One disadvantage to starting a blog about games you’ve owned for a long time is that you start to get a craving to write about all the games you play.
Writing about games you own but have been meaning to play for years is a great motivator to actually try them, and even if I stopped now I’d be happy that I’ve done it at all. It does, however, occasionally get in the way of me playing video games I want to play but haven’t yet purchased (or are on Game Pass or Nintendo Online). For instance, I’d love to wax lyrical about the upcoming New Pokémon Snap, but without a Delorean, Tardis, or other time machine piloted mostly by fast-talking white people, it’d be hard to put that in my Backlog. Since this whole project is mostly for myself, I could probably get away with just making it a random blog post or something. But I’m me, so I came with a cute name.
Anything I play that’s ‘new’ to me or my library is going to get written up as part of a series called The Wishlist. The first one comes out tomorrow and is on Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, which I played on EA Play via Game Pass for PC and oh god this is all going to become Netflix-Prime-Disney+ but with toxic gamer culture, isn’t it. The slow arc of late-stage capitalism points ever at repetition. Or to put it cheekily: the console wars are dead, long live the console wars.
Either way, basically from now on, any new addition that I’ve wanted to play is going to get a numbered post in The Wishlist, anything from my backlog is going to get a numbered post in that series, and anything I’ve already played that want to do a retrospective on will get stuck in The Backlog as an interlude.
If something doesn’t fall into those baskets, I don’t know, I’ll start a podcast or something.