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I don’t think I would be able to stick to any “X games in Y time” kind of plans.
I’ve found that writing about games on this page after being done with them is a great feeling, so I’m more inclined to keep using BLAEO as a log of sorts.
July/December 2022 update - Success! New Challenges*! Other words!
(* = by not putting “20/23 Challenge” in the title, I’m saving money on the trademark. Probably.)
• Current status
Time for another update, this time to celebrate the end of 2022 and to reflect on how the fight against the backlog went in the past year (spoiler: the title might be a hint, wait, too late >_>)
At the start of 2022 I gave myself the goal of drastically reducing the amount of games I added, to give myself the chance to actually come out on top.
*drumroll* I did! While I only beat 57 games (down from 88 in 2021) I added just 48 (down from 120!) so this officially makes the first year that I beat the backlog, at least a tiny bit.
• Future plans: 20/23 Challenge and more!
It felt pretty good to only add games that I wanted to play, so I’ll try to do the same moving forward. I want another backlog win in 2023!
To help with that backlog win goal, I’ll follow Evilblacksheep and Skatrzoo by joining their 20/23 Challenge. My rules will be:
- I have to finish 20 of the 23 games on the list.
- The games must have been added to the backlog before 2023 and either untouched, just idled or “just tried” (under 30 minutes of actual playtime). Games that I’ve tried will still be started from the beginning regardless
- They must be games I’m excited to play. Playing games shouldn’t feel like a job so I’ll just drop and swap them if they turn out not to be enjoyable. I’ll still try to give them a fair chance.
- I can replace games as needed, of course still picking from games that fit rule 2
- And finally, I only have this year to finish it - if I don’t, I will be sitting in the corner in shame
I have a tentative list here which I’ll adjust at a later date (and yes, at the time of writing it has 24 games in it). While trying to make the list I probably glanced over several good games that fit the criteria, but I’m too lazy to double check right now :3
• Closing thoughts
Someone expected me to make 2 separate posts, one for the recap and one for the challenge. They clearly underestimate how lazy I am. Have fun in 2023!
As of the time of writing the draft for this (early June) I’m undergoing one of my usual “lack of will to play” periods, so I figured I could write a few lines about how the first half of the year went. So without further ado:
January/June 2022 - A Midsummer's Night* Update
* ⁽ᵗᵉᶜʰⁿᶦᶜᵃˡˡʸ ⁿᵒᵗ ᵐᶦᵈᵈˡᵉ ᵒᶠ ᵗʰᵉ ˢᵘᵐᵐᵉʳ / ⁿᶦᵍʰᵗ⁻ⁿᵉˢˢ ᵐᶦᵍʰᵗ ᵛᵃʳʸ ᵈᵉᵖᵉⁿᵈᶦⁿᵍ ᵒⁿ ˡᵒᶜᵃᵗᶦᵒⁿ / ⁿᵒ ʳᵉᶠᵘⁿᵈˢ⁾
• Current status
After many years of succumbing to the backlog, adding more games to it than I was beating, I started this year with the goal of staying in the positive, and so far I’m holding on to that promise, being at 31 beaten vs 25 added across all platforms.
• Future plans
I’m positive in my ability to stay ahead in the second half of the year as well, although I would really like to bump up that “games beaten” number pretty decisively. There are a few games coming out later in 2022 that I want to play (highlights off the top of my head being Persona 5 and Plague Tale 2) so I’ll try to focus on not adding any unnecessary titles to the backlog before I’m comfortably ahead of it.
• Some games I've played
• Closing thoughts
Nothing really. Stay safe and not too hot :3
January/December 2021 - Whole year update Mk 2
Welcome back to my monthly-but-I-skip-11-months update! Around the end of June 2021 I ended my last post with
so far I’m around the 50% mark for 2021 but a few kills might swing the momentum my way
and I’m happy to report that numbers really went up in the second part of the year.
• Progress (or lack thereof)
Thanks in part to the 13 spooky games beaten in October the total tally for 2021 says 83 backlog kills vs 120 new games added to it. It’s still not quite as balanced as I might have wanted it to be but it’s still another bit of progress compared to the previous years.
• Some games I've played this year
One of the things that I conveniently left out of my previous post in June is that I’d just picked up a used Nintendo Switch, which was both a positive (gaming in bed is so comfy!) and a “negative” (yet another backlog!).
Some of the games that I’ve played on it include Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Pokémon Sword and WarioWare: Get It Together!, but I definitely have lots more that I want to check out.
My main gaming platform’s still been PC of course, some of the honorable mentions among the games I’ve played go to Yakuza 3, 4, 5, 6 and Like A Dragon (thanks Game Pass!), Forza Horizon 5 (I have no idea how I have 150 hours in it in not even 2 months <_<), NieR Replicant™ ver.1.22474487139 (I still listen to the OST regularly) and Rise/Shadow of the Tomb Raider (both really solid overall)
• Game(s) of the year
I was a bit skeptical to see It Takes Two win GOTY at The Game Awards over some of the other contenders but after playing it (and A Way Out) right at the end of the year I’m completely converted to the Church of Josef Fares and I can say it’s my game of the year as well… if we’re talking games released in 2021.
My pick for best game I’ve played this year goes to Outer Wilds. It was absolutely worth sticking with despite the fact that the first few hours didn’t really seem to “click” with me, because once things started making a bit of sense in my head every bit of exploration and every new discovery gave me feelings that I find a bit hard to even express in words.
It probably requires the right mindset to properly enjoy so I’m not sure I can recommend it to just anyone, but if the idea of slowly piecing together the story and the mechanics of a solar system and its past inhabitants by means of exploration and puzzle solving interest you, just buy it and don’t look up anything else.
• Plans for 2022
Saying that I have plans is a bit of an overstatement but I’ll definitely look into further shrinking the amount of unnecessary backlog additions. I won’t be able to avoid adding some heavy-hitters I’m looking forward to like God of War, ELDEN RING, A Plague Tale: Requiem, and a handful of others, but maybe I can cut down a bit further on adding “maybe I will play” games.
Before the storm of good game releases starts to hit I plan to give myself a headstart by clearing some more small to medium sized games I’ve added recently; I don’t know if it will be enough to finally see a win over the backlog next year but I’ll sure try ^_^
January/December 2020 - Whole year update
My last post was in December 2019, so I’m long overdue an update. I guess it’s time for a 2020 recap as we are at the end of the y-
Uh, we’re halfway into 2021?
I closed the previous year’s post with
Speaking of 2020, have a nice and safe New Years’ Eve
In hindsight I should have mentioned having a safe rest of the year too. While the worst might be over it’s been a trying year, and games have been a big help. So let’s get to them, shall we?
I had prepared a 𝒻𝒶𝓃𝒸𝓎 𝑔𝓇𝒶𝓅𝒽 like last year to show the progress month by month but I must have misplaced it somewhere, so I’ll only mention that the tally for 2020 totals 69 kills ⁿᶦᶜᵉ and 127 total additions to the backlog.
Crunching the numbers (major maths at work here, 69 divided by 127) I was 54% of the way to tie with the backlog, nowhere near my goal but still up from the 46% of 2019 and the 25% of 2018.
The honorable mentions for 2020 are Horizon Zero Dawn, Disco Elysium, Danganronpa V3, My Time At Portia, There Is No Game: Wrong Dimension and Marco & The Galaxy Dragon.
The honorablest honorable mention is of course Hades, which deserves every single award and GOTY nomination it got.
Moving forward I’ll try to be more timely with the end of the year update and to improve my % a bit more, so far I’m around the 50% mark for 2021 but a few kills might swing the momentum my way. Anyway, have a nice rest of the year >_>
October/December 2019 - End of the year update
Stats are scary but still useful in assessing the… uh… damage. Man did I do a lot of damage to my chances to ever win a little against the backlog ;_;
To look at the positives I beat almost twice as many games as last year (91 vs 48) while keeping the backlog growth rate stationary (198 vs 194). That means I beat 46% of the games I’ve added versus last years’ 24,7%, and that makes it kind of a good year nope it still hurts inside
In the last 3 months of this year I tied some loose ends, going back to games I had started months ago and beating some small games I added to the backlog last year, some of which are listed as a comment for December’s theme as they don’t show up in BLAEO due to the Limited Profile features B.S.
I won’t write reviews like usual
due to me being lazy but I will give some honorable mentions to Danganronpa Ultra Despair Girls, Minoria, Cat Quest 2 and missed messages., as well as some (jokingly) dishonorable mentions to the absolute time vampires DemonCrawl and Dicey Dungeons, hoping I won’t carry the addiction to either of them into 2020.
Speaking of 2020, have a nice and safe New Years’ Eve and [obligatory see you next decade dad joke] \o
July/September 2019 Update
I’m pretty surprised I managed to get here, I didn’t expect to survive the 179 heat waves in this crazy summer but I guess it was destiny, I couldn’t die without getting fully caught up with my BLAEO updates. guess I’ll die now? >_>
Numerically-wise most of the backlog slaying this month has been in the month of August, thanks in part to the monthly theme and in part to my newfound resolve in finally clearing up my ABC Challenge list (only one to go ^o^). Speaking of which, I prepared a second semi-WIP list which already has 2 kills on it, so yay me :3
April/June 2019 Update
Easter is gone, summer is just starting, it’s time for another update! After all, July has just sta-what do you mean I already used this joke and it wasn’t funny the first time?! *double-checks sanity meter*
As usual, I’m only gonna write about a few of the games I’ve played; for the full list clicky the button on the bottom of the post :3
Sekiro™: Shadows Die Twice
The Slaughter: Act One
Six Days of Snow
THE AWKWARD STEVE DUOLOGY
My Big Sister
Mhakna Gramura and Fairy Bell
Yakuza Kiwami 2
The Spiral Scouts
Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc
Love at First Sight
Fare Thee Well
Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair
Shantae: Risky's Revenge - Director's Cut
Shantae and the Pirate's Curse
Fell Seal: Arbiter's Mark
The Room Three
January/March 2019 Update
The Winter festivities are gone, so it’s time to talk about some of the games I’ve played during these first 3 months of the year.
After all, April has just sta-what do you mean it’s AUGUST?! *double-checks calendar*
Ahem. So… things have happened and I’ve missed *a few* updates. Time to bridge the gap, let’s get going shall we? :3
a Museum of Dubious Splendors
Banyu Lintar Angin - Little Storm -
Kitten adventures in city park
A Raven Monologue
Four Last Things
What Remains of Edith Finch
Dear Esther: Landmark Edition
Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice
Her Majesty's SPIFFING
Garden of Oblivion
Cat President ~A More Purrfect Union~
The Witches' Tea Party
One Night Stand
Battle Chasers: Nightwar
Detective Case and Clown Bot in: Murder in the Hotel Lisbon
November/December 2018 Update
I never stood a chance.
Looking at other people’s posts I remembered that one of my resolution for my 2018 on BLAEO was to keep track of games backlogged and played to make a proper balance at the end of the year.
Surprising no one I forgot about doing that, but I still cobbled something together by looking at my product activation page on Steam and going from there. Let’s just say it was not pretty…
I thought I’d be more bummed out that I am when looking at the numbers, but I’m actually fine with how things went, considering the circumstances. I like to look at the positive side: I have some nice games to look forward to play whenever I’m in the mood for some, so all’s good :3
It’s just… a little disappointing there was no month in which I gained any advantage on the backlog, but that has more to do with my chronic wishlist feeding addiction >_<
As for the Nov/Dec blacklog kills there’s not much to see, so I’ll just plug an honorable mention for Marlow Briggs and the Mask of Death, a game that I would have never heard about if not for Totalbiscuit’s video about it several years ago. It was the right kind of cheesy fun I was looking for to lift up my spirits ^_^
September/October 2018 Update
To keep in line with Spooktober I received multiple scary threatening messages like the one pictured above. I guess I’d better post a new update :3
Sooo… In the past couple of months I’ve (sorta) come back to having some time to play, so I’ve taken down around a dozen games.
While that sounds pretty great on paper, it was mostly pretty short titles and I’ve been really weak in the past 6 months, adding close to 50 titles to the backlog (yes, I know T_T)
hope plan to have more free time early next year to get more slaying done, and in the meantime I’ll keep nibbling at the beast whenever I can squeeze some gaming in.
It’s nice to be back, now let’s slay some games again! he blatantly lied, again, not having played a single game so far this month
- Won on SteamGifts 150
- Gift 149
- On hold 16
- 20/23 Challenge 25
- To be played soon™ 265
- To be read eventually™ 59
- 2023/03 0
- 2023/02 0
- 2023/01 6
- 2022/12 8
- 2022/11 6
- 2022/10 2
- 2022/09 2
- 2022/08 2
- 2022/07 2
- 2022/06 8
- 2022/05 2
- 2022/04 2
- 2022/03 2
- 2022/02 8
- 2022/01 5
- 2021/12 7
- 2021/11 6
- 2021/10 13
- 2021/09 1
- 2021/08 6
- 2021/07 4
- 2021/06 5
- 2021/05 5
- 2021/04 2
- 2021/03 5
- 2021/02 3
- 2021/01 6
- 2020/12 4
- 2020/11 3
- 2020/10 12
- 2020/09 2
- 2020/08 8
- 2020/07 11
- 2020/06 2
- 2020/05 7
- 2020/04 5
- 2020/03 1
- 2020/02 11
- 2020/01 2
- 2019/12 12
- 2019/11 2
- 2019/10 2
- 2019/09 4
- 2019/08 11
- 2019/07 2
- 2019/06 8
- 2019/05 9
- 2019/04 7
- 2019/03 7
- 2019/02 13
- 2019/01 14
- 2018/12 1
- 2018/11 5
- 2018/10 8
- 2018/09 4
- 2018/04 4
- 2018/03 7
- 2018/02 12
- 2018/01 8
- 2017/12 17
- 2017/11 9
- 2017/10 5
- 2017/09 4
- 2017/08 11
- 2017/07 15
- 2017/06 12
- 2017/05 7
- 2017/04 12
- 2017/03 10
- 2017/02 15
- 2017/01 19
- 2016/12 19
- 2016/11 15
- 2016/10 14
- 2016/09 5
- 2016/08 6
- ABC Challenge 2.0 26
- ABC Challenge 26
- APG win 3
- Waiting for Halloween 19
- Sep-Oct '17 Challenge Me! 5
- Aug-Sep '17 Challenge Me! 5
- Jul-Aug '17 Challenge Me! 5
- Makes me sick 6
- Dropped 9