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!
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 Philly.com, 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. It's an interesting lesson in being patient and saving money, something I'm kinda terrible at.