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The 'Kill Your Backlog' Masterlist

Published on Jun 6, 2024
Kill Your Backlog

Like many people, I've purchased more games than I've played over the years, from Humble Bundles, Steam sales, and things of that nature. Our digital libraries fill to the brim with games we tell ourselves we will one day play, but things happen and that day never comes.

Enter Kill Your Backlog.

Kill Your Backlog is an idea I've adapted (read: stolen) from the Action Button Goblin Bunker Discord server. They used to hold these server-wide events that they called Murder Your Backlog. They stopped doing them a while back, and I was never very good at joining in on community events anyway, so I'm carrying this on for myself.

Here's how it works:

  1. Pick a game from your backlog.
  2. Play that game for 20 minutes.
  3. If you like it, great!
  4. If you don't like it, great!
  5. Remove the game from your backlog.

It's a sound method, and one I've already used several times to start clearing out my backlog and moving on with my life. I highly recommend it. Great way to spend an hour absolving yourself of some easy guilt.

Once I complete this process, I'll write up a quick review of my time with each game, and move on with my life. I'll try to keep these pretty short, and not super in-depth. They'll mostly just be a way for me to catalog my thoughts on a game, and give it a nice send-off in my brain once I'm done with it.

I really want to get in the habit of doing this more often, especially on those nights when I'm not sure what I feel like playing. My hope is that by giving that hope and this method a home in this post, I can start to will that habit into existence.

Furthermore, I've decided to include a constantly-updating list of all the games in my backlog, including their status, and links to their respective KYB mini-reviews as those are posted.

This post will function as a living, evolving monument to my quest to kill my backlog, and will be updated upon the killing of each item in the list below.

Here is the list of games that I have, at one time or another, considered to be part of my backlog, in alphabetical order:

  • Agent A
  • Akane
  • Alien Isolation
  • Anodyne 2
  • Arx Fatalis
  • Back to Bed
  • Bad North
  • Batman: Arkham Asylum
  • Bayonetta
  • Beneath a Steel Sky
  • Beyond Good & Evil
  • Costume Quest
  • Crazy Taxi
  • Daggerfall
  • Daikatana
  • Dark Messiah of Might & Magic
  • Deus Ex: Invisible War
  • Diaries of a Spaceport Janitor
  • Dishonored 2
  • Dishonored: Death of the Outsider
  • E.Y.E: Divine Cybermancy
  • Fallout
  • Fallout: New Vegas
  • Far Cry 2
  • Frog Detective
  • Ghostwire: Tokyo
  • Grim Fandango
  • Halo 3: ODST
  • Heat Signature (killed 03 Jul, 2023)
  • Jet Set Radio
  • Jett: The Far Shore
  • A Little to the Left
  • Loop Hero
  • Meadow
  • Mutazione
  • Nier: Automata
  • NiGHTS into Dreams
  • Norco
  • Observation
  • Oxenfree
  • Paper Sorcerer
  • Planescape: Torment
  • Prey
  • Psychonauts
  • Samorost
  • Satellite Reign
  • Shadowrun: Dragonfall
  • A Short Hike
  • Stacking
  • Stalker: Shadow of Chernobyl
  • SteamWorld Dig 2
  • Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
  • The Stillness of the Wind
  • Spark the Electric Jester (all)
  • Sunless Sea
  • Syndicate Wars
  • System Shock 2
  • Tacoma
  • Telling Lies
  • Thief
  • Tiny Echo
  • Titanfall 2
  • Truberbrook
  • Ultima Underworld
  • The Unfinished Swan
  • Wattam
  • The Witcher
  • XO

Wish me luck.