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New member question: How do you deal with your backlog?

Discussion in 'General RPG Discussion' started by Adenocaulon, Jun 3, 2021.

  1. Johnny Biggums Educated

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    If you are just now getting into RPGs in your mid-twenties, or perhaps later, please give up on the idea of getting a lot of 'the classics' or 'must plays' under your belt. Most people who have played a substantial percentage of them have been playing RPGs since they were 12. They played many of them as they were released, and during a 10 to 15 year period in life when they probably had few responsibilities, indeed avoided responsibilities like the plague, were probably huge losers anyway, and whose gaming habit contributed to arrested development and narcissism. In fact, anyone who has completed a large library of classic must-play RPGs should count himself fortunate if he did not wind up with gender dysphoria and obsessed with removing his own dick. But you can save yourself. There's still time. Forget about playing them all. Just pick a few games per year that you feel excited about.
     
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  2. Moaning_Clock SmokeSomeFrogs Developer

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    I certainly have this problem with books and games alike. Something that helped is just buying less although I still buy the occasional cheap bundle if one of the games interests me or pick up a game few years after release. Dungeon Rats will be the next title I think since I really like the combat in Age of Decadence. Theseus is another candidate because the setting sounds interesting.
    I often set aside a couple of days and play one game excessively and then get back to work. It's a bit like vacation for me but this depends heavily on your personal circumstances.
    I also try to avoid playing too many games at the same time and beat one or abandon it very early.
     
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  3. Falksi Arcane

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    Coffee Enemas.
     
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  4. Rewrite Latest Doxxer Account Dumbfuck

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    You aint a porn historianeh. There is a tiny canon.
    There are maybe 10 games in the 80s
    30 in the 90s
    5 in 00s
    All of them fairly short and uninteresting and unfun. Shit AI, shit stories and writing, shit usability, shit gfx and sfx. But you can listen to the CDs lel.
    So thats like 55 games * 11 hours = 555 hours all in all, some retards have 1k in 1 game...

    Btw, today in media:
    BUTTON -> AWESOME!
    THE RNG IS CHEAAAATING! WAAAAAH

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  6. Grauken Arcane Patron

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    I just assume I go to heaven and have eternity to finish my backlog
     
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  7. Butter Arcane

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    For some, finally finishing Ultima VIII is what awaits us in hell.
     
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  8. Falksi Arcane

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    Firstly, welcome to the master race.

    I myself am something of a consoletard too, but there's no doubting that the absolute crème de la crème of gaming is the PC experience (well, that or the Megadrive, but anyway).

    My humble advice would be:
    • Start praising and bitching about games on here a lot. Through this you'll start to recognize things which you like & hate, and instead of deciding to play games juts on their "Good/bad/ugly/etc." reputation, you'll start to look for games which contain elements which appeal to you. For example, I much prefer isometric views to all others in turn based RPGs, so they go to the top of the list.
    • Regards old Vs new, I always go for the oldest game first. Rarely have I enjoyed a great newer game, then regressed to find the earlier experience a better one. BG1 is a good example of a game where the sequel offers far more than the original, and is still worth trying. But that's all down to time invested.......
    • And as for time spent invested in any game, chances are that if you're not enjoying it within the first 5-10 hours, it's not worth your time finishing. Something to consider is either Googling or asking on here "when does X game get good?" to make sure it's not a slow burner.
    The main thing though is "nosce te ipsum" - know thyself. If you can break down what you enjoy about games you can look for those qualities in future ones, and quit early if they don't appear.

    I'm not a fan of PST, Torment:TON, or Dicks Out For The Furies, as they are way too text heavy for me and I'm a dyslexic spaz who like my text briefer, somewhere around the BG or Shadownrun: Dragonfall mark. Doesn't make them bad games, just not my cuppa cha despite them being isometric RPGs which I prefer.
     
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  9. Grauken Arcane Patron

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    That's actually solid advice Falksi
     
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  10. smaug Dumbfuck! Patron Dumbfuck Shitposter

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    You don't.

    My ratio of completed to purchased 3:95
     
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  11. CootKeeper Educated

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    Stop buying games. Allow yourself one window per year to buy games (say for Christmas) and that's it. The rest of the year you work on what you have.
     
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  12. Mustawd Arcane

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    Here’s something that helped me stop buying overall: There will always be deals and sales. They are here to stay. Force yourself to stop buying games until you’re ready to play them.

    Also, do an inventory of your games. Do you REALLY intend to play them all? If not, shitcan it.
     
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  13. Maxie Guest

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    ive sold my physical copies of games
    i dont feel bad about not playing digital make believe shit i paid with digital make believe money
    sometimes i even delete shit from my steam account because why not im not gonna bother to play some bullshit i paid five bucks for five years ago
     
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  14. Chippy Arcane Patron

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    If you have a backlog of games, you arn't managing your finances properly, and you should consider giving all of your disposable gaming income to the poor children in the middle east. Just think about this for a moment: in the time it took you to buy another game you wont play, download it, install it, play for a few hours and realise you hate it...about 50 kids in the middle east probably died, 300 odd women were beaten and raped, about 100 gays were set on fire and thrown off tall buildings, and a several little boys called Abu was radicalised and will grow up to join Isis.

    In the words of Greta Thunberg: "How dare you!" (have such first world problems).

    ...I've just uninstalled 'The Incredible Adventures Of Van Helsing: Final Cut'. What a piece of shit game.
     
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  15. Ibn Sina Savant Patron

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    Strap Yourselves In
    I have no backlog because only very rare game interests me. My purchases are far and few.
     
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  16. Johnny Biggums Educated

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    Interesting. What's the best way to help fund these practices?
     
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  17. Chippy Arcane Patron

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    I hear donating to Oxfam or the Clintons may help. Failing any monetary donation, just ensure democrats remain in power.
     
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  18. Johnny Biggums Educated

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    Hey now, I want to fund middle eastern kids dying, not them getting raped by Bill Clinton
     
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  19. lycanwarrior Educated

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    I tried to keep my backlog as low as possible. I only buy a game if I intend to play it.

    Probably also due to the fact that I get anxious if I have a big backlog of games. First world problems I guess.
     
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  20. Morpheus Kitami Arbiter

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    There's no one good method in choosing what to play. Especially since with RPGs there is always a learning curve in the first couple of hours. I tend to use a mix of things. I find that basing by time works best half the time, either by year or by the time of purchase. The latest title you purchased is a good choice, since that's one that interested you the most recently. Or you could just pick whatever tickles your fancy at that moment. I use half time-span and half whatever interests me at the time. Using pure time-span has the potential to make you bored out of your mind and pure interest will probably bury some games.
    I'd say that picking games based on big milestones could backfire, but since you've already beaten Eye of the Beholder, any cultural shock from the older games wouldn't matter. That said, I usually play games based on a 1-2 hour rule, if there's not any promise, its best to stop. There are rare cases where you're just not in the mood for that particular game, but those are few and far between.
     
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  21. Zed Duke of Banville Zo Kath Ra Patron

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    Although I would never suggest that every subgenre of RPG should be treated equally, any newcomer to CRPGs should attempt to gain at least a modicum of experience with each major subgenre, so that you can fully understand the range of game mechanics offered within the RPG genre and also better understand your own personal tastes. For example, the list below of 10 major CRPG subgenres includes a few recommendations in each category, with the first game being the most highly recommended, and even if you play just one game from a particular subgenre, this will give you a basic understanding of what that subgenre is like.

    1. Rogue-likes: Rogue (1980), Telengard (1982), Nethack (1987), Ancient Domains of Mystery (1994)
    2. Turn-Based Blobbers: Wizardry: Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord (1981), Wizardry VI: Bane of the Cosmic Forge (1990), Might & Magic: World of Xeen (1994), Grimoire: Winged Heralds of the Exemplar (2017)
    3. Garriot-likes: Ultima III: Exodus (1983), Ultima IV: The Quest of the Avatar (1985), Ultima VII: The Black Gate (1992)
    4. Real-Time Blobbers: Dungeon Master (1987) & Chaos Strikes Back (1989), Legend of Grimrock (2012) & Legend of Grimrock II (2014), Eye of the Beholder (1991), Black Crypt (1992)
    5. Tactical RPG: Pool of Radiance (1988), Champions of Krynn (1990), rest of Gold Box games, Wizard’s Crown (1986)
    6. Underworld-likes: Ultima Underworld: The Stygian Abyss (1992), UU II: The Labyrinth of Worlds (1993), The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall (1996), King’s Field IV: The Ancient City (2002)
    7. JRPG: Final Fantasy VI (1994), Final Fantasy IV (1991), Final Fantasy IX (2000), Planescape: Torment (1999)
    8. C&C: Fallout (1997), Fallout 2 (1998), Arcanum (2001), Age of Decadence (2015)
    9. Open World RPGs: The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind (2002), The Faery Tale Adventure (1986), Fallout: New Vegas (2010), Kingdom Come: Deliverance (2018)
    10. Action RPG: Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen (2012/2013), Demon’s Souls (2009), Dark Souls (2011), Salt & Sanctuary (2016)

    Note that Dungeon Master can be played for free by downloading the Return to Chaos clone.


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  22. hellbent Augur

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    If you're a true autist game aficionado, you can always hide the weaker games on your backlog until you're "ready" to consider them.

    ...and then faithfully audit your list 50 times a year to be sure, or whenever a sale hits.
     
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  23. urmom Learned

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    Honestly I stopped playing games. That's 20-40hrs per week I can use to do stuff that's roughly just as rewarding but also more relaxing and/or more productive.

    Yeah, games can be great, but all in all they're not worth it.
     
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  24. Adidas-Clichèd Cringe Learned Patron

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    Just stop playing video games. All the new ones are shit anyway and the old ones don't feel the same as they did when you were younger.
     
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  25. Tavernking Don't believe his lies Patron Shitposter Developer

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    My backlog is non-existent.
     
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