A Misguided Guide To Finishing Your Gaming Backlog

A Misguided Guide To Finishing Your Gaming Backlog
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A Misguided Guide To Finishing Your Gaming Backlog
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Everyone’s days on earth are limited. The amount of video games out there, however, are seemingly unlimited. And for those of us that are obsessed with the medium, this causes a bit of a problem. A weird existential dread that comes from a looming video game backlog. How will we ever beat it all? Should we beat it all? And if we were to actually try to do it in a timely manner, how would we? That’s the type of question I approach today and in fact… the very challenge I’ll be taking on in 2023.

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The Backlog stream:

I genuinely love The Ridge (0:00​)
“The Jerry Incident” (1:41)
How the backlog stresses us (6:13)
My master plan (9:42)
How to counter the Zeigarnik Effect (13:19)
“Man” (17:35)
Crash and learn (22:33)
The feast begins (28:03)
Thank you and goodnight (29:48)

▶Games Shown

Returnal (2021)
What Remains of Edith Finch (2017)
Eastward (2021)
Ghost of Tsushima (2020)
Cyber Shadow (2020)
God of War (2018)
Hollow Knight (2017)
Fire Emblem: Three Houses (2019)
ANNO: Mutationem (2022)
Animal Crossing: New Horizons (2020)
Elden Ring (2022)
Tunic (2022)
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (2015)
Unsighted (2021)
Persona 5: Royal (2019)
Baba Is You (2019)
Final Fantasy VII Remake (2020)
Unbeatable (2021)
Metroid Dread (2021)
The Callisto Protocol (2022)
Harvestella (2022)
Inscryption (2021)
Bayonetta 3 (2022)
Octopath Traveler (2018)
Pode (2018)
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (2006)
Helltaker (2020)
NieR:Automata (2017)
Final Fantasy X (2001)
Celeste (2018)
Super Mario Odyssey (2017)
Guilty Gear Strive (2021)
Death’s Door (2021)
Haven (2021)
Minecraft (2009)
Xenoblade Chronicles (2010)
Super Smash Bros: Ultimate (2018)
The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom (2023)
Pokémon Scarlet (2022)
God of War Ragnarök (2022)
Stellar Blade (2023)
Fire Emblem Engage (2023)
Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII REUNION (2023)
Somerville (2022)
Florence (2018)
Dark Souls (2011)
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice (2019)
Soma (2015)
Earthbound (1994)
Fez (2012)
Ghostwire: Tokyo (2022)
Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy (2021)
Devil May Cry 5 (2019)
Hollow Knight: Silksong (lmao)
Red Dead Redemption 2 (2018)
Shadow of the Colossus (2005)
Before Your Eyes (2021)
Gris (2018)
Final Fantasy XIII (2009)
Astral Chain (2019)
Sifu (2022)
Xenoblade Chronicles 3 (2022)
Xenoblade Chronicles 2 (2018)
Xenoblade Chronicles (2010)
The Last of Us (2013)
Firewatch (2016)
13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim (2019)
Paper Mario (2000)
Resident Evil 4 (2005)
Prey (2017)


▶Music Sources (in Order):

Pilotwings Resort OST – Staff Roll
Kirby Air Ride OST – (Stadium) Air Glider
God Hand OST – Sultry Night
Melty Blood: Type Lumina OST – Actions in the Lower World
Mewmore x Snivys // Route 4 (Pokémon Red & Blue Remix)
Melty Blood: Type Lumina OST – Before the Dawn
Gran Turismo 5 OST – Journey To The One
CYBERPUNK: EDGERUNNERS OST | Rat Boy & IBDY – Who’s Ready for Tomorrow (Instrumental)
Kirby Air Ride OST – City Backside
Persona 5 ▸ Price (Curly Remix)
Demon Souls OST – Character Creation (Souls of Mist)
Hyrule Temple (Legend of Zelda / Smash Bros) ▸ Tee Lopes Remix
Xenoblade Chronicles 2 OST – Where We Used To Be
Xenoblade Chronicles 2 OST – Elysium in the Dream
Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door OST – Jabbies Battle
Final Fantasy X OST – Wandering Flame
TEKKEN 7 OST – Character Customization Theme
TOKYO ROSE – Tokyo Burnout
Mewmore // Battle! Marnie (Pokémon Sword & Shield Remix)
Pokémon Colosseum OST – Realgam Tower Theme

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  1. Holy shit who fuckin cares? I’ll get to it if I get to it, and half the games I love took multiple attempts before they grabbed me. Tons of games you’re “supposed to like” just didn’t click so I’m not gonna bother finishing it. You try something for the first time in 6 years and it still doesn’t click? Fuck it, play something else. You’re not losing gamer status because you didn’t like Planescape or Max Payne or Halo. People like different shit.

  2. Simply because you added the ENTIRETY (maybe not all, I've not checked) of the songs and games used in the video, you get my sub. I've not even watched the whole video, but what I've watched so far is great. However, what I've watched paired with the previous point deserves a sub, no question. I wish more creators did even half of this

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