Time's up. Shameless gaming month is over. Please put your controllers down and pass your results to the front of the class.
Or don't. The point of this month was to go back and explore the uncharted territories of your gaming collection. There's no reason to stop now just because an arbitrary date has arrived.
Some people may have demolished their pile of shame this month, others might have managed to triple it. I've barely scratched at mine this month but that's not how I judge success. Success is all about enjoying the games that you otherwise wouldn't have played. By that measure, this month has been a remarkable success for me. Being able to move the goal posts does help a little.
In terms of actually completing games, I've done fairly poorly. This week, I managed to play a paltry few chapters of Luigi's Mansion 2 before becoming distracted by Dota 2 and League of Legends. Distractions are the fertiliser that helps the pile of shame grow. Doesn't matter; had fun.
Luigi's Mansion 2 is one of the most charming games that I've played. Everything Luigi does bursts with character; from his gangly running animation to the shaky "hello?" he lets out when you hit the D-Pad. Not only that but the game perfectly conforms to the limits of the 3DS. The chapters are short and to the point for people that are only able to play in short bursts yet there are plenty of collectibles and exploring to be done for those with a little more time. Maybe my biggest complaint - and the reason I haven't invested more time - is that the original 3DS just isn't a very comfortable console to use for long periods of time. Even with my tiny little hands, the temptation to steal my girlfriend's 3DS XL has been rather great.
I will keep playing a couple of chapters a week until I'm done and then probably go back and tear the mansion apart in the search for collectibles. Luigi's Mansion 2 strikes me as exactly the sort of game that can be enjoyed over a long period of time like that.
I've also still got Dark Souls to finish. Now that I'm farther along than I've ever been before, I'm crippled by choice. There is so much to explore and so many things out there to kill me, I don't really know where to begin. I know that eventually I will have to tackle the infamous Blighttown and the best way to prepare for that seems to be to by taking a trip to Darkroot Gardens.
Looks like I have a giant butterfly to go kill.
After writing this, I went to go get the above screenshot. I rushed through the entire area, straight to the boss and figured that I might as well try my luck. Then this happened:
What the hell am I meant to do now?
How did your month go? Find any diamonds in the rough? Get started on a game that you're going to be playing for the next few weeks? Realise that you own some truly awful games that belong in the trash instead of the pile of shame? Let us know in the comments.