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Complete Lack of Self-Control: How backlogs develop
For a really long time I was great at making sure I only got a couple games at a time, and beat them before moving on. Life was good, I was happy, and there was harmony in my living room. The Wii and 360 took turns, each one getting it's fair share while I re-stocked the other.
Then, a huge wave of random sales and deals hit, and suddenly I'm realizing that I have a TON of stuff that I've never played - all of it stuff I really was looking forward to for a long time. Which in turn seems to make playing games - an activity that is designed purely around relaxation and entertainment for me - somewhat of a chore, as I try to beat things quickly to go tackle what's waiting on deck before the list gets too long.
I just caught myself looking at games for this weekend's gamestop Buy 2 Get 1 free sale, and stopped. I still havent beaten 2 out of the 3 games I got LAST time they ran this sale. Nor have I beaten 2 games I grabbed at Blockbuster when they ran a sale last week.
So if I make the trip out to grab Dead Space, Dead Rising (again. Beat it, gave it back to my brother, and miss it so much...) and something else is still up in the air. Doing so would mean they all sit on the back burner (or force the other games even FURTHER back), which is a waste of money. Yet, looking at that shelf and KNOWING Dead Space is there the very SECOND I want to try it would be a good feeling.
So how do you deal with backlogs? Do you have no self-control like I do? Do you force yourself to finish stuff, or do you have 200 games all half-completed? Do you knowingly grab stuff on sale so you intentionally have a stash of fresh stuff, or does it just kinda happen?
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