Dry July? Pfft... It's Shameless Gaming Month

Plenty of folks I know are doing Dry July - in fact our night editor, the charming and glamorous Elly Hart, is doing Dry July. Me? Well, I don't drink, so I'm indulging in an activity a number of Kotaku regulars are taking part in - Shameless Gaming Month.

We all have a pile of shame, a number of games we haven't finished, or even bothered starting. New games come out, we get excited, buy into the hype and watch as the other games we've yet to finish get thrown back on the shelf - ignored... abandoned.

Kotaku reader Trjn had a pile of shame, a pretty epic one at that. He decided to do something about it.

July provides us with a month where the supply of new games runs short and the end of financial year sales have ended. That also means that we have a month where we can sit down and make a molehill out of the mountain that is our pile of shame.

There aren’t any particular rules to this endeavour, but the general idea is reasonably simple: play as many games to completion as you can in the month of July.

For the sake of simplicity, completing a game means playing it until you are satisfied that you’re done. That might mean getting a platinum trophy or 1000 gamerscore for it, playing out the single player campaign through to the end credits or simply playing the game up until the point that you want to hurl that disc into the centre of the sun never to be thought of again.

Let us know what games are in your pile of shame and what you’re trying to play as the month progresses. If many people are playing the same game, we can form something not entirely unlike a book club where we can discuss the fun being had by all and sundry.

I fully support this endeavour. I have my own pile of shame which currently includes...

Half-Life 2, Darksiders, Dead Space 2, Metroid Prime 3, inFamous 2, inFamous, LittleBigPlanet 2, Kirby's Epic Yarn, Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks, Fallout: New Vegas, Dragon Age 2...

Oh man. I literally could be here all night.

Point being - let's get our pile of shame down to a manageable level, and let's do it together!

Until the end of July, I'll be dropping in a post of my own personal progress every Tuesday until the end of July, and I'd like to invite you all to participate in the comments section.

Let's get this thing done!

Are you guys up for taking part? What games do you have in your own pile of shame? Let us know in the comments below.

Shameless Gaming Month [trjn]


    My actual pile of shame:
    God of War II
    Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood

    My digital pile of shame:
    X-Com Collection (Steam)
    Dead Nation (PSN)
    Death Spank: Thongs of Virtue (PSN)
    LittleBigPlanet (PSN Welcome Back)
    Ratchet & Clank (PSN Welcome Back)

    I find that a digital pile of shame is a far bigger concern these days, because it doesn't sit on the TV unit staring at you each night like a proper PoS does.

    Infamous 2, Prince of Persia:TFS, Darksiders, Dead Rising 2, Skate 3, Vanquish, Just Cause 2. **hangs head** I'm so sorry guys.

    oh god I don't event want to think about my pile of shame. . .

    I'm fairly certain its up to like 25-30 games now. . .

    HA! Wow. Great minds! (mis-quoting I know.) Me and some mates started doing this a month back.

    I have TWENTY SIX!!! games to finish. But I had 30 only two weeks ago so I'm feeling pretty good about it so far.

    I plan on getting that number into single digits before DEUS EX 3 comes out =P

      THE LIST:

      Dragon Age 2
      Fable 3
      Beyond Good & Evil HD
      Test Drive Unlimited 2
      Dead Space
      EA MMA
      Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2
      Marvel Ultimate Alliance 1
      Kane & Lynch 2
      The Saboteur
      Alone In The Dark
      Assassins Creed 2
      Resident Evil 5
      Kung Fu panda
      Lego Indiana Jones
      Lego Batman
      Toy Soldiers
      50 Cent:BotS

      yea wtf, right?

    Damn, I got started early! Played Batman Arkham Asylum and the Saboteur in June.

      The saboteur was a great game, i would have loved a sequel. RIP pandemic.

    Pile of shame includes KotOR 2, Outland, Starcraft 2 and Fable 1. Also just picked up a cheap copy of Dragon Age 2, but I only started last night, so that might not count.

    You haven't finished Half Life 2? For serious? Hell, Mark, I'm EXCITED for you! Go play it!

      And play it on a console just to make all the PC fanboys twitch :D

      Good point! Also, to avoid delay, install episodes one and two, you will want to keep playing.

    i think i'll just drink instead

    Oh dear... just looked at my back catalogue... where to start :s Im gonna try and get through some of the following this month:

    Dead Space 2
    inFamous 2
    Alan Wake
    Bioshock 2
    the last chapter of Final Fantasy XIII
    Metro 2033
    Halo ODST

    I could keep this going for months... hopefully August is a quiet month for new releases...

    Shadows of the Damned, Duke Nukem, Braid, The Darkness, while keeping on top of SFIVarcadeedition

    This'll be fun :D
    My pile of shame (well, what I can remember of it)
    Lego Star Wars I
    Lego Star Wars II
    Lego Batman
    Lego Star Wars III
    Lego Pirates of the Caribbean
    Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit (2010)
    Need for Speed: High Stakes
    Need for Speed: Undercover
    Rollercoaster Tycoon 3
    Portal 2 (Co-op)
    Super Meat Boy
    That's all I can think of right now...

      Looking at your list all I could think of was:

      "NEED LEGO!"

    In no particular order:

    Dante's Inferno
    Shadows of the Damned
    Amnesia: The Dark Descent
    Half Life 2: Episodes 1 and 2
    Team Fortress 2
    Portal 2 co-op
    Fight Night Champion
    Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit
    Costume Quest
    Shadow Complex
    Splosion Man
    Brutal Legend
    Red Faction Armageddon
    Fallout New Vegas
    Castlevania: Lords of Shadow
    Donkey Kong Country Returns
    Kirby's Epic Yarn
    Alan Wake
    WWE All-Stars

    Likelihood I'll get any more than 3 of these completed... 40%. There's just not enough time in the day once work is done!

    As there is no way I could do a dry July, I to shall take part in this Shameless Gaming Month.
    At last count I had about 14 games I hadn't finished.
    I have no-one to blame besides myself, as I tend to get distracted eas... oh look a shiny

    Mine is awful, simply awful. This list contains games I actually want to complete, there's others that I can't be bothered with, plus some stretching back to the PS2 which I haven't listed...

    Demon's Souls (up to 2nd to last boss but he's a jerk!)
    Heavy Rain
    Ratchet & Clank Tools of Destruction

    Super Paper Mario

    Assassins Creed
    Halo 3
    Dragon Age 2

    Zelda Spirit Tracks
    Yoshi's Island DS
    Chrono Trigger

    Mafia II
    Far Cry II

    Ratchet & Clank Size Matters

    and there's probably some PSN and XBLA games too

      Lol @ Kameo. I suppose I should add that to my list too...

    Thank god I'm not doing Dry July. How am
    I going to get through Goldeneye on the Wii sober?

    You haven't finished Half-Life 2 yet, Serrels? Gah, get onto it!

    My pile: Arkham Asylum, Borderlands DLCs, Aliens vs Predator, Fallout 3, Bioshock, and uh, Half-Life 1...

    Mine includes:

    - inFamous
    - Duke Nukem: Forever
    - L.A. Noire
    - Goldeneye (Wii)
    - Epic Mickey
    - Dead Nation
    - Zelda: Minish Cap
    - Pheonix Wright: Justice for All
    - Pheonix Wright: Tirals and Tribulations
    - Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney
    - Assassins Creed
    - GTA4
    - Mad World
    - House of the Dead: Overkill
    - Conduit

    That's from memory, I'm sure there's more. There is no way this can be done in a month :(


    For great justice I shall start with the following:

    Demons Souls (PS3)
    Red Dead Redemption (360)
    Shank (PC)

    Good luck everyone!

    My current pile of shame:

    Darksiders (although it's just the last tower)
    Dirt 3
    Operation Flashpoint
    Episodes From Liberty City
    Virtua Tennis 4 (arcade mode)
    Burnout Paradise (finished it once before, playing through again cause it's so good)
    Monkey Island 2 remake
    Lego Pirates of The Carrabbien (girlfriend loves it)
    Dead Nation
    Ratchet and Clank

    And I also just bought RE2, RE3 and Silent Hill off the US PSN, so I'll play through them eventually.

    P.S. And I can't forget my daily 1000 Heroz runs, damn that game is addictive
    *phew* Good luck to everyone else!

      Totally spelt Caribbean wrong *shrugs*

      Also left Outland off my list, so many gamessss

    My pile of shame is too big to type, and I won't even be in the country for half the month... and to make it worse I basically haven't played games at all in June (been socialising too much... gasp). I'll do my best!

    Games I have that I have never played and would like to get through:
    Ass Creed Bro
    Tales of Monkey Island
    Half Life Episode 2
    Alien vs Predator (recent one)
    Chronicles of Riddick
    Crysis Warhead
    Duke Nukem Forever (waiting for it to be patched)
    Lara Croft Guardian of Light
    Far Cry 2
    Metro 2033
    Supreme Commander 2
    Tales of Monkey Island

    With the Steam sale going for the next 10 days, I expect this list to double.

    I was just thinking I needed to go back to my pile of shame now that I have platinumed inFamous2... Ive got some good ones in there.

    Uncharted 2 (I know I know)
    3D dot game heroes
    Little Big Planet 1 (prob not gonna happen)

    Part of my Shameful mountain:

    Think I'll start with Alan Wake and Majin And The Forsaken Kingdom and see how I go.

    Thanks to Steam my pile of shame is beyond insane.

    L.A. Noire
    Red Dead Redemption

    inFamous 1 & 2
    LittleBigPlanet 2
    God of War 3
    Demon's Souls

    Mario Galaxy 2

    Zelda: Ocarina of Time
    Ghost Recon

    Pokemon Soul Silver
    Mario 64

    Starcraft 2
    Dungeon Seige 3
    Assassin's Creed Brotherhood
    Back to the Future Parts 2-5
    Dragon Age 2
    The Witcher 2
    Fallout: New Vegas
    Half-Life 2 Episode 2

    ...that's just the first few that come to mind as well.

      Being mostly 15-20+ hour games in that list... you're boned.

        Machinarium: so great. Do it first!

      But wait! There's more!

      Alice: Madness Returns
      Duke Nukem Forever
      Shogun 2
      Bioshock 1 & 2
      Alpha Protocol
      Aliens vs. Predator
      Dirt 3
      Mafia 2
      Prince of Persia
      Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands
      Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit
      Fable 3
      Red Faction: Armageddon

      Final Fantasy XIII

      ...I'm sure there's more too.

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