Shameless Gaming: It Begins…

Shameless Gaming: It Begins…

When you’re knee deep in gaming culture there’s a real pressure to remain present — to keep pace with the constant new releases, to discuss the games that were released this week. This month. This year. It’s draining. Shameless Gaming is our annual antidote. In July, when the release schedule grinds to a halt, we give ourselves a month to play catch up — to play the games gathering dust on our piles of shame.

Shameless Gaming was a concept dreamed up by Kotaku regular Trjn and the beauty of shameless gaming is that it’s shameless. You can play the games you want to play. You can try and finish as many games as possible or you can just do… whatever really. The point it: take time out from the latest releases and play what you want for a change.

This will be Kotaku Australia’s third year of Shameless Gaming in July. The first year I blasted through about three or four games including Bulletstorm. Last year? I spent the whole month playing Dark Souls and Dark Souls alone. I had always wanted to dedicate a serious amount of time to Dark Souls but just never had the opportunity. Dark Souls now ranks among some of my favourite games of all time.

I am unsure about my plans for this year but, since I’m spending the entire second half of July overseas on holiday, it will probably involve handheld gaming.

But just off-hand, while I’m here, there are a few games that I’m keen to finish. Games I started and enjoyed, but I got sidetracked somehow. Games like Thomas Was Alone, The Walking Dead. There’s been a copy of LittleBigPlanet for the PS Vita sitting on my desk for the better part of a year — I might give that a try now that I’ve finally dragged the Vita out of retirement for Hotline Miami.

I was also thinking about making an attempt to learn a completely new type of game — playing Civilization or something, or maybe an RTS? These are games I’ve neglected my entire gaming life. Maybe it would be worthwhile giving something like that a try.

Or maybe I’ll just play through some of my absolute favourite video games, just to remind myself of what I really love about games. Metroid Prime, A Link To The Past, Metal Gear Solid 3 — games like that.

But that’s the beauty of Shameless Gaming. Do whatever the hell you like. Just play video games. Without shame.

What will you be playing?

Getting involved in Shameless Gaming this month? What are your plans? What’s sitting atop your pile of shame? Let us know in the comments below.


  • I will complete Minecraft!

    But seriously, Sleeping Dogs, Tombraider, Xcom.

  • For anyone wondering, the definition of “finishing” a game is very simple: if you think you’re done, you’re done. Whatever you think counts as finishing a game is what matters. Being satisfied is the key.

    EDIT: As for what I’m playing, I thought I’d start with Hotline Miami as a bit of a palette cleanser after finishing The Last of Us just last night and then move on to Dark Souls, Hitman: Absolution, Luigi’s Mansion 2 and Arkham Horror.

    No doubt my plans will change as the month goes on and a handful of shorter, indie games that I picked up on Steam are going to find their way into the mix. PAX definitely throws a spanner in the works but I think I can work around that.

    • Well said.

      Though I have an issue with feeling like I’ve completely completed stuff, so I find it hard sometimes to let it go. I’ve had to give games to friends so I could forget I owned them. This way they’re out of my mind and feel more complete.

    • Oh man… Hotline Miami and Dark Souls? I take my hat off to you, you have balls of steel. I have no desire to have my ass beaten into a bloody pulp over and over and over again.

    • For the purpose of shameless gaming and enjoying oneself I agree. In practice Id never actually tell friends I’ve finished games I… well haven’t. I suppose I might say “I’m finished with game x” though :p we tend to go with being “done” with a game rather than trying to adapt a alternate wording. Along the same lines that I’m conpletely fine with reviewers not finishing games but think they should always mention that fact.

      Anywho, probably a bunch of ps+ games. I regret leaving outland twice now.

    • Trjn: Im playing StarMade at the moment, Minecraft in space, it’s fantastic. The game literally has no ‘end’ as we know, but my ‘end’ point at the moment is that I MUST finish this mega-carrier I have been building. It’s HUGE. We started legit, buying all the bits for a few days from shops ingame but had to resort to cheating to get the blocks we needed *oh well tough luck*.

      Either way, the construction at this point has hit four days (sweating like a hog here) and its huuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuge. Like HUGE. It’s based on the Tigers Claw from Wing Commander loosely. I’ll put up pics eventually, but thats my gaming point at this time to finish. So yeah, I completely agree with you.

    • That makes me feel better about the bajillion games i’ll never finish nor play. Damn you steam and PS+!

      • Yup, that’s a pro tip right there. To complete the most games this month, quit your job and move interstate to be with your girlfriend. Best done two to three months before the start of July.

  • Last year I finished my adventure game secret shames… The Dig and Beneath a Steel Sky.

    This month, there’s nothing I really feel like playing. Except for Pikmin 3. 😛

      • 😀

        The Dig is great. Amazing animation and a different, serious tone than most other LucasArts game. Holds up well!

  • When I finally bought a TV after moving house I still didn’t have Internet, so I tried to work my way through some PS+ games I’d downloaded. I’m about half way through Quantum conundrum but its just getting annoyling difficult so might end up ditching it… next on the list to play is Infamous, I think.

    • Stick with it. Whether it’s the spotty controls or the difficulty of the puzzles themselves holding you up, Quantum’s last couple of levels use the dimensions mechanics in seriously cool ways, which are well worth seeing. The DLC really ramps up the difficulty but always remains fair, and the challenges are always logical within the game’s context.
      I really enjoyed this game, and I hope you persevere.

  • I have actually got a bit more involved in this whole shameless business.
    I created an excel spreadsheet with the entire list of all my games and all platforms.
    I have a completed column and a purchases column. For the last financial year I beat 29 games and bought 53 for $1700…
    My new “financial year resolution” (I work in accounting) is to beat 10 games before I buy one… My steam back log is redic…
    Having a spreadsheet with a running total slows down my wallet a bit. Sometimes you just gotta have the newest games though!

    • yeah in prior years I did similar (minus the cost just because that is depressing).. keep us posted on how you go.

    • I had been fairly good at not purchasing new games. But then steam went ahead and rejigged the way they track number of games owned so now I am close to a milestone again and thinking, hmmm that will get me closer.
      I have a feeling this sale I might end up buying more than I intended.

  • I totally love this time of year and Bunny is a great dude for continuing to push for this. I’ve completed 10+ games over the 2 years I’ve participated previously.. sadly, this year it has totally snuck up on me due to other stuff on last month so I’m totally unprepared.

    I was given a copy of the Last of Us today so that has to be first on my list, even as this is NOT on my pile of shame. After that, I am really not sure. I should perhaps complete Hitman Absolution or even get the last few cheevo’s in Trials? My gaming time has drastically reduced so I’ll see how I go.

    Oh and I bought Catan on android because of Bunny so in his honour (and because I love it) I will finish the campaign on that too.

  • I’m going to get back into Trine 2. I got about half way then forgot all about it..

    Also on my list,

    Finishing Donkey Kong Country Returns, Metroid Other M (I actually liked it when I was playing it, believe it or not), and Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate.

  • I might spend SGM updating my backlog on how long to beat
    Not sure what I will do this year, think finally finishing Bioshock is on the cards. Might even see if I can finish one of each genre that I think of. An FPS (which might be action or might be AAA), a puzzle game, an adventure game, etc

    Although with Le Tour on I might have to work out what will run on the laptop.

    • Stream Le Tour from the SBS website on your laptop while you game.

      I’m set up at my desk and will have it on my second monitor while I use my main monitor for PC/console games.

      • Might be a go but my interwebs isn’t great and streams can drop which is annoying in the last 10 km. Normally I’ll stream the early part of the stage then switch to the TV once things are getting more interesting.

  • My biggest gaming shame is Hotline Miami, i keep dying and rage quitting before i punch a hole through my laptop screen.

    Games i might try to finish are Sleeping Dogs, System Shock 2, Far Cry 3 and maybe play the last 2 chapters of the Back to the Future game.

  • Having just (literally) finished setting up my new WiiU and being right in the middle of my uni holidays, I see much gaming in my future.

  • I’d like to finish Dishonoured (almost there). Hitman, Metro Last Light and Starcraft 2. That’s my Goal.
    Witcher 2 would be nice to finish as well but I’m making no promises there.
    I already finished Bioshock and TombRaider, but then I bought Metro before finishing the others….

    • Dishonoured it is for me too!
      I think I’m really close to the end I just got obsessed with killing as few people as possible which made progress REALLY slow.

      Hitman I gave up on too but I don’t have any urge to go back to that.

      Also Zelda: Skyward Sword, I stopped ages ago and I feel like I should go back and finish it. It’s clearly a good game, It just looks so rubbish on my 54” TV and the gimmicky controls do my head in too.

      • I gave up trying to do Dishonoured without being spotted or killing anyone. I made that decision after the first level when I noticed that there was no such thing as hiding in shadows and standing 1 floor above an enemy made you invisible.
        I still tried to play it like a stealth game but it didn’t worry me when I was spotted because I knew that it’s almost impossible to not be seen sometimes.

        Hitman on the other hand still lets me play the game like that. I put in WAY too many hours trying to finish the levels perfectly and do all the achievements, but when I realised I was only half way through after something like 30 hours I started to be more reckless. I just want to finish it. Love the game but just don’t have enough time to do it properly.

    • Yeah, something about Witcher 2… I just beat the river boss and had sexy time with Trish and then… stopped playing. Not like I don’t like it, it just seems too easy to walk away from and play other games.

  • Knocked off Nu No Kuni this morning. TLOU, Tomb Raider, Bioshock: Infinite, Farcry 3 and Borderlands 2 are now on my list for the month. I’m also on holidays now so there’s actually a possibility of achieving this goal!

  • I just can’t be arsed finishing TLoU… so I’ll have to force myself through that.

    I don’t really have a pile of shame as I get rid of games if I’ve no drive to finish them, so I may replay something…
    Alpha Protocol or The Saboteur maybe?

  • Let’s see … my pile of shame this year

    1. The Walking Dead
    2. Ocarina of Time
    3. Hotline Miami
    4. The Cave
    5. Shadows of the Colossus (Ugh)
    6. Max Payne 3 (double ugh)
    7. Halo 3 ODST
    8. Metro: Last Light

    • I would prioritise Walking Dead and ODST off that list, but to each his own of course. I just thought ODST had a great solo campaign, though some would disagree.

      • Then those people are wrong.

        ODST is great, and I eagerly await an ODST-2 announcement.

      • It’s one of the worst FPS campaigns I’ve ever played. Painful. Just painful.

        • …are you serious? I mean, if you didn’t enjoy it, that’s fine. But calling it one of the worst? If it truly is then you probably haven’t been playing games for long.

          • Dude, spare me your fanboyism.

            Millions may have liked it, I personally didn’t .

            I imagine all this must be very difficult for you. I’m sure you’ll be able to process everything this was said here and move forward.

        • Wouldn’t being with Matt mean that you thought ODST had a great solo campaign?

      • Oh … they’re not in order of what I’ll be playing, that was just the order I remembered them in.

        All I know for certain is metro last light is the first one because It’s in the xbox at the moment and Max Payne and shadow of the colossus are all the way down the bottom because I’m not a fan of them

        That said, most of my weekends are already booked up so I’ll only really be getting 1 – 2 hours after work where I might be able to play games

  • My pile of shame is the following:

    1. Super Mario Galaxy
    2. Super Mario Galaxy 2
    3. Ocarina of Time
    4. Skyrim
    5. Xenoblade
    6. Paper Mario 64
    7. Super Metroid
    8. Infamous 2
    9. Kirby’s Return to Dreamland
    10. Kirby’s Epic Yarn

    A number of these I’m replaying after a very long hiatus. Some I haven’t even touched (i.e., Skyrim, Infamous 2, Super Metroid, etc)

    • My worthless opinion? Just smash through Galaxy 1 and 2, if nothing else. You won’t regret it.

      • I know, it’s been nearly 2 years. I’m ready to re-live the experience all over! SMG 1 & 2 as well!

  • It’s funny, I’ve hardly played a game all year. I picked up Rhythm Tengoku while in Japan in January and started playing that a little bit on the train during the first few months back, then I picked up Dream Trigger 3D and Luigi’s Mansion when JB had that 20% off sale. Finished DT3D but only put a few hours into Luigi.

    A couple of weeks back for whatever reason, I picked up Luigi again and blasted through to the finish, checking it off my list and surprisingly enough, eliminating my 3DS backlog entirely. As luck would have it, my 3DS then got bricked. Great timing.

    Since I’ve remembered how to be a gamer I’ve also picked up and heavily gotten stuck into FTL. I also went back to Rhythm Tengoku and have now completed every game (48 medals) including those crazyhard drum lessons. Now just have 15 games left to perfect and I can move on 😛

    I’d actually been planning to get through more backlog. I have Advance Wars and AW Dual Strike queued up to finish, since I could never beat those last couple of missions. Then I have Black Hole Rising and Dark Conflict both yet to be started too. I think those alone could probably get me through this month.

    • FTL is great fun, I just managed to complete the game after taking a break from it for a while.
      Might have to get back into it and see if I can finish it off on ‘normal’ now

      • Aw crap, it totally slipped my mind that I’ve only been playing on Easy. That’s hard enough as it is…

        I don’t know which I hate more – constantly getting wiped out early on in the piece, or making it through to the end only to not have enough scrap to fix up a few holes in your config so that you actually stand a chance against the boss, only to get wiped out by him instead. No thanks in part to all the repair stops in the sector getting overtaken by rebels before you can make use of them.

        • Some tips from my one and only winning run (Spoilers in case you don’t want to know)
          Teleporters can be really useful. One the boss certainly as you can warp 2 people into the room that has the missile barrage, kill the guy then destroy that weapon. I also found that I could often kill all the crew before I destroyed the ship that gives you better reward (more fuel and scrap)
          Upgrade doors, stops enemies running around your ship destroying stuff and if the port into the wrong area you can just open the airlock and kill them before they break through
          Engine upgrades help avoid incoming attacks which can make a big difference
          Be lucky, good luck

          • Haha yeah, finally got around to trying out teleporters just last night. Ridiculously profitable! Sucked when I didn’t notice my weapons were still targeted on the ship and I lost my rockman+mantis boarding crew…

  • Well, I’ve been trying my hand at an entire year of Shameless Gaming. So far this year I have completed (in no particular order)

    1. Driver: San Francisco
    2. Bioshock
    3. Aquaria
    4. Crysis
    5. Bastion

    I’m currently about 8 hours into Alan Wake.

    • I really enjoyed Alan wake untill about 8 hours in, there was 1 part that just infuriated me till i had to stop, i kept ducking when i should have weaved, and weaving when i should have ducked 🙁

        • If you mean where it pushes the caravan off the edge then no, its much further, its while fighting an endless supply of shadows while running up a path with almost no lights or ammo 🙁

    • Bastion is a good choice. I always think it’s a good idea to have variable games and definitely one or two short ones in there so that you can feel like you’re getting somewhere.

  • Right now I am in the middle of The Last of Us. I recently picked up a Journey collection (including flOw and flOwer) so I plan to do Journey. After that I will take a crack at finishing Crysis 2 before I start and hopefully complete Crysis 3.

    Last year I only finished FEAR, FEAR 2 and F3AR, so I’m keeping it realistic… though I do have 2 weeks of leave later this month.

  • When i’m done with The Last of Us i’ll be plugging in the projector and SNES and saying a big “screw you” to HD gfx. I think a Secret of Mana and LttP binge is in order. I might even throw in a 2 hour Super Metroid run to show Mark how it’s done. 😀

    • Get an emulator up and running and play Seiken Densetsu 3 (Secret of Mana 2). It shares top spot for me with Chrono Trigger as greatest game of that era and would almost certainly make the top 10 games I have ever played.

  • Way way way way too much Crusaders King II. The Sons of Lodbrok have conquered all of Britannia…. Take that Aed!

  • I have a pile of Wii games to sort out. Both Zeldas, NSMB, Metroid Prime Trilogy, Xenoblade, …
    Most of which I haven’t even opened yet. I’ll be here for a while 😛

    • Damn, I totally forgot about Metroid Prime 2: Echos.

      Thanks for reminding me!

  • I can’t.
    I am too far gone. I have other 300 physical games in my backlog alone and now I am trophy hunting so I spend longer on a game.
    Plus I still buy new releases.

  • (Mark….you need to keep playing Dark Souls. You need to finish Dark Souls)

  • I went back to Skyrim again this weekend. Hadn’t realised that I haven’t played it since October last year. Same character still going strong and about 90 hours in and I still haven’t visited over half of the major towns/cities :/

    But my pile of shame of games owned and wishlist is larger because I haven’t actually played anything for a handful of months.

    edit: I lie. I’ve had a few sessions of co-op Borderlands 2 and Master League PES2013 thrown in every now and then.
    Now that I’m free, I’m hoping we can get into BL2 a bit more often.

    Also, I started playing Portal 2 for the first time last night… >_>

  • What I’d like to finish? Witcher 2, The Walking Dead. However, I’m prioritising a second playthrough of Halo 4 before then, now that I’ve finished Silentium.

  • I was going to do this last year, but for reason I can’t even remember I didn’t. So this year I started a week early. I’ve gotten through both Kane & Lynch games (both of which were actually quite short). I’ve got so many unstarted games in my Steam library, it ridiculous (damn sales!).
    Infernal is my next stop, this might not end well…

  • I’ll probably try and complete Luigi’s Mansion 2. Even though it’s relatively new, I feel it’s one that has already got away from me.

  • My plan is to finish the PS3 Atelier series. I’m 2/3 the way through Rorona, then I’ll hit up Totori, I’ve already finished Meruru so I’ll move on to Ayesha after that. (Geez, it sounds like I’m going through my little black book of girlfriend’s phone numbers or something) In addition to that, I’m going to try and finish Fire Emblem. My biggest problem is I find the random and sidequest battles way more interesting than the story battles…

  • Just finished Gears 3 last week. Want to finish the following this month:

    Vanquish: up to last mission
    Crackdown 2: up to agency tower
    Max Payne 3: second disc just started another flashback
    AC Brotherhood: not likely

  • Persona 4: Golden. I’m restarting due to a lost Vita memory card (goddam it).

  • Ugh… My List is getting longer as I get older…

    My non-gaming half is in Singapore/Thailand for 10 days so this is really the time to push some stuff:
    1. Sleeping Dogs (I have on both 360 and PC)
    2. SWTOR (finally got my Trooper toon to 50 now on to 55)
    3. StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm
    4. Bioshock Infinite (probably should chuck in the original Bioshock as well, it just feels so bouncy as opposed to solid FPS)
    5. Witcher 1 & 2…. I’ve been holding off on 2 until I finished 1 but lost my saves in a HDD meltdown.
    6. Hitman Absolution…. Keep stopping after I go on killing rampages after ruining a stealth run.

    There’s Dark Souls as well which I recently picked up but I can’t be bothered having to touch it up to play on PC. I find that thoroughly painful and off putting to begin with. Not to mention starting and then thinking wtf is the story about? What am I doing this for?

    Just Cause 2? Probably should set up the PC for Xbox control pad for that one….


    Borderlands 1
    Borderlands 2

    And on and on….

  • Will be heading into this with a Vita flavour. Despite owning the following games from their initial release, I have never really put much effort aside from a couple of hours into any of the games.

    Uncharted : Golden Abyss (Yes, I know it was a launch title, but Lumines and Everybody’s Golf stole my life)
    Resistance : Burning Skies
    Gravity Rush

    Attempts will be made to finish at least 2 and at least Platinum 1…

    Bonus – Rayman Origins (PS3), will look to clean up and Platinum it. Have the Vita Platinum, but need to clean up the speed runs and lum collection.

  • The Last of Us first up, I still have my friends PS3 hostage to play this game I am not really enjoying, but I need to know why.

    Tomb Raider
    Sleeping Dogs
    Shadows of the Damned
    Persona 3
    Uncharted Golden Abyss or whatever this crap is called, I paid for it I will finish it (maybe)
    Gravity Rush
    Red Dead Redemption
    The dozens of indie games I’ve bought on steam and barely touched.

  • Every month is shameless gaming month for me… Just finished Golden Sun: Dark Dawn and am currently playing through skyward sword and psychonauts. Since I moved house in Feb i have no internet so my list of unplayed ps+ free games is growing at a rate of knots… looks like shameless gaming will take me well into 2014 🙂

  • I was hoping to make a start by plowing through some Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why’d you steal our Garbage?! but I realized 2 seconds after I walked out of work (and having locked myself out) that my DSi was still in front of my computer inside :\
    Oh wells.. guess I’ll have to work on some more of The Walking Dead

  • Thank god for shameless gaming, it means I can continue to procrastinate over doing assignments and play games! I have way too many games to play – damn borderlands 2 is almost done, but I haven’t even touched the new content yet. I really want to play dark souls though, but my list is so long:

    Borderlands 2
    – Alan Wake American Nightmare
    – Amnesia: The dark descent
    Call of Juarez – Gunslinger
    – Company of heroes 2
    Dark Souls
    – DmC – Devil may cry
    – Don’t starve
    – Dungeon Siege 3
    – FEAR 3
    Far cry
    Far Cry Blood dragon
    – FEZ
    – Gunpoint
    – The incredible adventures of Van Helsing
    – Inversion
    – Kentucky Rout Zero
    – LEGO lord of the rings
    – Mars: War logs
    – Papo & Yo
    – Prison Architect
    Remember Me
    – Saints Row the Third
    – Sleeping dogs
    – To the moon
    – Trials Evo gold ed
    The witcher 2 (again)
    – Zeno Clash 2
    – God of war Ascension
    The last of Us (again)
    – Ni No Kuni
    – Shadows of the Damned
    Dead Space 3
    Crysis 3
    – Assassins Creed 3

    The ones in BOLD I will definitely get to (I think) – the rest are up in the air. Some are only tiny games, some are games that really can’t be completed in the sense of normal single player games (prison architect). Good luck to me 🙂

      • What I loved about Ni No Kuni is that it managed to pull a “long epic quest” without overstaying it’s welcome.

  • I will play what I feel like playing, guilt-free, when and if I’m actually able to find the time to play. If it’s something from the backlog, that’s all well and good; however, if I’m able to lose myself in an interactive playground for longer than the average this month, I’ll consider myself lucky.

  • I have got so many and have promised myself to stop buying games until I get through the main ones. Haven’t bought a game for a month and a bit, so I’m getting there! July will be the extra push 😀

  • Dishonored, Bioshock Infinite, fully finishing Witcher 1 and 2, and whatever I pick up on the steam sale.

    Lot to do.

  • Amazon are having a huge sale also – just picked up borderlands 2 + borderlands + B2 season pass for $22 for my nephew.

  • Alrighty, got a bit of a backlog on my 3DS to get through, just bought a 64gb SD card for it and needed to re-download, and as a result, either re-play or play up to where I was and get round to finishing:
    Luigi’s Mansion 2
    Pokemon Mystery Dungeon : Gates to Infinity
    Link’s Awakening
    Donkey Kong Country Returns
    Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask
    Fire Emblem Awakening
    Kid Icarus Uprising

    On the PS3:
    The Last of Us (2nd and 3rd playthrough on survivor, already complete on normal)
    Uncharted 2 & 3

    On the Wii U:
    LEGO City Undercover

    On the Emulators:
    Ace Attorney 1/2/3/AJ In preparation for Dual Destinies

    Bit of work ahead of me and will likely only get bolded ones complete but hey, still not a bad effort.

    Also, can someone give me the heads up on The Walking Dead games? I hear they are pretty solid but having recently finished The Last of Us, will playing them feel a little familiar or is it a completely different ball game? I don’t want to taint my impression of TLoU by spending time with a similar game that doesn’t quite make the grade by comparison.

  • This is great I was wondering when Shameless Gaming was going to happen, even better since my school goes on holidays in a few days!

  • XCOM
    Splinter Cell Double Agent
    The Witcher
    The Walking Dead

    That’s the list.

    • Does Euro Truck Simulator 2 actually have an ending or is it just a new challenge each time you play?

      • Its a heap of challenges and trips to make, but nice touches they added was the use of real internet radio and also the ability to use peripherals such as steering wheels.

  • I just browsed through my Steam list and apparently I’ve finished all the games on it except Deus Ex: HR and SW:KOTOR. I don’t have any plans on trying to play either of the two this month either >_> SHAME!!!!

    EDIT: I don’t have a console shame list because my only console to speak of really, the 3DS, essentially owns my life atm.

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