Ask PSLS: Too Many Games… Not Enough Time…
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“When you’re have more games than time to play them, do you have a difficult time deciding what to play first?”
There are an increasingly large number of games coming out. From indies to large budget AAA titles, everyone’s backlogs are bound to continue to grow, so how does the PSLS staff prioritize which games get their attention?
Alex Co (@excaliburps)
Personally, I used to have that problem. Now, though, I just play what I want. The main problem is, I have this addiction with multiplayer shooters. So, most of the time, I leave a pile of games untouched and play the crap out of one game. I sometimes have the attention span of a duck, so if a game doesn’t hook me in in its first 20-30 minutes, I stop playing and go right back to my pew-pew games.
I’m looking to amend that, though. Hopefully, I can actually play and finish the games I have before moving on to the next.
I honestly don’t find my backlog that much of an issue. This is probably due to the fact that PSN games hold my attention for all of 20 minutes and the PS4 doesn’t have that many releases. Usually I am just playing whatever JRPG I get sent for review, so it is fairly easy to decide what to play at that given time.
Chandler Wood (@FinchStrife)
As a trophy hunter, this dilemma has plagued me for years. My backlog isn’t simply finishing games, it’s getting the platinum trophy on them. Work obviously comes first, meaning that if I have something for review, that is going to take precedence over all else. After that, I try to give myself goals for trophy hunting in games and aim for a few platinums at a time, so those are the games I come back to. Unfortunately reviews keep piling on, and as I want to platinum each of those, my backlog just grows massive every week, not to mention the games that I haven’t even bought but still really want to play. Oh, and Plus isn’t helping with that either…
Rogue Legacy always seems to find a chance to work its way into all of my gaming sessions, though.
D’yani Wood (@Dyani)
For me, I only worry about completing a game if I’ve heard the story is worth while, and if I want to experience the ending. That makes choosing games a little easier. Often times I am okay with just experiencing the bulk of the game and that’s it, so I just play the game that sounds like the most fun at that moment in time. And I should add I get bored very easy, so I am always bouncing from game to game.
Dan Oravasaari (@FoolsJoker)
I know the concept of having too many games to play all to well, but deciding which one to play is generally less of an issue. This is normally because work dictates the majority of my play time, as even when it comes to ‘my time’, I still will usually go with the most relevant title possible. So, sadly more often than not, games that end up in my backlog usually stay there indefinitely and wont get touched unless they become relevant again. Thankfully, I have stopped purchasing titles until I am ready to play them, or at least until they go on sale. So my backlog has stopped growing at the obscene rate it had been over the last year or two.
It’s a great problem to have, isn’t it? I honestly don’t put too much thought into which of the games from my backlog I play, it usually just depends on my mood. I ask myself – do I feel like shooting up a bunch of bad guys, going on some quests, or scaring myself half-to-death? With all the bundles coming out on sale at places like Humble Bundle, though, my collection is quickly spiraling out of control. I may just start getting through the backlog alphabetically!
I think with most “mature” gamers like myself, balancing life and gaming can be difficult. There are so many good games out there, and short of training myself to never sleep I just have had to start writing off the games I’m not super excited about. Even still, I have a hell of a backlog of games I would like to play but just haven’t had time for. I had to get a bigger Vita memory card to fit all the games I want to play someday. Who says Vita has no games?!?
Zarmena Khan (@Zarmena)
I’ve almost always had a backlog so I’m used to just playing a game that I either find the most interesting, or a game that I can finish relatively quickly. I know, that sounds weird, but work and my other hobbies slow me down. Just the other day, I bought Wolfenstein with the intention of finishing at least one or two chapters on Saturday. Instead, I dismantled my entire aquarium, cleaned every inch of it, and re-did the decorations! With my PC and PS3 backlog through the roof, I promised myself that I would only buy one PS4 game at a time. It’s working so far.
How do you decide which games you are going to be playing? Is it always the latest and greatest or are there some older ones you go back to? Remember to send us questions for Ask PSLS on Twitter, Facebook, the forums, and email. Be sure to check back next Wednesday to see what question the PSLS staff will be answering!