Economy of Effort

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Measuring The Game Backlog, Aka "The Pile Of Shame"

There are a great many games that I have intended to play (and finish), but have not yet done so. Some are games that I started but didn’t follow through, and others are games I simply never got to. I’ve done a great job lately in finishing games that I start, and I’m now going back and playing games I’ve missed (as evidenced by the Gearbox Half-Life expansions and now the Brothers in Arms titles). There’s a good chance I will edit this post and add more games in as I think of them.

Nintendo console games: Super NES: Yoshi’s Island: Super Mario World 2 Super Metroid (was this close to finishing) ActRaiser Super Mario RPG

Nintendo 64: Super Mario 64 (played halfway many times, never finished) Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (played ¾ the way twice, never finished) Paper Mario

GameCube: Resident Evil 4 (GameCube controller aiming was awful, looking forward to playing Wii version) Eternal Darkness

Other console games: Genesis: Shadowrun Earthworm Jim General Chaos Toejam & Earl Phantasy Star series Shining Force series Herzog Zwei Warsong

PC RPGs: Wasteland Ultima series Baldur’s Gate series Icewind Dale series Planescape: Torment Neverwinter Nights series Dungeon Siege series Titan Quest series Anachronox Elder Scrolls: Morrowind The Witcher Fable: The Lost Chapters

PC Action/First Person games: Thief series (played some of each, never completed) System Shock No One Lives Forever series Brothers in Arms series SWAT 4 Far Cry Crysis

PC Strategy: X-COM: UFO Defense Starflight Star Control II Supreme Commander Company of Heroes (plus expansion) Command & Conquer series Freedom Force series WarCraft III Tropico Darwinia Uplink

PC Adventure Games (point-and-click) LucasArts: Zak McKraken and the Alien Mindbenders Loom The Dig Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis Sam & Max Hit the Road (never finished it)

Sierra: (all of them - yes, all)

Others: The Space Bar Obsidian The Last Express The Longest Journey series Syberia series Broken Sword series I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream Myst Zork: Grand Inquisitor

Whew! That’s no small list. Let’s just say that when the spring/summer game release drought hits, I won’t be complaining about it. Probably not during 2009’s summer either.