So you’re finally getting fed up of having a long list of games you’ve never beaten, or maybe a list including games you’ve purchased but never even played. You want to deal with this problem, but where do you even begin?

You might want to laugh at me for saying this, but I think the first and most important step in dealing with a gaming backlog is to lay out what your goals are. In relation to that, you also need to figure out what your backlog even is, but I want to keep these short, so I’ll cover that in a later post.

I can’t tell you what the “right answer” is or what your goals should be, because that’s something you’ll have to think about and decide, based on what you want to get out of challenging yourself to do this, but here are some ideas of things you should think about:

  • Do you want to clear the whole thing so you no longer have a backlog, or do you just want to reduce it in number? I know of some people who were satisfied with simply reducing theirs to a more manageable number, for instance, whereas I want to zero mine out. If you want to zero yours out, you will probably have to take a look at your purchasing habits.
  • Do you want to beat every game in the backlog, or are you OK with just giving them all a try? This partly comes down to how you’ve curated your backlog, and probably partly comes down to how large in number it is. Some people are very selective with the things they consider part of it, whereas I have tried to include every title I own in the initial count.
  • Is there any specific timeline you want to adhere to? Again, this probably partly comes down to size, but there are other factors to consider as well. There is a neat little community on Reddit called /r/12in12 that challenges themselves to complete 6, 12, or 24 games in a year. Some people even go for more than that.
  • Consider not taking it on all at once, and practice setting smaller, more manageable goals, as well as longer term ones. If the idea of tackling dozens or hundreds of games is too daunting for you, consider challenging yourself on a monthly or yearly basis to clear a few things off.
  • Is your backlog going to be your primary source of gaming entertainment? Some people that take on a backlog challenge decide to restrict themselves to playing ONLY games that are in their backlog until they’ve cleared the whole thing. I’m generally against this approach because it can lead to burnout and even be an isolating experience from your friends, but some people find it works for them.
  • Don’t be afraid to change your goals. Things happen, people change, etc. Maybe you’ve realized you set the bar too high or that things aren’t working out. If that happens, maybe it’s time to revisit your plans and change things up. This isn’t a a job, so don’t treat it like work, and don’t let yourself “fail”. There is no such thing as failing as long as you keep moving forward. I didn’t come close to achieving my goals for last year, but I kept trying anyway and still accomplished a lot. Don’t give up just because you won’t be able to beat as many as you wanted to in a year, for instance!

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