I have a three-day weekend coming up in 1 hour and 20 minutes (at this time) and I cannot contain my excitement to get away from life, reality, and everything for three days. I've got some co-op coming my way with the wonderful UlvenFenrir, maybe some streaming shenanigans, and, most importantly, lots of time to rest. I'm exhausted
. I'm sure that after five appointments in four days you would be too.
Yes, that's how my week has been. I'm pretty beat up after my chiropractor visit yesterday evening, which was painful to the point of tears, yet I'm hoping that tomorrow will be a good day, giving me a chance to recover physically, and emotionally, from all the stress and abuse I've been through this past week. I need it. Really really.
So, to start off my first blog post of 2016, I'd like to post some accomplishments over the past month and a half that need to be mentioned.
The latest one, a string of great trophies and hard work from Dynasty Warriors 8
, is a gold nugget.
That also came with
and before that
All of these came from 70 hours of playing, both grinding out Ambition mode and playing through five story campaigns, with a real feeling of hard work paying off. The average ratio of those trophies is around 2.0 so it's also showing in my TT ratio, something I've never understood well enough to not hate it.
And, of course, there was this gem:
Overall, looking at this list and how hard I worked over the months to complete these trophies I think this is a good start to the year. I've had to make sacrifices in other areas, like total trophies completed per day, yet still my trophy streak lives on. Even the day I was sent to Emergency via ambulance didn't set me back. Dedication or foolishness, I haz it.
Now, the real reason I'm doing this blog post is to talk about my backlog. Yes, the backlog everyone has that's bigger than everyone else's and always trying to work on it. I hate to do a post on my backlog except...it's bad. And, if you can show me someone with a larger backlog than mine, I'll give you five points of HP.
Want to know how bad my backlog has become? Take a look here:
Most people talk of their backlogs but, today, I'm showing you only part
of it. This isn't showing off the digital downloads I've picked up, like Grand Ages: Medieval
or Need for Speed
, or the ones I've got pre-ordered for March. Of the ones at the bottom of my bed, the newest pickups, I count 27 unique games that I've either never opened or never installed. I've also forgotten to give my Vita card case a look as that one, which holds 24 cards and one memory card, is full with maybe half the games started. Then there's the stack of games I haven't placed anywhere and are just floating. Not a month goes by, or even a week, that I don't buy a game. The rate at which I finish them? One every month...if I'm lucky.
Now, I don't think this is a bad thing. I enjoy the act of buying and collecting games, or items related to them (like my Mass Effect or Assassin's Creed statues), so I never truly regret a purchase. I got over that guilt over the past year when I realized that the joy of collecting was it's own piece of gratification for me and then, obviously, it leads to the enjoyment of playing the game. "Wasting" money or time on games I may never, ever play (let's be serious here, that's a lot of games!) is not a worry I care to have nor is it, to me, a waste. It's what I enjoy doing.
The problem I've run into is hard drive space. I have 750GB in my PS3 and 2TB on my PS4 and they are full. Completely and absolutely full. I'm maxed out in more ways than one. I can't download another game onto my PS3 or install one onto my PS4. If I want to play something new, I need to go through the teeth-pulling process of deleting a game from my XMB (which I know I can re-download again but it still sucks) and wishing for days that I could add more space. I may want to start up Until Dawn
but I can't, not if I want to keep the games I already have on my PS4.
At first, I blamed Sony for my problem and their ridiculous decision of needing to install the entire game onto the hard drive for every game. Second, I got over the other ridiculous issue of having textures be so large that they need to take up 60GB of space when, three years ago, I could mod Skyrim with 2k textures and my install size wouldn't even be close to some of these PS4 games. What I was left with was the decision to either play or delete. Would I play the games I already had, upping my TT ratio and even completing a game that I may truly enjoy, or delete it from my system to get back to sometime "later"?
To be honest, I haven't decided. I've picked out a few games I can easily complete with a few hours of play, giving me room to install another game (or, as it happens to be with my PS3, give it space to NOT crash), and I hope to get rid of some of those easier games soon. If I can knock off another 100% with 15 minutes of play, like what I did with Toren
this week, then why not? I've got a day to play so why not spend some time getting the plat for Everybody's Gone to the Rapture
? If I do that, I tell myself, I can install a new game. I'm getting close to the point that, if there even is a game I don't own on sale, I tell myself to hold off because I just can't download it. It is, perhaps, one of the most unusual and wonderful of dilemmas to be in. I do not suffer for lack of choice, that thing is obvious.
Is this how one clear's out a backlog? The inability to play new games? Or should I clean out my backlog because I want to play the games in it? Will the enjoyment come regardless of why I'm playing it as long as I'm playing the game and having fun? Or, maybe, I really should be mad at Sony for not allowing me an external hard drive for outrageous hard drive installs?
I'm not sure if there's any right answer, nor am I sure I'm doing any of this the way I would like to the most, so the only thing I know for certain is that I either need to play more and finish or I need to give up on ever going after them and accept their place in my life.
Well, I do have a big backlog, don't I?
I'm starting a list of quick and easy games that I own and can complete so I don't need to take 30 minutes deciding on what to play. I'm also taking suggestions for games I should just bite the bullet and mop up the remaining trophies, *cough*Unity*cough*. If anything, working on a backlog should never be a solitary event. Nor should trophies, for that matter, but that's why we're all here, to play games and enjoy trophies.
Yes, the backlog is bad, the hard drive space is low, and I'm sure there will be another game bought before Monday. Time to hold my head high, grab the controller, bury myself in blankets for the cold (-10F) weather this weekend, and play.
As always, thanks for reading and happy hunting!
...Seriously, I'm taking game recommendations. I'm lost.