The chances are that if you’ve found your way onto Tap Repeatedly, you have a videogame backlog. You can deny it all you like, but you know. You know, I know and The Log knows. The Log sees your ever amounting pile of games. He sees them and he laughs. Sat there, freshly chopped in the woodland, all sly looking, costing you money and time..
My name is Mat C and I have a backlog problem. I know I’m not alone. If you own a Steam account or have more than two PlayStation 3, Wii or Xbox 360 games to play, you have a backlog. If you’ve pre-ordered a PS Vita, intend on buying a PlayStation 4, NextBox or Wii U, you have a backlog before you’ve even purchased any hardware to tackle it on.
At Tap Repeatedly, we can help you. Or just laugh and mock. We’ll see how this goes.
The start of a new year is of course the time for making crappy resolutions you have barely any intention of keeping. I’ve already broken mine, including one about not buying any more games. To promise not to buy any games in 2012 would be a silly promise to try and keep, but there are things we can all do to help each other play and finish what we already have.
With this in mind, let me welcome one and all to The Log of Shame. The rules are fairly simple, and are as follows:
- Every game you currently own but are yet to play or finish playing counts as part of your backlog. Time is irrelevant. If you still have a pile of SNES games you intend on playing, they count towards the backlog.
- Start your yearly tally at 0. For any game you finish playing, add a +1 to your score. For the purpose of The Log of Shame, finish means to play any game in your backlog until you feel you are done with it. For most this will be to simply beat a single player campaign once, but for multiplayer or more arcade, score attack based games simply playing the game until you feel you are done with it will suffice.
- For every game you purchase or otherwise acquire, subtract a -1 from your score. This includes digital downloads, retail purchases, iOS, PSN and Xbox Live games and any games you rent or borrow from a friend which you intend on playing.
- The Log of Shame will be updated towards the end of each month. Please leave your updated scores in the comments below.
- DO NOT TAKE THE LOG OF SHAME TOO SERIOUSLY. This is very much intended as a fun and light-hearted way to encourage Tap readers to play the games they own rather than just collect them. The worst thing that could come out of this is if people feel they need to rush through games or avoid buying games they intended on buying for the sake of The Log. Try not to change your purchasing or playing habits too dramatically, even when incurring the Megalols of everybody else on Tap Repeatedly for your shameful overspending.
- Do game mods count? For the purposes of The Log of Shame, mods to existing games do not count. I think installing mods is a little too vague an activity to really count as a plus or a negative, as these can take a variety of guises.
- What about DLC? Although game mods do not count, campaign based DLC most certainly does. For example, purchasing Deus Ex Human Revolution: The Missing Link would count as a -1, as this adds story based content for you to play through and complete. Purchasing horse armour or other trinkets for general use in games you’re currently playing has no effect on scoring.
- What games count towards scoring? Basically, any game you currently own and intend on playing is a potential +1 in the waiting, whether you bought it in 2012 or at a jumble sale in the mid 90s. Only games purchased between January 1st 2012 and December 31st 2012 count against you, but any game currently in your humongous collections can potentially be counted in your favour. This is merely a fun way of recording how many games you finish vs how many you actually buy this year, and we’re not fussy over how old the games you’re playing are.
- I already own and have finished a particular game, but it’s just appeared on Steam at 99% off! Do I score -1? Good news, Steam addicts. The Log shall not penalise the weak. He is understanding of your pain. So long as the game you are buying is one you already own and have previously completed prior to January 1st 2012, The Log will not punish you for adding the same game to your collection on a different system.
- Oh Mat, how can I be as charming and courageous as you? By flossing twice daily, eating your greens and sticking to a rigorous morning fitness regime.
Monthly Report: This bit is optional, but why not give us an update on what you’ve been playing and the games you’ve beaten or acquired? For example, I’ve not managed to beat anything this month due to finding myself once again addicted to a particular game of Football Manager 2012, and although I’ve made good on my personal promise not to buy any Steam games until the summer sale (at least thus far), I have recently re-bought a Nintendo 3DS and have obviously picked up some games there. A bad start all round for me, and I’m therefore at -3 from the off. Oh the joys!
Feel free to update your own scores for January anytime from now, if only for our personal amusement as much as anything. Or just to make me feel even worse for my terrible start to the year. I need someone else to deflect The Log’s piercings stares and taunting.
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