Busting a Big Backlog

There comes a time in every gamer's life when they need to sit down and take a long hard look at their backlog and start to be realistic about it.  I know that my backlog(currently) does not compete with some of the backlogs hovering out there because of PSN, Xbox and Steam sales without even mentioning the free games given out on every platform under the moon.

What I am going to base everything on right now is my database on How Long To Beat.
My list contains mainly my Nintendo switch games and then I add some others in here and there as I am playing them (Until I take the time to sit down and add everything one system at a time).

I currently 25 Beaten.  I sit with 75 in my Backlog, have 73% of my backlog left to beat and I have retired 27% (in all honesty I have no idea what that 27% represents because I currently only have 10 games on the list and 10 out of 100 is not 27%).

However, I can look over this list of games and start to organize them in different categories.

The first category I want to talk about is the Retired Category.  If you have played a game for a while and you just decide that you don't like it or have done all that you want to with it and don't think you're coming back to it, put it in retired.   It isn't beaten but it also is not in your backlog any more.

So now, looking at my list, I have 74 games that I need to figure out.  Some of these might be free games I'm probably never going to play like Pokemon Quest.   Scour your list and see what catches your eye like "what?  Not this year." and move them to a new list called Junk or whatever you come up with.

OK, we have now gotten rid of games we beat, games that we played a bit but are not going back to and games that we feel we probably won't ever get to for whatever reason.   Now we need to start breaking down the Backlog into games that we desire to play soon and games we desire to play but they are not at the front of our list.

The reason I do this is because I don't want to be overwhelmed when I'm picking out my next game.  I want to look at a nice tidy list of maybe 10-15 games with multiple genres and have an easier decision to make.  Then when I manage to play a few of those games and move on I can add a few new ones to the list and just keep a priority list of 10-15 games at all times.

Make sure you update your list as you add new games and this little exercise will help keep your backlog in a more manageable order.


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