Backlog: The Listmaking

This isn’t really a “to-do” list that is going to happen any time in the near future. Honestly, keeping on top of my three classes is pushing me hard enough, much less getting ready for the JLPT in December. The only gaming I’m really making time for is, well, the “get some use out of the PSP” project, which is something I’ve mentioned before and will return to once I have some more to say on it.


Before this term started, I had a little extra time, so I spent it figuring out what games I owned for which systems and which I’d finished and so on. My reasoning was that, well, whenever I’m looking for something new to play, I waste so much time looking through stuff that I sometimes wind up with no time to play whatever I’ve decided on.

It came out to… mmm. I’m actually kind of embarrassed to go into numbers. Let’s leave it at this: It’s a really good thing I almost never pay anything close to full, new price for a game.

I bought a bunch of DVD and CD bins from Ikea. These are kind of cheesy cardboard affairs, but they seem like they’ll hold up and they let me do one of the more important things: Hide most of the games.

I put just about everything that would fit in to a box into a box. It came out to 18 DVD-size boxes and 12 CD-sized boxes. Lots of stuff didn’t fit into these nice Ikea boxes, unfortunately, so I need to find some kind of a home for those nice big Saturn and Sega CD boxed games.


Side effect: Bookshelves with identical storage boxes on them look better than a sea of spines. At least, they’re a change.

Then I went through the boxes and tried to pick one shelf’s worth of games that are either really highly recommended, or that I’ve always been curious about, or that I think I ought to play because they’re part of the overall language of the community, as it were, or that I just bought, darn it, and want to play them at least a little bit even though I don’t really want to, you know, try to finish them or anything.

I left portable stuff out of this, because by their nature they’re usually played outside the home.

I came out with the following shelf o’ games that serve two purposes:

  1. Helps me narrow down what to play next, in the unlikely event I have any real time to devote to getting into a game anytime soon.
  2. Helps remind me, when I’m in a store and something catches my eye, that I have all of these to play and I really ought to, instead of buying new ones.
  3. Helps me avoid the shame associated with the sheer number of games that are NOT on this list, despite their unplayed statuses, because they’re not right in my face taunting me. I have, as an example, something like 6 Zelda games. I’ve never finished a Zelda game, or even come close to getting very far in one. I don’t need to see six Zelda games every time I look at the shelf.

The list:

  • Shenmue II (Dreamcast)
  • Skies of Arcadia (Dreamcast)
  • Final Fantasy IX (PS1)
  • Castle of Shikigami (PS2)
  • Disgaea (PS2)
  • Final Fantasy X-2 (PS2)
  • Final Fantasy XII (PS2)
  • Grim Grimoire (PS2)
  • We (heart) Katamari Damacy (PS2)
  • Kingdom Hearts (PS2)
  • Odin Sphere (PS2)
  • Okami (PS2)
  • Sly Cooper (PS2)
  • The Maid and Machine Gun (PS2)
  • Xenosaga (PS2)
  • Ys: The Ark of Naphishtim (PS2)
  • Rayman: Raving Rabbids (Wii)
  • Eternal Darkness (GCN)
  • Killer 7 (GCN)
  • Metroid Prime (GCN)
  • Resident Evil (GCN)
  • Sonic Gems : Sonic CD (GCN)
  • Starfox Adventures (GCN)
  • Armed and Dangerous (Xbox)
  • Brute Force (Xbox)
  • Conker’s : Uncut & Reloaded (Xbox)
  • Fable (Xbox)
  • Fatal Frame II (Xbox)
  • Half-Life 2 (Xbox)
  • Lego Star Wars II (Xbox)
  • Metal Arms (Xbox)
  • Panzer Dragoon Orta (Xbox)
  • Prince of Persia : The Sands of Time (Xbox)
  • The Chronicles of Riddick (Xbox)
  • X-Men Legends (Xbox)
  • Dead or Alive 4 (360)
  • Dead Rising (360)
  • Kameo (360)
  • Phantasy Star Universe (360)
  • Prey (360)
  • Rumble Roses XX (360)
  • Itadaki Jan-Gari-An R (PC)
  • Psychonauts (PC)
  • To Heart 2 (PC)
  • Tomb Raider Anniversary (PC)

Yeah, that’s a list that’s going to get gone through REAL fast. All those quick-to-play knock-out-in-a-weekend RPGs, for a start…

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