I often talk about my enormous backlog of videogames, and that got me thinking about how it all started. I have been playing videogames since 1998, but my compulsive shopping began in 2014. What happened?
For starters, I must admit that during all my childhood and teen years I always had money issues. I used to buy one single (used) videogame from time to time, playing it and then I used to resell it to buy another. With a total of 20€ in six months I could play five or six different videogames. I was happy that way, even though I could not buy all the videogames I wanted.
Things changed after I turned 18, not because my financial situation got that better, but because of Humble Bundle and other sites like that. with 20€ I could buy lots of videogames without any effort. I cumulated title after title both on my Steam library and on my shelf.
Plus, I was writing for videogames websites. Thanks to that I was more and more aware of what was coming out, when the price would drop and where to make my purchase. So I kept buying. And buying. And cumulating.
Why did my compulsive shopping almost ruin my passion for videogames? Because I was not accustomed to having all those videogames. At the moment my Steam library has the incredible (for me) number of 412 games. And I haven’t played yet most of them. I don’t have a number of the games I have on consoles and the ones I still have to play, but they are not just a bunch.
Sometimes I want to play something, but I just don’t know which game should I start or continue. At the moment I am playing Hades, Cyberpunk 2077, Grand Theft Auto V, Cook, Serve, Delicious! 3?! and Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX at the same time. I have too many games to play and many other interests to follow.
2019 was a dark year for both myself and my passion for videogames. I spent months without playing because I was both exausted of writing videogames news everyday (other than my job) and of my backlog. I did not play anything for over six months (except The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+). After that I decided to start buying less games.
I still love videogames, but I don’t want to feel anymore overwhelmed by my backlog. The gaming world is going so fast, with hundreds of new titles every year, but I just can’t follow this rhythm anymore.
Gioco fin dal 1998. Nel corso degli anni ho scritto per vari siti videoludici per poi aprire un mio blog. Nel tempo libero, oltre ai videogiochi, adoro Dungeons & Dragons (5e), Magic: The Gathering, leggere e ricamare.