Four in February: I’ve Failed You


So this month, I tried to play along with Joystiq’s Four in February campaign.

The concept was simple. Beat four video games from your backlog. As someone who plays way too many games, I also buy too many, and end up with a lot of titles just sitting there. It’s hard to resist, especially with older titles going for cheap on eBay or at the local CeX.

I’m a victim!

My plan? I was going to beat Resident Evil 6, Child of Eden, Rage, and The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena.

I figured this would be easy. I mean come on, Child of Eden is only supposed to be a 2 hour game or so. And Resident Evil 6? It’s a modern Resident Evil game. Done in what, eight hours? This should be no problem.

Well, in the end, I beat (one of the campaigns in) Resident Evil 6 and almost beat Child of Eden (I have one level left!). Rage I played for about two hours, and I didn’t even touch The Chronicles of Riddick: AODA.

There are reasons of course. Work. Teaching. Lots of writing projects (new articles for the Philly Weekly and, a new essay being published on the Bygone Bureau). I don’t have to make excuses, of course. I mean, these are video games we’re talking about here.

However, I took something valuable away from this whole thing.

So I’ve got Child of Eden, Rage, and Riddick left to beat. I’ve also got Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, Dead to Rights 2, Hunted: The Demon’s Forge, LEGO Harry Potter (shut up), and Medal of Honor sitting on my shelf, unplayed. And these have been sitting there for a while now.

Why then, was I buying new games?

Sure I wanted to play Borderlands 2 and Assassin’s Creed 3 immediately… but if I had waited and played this backlog, I could have picked those games up later, for much cheaper. This little campaign, got me thinking about my gaming habits.┬áIt’s an interesting lesson in being patient and saving money, something I’m kinda terrible at.

Thanks Joystiq!



You somehow go without mentioning Telltale Games’ Walking Dead. You give me disappoint.

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