The Endless Backlog ▼
Hi all - my name is Andy and I have a video game problem...
It all started when I was around 6-7 years old, and I developed an obsession with those LCD handheld games you could buy. I had the Turtles one, a racing one, and another one I can't remember... along with something called "Sky Fighters 3D", which you looked into like a pair of binoculars. It was kinda cool.
Around 1987 or so I would see arcade games while out on holiday, and played something called 'Pac Man'. I was instantly mesmerised by how you could directly control what was happening on screen, and fell in love with it. Over the next couple of years I would make a bee-line for any arcade I saw and was exposed to classics such as Hang-On, Space Harrier, After Burner and Monaco GP.
In 1989/1990 some of my friends began to get home gaming systems, so I gradually became exposed to home computers like the Spectrum and Commodore 64, along with the NES and Master System. I really began to take notice of these things then, so my brother gave me his old Commodore VIC20, which is the first gaming system I owned. But I wanted more. I pestered my Mum for a Master System, and for X-Mas '91 she not only gave in, but went one better... and bought me a Sega Mega Drive! My conversion was now complete, and over the next 29 years (and counting) I would go on to buy pretty much every gaming system to be released. I dread to think how much money I have spent on gaming over that time.
Once I started working the amount of games I started buying went through the roof... I was buying far more games than I could realistically play, but I didn't realise how bad it actually was until I joined this website. Wait.... I have over 2000 games I've not even finished? That's ridiculous. And so my quest to start beating my games began...
Some notes about my backloggery...
- There are several games I own more than once. If I beat one of them, the rest will be nulled. This only applies if the games are identical in terms of content. This will allow me to focus on games I have never beat, but yet also allow progress if I happen to beat a game I've beat before on another system.
- If I get a game for free, or generally feel indifferent toward a title I will tag it as 'null' until I actually start it.
- There are some games that do not have a logical conclusion (most sports games and some arcade titles). These I also tag as null.
- A game is beaten once I reach the credits, beat the final boss, win the final race or finish a certain game mode.
- A game is complete if I get all achieves/trophies, get gold medals on everything, find all secrets, get 100% on any in game tracker or beat the game as all characters or on the hardest difficulty.
- I don't really use the 'master run' thing as I'm far to busy trying to tackle my unfinished games!
- Games I have beat but don't own will be included but tagged as 'other'.
My overall targets for 2020 are to:
a) finish the year with a positive memory card score for once
b) finish a game beginning with every letter of the alphabet... in order
c) beat at least 5 'bucket list' games
My taste in games has changed dramatically as I have got older. I was obsessed with fps games about 20 years ago, but they typically bore me now. These days I find unique concepts and engaging storylines far more appealing than mindless violence.
My favourite console of all time is a tie between the SNES, Mega Drive and Saturn. Damn the 90's was incredible for gaming!
Becoming a parent has drastically reduced the time I can spend gaming. And I wouldn't change that for the world!
And finally... here are some of my favourite games ever -
Shadow of the Colossus
Super Mario World
Mass Effect 2
Sega Rally Championship
The Revenge of Shinobi
Street Fighter 2 Turbo
999: 9 Hours 9 Persons 9 Doors
Super Mario Kart
Streets of Rage 2
Street Fighter Alpha 2
Thanks for reading and good luck with your backlog guys!