Shameless Gaming: Time To Reduce Your Pile Of Shame!

What is Shameless Gaming? Well, I’m glad you asked! Shameless Gaming is Kotaku’s version of Dry July, a month where we ignore new releases and play through our video gaming pile of shame together. We take all those unfinished, ignored games, the ones we cast aside, and we give them the attention they deserve! Join in!

They are the games that lost their way. The games you forgot about. The games you tossed aside when Mass Effect 3 was released, when Skyrim hit stores. These are the games that gather dust on your shelves.

These are the games that make up your pile of shame.

And make no mistake, my own pile of shame towers high. Assassin’s Creed: Revelations, Dead Space 2, Max Payne 3, De Blob 2, Child of Eden, Dark Souls… all incredible games. Maybe I spent an hour or two with them, when they were initially released, but then I got distracted. Probably by Trials. And I never went back.

Until now.

Now it’s time to reduce that pile of shame, finish the games you started. Throughout the month of July I’ll be taking part in Shameless Gaming, dropping weekly posts on my own progress, but I’m really keen to see all you guys and girls getting involved. Last year we had a real solid group of folks getting stuck into some Shameless Gaming, and I’d like to see us do the same this year.

So what games are you looking to knock off your pile of shame in July? Let us know in the comments below.

Similar to 2011, I’m trying to prioritise. This is not a competition, but I do intent to maximise my own schedule, and try and finish as many games as possible. For that reason, I’m starting off with the games I was painfully close to completing — games like Max Payne 3, Child of Eden. Then I’ll move onto longer term projects like Dark Souls [shudder] and Assassin’s Creed Revelations.

But wait, there’s one more twist in the tail! I’m taking Shameless Gaming to a new level (I promise that’s the last time I’ll write about taking thing to a new level. As you may have already read elsewhere, this month I’m also attempting to undergo a bizarre new sleeping schedule, giving myself a whole bunch of extra time to play video games. If I can stay awake…

You can read more about that here.

And be sure to check out Kotaku reader Trjn's account of Shameless Gaming. You can find his site here.

Shameless Gaming, reduce your pile of shame! Together! Let’s do this thing!


    My pile of shame extends back at least a decade. It will take many years of playing nothing but old games to finally get through them.

      Might as well start chipping away at it then.

    My Steam favourites list has become my pile of shame. Considering starting alphabetically and moving down it. After I finish Skyward Sword first though.

    I will be partaking!

    I made a spreadsheet a few months ago, so I will be selecting some long overdue games from that last and ploughing through them. Metroid Prime 3 is one in particular that carries over from last year's SGM.

    But part of my pile is also getting all the platinums in Trials Evo, so, well, that could wipe out everything else :/

      Thanks for reminding me about Metroid Prime 3, when I played through the trilogy I passed every game except 3... I stopped in the middle. They're great, but playing them back-to-back got repetitive.

    I plan on going down my steam list alphabetically, I attempted this last year and got up to D. So that's where i'll pick it up this year, Dead Island!

    Dead Spacem, I never seem to get back to it despite it being a great game.

    Absolutely partaking in this. I'll be finishing the Witcher 2, Dead Space 1 + 2, Flight of the Amazon Queen, Splinter Cell: Conviction on hard mode.

    Hmmm, been doing that myself in an effort to curb spending - managed to ignore all recent sales too. Hard to measure how much is "enough" attention for games though - is it all the achievements (shudder), or one ending, or all the endings? Is there a secondary pile of shame for the pile of shame?

      As Trjn would (probably) say, and probably will, it's all about satisfying yourself that you've completed the game. Maybe that means 100%ing it, finishing it on the hardest difficulty, or just plain finishing it. It's once you get to the point where you can say you're satisfied with it.

      Maybe you just want to clear some untold stories off your list, or you want to really challenge yourself, or just marathon your way through as much gaming as possible. All is considered within the spirit of Shameless Gaming Month.

        Yep, fair point, it's pretty easy to get a gut feel for when you haven't spent enough time with a game. For me, that's ME3 (got distracted by Minecraft) and DE:HR (got distracted, no, overwhelmed, by Skyrim).

    I do not think I'll be able to pull myself away from D3 long enough to participate... 2 classes to 60, 3 to go!

    I want to partake and will endeavour to beat a tonne of games, but really as this is uni break for me, it is really the only time to get work done.

    I'm aiming to finish Quantam Conundrum, Metro 2033 and Skyrim. I would also like to start LA Noire, Alpha Protocol or Darksiders, depending what mood I'm in.

      I should also mention my pile of shame has about 70 games unplayed. Steam sales are the the devil.

    My list is very very long, I think I'll start with Wind Waker though. I really want to finish that game.

      You should. It has such an awesome ending!

    there's like 100+ games in my pile of shame :(

    I have got in a good start so far, yesterday I finally continued Uncharted and completed it. I don't know what people thought playing it in 2007 but the controls seemed like a big bag of asses.

    I did enjoy it overall though and last night I started Uncharted 2 which in terms of control responsiveness is infinitely better, it makes me sad putting off playing these games for so many years!

    I also ordered Uncharted 3 GOTY edition however I didn't realize it was a pre order so I am also downloading it so I can actually play it when I finish Uncharted 2.

    Which one do you guys think is best in the series? I have trouble believing something can top what I have seen of 2 so far.

      2 was definetly the best. 3 is great but 2's control mechanics were flawless.

      For me its uncharted 2. I found that i couldnt aim in 3 as well as in 2 but maybe thats because i've gone back to pc gaming over the last year and i lost my ps3 mojo in the process lol

    Would partake but I'm in the USA for most of July and August. So no games for me! But plenty of drinking and sight seeing.

    Last year I only knocked off three games in July, the FEAR trilogy. F3AR was actually new at the time, so I'm not sure that even counts.

    I don't really have a plan. I am just gonig to make an effort to finish games. I have Prototype 2 started so I plan to finish it. I might then go back and play some games I didn't really give a chance.

    Two games I will not be touching are Assassin's Creed Revelations and Akham City.

    AssRev bored me. I couldn't stick with it. I don't consider a shameful title because I gave it an honest try and it failed to impress me after AC2 and AssBro.

    I won't continue Arkham City because I've had to play the first 4-5 hours twice due to losing a save and now I'm just over it.

    I will however consider the following:

    1) Bastion: I have made a lot of headway on it since getting a wired 360 controller for my PC, so I should be able to knock it off this month fairly easily. Maybe even tonight while my wifep lays Future Soldier.

    2) Prototype 2: I got a start on this over the weekend and I'm feeling a lot more optomistic about finishing it. Once I am done with it I MAY go back and give Prototype another chance, but probably not. I MAY try to 100% it by getting all the achievements, but that depends how I feel about playing a new game+ on hard after I have finished it once.

    3) Darksiders: I got this bundled with a new 360 I bought last year and haven't played it yet. I watched a friend play it for 4 hours and while it *looked* boring, I keep seeing people saying they've gone back to it and kind of appreciated it. I'm interested in Darksiders 2, so I should give this one a real chance.

    4) Alan Wake + American Nightmare: I played Alan Wake for all of 20 minutes then wound up going to bed early because I was a bit sick that evening and fell asleep during the opening scenes. I later returned it after my wife finished it because we needed the $80 that week more than we needed a new game. I received a DLC code for the games on demand version when I bought my new 360 (as per Darksiders above), so I'm stuck with it. My wife has 100%'d it, then bought American Nightmare and 100%'d it. My goal is not so lofty - just finish the story on the easiest difficulty.

    5) LEGO Batman: I got a preowned copy from EB for $3 (because why not, it's $3) and haven't played it yet. I will have a go at it at some point, but it's lowest on my priority list.

    While my pile of unfinished games has grown since last year, I am generally feeling better about it. There's some games that when I force myself to look at them, I feel there are good reasons to not go back to them.

      Oh man, I love Lego Batman. Perfect balance of Lego derp with Batman cool.

        lol @ "AssBro" /childish.

        As for SG - I haven't even taken the plastic wrap off LA Noir... Skyrim was banished into the "this is too big for my brain" pile; Borderlands had about one hour of playtime and Fallout three got the boot after only a few hours once Rune Factory: Oceans arrived. That's embarassing.

    Wind Waker
    Skyward Sword
    Assassin's Creed: Revelations
    The Witcher 2
    Grand Theft Auto 4 + Episodes
    Ace Combat Assault Horizon

      Try not to be so vague about :p

    The Dig's been in my unfinished pile of shame for about fifteen years. (!) Finished it yesterday and loved almost every freakin' minute of it. A couple of odd design decisions in there. (Why can't I pry the panel off with the shovel instead of the tusk, damn it! :P) Too bad LucasArts didn't make any other serious adventures. I thought the ending wasn't in line with the rest of the game's tone either but definitely good times a-plenty.

      I think it's generally accepted that the stupidest puzzle in The Dig is the one where you hold down a stone footplate with a stick. You don't wedge it in, it's not heavy enough to hold it down. It just lays there on the floor with one end over the trigger plate, and trigger plate unimaginably goes down.

      Other than that, it's gold. Love that game.

        Unmarked hotspot puzzles are freakin' evil, man. Missed that footplate. Was the only time I looked up Universal Hint System the entire way through. (There's something similar in Full Throttle at the petrol refinery.) The voice acting was so impressively good, Robert 'Terminator 2' Patrick was outstanding!

    I'm in too. But i did buy a newish game for my birthday yesterday and will be starting on that first. Silent Hill 2 and 3.

    Skyward Sword, AsscredRev and Uncharted 3 - right near the end.

    Skyrim, Demon's Souls, God of War 1 and 2, SMG2, Heavy Rain and countless others i haven't started yet.

      Happy birthday for yesterday, man. Heavy Rain's the sort of game that you'll get through extremely quick assuming it appeals to you. If it really appeals to you prepare for the nightmare of getting all the different endings. :P

        Cheers man. That 'Press X for Jason' part will be weird to play. My older brother used to wander off all the time at the Shopping Centre when we were kids. Yes his name was Jason.

    First game I ever bought and never got around to playing was Sim City 4 which is not too bad given i'd been buying and playing games for nearly 20years by that point. There have been a number of games to build up the list since, it seems the older I get the less time I have to play anything but I think I'm getting better at self control, not buying a game with the intention of playing unless I know I can set aside the time to do so (awesome limited editions make this particularly tricky sometimes). These days I mainly stick to handhelds because I know I'll get a chance to play them on public transport, non heldheld games, I'd be lucky to play half a dozen a year, the number is probably closer to three or four so I try to choose wisely :)

    Currently working on Lego Batman 2 (don't judge), then I've got to move on to Mass Effect 3 and Deus Ex, probably in that order. (Was saving ME until the DLC came out.) That should keep me busy enough.

    I really don't want to think about it...

    360 alone scares me, let alone Steam, PS3, Wii, DS, PSP, PS2 and so on and so forth...

    All acheivements in Borderlands is one I'm aiming for before Borderlands 2 comes out.
    Need to finish Gears Of War 3.
    Have Shadows Of The Damned, Lost Odyssey, De Blob 2 and countless others unplayed.
    Have a 30 minute into save of Dead Space. 2 hour in save of Dead Rising 2. Half way through Deus Ex: Human Revolution.

    Curse you pile of shame! Cuuuurse yooooou!

    I choose you pile of shame!

    Currently playing through Pokemon LeafGreen.

    Skyrim the main game I feel I should go back and give another go.
    Apart from that I'm fairly well caught up. Oh Dead Space and Assassins Creed Brother, but really didn't enjoy the few hours I played of those.

      And Dues Ex HR is another I should try giving another go

        You Should! Play DXHR then tell all your friends to play it as well.

    I decide to go with a theme for shameless gaming month: Developer/Publisher in trouble. Thus the list is (with company in question in bracket)
    1. X-Men: Destiny (Silicon Knight)
    2. Kingdom of Amalur (38 Studios)
    3. Saints Row The Third (THQ)
    4. L.A. Noire (Team Bondi)
    5. de Blob 2 (Blue Tongue/THQ)
    Rather sad really.

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