?

    I'm trying to spend less money on gaming- got a lot of other important things to deal with financially. Besides that, my backlog is HUGE. Some games I've finished (multiple times, even.), some I started but never completed, and some haven't been touched. But I've set a goal to complete them all anyway.

    I guess the first incentive to finishing my catalog of games is this:
    0-20%: No new purchases at all.
    21-50%: One new title per month- max $10
    51-75%: One new title per month- max $20
    75-90%: One new full-price purchase.
    91-100%: ?????

    What would be a nice physical reward for finishing everything? We're talking 280 titles here, spanning from 1985-2016, and of varying length- and completion requirements, since some of them don't have a true ending (ie. Total War and the Sims). This might take a while. (I do have a full-time job, so I don't have as much time to play as I did when I was younger. I try to squeeze in time when I'm not doing family stuff, cleaning or pursuing other hobbies.)

    I know it sounds so silly, but I want to finally sweep out most of these games from my backlog.
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    Another backlog.

    Joking aside, I guess whatever other hobby you have and just indulge a bit?

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    montitor, keyboard, headset ... whatever floats your boat ^^
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    The answer is always fapping.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chrno View Post
    montitor, keyboard, headset ... whatever floats your boat ^^
    Shit, that's the problem. Aside from maybe a Nintendo Switch, there's literally no other console or hardware I want- I have virtually EVERYTHING.

    NES
    SNES
    N64
    Wii U (counts as a Wii)
    Gamecube
    GBA (OG and SP)
    Phat DS
    3DS x3 (One retired original, a NN3DS XL and a small NN3DS- the Pokemon 20th anniversary one- I got for myself for my birthday.)
    PS3 Slim
    Xbox One
    PS4
    PC that has at least $1200 invested in it- counting one post-purchase RAM upgrade, a low-end Steelseries mouse and a Razer Blackwidow keyboard. Oddly, most of the PC section for this challenge isn't current but rather 360 era or low-end like the Sega Classics collection. The most recent titles I have for are probably The Division or AC Syndicate.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ulgaan View Post
    Shit, that's the problem. Aside from maybe a Nintendo Switch, there's literally no other console or hardware I want- I have virtually EVERYTHING.

    NES
    SNES
    N64
    Wii U (counts as a Wii)
    Gamecube
    GBA (OG and SP)
    Phat DS
    3DS x3 (One retired original, a NN3DS XL and a small NN3DS- the Pokemon 20th anniversary one- I got for myself for my birthday.)
    PS3 Slim
    Xbox One
    PS4
    PC that has at least $1200 invested in it- counting one post-purchase RAM upgrade, a low-end Steelseries mouse and a Razer Blackwidow keyboard. Oddly, most of the PC section for this challenge isn't current but rather 360 era or low-end like the Sega Classics collection. The most recent titles I have for are probably The Division or AC Syndicate.


    /thread haha
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chrno View Post


    /thread haha
    What is that? A beer keg? A bong? I'm confused...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ulgaan View Post
    What is that? A beer keg? A bong? I'm confused...
    It's a BeerTender.

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    Honestly if your backlog is anything like mine, I think you need to come to terms with the fact that unless you never buy another game (which is lame as hell) you'll never actually clear it out.

    What I would suggest is to go through and play 30 minutes to an hour of every game that you own. Take note of the games that engage you well and if you find one that you really enjoy then just go ahead and play through it and continue down the list after it's done.

    Many people have games that they accrued through PS Plus/Xbox Live Gold or through Steam Sales that they've never played before. Consider whether you actually even want to play them before putting them on your backlog.

    As for rewarding yourself... it actually seems like your "rewards" seem more like punishment for having a huge backlog rather than a reward for clearing it out. Just be more conservative in what you buy and also understand that it's okay if you never complete some of your games.

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    Maaan, I dunno how people end up with "backlogs" of games. If I buy a game I have to play (and likely finish) it immediately.

    That's assuming I buy a game at all...I have this bad habit of seeing a game for ten cents and saying, "Hmmm...not sure if that's worth it, I'd better go read some reviews and look up some stuff about this developer." when I could just spend the damn ten cents and try it.

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    I guess I'll post the actual list, if anyone is actually interested:

    Super Nintendo
    Chrono Trigger
    Final Fantasy VI
    Super Mario World
    Super Mario Bros.
    Super Mario Bros. 2
    Super Mario Bros. 3
    Super Mario Bros: The Lost Levels
    Donkey Kong Country
    Donkey Kong Country 2
    Donkey Kong Country 3
    Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island
    Earthbound
    The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
    Super Metroid

    Nintendo 64
    Super Mario 64
    Banjo-Kazooie
    Banjo Tooie
    Yoshi's Story
    Star Wars: Rogue Squadron
    Donkey Kong 64

    Gamecube
    Metroid Prime
    Metroid Prime 2: Echoes
    Pokemon Colosseum
    Pokemon XD: Gales of Darkness
    The Legend of Zelda
    The Legend of Zelda 2: Adventure of Link
    The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
    The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask
    The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker
    F-Zero GX
    Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door
    Star Wars: Rogue Squadron 2- Rogue Leader

    Wii and Wii U
    Super Mario Galaxy
    Super Mario Galaxy 2
    Trauma Team
    New Super Mario Bros. Wii
    Trauma Center: New Blood
    Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker
    Super Mario 3D World
    New Super Mario Bros. U
    Mario Kart 8
    Guitar Hero Live
    Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

    Game Boy and Game Boy Advance
    The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening
    Super Mario Land
    Super Mario Land 2: Six Golden Coins
    Wario Land 2
    Wario Land 3
    The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages
    The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons
    Pokemon Red
    Metroid II: Return of Samus
    Mario and Luigi: Superstar Saga
    Pokemon Ruby
    Pokemon Fire Red
    Metroid Fusion

    DS and 3DS
    Trauma Center: Under the Knife
    Trauma Center: Under the Knife 2
    Pokemon Heart Gold
    Pokemon Diamond
    Pokemon White
    Mario and Luigi: Partners in Time
    New Super Mario Bros.
    Super Mario 3D Land
    New Super Mario Bros. 2
    Pokemon Y
    Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D
    Xenoblade Chronicles 3D
    Bravely Default
    Paper Mario: Sticker Star
    Pokemon Sun (Pre-ordered.)
    Yoshi's New Island

    Playstation 3
    MLB: The Show 13
    NHL 13
    The Last of Us
    God of War
    God of War II
    God of War III
    Kingdom Hearts HD
    Kingdom Hearts: ReChain of Memories
    Kingdom Hearts 2 HD
    Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep
    Spyro the Dragon
    Crash Bandicoot
    Gran Turismo 6
    Mortal Kombat 2011

    Playstation 4 (Most recent acquisition, so my library for it is kinda small...)
    Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered [COMPLETE- October 27, 2016]
    Call of Duty: Black Ops III
    Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare (Pre-ordered.)
    Drake's Fortune
    Among Thieves
    Drake's Deception

    Xbox 360 and Xbox One
    Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary
    Halo 2 Anniversary
    Halo 3
    Halo 4
    Halo 3: ODST
    Halo: Reach
    Halo 5: Guardians
    Gears of War: Ultimate
    Gears of War 2
    Gears of War 3
    Gears of War: Judgment
    Dark Souls III
    Dark Souls
    Far Cry: Primal
    Battlefield 1
    Grand Theft Auto V
    Tomb Raider 2013
    The Deer God
    WWE 2K16
    Red Dead: Redemption
    Fable II
    Fable III
    Battlefield 4
    Battlefield Hardline
    Star Wars Battlefront

    PC
    Dead Space
    Dead Space 2
    Dead Space 3
    FIFA 15
    Mass Effect
    Mass Effect 2
    Mass Effect 3
    The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind
    The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
    The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
    Bioshock
    Bioshock 2
    Bioshock Infinite
    NBA 2K15
    Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
    Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
    Call of Duty: Ghosts
    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
    Call of Duty: Black Ops [COMPLETE- September 22, 2016]
    Call of Duty: Black Ops 2
    Fallout 3
    Fallout: New Vegas
    Fallout 4
    Call of Duty
    Borderlands
    Borderlands 2
    Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel
    Deus Ex: Human Revolution
    Far Cry 3
    Far Cry 4
    Fable Anniversary
    DOOM
    DOOM 2
    DOOM 3
    Batman: Arkham Asylum
    Batman: Arkham City
    Batman: Arkham Origins
    Assassin's Creed
    Assassin's Creed II
    Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood
    Assassin's Creed: Revelations
    Assassin's Creed III
    Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag
    Assassin's Creed: Unity
    Assassin's Creed: Rogue
    Assassin's Creed: Syndicate
    Grand Theft Auto III
    Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
    Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
    Grand Theft Auto IV
    Rollercoaster Tycoon
    Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
    Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II- The Sith Lords
    The Witcher
    The Witcher II: Assassins of Kings
    The Witcher III: Wild Hunt
    XCOM: Enemy Unknown
    Portal
    Portal 2
    Half-Life
    Half-Life: Opposing Force
    Half-Life: Blue Shift
    Half-Life 2
    Half-Life 2: Episode One
    Half-Life 3: Episode Two
    Quake
    Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor
    Jet Set Radio
    Sonic Adventure
    Sonic Adventure 2
    Metro 2033
    Alien: Isolation
    Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition
    Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition
    Call of Duty: World at War
    Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition
    Total War: Napoleon
    Medieval II: Total War
    Total War: Rome II
    Total War: Shogun II
    Total War: Empire
    The Sims 2
    The Sims 3
    The Sims 4
    Cities: Skylines
    Sim City 4
    Civilization IV
    Civilization V
    Civilization: Beyond Earth
    Quake
    Dragon Age: Origins
    Dragon Age II
    Dragon Age: Inquisition
    Sonic CD
    Rome: Total War
    Diablo III
    Overwatch
    Hearthstone
    Medal of Honor 2011
    Battlefield 3
    Mirror's Edge
    Diablo II
    Burnout: Paradise
    Warcraft III- Reign of Chaos/The Frozen Throne
    Crysis 2
    Command and Conquer: Red Alert 3- Uprising

    Sega Genesis (Technically they're all PC titles. But I listed them separately.)
    Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle
    Alien Soldier
    Alien Storm
    Altered Beast
    Beyond Oasis
    Bio-Hazard Battle
    Bonanza Bros.
    Comix Zone
    Crack Down
    Decap Attack
    Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine
    Dynamite Headdy
    Ecco Jr.
    Ecco the Dolphin
    Ecco: The Tides of Time
    ESWAT: City Under Siege
    Eternal Champions
    Fatal Labyrinth
    Flicky
    Gain Ground
    Galaxy Force II
    Golden Axe 3
    Gunstar Heroes
    Kid Chameleon
    Landstalker
    Light Crusader
    Phantasy Star 2
    Phantasy Star 3
    Phantasy Star 4
    Ristar
    Shadow Dancer
    Shining Force
    Shining Force 2
    Shining in the Darkness
    Shinobi 3
    Sonic 3 and Knuckles
    Sonic the Hedgehog
    Sonic 3D Blast
    Sonic Spinball
    Space Harrier
    Streets of Rage
    Streets of Rage 2
    Streets of Rage 3
    Super Thunder Blade
    Sword of Vermillion
    The Revenge of Shinobi
    Toejam and Earl
    Toejam and Earl in Panic on Funkitron
    Vectorman
    Vectorman 2
    Virtua Fighter 2
    Wonder Boy III
    Wonder Boy in Monster World
    Golden Axe

    NES
    Metroid
    T&C Surf Designs: Wood and Water Rage
    Karnov
    Kid Niki: Radical Ninja
    RC Pro Am
    Burgertime
    Ninja Kid
    Commando
    Top Gun
    Castlevania
    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
    Puss in Boots: Pero's Great Adventure
    3D Worldrunner
    Mickey Mousecapades
    Rygar
    Dr. Mario
    Mighty Bomb Jack
    Ghosts and Goblins

    Well, there it is... Long-ass list of games. Two down, 278 to go.
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    You have a problem, sir ^^ - and I bet it relates 100% to "- got a lot of other important things to deal with financially." You mike kill two birds with a stone if you sold all the games and consoles?

    This is honestly like an addiction. I seriously suggest professional help or a hardcore cut:


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    Quote Originally Posted by det View Post
    You have a problem, sir ^^ - and I bet it relates 100% to "- got a lot of other important things to deal with financially." You mike kill two birds with a stone if you sold all the games and consoles?

    This is honestly like an addiction. I seriously suggest professional help or a hardcore cut:

    Ok, before we start flinging assumptions around... I didn't buy some of these. NES? Belonged to my grandmother. SNES? Brother. Some games were birthday/Christmas presents growing up. I bought lots of my PC games on sale or in a Humble Bundle. A few are GWG, Origin On the House... I like cheap, and I like free even better.

    The money isn't the issue. I am cutting my entertainment spending so I can save for a car and my own place... The issue is not being able to commit to finishing a game. I get distracted, forget about it for a month and when I get back to it, it's like, "The hell was I doing? Gotta start over."
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    Sell all the older stuff to collectors, and use it to do something for your future.
    You're never going to get through this "backlog" of yours, and you know it. You're a procrastinator, and likely have poor time management skills, hence why your backlog is so long to begin with.

    Put a down payment on a house, or buy a car, or something.
    Future you will be happy you did it, trust me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Remilia View Post
    Another backlog.

    Joking aside, I guess whatever other hobby you have and just indulge a bit?
    Well, I am learning how to bake from scratch. I would love to get cookie sheets that weren't lit on fire, maybe a baker's scale, a mixer... I definitely have other hobbies.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ulgaan View Post
    The issue is not being able to commit to finishing a game. I get distracted, forget about it for a month and when I get back to it, it's like, "The hell was I doing? Gotta start over."
    In that case...there are worst things in life. Maybe you have just a healthy attitude? If you forget about a game, it is not worth finishing it. Not your cup of tea. Don't go back and finish.

    Or it is just normal as in "sensory overload". Like you have 100 TV series you want to watch..or 100 movies..100 books. Where to start. What's next.

    Don't reward yourself with new games, that only add to the "problem"

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    My steam backlog is 300 games strong not counting Origin games. That said. I've played probably 3 I have owned skyri . Gta5 witcher 3, all bioshocks, all mass effects, DAs, wolfeinsteins , divinirys, metal gears. I have never LAUNCHED any of them. And I'll probably drop $1000+ more this winter on steam

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    Yeah there's no way in fuck you're getting through that. Do what I said, spend a few months giving each game 30 minutes to an hour of your time, and cross off the ones that truly don't interest you.

    As for everyone giving the dude shit, honestly I've discovered that I personally really like collecting games, even if I know I'll never play them. Collecting games has become almost as big of a hobby as playing them at this point, so owning a game you'll never play isn't necessarily a waste of money.

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    Honestly if your backlog is anything like mine, I think you need to come to terms with the fact that unless you never buy another game (which is lame as hell) you'll never actually clear it out.
    I'll never accept that. NEVER!

    @Ulgaan: If you need something to reward you for playing, you don't seem to enjoy it that much. Playing in itself should be enjoying. I get that different people get different things out of games, but I think this central point should be true for all: It should NEVER be something you feel forced to or make you feel like you have to reward yourself for doing it with something else.
    Though I get that it seems daunting how many games you have, and seemingly not nearly enough time to play them all. Especially since there are many new good ones coming out, and the backlog seems to get bigger and bigger. I and many others are in the same boat. So just start stuff, try to enjoy it, and if you don't: Put the game away, start something else, and don't look back.

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    To me this seems like a case of "The Cereal is the Prize". Good luck with all of them.
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