Can having too many games be a good problem to have?

The other day, I was watching the NBA Playoffs on TV – nothing unusual for me. I’m an avid basketball fan, so I watch every game. Then halftime came. I searched the internet, doing my usual rounds, and happened to run across an article that caught my attention. H21 of ingamingwetrust.com posted an article about having unfinished games. It was a short and sweet article, but he states that it might be a good problem to have, but that was a spin on it that I didn’t expect.

I agree, but also respectfully disagree. I know what you’re thinking – how can I do both?

Well, I agree in the fact that I know where he’s coming from. Aside from the kids, I have several of the same issues H21 pointed out. Life happens: work, school, significant others, pets, friends, and so on. I’m fortunate enough to have a girlfriend who is an avid gamer herself. That fact alone, though, isn’t enough to make more time in the day for games.

No, my big issue is that my backlog is significantly larger. H21 mentions a 6 game backlog. Mine is 160 games deep.

A colletion of Mikey's games

And that's not all of them.

My backlog was created by two facts.
1. My inability to stop buying them when I see a good deal
2. My lack of time to complete them

This is where my disagreement falls. With everything life throws at me, it’s not a good problem for me. The sheer quantity can be paralyzing. It’s not helped by the fact that I play almost everything – I don’t just stick to AAA games. I play sports, movie games, and games that are largely mediocre, too. I plan on completing all the games I own, but I definitely have my work cut out for me. I suppose I’d rather have too much than not enough.

I guess it could be a good problem to have, afterall.

  • http://www.ingamingwetrust.com H21

    Whoa. Your problem is significantly on a grander scale than mine. I still think it’s a good problem. I remember playing through and beating a single game over and over or playing split-screen co-op on it simply because I didn’t have the money or online capabilities back in the day.

    Now I have too many games, and part of that is the nature of multiplayer game. If my friends and I are playing a lot online then the backlog starts developing. I do play a lot of variety of games too, but I suppose I usually target certain games rather than buy the majority.

    Your collection dwarfs mine and is impressive.

    • http://passthemsticks.com Mikey

      Yeah, back in the day, games HAD to last longer for that very reason. You were at the mercy of your parents, ya know? That’s how I got into RPGs – they’d last me a long time and keep my interest, so my mom didn’t have to buy me a whole crapload of games.

      And thank you. I’ll soon be trying to sell off some of those completed games… you know, when I complete them. =)

  • http://videogameholic.wordpress.com/ phazer

    My backlog is about a third to half of yours (thanks, Play-Asia), some of which are the same as yours — Mass Effect, BioShock, NG2, F.E.A.R., GTA IV etc. I get this feeling I’ll never be able to clear it, and that it’s also going to grow… :/

    • http://passthemsticks.com Mikey

      I know mine is going to continue to grow. I just saw a deal that K-Mart is running on L.A. Noire through May 21st and it’s too good to pass up.

      I do feel I’ll eventually get through my backlog, though.

      • http://videogameholic.wordpress.com/ phazer

        Wow and I thought the free DLC x2 for local pre-orders was a good deal. Anyway, being the detective wannabe I am, I pre-ordered L.A. Noire some time ago, should be getting it soon (it’s not out here yet).

        Assuming each game takes on average 10 hours, that’s 1600 hours or 67 days of your life you’ll have to magically, er, magic up to finish them. XD

        • http://passthemsticks.com Mikey

          I have a lot of RPGs and long adventure games. Then there are ridiculously long multiplayer games like FarCry 2 and F.E.A.R. 2. So prolly a little longer than that. xD

          And I take it you’re in Europe, then?

  • http://videogameholic.wordpress.com/ phazer

    I only have a few RPGs but those include a couple of 40-60 hour JPRGs like Blue Dragon, Lost Odyssey etc. Not sure why I bought them when I’ve only played a few hours, and some I haven’t even popped into my tray. Nope, Asia. :)

    • http://passthemsticks.com Mikey

      I have several RPGs in my collection. Blue Dragon, Lost Odyssey, Eternal Sonata, Resonance of Fate, Mass Effect, Mass Effect 2, Star Ocean: The Last Hope, The Last Remnant, Infinite Undiscovery, Spectral Force 3, Record of Agarest War, Magna Carta 2, and Final Fantasy XIII.

  • http://videogameholic.wordpress.com/ phazer

    Yeah I have Star Ocean, Last Remnant and MC2 as well. Managed to finish FFXIII before starting on L.A. Noire. Eternal Sonata was one of the few (not so) recent RPGs I finished in one go. Great game, that.

  • http://surfmag.theblogsyndicate.com/ Theda

    Great post, sweet site design, continue the good work

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