Embrace Thy Backlog Monster!

“Backlog: just a small word but one which tends to send a shiver down most gamersโ€™ spines. That sense of unease and discomfort experienced when looking at our pile of unplayed titles is a feeling weโ€™re all too familiar with. Yet try as we might, we just canโ€™t stop ourselves from adding entries to our library of games to be played and feeling oh-so-guilty about it.” – Kim of Later Levels

Tell me about it! Oh and you’re now reading the words of someone who started blogging in the WordPress world under the theme of “Conquering the Gaming Backlog” (me, in case it wasn’t obvious). Ah, those were the days… if only I could yell some words of advice back to 2015 me. So. Many. Things. I’d do differently. Alas! But I digress. The learning point I got from that experience is: I’ve accepted that I can never keep up with the pace of games I wanna play, thus the backlog monster in unconquerable. But why make thy video game backlog thy enemy? If you can’t beat ’em, embrace ’em!

The awesome Kim over at Later Levels is running a cool collaboration, that I sorta helped with, called #LoveYourBacklog. You can check out the details on Later Levels for more info on how you can get involved. It’s really cool! There are badges and award categories too. The major message is: we all have backlogs and should be proud of them! So show off that fine backlog monster of yours, eh.

Anyway, here’s my entry in the collaboration that I totally helped with!! This is so cool. I’ve never really played a role in shaping an event before. Thanks, Kim! You rock.

The State of My Backlog

My name is Ellen, and I have 200+ games in my backlog. And that list covers everything from NES to Xbox One games. I love collecting gaming stuff but don’t have enough time to play ’em all. And that’s okay! It’s fun to watch my collection grow outta control.

Later Levels 200 plus backlogged games badage

Game most likely never to be played

Skylanders SuperChargers on the Wii U

Skylanders SuperChargers

Absolutely zero interest in playing this game. I own a copy solely because I wanted the Turbo Charge Donkey Kong Sky-miibo figure that exclusively came with it. And yes, I ended up acquiring all the Skylanders crossover Amiibo varieties… because I have a problem and NEED to own ALL the Amiibo. Ahem.

I’m proud of my video game backlog! My 180+ Amiibo figures…. not so much ๐Ÿ˜›

Shortest game

Abzu on Steam


I saw lots of bloggers say nice things about the aquatic adventure so picked it up during one of those infamous Steam sales. It’s just a matter of setting aside an hour or two some weekend to knock out this one.

Longest game



I wanted to say The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild, but I’ve cleared a good chunk of that game already. I could’ve said the Witcher 3 Wild Hunt, but I’m actually rounding home plate with that game and almost done the final xpac (Blood and Wine). I won’t count those since they’ve almost been banished from the backlog.

So I’m gonna say Skyrim. Dragons and arrows to the knee… damn, I can’t wait. I don’t own a copy of the game yet, but I’m sure the 500th port will be available on the PlayStation 6 by the time I’m ready to play it. I bet it’ll be in, like, ultra high def super VR, or whatever fancy technology is out by then.

Game which has spent the most time on the backlog

Final Fantasy VIII on the PlayStation 1

Final Fantasy VIII

Teenage me bought this game way back in the day, making it the 2nd Final Fantasy game I played after X. I really enjoyed the story, but man, I really sucked at the combat system. Somehow, I bumbled my way to the 2nd last boss… but became hopelessly stuck there. That’s when I put the game down and all but forgot about it. Squall is definitely my favourite male Final Fantasy protagonist so I want to revisit the game and clear it one of these years. Maybe there will be remaster by then? Oh and happy 20th birthday to this game!

The person responsible for adding the most entries to your backlog

Many awesome bloggers in this wonderful WordPress community are to blame… I mean, “thank” for adding games to my Must Play list. One globe-handed individual in particular is the most responsible for feeding my backlog monster…

Adventure Rules Appreciation 3
Athena of AmbiGaming… clearly in league with my backlog.

Yep. The Goddess of Wisdom has probably added 30+ games to my grand backlog total over the years. She’s responsible for the BioWare binge I had in 2018, partly to blame for me being lost in the Witcher 3 Wild Hunt right now, and me wanting to read her thoughts on Chrono Trigger related reality is why I’ll be starting that game very soon. So many great gaming experiences that are all Athena’s fault… I guess that’s one of the great things about having best friends!

There you have it! I am so proud of my backlog monster, or have developed Stockholm Syndrome from living with it for so long. Either way, gaming life is good.

And that’s not all, folks! Next month is another backlog community event that Kim and I have planned. I’ll be revealing the details for that one here on Livid Lightning on March 1st, 2019. Stay tuned and happy gaming!

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My name is Ellen, and I've been babbling on the interwebz about video games for over 15 years. Video games themselves have been a large part of my life since 5-year-old me first encountered a SNES in a children's hospital. Fun times... Video game escapism is still the #1 coping mechanism for adult me these days.

31 thoughts on “Embrace Thy Backlog Monster!”

  1. Nassim Taleb in The Black Swan told about Unberto Eco’s private library and the concept of “antilibrary”:

    “The writer Umberto Eco belongs to that small class of scholars who are encyclopedic, insightful, and nondull. He is the owner of a large personal library (containing thirty thousand books), and separates visitors into two categories: those who react with โ€œWow! Signore, professore dottore Eco, what a library you have ! How many of these books have you read?โ€ and the others – a very small minority – who get the point that a private library is not an ego-boosting appendage but a research tool. Read books are far less valuable than unread ones. The library should contain as much of what you donโ€™t know as your financial means, mortgage rates and the currently tight real-estate market allows you to put there. You will accumulate more knowledge and more books as you grow older, and the growing number of unread books on the shelves will look at you menancingly. Indeed, the more you know, the larger the rows of unread books. Let us call this collection of unread books an antilibrary.”

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  2. I love stuff like this and how other people view and absorb games. FFVIII is my absolute favourite of the series (although I have XIII in my backlog!) – I donโ€™t think theyโ€™ve ever bettered the Junction system.

    But… it has aged badly.

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  4. This is a great idea for a post and I enjoyed reading it! FF8 is a tough game and I got to the final set of bosses and couldn’t beat it. While the game had style and great graphics, there were several flaws to it (not least of which is figuring out to even be good at the game’s combat) and I applaud you for putting lots of effort into it ๐Ÿ™‚

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  5. My backlog keeps flirting with the big 100 milestone. Every time I get it under 100 something new like KH III comes out. I typically try to knock out the shortest ones first, but sometimes I just want to get to a big one that’s been waiting a few years already. Embracing the backlog definitely seems like a great initiative. As you mentioned, Dread it, Run from it, the backlog arrives all the same so you may as well be on its side ๐Ÿ˜‰ I like to think of it as a good problem as at least I’ll never be bored

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    1. I have to say congrats on keeping yours around 100! I feel better now that I’ve made peace with my backlog, haha. So true! I’ll always have games to play for the rest of my life even if I didn’t buy another one.

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  6. Per FFVIII, I feel like if you’ve played a game, and reached the point where you decided you’re done with it, you can remove it from your backlog. No need to beat every single thing there.

    Of course, I say that being on my ‘beat all the games’ quest myself, but I’m immune to my own wisdom.

    Do you have all the amiibo yet? Are there amiibo that you don’t have?

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    1. You know what? I think you’re right. I’ll probably give this game another go if it gets remake treatment, but I won’t worry too much about leaving the PS1 version unfinished.

      And I’m always in the “Do as I say, not as I do” camp haha.

      The only Amiibo I’m missing are the ones that aren’t released yet… Unless I can break into the prototype factory or something, I’m going to have to wait, I guess ๐Ÿ˜›

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  7. It took me a while to figure out FFVIII’s battle system, too, and I completely bungled it when I first played. I kept relying on my GFs and I kept dying. Once I figured out the Draw and Junction system, I loved it, but it took some getting used to.

    I think it’s a toss up between Drakulus, Cheap Boss Attack, and Mr. Panda for who gets me to add the most games to my backlog lol. Drakulus has those “Hit or Miss” posts and then we’ll talk about stuff in the comments, which invariably gets me to add games. CBA just keeps selling me stuff on the cheap! And Mr. Panda has the best video reviews.

    I finally got back to playing FFVI, but I want to play something else on my Switch. Every time I think about it, it’s always too late to start a game. I have both Undertale and the sequel Deltarune (which was free) on it, plus a whole bunch of other things. I often find it hard to start new games though, and I’m not sure why. I feel like I’m waiting for the “right” time.

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    1. It’s so confusing… but I bet it’s fun to learn it!

      Those fine bloggers have added a lot of games for me too. Just not nearly as many as Athena has, haha. I love Mr. Panda’s video reviews!

      Ooo… I need to get around to Undertale some day. I’ve been a bit burned out on gaming, to be honest. I’m having more fun reading novels lately ๐Ÿ˜€

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      1. What’s really sad is I forget what games I have and have to check Grouvee to see if I do lol. I need to make a spreadsheet. I have Undertale on my Switch, but I just started Night in the Woods last night. The main character Mae is so snarky and sarcastic. I LOVE her sense of humor. She’s also an adorable, anthropomorphic black cat so there’s that, too.

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