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My backlog is typically separated into two piles - the games I haven't even started, and the games I've put roughly two hours into and abandoned. Sometimes I abandon them for a reason, but usually they just get lost in the mix of new releases.

Dead Space 2, Bulletstorm, Crysis 2 - I've put a couple of hours into all three but haven't had time to go back. Homefront, Ghost Recon Shadow Wars - haven't even touched these yet.

But what about you guys? How's your backlog looking?


    I need to finish NFS Hot Pursuit. I've also got a few old games I need to go back and play (Simcity, rollercoaster tycoon, those sorts of games) because when I got them, I was too young to understand how to play them properly...
    I also need to go and finish the extra challenges in portal.
    Man I've got a lot I need to do...

    My backlog is 200+ games and thats just retail let alone all those XBLA/PSN etc titles I never finish... or start.

    I set myself a rule to not start a new game until I finish the one I'm currently playing. Serves me well as I've finished every game I've started and I've currently got no games in my collection that are unfinished. I set myself that rule during the last generation of consoles when I looked at my games collection and realised I had started but not finished about half of them.

    However there have been some games released already this year that I haven't had the chance to buy yet, and also several games coming in the next few months which again I'm unsure when I'll be able to get my hands on them.

    My backlog is... shameful:

    Far Cry 2
    Dragon Age
    Lost Odyssey
    Batman: Arkham Asylum
    Ninja Gaiden 2
    F1 2010
    Fallout 3

    ...and that's just on 360, where I've got the cases sitting in front of me at this very moment - if I take into account Wii (Monster Hunter, SM Galaxy 1 & 2, etc.), PS3 and all the downloaded games on PC... I really shouldn't have to buy any new games this year :|

      WOW, Batman? It's fun and short. I knocked that over on a hire!

        Don't get much of a chance to play games since starting uni a couple of years ago - at the campus 5 days per week, then go home on the weekend and if I'm not doing work I don't really feel like playing anything.

        So that wipes out most of my year and I really only have the end of year break (3-4 months) to finally enjoy everything.

        I got Batman:AA sitting there all unfinished as well haha (not to mention the last levels of Bioshock, Crysis 2, Dragon Age II AND K&L:Dog Days =P)

        I really want to play Bbatman too (damn you brain!)

    Currently Vanquish and Dante's Inferno I haven't touched yet for PS3. Still got Castlevania LoS to finish too whenever I feel like it. PC I've been keeping a good run of however, Deus Ex has slipped in the "spent a few hours but gave up" kind of scenario. Long story short, I suck, can't even get past the first mission.

    All the X-Com titles I bought cheap on Steam and then never got around to starting.

    Curse you, Steam bargains!!!!

    Halo Reach

    My Pile of Shame is too Shameful to list. It's so huge I've got PSOne games I haven't even started yet.
    And then there's games like AC:Brotherhood, Fable3, Fallout: New Vegas, Dragon Age 2, Yakuza 4 and others that I haven't even bought yet because my Shameful pile is already too tall.

    Call of Duty: Black Ops
    Assassins Creed: Brotherhood
    Brutal Legend
    Far Cry 2
    Lost Planet 2
    Valkyria Chronicles
    Killzone 3
    De Blob

    keep buying games to play, then but new ones and play them instead, and finish them. Accidentally cleared my hardrive of all gamesaves also, so started from scratch on a few games.

    Still need to finish:
    NFS Hot Pursuit
    Fallout New Vegas
    Donkey Kong Country Returns

    Probably a few more that I'm forgetting about at the moment.

    Far too many to list in full.

    So many good games are released each year that keep vying for my limited attention span. And also the whole 'life getting in the way of gaming' thing.

    Actually had the last 2 days as sickies to look after my missus with morning sickness and also get stuck back into GTA IV again.

    When science finds a cure/pill/alternative for the need to sleep i'll be a happy gamer.

    Dragon Age 2
    Pokemon FireRed

    I'm a pretty good buy as I need kinda shopper. So mostly I finish games before I buy new ones.

    Fallout 3:
    Would love to finish it, but every time I try to get back into it, it gets a crash to desktop every 20 to 30 minutes. Great game, horrible crashes.

    Dragon Age 2:
    Was pretty excited for this game to start off with, as I loved Origins, but I was just so disheartened by the overall changes to it that I just haven't been able to pick it back up again.

    I have a habit of not finishing games I pirate. Hmm....


    Brb, writing something up.

      I pirate games.

      Oh my, Fistbeard! You should never admit to that on a normal videogame site! You need to skirt around the issue! Sort of reference how to get that new Streets of Rage remake that got pulled, or drop subtle hints on your pirating habits!

      Because hey, if you come out and say “I pirated this game”, the image that is associated to that is one of some evil 15 year old kid, sitting in his room with countless torrents going, laughing manically at him “beating the system”.

      Last night, I looked through all the games on my computer, and on my bookshelf next to me, and did a quick tally. Let’s face it, I’ve been pirating games since I was 10, so I wanted to see just how many games I had pirated to bought copies.

      I had about 50 games legitimately bought, and 6 pirated games on my system. This is not counting my rather huge collection of Steam games.

      So, I sat down and thought about my pirating habits, and thought back on my history of me ruining the gaming industry.

      I pirated minecraft. I played it for about 2 hours, told my friend about it, and bought it the next day. Shift 2 I pirated, played for a little bit and realized it was the exact same game as Shift 1, and haven’t touched it since. I think I might have that pirated copy of Civilization V installed, mainly because I couldn’t be bothered downloading my proper copy off Steam.

      You hear it a lot: “I’m just pirating to see how the game is”. Some people never purchase a game that they pirate. Others do. But what I’ve found with myself is that the majority of the games I have purchased online or in retail are games that I originally pirated, and the ones I go out and buy without trying them out first I usually regret. Face it, we don’t get playable demo’s anymore, do we?

      There are even some examples of times where I wish I pirated a game first before just buying it without trying it. Assassin’s Creed 2 was one, mainly because I have a horrible Internet connection at home, which caused me to vow to never buy another Ubisoft title with that horseshit DRM in it. I could have saved myself $30 from the total disaster of Saint’s Row 2: PC Edition, in which I think “Free” is asking too much to play that game.

      Then there are the games I bought outright and loved. I bought the Witcher 3 times. First time on launch day. Second time I bought the enhanced edition because I wanted to support the developers who offered up that content for [free] (And my disc was scratched), and then I returned the Enhanced Edition when EB Games had already used the registration number and got it a second time with the refund. I pirated Mass Effect 1, loved it so much I got Mass Effect 2 on launch day.

      Is there a pattern to this? Maybe. What I find with my own pirating habits is that I do it because gaming companies and distributors make it harder to buy their games when they include serial numbers, online activations and revocations, DRM, and all that other garbage when all I want to do is play a game I bought. I remember GTA IV for the PC, and how it took me 2 hours just to get it running, before having performance issues for 2 weeks until it got patched. I could have easily pirated it, installed it in 30 minutes then see I should have waited for it to drop down to the bargain bin.

      Am I destroying the gaming industry by being a pirate? I don’t think so, I think the gaming industry is destroying itself by making pirates.

        Gotta back you up there buddy. I will never go around screaming about how fantastic piracy is because I think that does inflame the situation. I don't support shops that make money off this and I have and will never sell or distribute anything i get.. but like you i have also pirated a number of games so while i normally don't brag about it, I wanted to at least point out you are far from the only one.

        I will however point out that my habits have drastically changed over the last 2 years. See i don't play PC games at all (minecraft is not a game, it's a lifestyle) so im purely a console man. I found with the original xbox, I would have a pile of 100 games and not play any of them and it actually really turned me off gaming. I attached no value to them so didn't feel like investing time in them.. I also found the honebrew on the old xbox was far better than any console on the market so this was a big driver to make the change.

        Even on the 360 I have the capability to do this, however for the past 2 years, I can't recall an example of this occuring. This is in part to M$ introduction of many of the media centre features. I have bought and traded for all releases and obviously XBLA games are paid for. I also have a wii and a ps3 adn have bought all games for these also.

        It may sound strange, but getting a 360 slim that was unmodified was the best thing for me. It is a much more reliable system that is crazy quite, i can be online all the time and i would never modify this console.. as a result, my dodgy system collects dust and has done for a few years now, and I only play legit games.

        I found that having an engaging online environment (live) where there is a social and a gaming connection, that i would much rather pay for games than pirate & then be excluded from this additional experience. This is why i support the use of value added online features that require authentication that make you WANT to be online, rather than forcing you to be.

        I choose not to talk about this much mainly because the more we admit it, the more socially acceptable it becomes (which is a bad thing)... But as you point out, it is the reality.

        I'm hesitant to chime in on this issue but... +1.

        I had a whole rant typed up, but decided that you had covered it well enough already. I will simply support you by providing what I can remember from my pile of shame. All purchased legitimately. A fair chunk of them are unopened, or forgotten about before completion. Their presence is no indication of how much I enjoyed them!

        - LittleBigPlanet 2
        - Prince of Persia Collection
        - Prince of Persia: The recent one
        - Scribblenauts 2
        - Zelda: Spirit Tracks
        - Dragon Age: Origins
        - Halo: Reach
        - Tales of Monkey Island
        - Half Life 1
        - Zack and Wiki
        - Punchout!
        - Dead Rising
        - Lost Planet 2
        - Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
        - Far Cry 2
        - Sega Mega Drive Collection
        - Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit
        - Burnout Paradise

        etc. You get the idea.

          Oops - I cut out my conclusion when I cut the rant :)

          I meant to finish with: I wish the industry would realise that people like us are not the bad guys, even if we do occasionally download things. What we spend far outweighs what they're "losing" to our "piracy". So please stop making our life difficult with serials, forced internet connections, encrypted files that are difficult to copy between machines, etc.

          Go after the people who are actually making or spending money on physical pirated copies instead.

            The main this is that I've found almost all of my unfinished games are ones I've pirated, almost every single one I've played for about an hour, maybe even less.

            I've found that the games I pirate and genuinely enjoy I always buy either a copy on steam or pick it up from a store. Why? Because I like "owning" something. I like the box, I like the physicality of it being displayed on my shelf of good games, or in my steam list.

        indeed piracy is a problem and its always going to be around but fighting it isn't the way to solving the problem.

        people pirate for a reason whether it be as a try before they buy

        the industry needs to realise that some piracy is commited because of services they refuse to provide(like Demo's) and once they start to deal with these issues they will be more likely to convert pirates to buyers instead of forcing them away with UBIsoft type DRM

        More so in the PC department where returns aren't an option. unlike with the 360 or the PS3 when i buy a game and within an hour have decided that its a piece of crap i cant return/trade it in to recoup some of my money.

        I have to disagree. I understand the reasons you provided for why you pirate and god knows I agree with you on some of them but I still don’t think it makes it acceptable.

        I get that “the majority of the games I have purchased online or in retail are games that I originally pirated”. Is this somehow a justification for it? Are you saying you would not have purchased the game unless you had pirated it? Are you helping the game industry by supporting freelance demos? No you are not. You pirate for the same reason everyone who pirates does. You don’t want to purchase it. Sure, you may purchase it later but let’s be honest most of the time do you really?

        You have 60 legit games and only 5 pirated ones. Are these 5 pirated games the only games you pirated in the past 10 years? Or, more likely does this NOT include the hundreds of games you pirated over the past 10 years that you have since deleted? Do these 5 the games include games you pirated, played and then purchased much later in a Steam sale because its now $5?

        I have purchased games before and felt well ripped off. There is some real shit games out there. All I can say is buyer beware. You are not my Nanna who buys games based on the cover. You cant tell me you don’t have access to many many reviews prior to purchasing. Sure some times you get burnt but that’s life. Again it’s still not a justification for piracy.

        I know I am coming across as some arrogant ass on his high horse but I’m not innocent. I rampantly pirated games for years. To be honest I only stopped doing it when I got hit in an MS ban hammer. When that ban hammer came down I had the same self entitled reasoning that you gave and it wasn’t until my son asked me why I got banned that it really hit home for me.

        I won’t go into the whole conversation but the end result was my son cut through all the excuses and called it how it was. “You’re stealing dad.”

        He was 6 at the time. He didn’t understand the frustration of DRM, he didn’t understand the feeling of paying $90 for a crap game and not being allowed to return it because it isn’t the “balls to the wall action” the blurb on the box says, but he DID understand that taking something that you didn’t pay for is stealing.

        After all the reasoning, complaints and with all due respect all the bullshit, at the end of the day piracy IS stealing. If you are OK with stealing, then OK. That’s a life choice you have made for yourself. All I ask is that you please don’t make excuses for it, please don’t blame the industry or anyone else for it, and please don’t act innocent. It was a well informed decision you made to do it, no one forced you. You pirated because you chose to steal it rather than pay for it.

      Did you just reserve yourself a spot at the top of the list?!

      That is fricken INGENIOUS (unlike myself, who had to spell-check "ingenious")

    There are a lot of games in my backlog. It's a serious problem.

    Some of the games that I think are noteworthy are:

    Batman: Arkham Asylum (started but not finished)
    Trauma Center: Second Opinion (finally purchased it last weekend, haven't opened it yet)
    Valkryia Chronicles (started but not finished)
    And many, many more that I can't remember off hand.

    I've got quite a few games that I've not finished. Usually go back to the pile when theres nothing new out, so it'll get done eventually.

    Call of Duty: Black Ops
    Fallout: New Vegas
    Yakuza 3 and 4.
    Gears of War 2
    Halo Reach
    Far Cry 2

    Just to name a few.

    Dead Rising 2, DA2, Magicka and a bunch of DLC for varies games I've been meaning to play like Lelianas song for DA:O or the latest ME2 DLC.

    I'm not counting all the games I got over Steam when they were on sale though. Games that I never even attempted to install or installed, played for 5 minutes and then unistalled a month later. It would take me years to play through all of them.

    My pile has Dow 2 exp. Crysis 2 (waiting for crossfire patch) demons souls, brutal legend, the sabateuor, bayonetta, resi 5 gold ed, all started. Not started gta episodes.
    Finished bulletstorm last night, WTF no ending ea/people can fly. But very fun game if you can ignore the stupid toilet humour

    I'll try to break this down via platform, haven't started on any of these...

    Persona 4, Okami, SMT Lucifer's Call, Resident Evil 4, Phantom Brave, and A LOT more

    Valkyria Chronicles, Demon's Souls, Mirror's Edge, Disgaea 3, and more

    Blue Dragon, Tales of Vesperia, Bioshock, Fallout 3, Star Ocean The Last Hope, and more

    Tales of Symphonia, Mario Sunshine, Baten Kaitos, and more

    Zack and Wiki, Super Paper Mario, Fire Emblem Radiant Dawn....

    Ok this is getting too depressing, and I didn't even list my handheld consoles' backlog. Basically I would finish 1 game and buy 4 more. Recently I've been trying to cut down, so I'll only buy if it's dirt cheap, or if it's a new release that I'll play straight away, or if it's a limited edition with cool freebies (I'm a sucker for those).

    But I'll get around to all of them eventually, even if it takes me 50 years dammit!!

      Oh PrettyTones, you depress me :(

      My list rings pretty similar to yours,

      Persona 3/4,
      Like 3 other SMT games (Including Lucifer's Call, which I've just started),
      Disgaea 1 (DS - I'm stuck on some really hard fight going through killing all these Demon Overlords)
      Disgaea 2 (PS2)
      Disgaea 3 (PS3)
      And about 1000 JRPGS I haven't even touched, Tales of Vesperia, Star Ocean, The Last Remnant, Infinite Undiscovery, Record of Agarest War...

      I did just start Deadly Premonition though! It was because someone here posted the hilarious video of the Sinner's Sandwich.

      Actually, I just remembered the heap of non-jrpgs I have to play too, Dante's Inferno, Enslaved... Oh the shame!

    I just built a gaming PC, so I am working through a PC backlog - DA2 (loving it so far), Crysis (also awesome, and so purdy) and Total War: Empire.

    Also waiting for the 30 inch Dell monitor to arrive - that special (ends today!) was too good to pass up.

    I sometimes hate Steam sales: buy games for cheap, then they sit there until I can find time to play them.
    - Secret of MI 2: LeChuck's Revenge Special Edition
    - Half-Life 1 series
    - The majority of indie games I have bought recently (Potato Sack)
    - SBCG4AP
    - Bioshock 1 & 2
    - Tales of Monkey Island
    - GTA IV: EoLC
    - Serious Sam HD, 1st and 2nd encounters
    By extension, the Portal 1 Advanced maps could also count... (and that's just my PC library...)

    I couldn't even start listing my backlog. It's at 200-300 games, across all current platforms and most of the last gen platforms.

    The first step would be unpacking my consoles from moving house last week. Only got the PSP and DS to play at the moment.

      Yay! I'm not to only one with 200+!

      *high five*

    Just Cause 2, Bioshock 1 & 2, Fallout 3 evil playthrough, New Vegas, DAO, Kane and Lynch, Fable 2, FF13...
    Theres too many more :(
    Why do i even buy new games!

    I haven't finished Minecraft yet....

      Don't bother. Sell out ending leaving it open for a sequel and/or DLC.

    Borderlands (PS3)- The plan was to finish this with some mates, but we never get around to it. I could knock it over in an afternoon... Maybe I'll finish it this weekend...

    Monster Hunter Freedom 2 (PSP) - Such a grind!

    World of Goo (PC) - I only play this when I'm away from home for work.

    Probably some old Xbox games (Old Xbox), but I'm not really bothered by that.

      I have finished borderlands on 360 twice, so bought it on 360 to play with some other mates.. let me know if you want a hand with that one.. loved it so much id go back again.

        Sorry, bought it for PS3.. I have a PS3 copy... so if you want a game let me know.

        PSNID: fatshady-live

        I think thats it?

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