For those not in the know, a “pile of shame” refers to the stack of games that your own and, despite the quality of game, have yet to complete or even start. Right now my pile of shame has NEVER been bigger. So big, I’ve had to reorganize them into multiple piles. And this is all YOUR fault!
Anyone who extensively blogs, podcasts or vlogs about games as a “hobby” for an extended period of time will tend to describe a similar set of circumstances. As fun as it is being part of the gaming blogosphere community, you have to make some sacrifices if you are going to stay ahead of the game. For a start you will have to give up a large chunk of your game playing time. Not such an easy thing to do considering you need to be a fairly “hardcore” gamer to start with. Podcasting particularly seems to increase my tendency to move onto the next game quickly, as we discuss new games every week.
Then, you lose control of the games you get to play. It takes all my professional-level-of-non-
My piles were stacking up before Christmas. Then came a madly busy Christmas period with multiple AAA games hitting week after week and on more than one occasion multiple great games on one day. This problem is usually eased over the Christmas period, as I have a couple of weeks off to catch up with some gaming. This year, when I should have been going on epic quests to find heroic swords in mystical dungeons, I was instead on an epic quests to find the likes of the ultimate calendar plugin for WordPress in the “game” of building a Bigger, Redder and Better blog — a little place we now call Big Red Barrel. You may have red about it = /
I played Oblivion for 240 hours!! So the 12 hours I have put into Skyrim so far looks like I’ve barely scratched the surface. Then there is this small game named Star Wars: The Old Republic. It’s my first MMO, so it may take me a bit longer to work through, but I’ve heard that MMO’s aren’t much of a time-suck anyway. Sweet Jebus!! = / I could probably play nothing but SWTOR for the rest of 2012 and be quite happy.
I am ashamed to say, I have yet to fully augment the end of Deus Ex. I still need to brave my way through the second half of Dead Space 2. I will be angry if I don’t get to finish RAGE. I may struggle to find anyone else who hasn’t jumped through the Portal 2 DLC yet. Only a third of the way into Saints Row the Third. Yet to finish the battle on Battlefield 3. I still need to mushroom my way to gold on every track on Mario Kart 7 and ninja my way through through to the end of Shinobi on 3DS. Uncharted 3 still remains not entirely charted. I have a completely unopened copy of the Prince of Persia Trilogy (A WHOLE TRILOGY!), and I am afraid to open my copy of Dark Souls, for as much as I liked Demon’s Souls, that game didn’t seem to like me very much. I have had a copy of Driver: San Francisco, Dead Island and Street Fighter Arcade Edition on rental for the best part of *two months* and my sole interaction with any of them is watching a friend play through the start of Driver — more passenger than Driver, so far. I feel less guilty about inFamous 2, as I had completely forgotten that someone had lent it to before going through my game collection. I am not mentioning downloadable games. They are in a separate pile. A virtual one. I am virtually overwhelmed and that is before you even bring in the second playthrough of Mass Effect 2 with all the DLC that I am desperate in cram in before March.
I am going to list my current pile of shame, just to make a record. Presuming the Mayans weren’t right about the whole end of the world thing, I aim to come back here this time next year and see how many of these games I managed to cross off my list before the end of 2012:
Batman: Arkman City, Battlefield 3, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, Dark Souls, Dead Island, Dead Space 2, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Driver: San Francisco, Enslaved: Journey To The West, inFamous 2, Mario Kart 7, Portal 2 (DLC), Prince of Persia Trilogy, RAGE, Shinobi, Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition, Skyrim, Star Wars: The Old Republic and Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception.
I don’t blame you, but if you read *this* you are part of my problem! = p So, I’ll cut this short, as I am going to start working on Batman or Uncharted. I am not sure which end of this list to work from, but with floodgate of great games about to open for 2012, I fear no matter if I chose to climb up the pile with Drake or start zipping through with Bruce Wayne, my pile of shame may yet increase.
If you have a pile of shame to confess please feel free to record your confession here. Do what you can to absolve them from your list and see how you do this time next year.