When you become a serious enough gamer, you're likely to encounter one big problem. You just don't have enough time to finish every game in your collection before the next wave of games hits. It may be because you just love collecting games, and your collection has gotten out of hand, or it could be that you have more responsibilities than you used to.
Of course, long games like rpgs, and collections, don't help at all in this respect. So, you begin to develop what, in gaming terms, is known as a backlog.
A backlog is the part of a collection that isn't played right away, or is only partially played, and set aside for a time. On its own, one game is not that intimidating, and there's no reason to believe it won't be played at one point.
However, as collections grow, so do backlogs. It can get to the point where climbing Mt. Everest sounds like a less daunting task than completing every game in your backlog. But, even though it would take forever just to complete the games you have, you can't miss out on the latest releases can you? Don't panic. You're among friends.
I for one, sympathize with your plight. Mine has been going since the tail end of the 6th gen, and about a year or two after the start of the last handheld gen. I still have ps2 games to get through. Yet, somehow, people still manage to amaze me with the magnitude of their backlogs. Mine is large enough, however, that I'm able to reassure those who are new to the backlog problem. Stay tuned for part 2, where I will list all the stages of backlogs.
In the meantime, what are your thoughts? Are you a part of the backlog club? Leave your comments below. Also, feel free to drop by my blog: landofgaming.net