Saturation Point

I never thought I’d say it but I’ve reached the point in my gaming career where I actually have too many games to play. Like a sponge soaking up water, I’ve been buying games and adding them to my collection left, right and centre but then not even touching them. This goes beyond the “pile of shame” which most gamers seem to suffer from, it’s more like a fucking mountain. I’ve reached saturation point.

At last count there are about 20+ games on my Steam account that I have not played, and at least five or six PlayStation 3 titles on top of that which haven’t been touched either. There are also a large amount of games which, according to Steam, I’ve spent less than a hour or two playing. What makes matters worse, when I do sit down to play I invariably choose to play something else – an old favourite or something I’m very comfortable playing.

In my line of work I am tasked with saving my clients money and making sure they receive best value when having their work carried out. Why then, am I seemingly wasting money on things that I am not getting any value from? Instead of buying a game I may as well go down to the bank, withdraw the cost of the game and then proceed to throw it at the nearest group of pissed-up tramps. At least then I’d get some entertainment value out of it.

So why do I do it? It would be easy to simply blame the Steam sales that we are all constantly bombarded with at increasingly regular intervals. However, it’s not like old Gabe is standing there with a gun to my head and making me click the buy button – that’s probably an article all in itself, and I guess it simply comes down to my own love of games. If I like the look of a game I want to play it, I want to support the industry that I love, and I want people to continue making games for me to try. It’s just unfortunate that other things such as real life and boobs get in the way and are competing for my time, thus it’s becoming increasingly difficult to play them all. Being an adult sucks.

I’ve had a good moan about it, but the question remains, what the fuck am I going to do about it? I’ve come to the conclusion that this can’t go on anymore. I got married last year and we want to start a family in the near future. There is going to come a time when disposable income is going to dry up, only to be spent on nappies and other things for tiny humans. Now is the time to act, and so I’ve decided that from this day forth, I will not buy another new game until every single unplayed game in my collection has been played.

This could, potentially, be a gruelling task, therefore to prevent this being a ballache there needs to be some ground rules. I will make a reasonable effort with every game I play and will attempt to at least complete the singleplayer campaign for each one. If this is not possible, either because it’s a multiplayer-only game, or one of those endless-bastard type games, I will endeavour to put in at least three hours with it. I’m also not going to punish myself if a game is an absolute lemon; I’m not going to force my way through it – my name isn’t Richie and this isn’t the giving up gaming for Lent bollocks all over again. Where possible I want to enjoy my time playing these games; as such I’ll give any such lemons the obligatory three hours and then move on to the next.

Okay, OKAY... I'll talk.. stop making me play Theme Park Android!

I’m not going to set a deadline for playing all these games but, from time to time, I will drop in with a quick update on how I’m getting on and let you know if I’ve come across any hidden gems that I’d bought but had never bothered to play. Same goes for the turds that are inevitably in there as well. I may even quickly review the odd game with a one line review, and I’ll also be challenging my fellow writers here at GamingLives to tackle some of the games that they’ve never got around to playing. Now how’s that for service?

To reiterate the enormity of the task, here is the full list of games on Steam which I fully intend to play. For clarity, the games in bold italics have never been played. The others have been played for less than three hours.

  1. 1…2…3.. KICK IT! (Drop that beat like an ugly baby)
  2. AaAaAA!!! – A Reckless Disregard for Gravity
  3. Alien Swarm
  4. Amnesia: The Dark Descent
  5. Atom Zombie Smasher
  6. Audiosurf
  7. Bastion
  8. BioShock
  10. Braid
  11. Bulletstorm
  12. Chime
  13. Cogs
  14. Command & Conquer 4
  15. Darksiders 2
  16. Darwinia
  17. Deadlight
  18. DEFCON
  19. Deponia
  20. Empire: Total War
  21. Fallout: New Vegas
  22. Far Cry
  23. Far Cry 2
  24. Killing Floor
  25. Lone Survivor
  26. Metro 2033
  27. Multiwinia
  28. MX vs ATV Reflex
  29. Napoleon: Total War
  30. Nexuiz
  31. Overlord
  32. Penny Arcade 3
  33. Planetside 2
  34. Pyschonauts
  35. Red Faction
  36. Red Faction: Armageddon
  37. Red Faction 2
  38. Renegade Ops
  39. Ricochet
  40. Rising Storm (Red Orchestra 2)
  41. Rome: Total War
  42. RUSH
  43. Saints Row 2
  44. Saints Row: The Third
  45. Sleeping Dogs
  46. Space Pirates and Zombies (S.P.A.Z)
  47. StarDrive
  48. Superbrothers: Sword and Sworcery
  49. Super Meat Boy
  50. Supreme Commander
  51. The Ball
  52. The Showdown Effect
  53. The Wonderful End of the World
  54. Titan Quest
  55. Toki Tori
  56. Warframe
  57. Warhammer 40k Space Marine
  58. Warhammer 40k: Dawn of War 2: Chaos Rising
  59. Warhammer 40k: Dawn of War 2: Retribution
  60. Zombie Driver

60 games in total, 25 of which have never been played. Fuck me, that was more than I expected. Wish me luck!

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  1. Chris Toffer says:

    At the start of the year I was in a similar position. Over thirty games unfinished or partially started. There wasn’t anything I outright hadn’t started but it still wasn’t good. I resolved to focus on getting that list down and not buy anymore.

    That didn’t really work. Too many releases of things I’d been waiting months and even years to try. That’s the other problem – I’m so far behind that I have to try and keep pace.

    I found that creating a couple of lists on Steam helped out for sure. Stuff to start, stuff to finish etc.

    From looking at your list…
    Atom Zombie Smasher is fun and can completed in an afternoon.
    Bastion is gorgeous and fun
    BioShock is a classic.
    Bulletstorm is hilarious FPS fun.
    Deadlight also won’t take you long to finish, five hours maybe?
    Far Cry is fun. Far Cry 2 is good but big.
    Metro 2033 is great but slow paced. Worth sticking with though.
    SPAZ is a bit meh,.
    Fucking leave Supreme Commander till last. Most missions are at least five hours long. That’s proping up the bottom of my list.

  2. Ste Ste says:

    I have started this before the article went up. Fuck me, some of these games are absolute piles of wank. I don’t know how I’m going to manage the minimum 3 hours of play.

    Why do I do this to myself?

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