Earlier in 2012 I went over one of my gaming embarrassments – what went from a gaming collection that I had accumulated, quickly turned into a full blown backlog of video games that for whatever reason, I haven’t had a chance to get around to playing them. We’re not talking a dozen games or so; I have hundreds of games that I ever never touched outside testing them to be sure that they worked, or played a certain distance into and abandoned for one reason or another. Some of the backlog had been tackled back in late 2009 and into 2010 with my 365//365 review project (if you haven’t checked that out yet, you’ve got quite a bit of reading to do), although there were a number of games that I’ve recently acquired, lengthy RPG’s at that.
With money a bit tight for a while, not to mention the general lack of enthusiasm as a whole for 2013 in terms of new releases (maybe thanks in part to what I perceived as a lackluster 2012 all around for the gaming industry, souring my outlook for the next twelve months), I figured that if there were any time I could begin to tackle this overwhelming number of backlogged titles, now is that time.
My goal with this Backlog Challenge is to take on two games a month at minimum. On one Monday I’ll reveal what game I will be tackling, as well as some information about how long I’ve had it, why I purchased it and why I chose to put this on the Backlog Challenge. One week later on a Friday, I will either go into a full review on that title, or if the game was a bit too uninteresting to play through from beginning to end, I will note how far I got and exactly what halted my progress with it. Originally I had planned to do the review the following Monday as opposed to Friday, however I need to factor in sanity time for myself (the 365//365 project, though it began three years ago, did a little something something to me), plus it hopefully gives me enough time to take on some of the longer titles that I may pluck out of my backlog.
I will try my best to focus upon game console variety when I head this project up; I may start out with an Xbox original title, but the following choice might be on the Sega Dreamcast, followed by a Sega Genesis game, and so on. If I happen to find a relatively shorter game to run through, I might run an impromptu Backlog Challenge in the middle of the week, labeling what game I chose on one day, and the next day or so I’ll go into a whole review on it.
Though not as daunting as the 365//365 project, the Backlog Challenge is one worth taking for myself. The first installment will begin on January 7th, with an introduction to the first game I chose for this ongoing project. The week after on a Friday (January 18th) I will have the first review (or if I couldn’t make it through for one reason or another, a conclusion piece that outlines exactly what caused me to cease my playthrough), with the Monday after that repeating the cycle.
Hope to see you all here for the Backlog Challenge!