Embrace Thy Backlog Monster!

“Backlog: just a small word but one which tends to send a shiver down most gamers’ spines. That sense of unease and discomfort experienced when looking at our pile of unplayed titles is a feeling we’re all too familiar with. Yet try as we might, we just can’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 😛

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!

⚡Thanks for reading!⚡

If for some odd reason you want to read more of my posts, you can find a somewhat organized (and usually up to date) archive of my ramblings… I mean, articles here!

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I'm a wannabe writer and an avid video gamer with a slight (okay, maybe extreme) Amiibo addiction. I'm from the coastal province of Nova Scotia in Canada, eh. When I'm not gaming, I have a steady job thing I have to go to. It pays for the gaming thing though. :)

17 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 “Wow! Signore, professore dottore Eco, what a library you have ! How many of these books have you read?” 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 don’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. 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 🙂


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