Recently, I have been thinking of ways on how to fix a problem of mine. I’m not one for new year’s resolutions, but I thought the beginning of the new year would be a good time to begin a little experiment. Perusing my Steam games library recently has made it clear to me that I have several untouched games and yet I continue to buy more during each Steam sale, which only adds to my collection of untouched games… My idea is very simple, yet fun, and hopefully effective.
I’ll simply just refrain from buying any games during the entirety of 2024. Well, except for one game, that is. Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth comes out on January 25th and I’ve really been looking forward to it. A lame excuse, but holding off on buying any games in 2024 is meant to keep me from needlessly buying games just because they’re on a Steam sale. I have a lot of neglected games organized into a Steam library collection to help keep me on track, and I’ve been looking forward to starting. My hope is that this will help me form a new habit, save some money, and finally find that motivation to play the games that have been collecting dust. Any games that I play or write about in 2024 will be ones previously purchased in past years, with the notable exception of Infinite Wealth.
And to make things even more interesting, when I post about any of the games I’ve specifically set aside in my Steam collection it’ll be part of a series called “Backlog Titles.” A Backlog Title has to fit certain criteria to distinguish it from any other game I buy. Backlog Titles are specifically games I buy on a whim either because they’re greatly discounted on Steam, or games I purchased from my wish list because “I’m interested and I’ll probably play it at some point, might as well buy it now!” These games typically fall to the bottom of my list of games to play not because they aren’t interesting, but simply because there’s too many interesting games and too little time… and when big games like Elden Ring or Baldur’s Gate 3 come out, I get easily distracted and devote my time to them. And thus the backlog grows! Here’s to a year of great games and great stories along the way. I’ll check back in at the end of the year to report on how I did.