That’s it, I officially own too many video games. That picture to the left…that’s not my collection, that’s my backlog. And it isn’t even my entire backlog, it’s just the stuff for those platforms that I bought intending to play then never finished (or in most cases, started). There are plenty of others for other platforms, and games I bought simply to have but don’t plan to ever play — perhaps I’ll sell some of those off before long.
I went out today to use a gift card I got for Christmas — thanks mom! — and when I got back, realized I could have been just as productive using that hour to play something from this stack, and saved myself some cash to boot. I could have used that time writing a review, or working on my resume, or sending out job applications, but I didn’t. I need to wean myself off that consumerist “buy new stuff” warm fuzzy feeling. It will be the death of me.
So I’ve decided that from here out, I will not buy a single new game until I clear at least five out from this stack. Five finished, one new, then no more until five more finished. No “I’ll just buy a points card to support that indie game” excuses. No “there’s a B2G1 sale at Gamestop” excuses. No “I’ve been waiting for that to drop in price” excuses. Indie games have a long tail, there will always be another sale, and if I wait longer it’ll drop even more. The games will still be there when I decide to buy them.
In fact, I think I’ll make a second requirement: No new games until I can find work. That should be a good motivator to finally get on that.