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  1. I like to think of my game room as the above mentioned candy store I can pick at when I feel like it. When I was in full on collecting like a bellend mode in the early 2010’s I acquired more games than I could play in my lifetime. I still have all of those games in my own little den of delight (the spare bedroom). It’s nice to just game with no pressure. I feel completely zen about all the Xbox 360 and PS4 games that are still in their shrink wrap. If I ever want to play them, they’re at hand, but if I don’t, they can sit there until I’m ready. I don’t want to put pressure on myself to try and play a certain amount of each game. I’m very particular with my gaming time these days, and if I pop in a game for the first time and I don’t feel like playing any more after 10 minutes, I know there’s something else I will enjoy. 


    I get annoyed at the rising prices of old games, but it’s probably because dick heads like me are sat with a room full of them playing the same few over and over.


    I guess to to answer the OP’s question - My backlog is more or less infinite in the timespan of a human life, but I’m cool with that. It’s so unmanageable for me it’s managed itself.

  2. 48 minutes ago, Droo said:


    This is exactly what this thread is all about.


    In a similar, more up to date version of this, a friend of mine passed away in 2016 who loved videogames.  His name is first on my friends list alphabetically and periodically I still compare our trophies and lament all the games and fun and joy he's missed out on in the last 4 years.




    Oh man, that really tugs at the heart strings. What a sad, but incredibly beautiful way to remember your friend. 

  3. The games that definite this generation for me....


    The Division - My first games as a service game. I played with a couple of old work colleagues, we had some hilarious highs, and there were some dramatic lows, particularly before patch 1.4. I put over 1000 hours into the game, at least 80% of that time was with one of the guys I used to work with. While it wasn’t the best game I’ve ever played, I don’t know if I’ll ever put as much time into a game again. It was quite sad uninstalling the game, knowing I’d almost certainly never play it again and all the memories I had playing it with the lads. The defining part of this was that I saw I could enjoy something far more than just for its gameplay when it’s a shared experience, even if my mates aren’t sat in a room with me.


    Battlefront 1 - The most expensive demo I ever bought. I enjoyed it for about 10 hours before I had worn out the available content. I knew there were season passes before I bought, but fuck me if I knew we were getting a handful of maps and modes including with almost everything else hidden away behind a paywall. Fuck EA, I’ve not bought an EA game since, and can’t see me doing so again. Did I mention fuck EA?


    Yakuza 0 - After falling in love with the series on PS3, this is the ultimate PS4 title. The craziness and unashamedness that the content of this game gives is superb. Some particular highlights were running the hostess bar and Erran-kun. Kamurocho feels like a living breathing place and despite the map not being all that big, it’s packed with all sorts of misadventure. 


    Fallout 4 - Hear me out on this one now... I enjoyed this games, I played it to death, but the sparkle of this game just wasn’t quite there when compared to the previous gen entries of 3 and New Vegas. Before this game, Bethesda could do no wrong in my eyes, even when this game launched as a buggy piece of shit, I still persevered and it did improve over time. The defining moment for me though, was after I got over my Bethesda can do no wrong, I started to see them for what they really do. When Fallout 76 was initially announced I was pretty excited, but was now willing to wait and see if the game was utterly broken at launch. Fortunately the backlash was almost immediate, and I saved myself some money and heartache on this. It made me hesitant to be one of the paying human guinea pigs that games companies now like to take the piss out of so badly. 


    So for me, there’s been some real highs and some real lows this generation, although I would say despite how the above reads, it’s mostly been a very positive experience. Some of the major titles haven’t quite been what I hoped (Destiny 2 included, although I did get a good 60 hours of fun out of it), but then the rise of physical indie releases has brought many of those games to my attention. There’s been some crackers released that I might not have played had they not come out from those limited run type companies, games like Dead Cells and Valfaris. The Yakuza series has chugged along nicely, and there’s been a stack of Warhammer 40,000 games released that I can’t help buying and enjoying despite them mostly being a bit crap.



  4. I’ve gotten back into Lylat Wars the last few days. Played it to completion, and it gives you leaderboards at the end. There’s still high scores saved on the battery backup of that cartridge that my friend and I put up over 20 years ago. It was quite poignant seeing it. He used to live at the top of my parents road and we’d always hang out along with our brothers. I’ve barely seen either him or his brother in about 18 years, only in passing, we just drifted apart after school ended. Next time I bump into him I’ll let him know about it.

  5. I’m usually terrible for impulse buying, but neither of these consoles has me excited enough to splurge the cash. I don’t know if it is getting older that’s doing it, I’m only 34, I'm still inside that 18-35 target demographic for most of this stuff. I think a lot of long time gamers at the moment maybe feel a little jaded by it all. I mean, I looked at the potential £70 price tag of new games and shuddered, but only the other week I dropped £80 on a moments notice for a copy of Septentrion on the Super Famicom (that came with a cart only copy of The Firemen) so I’ve still got that impulsive aspect in me.

  6. I’m usually an early adopter, but I’m sitting back and waiting on this generation. I don’t know if most big name games are heading in a direction I’m not interested in, or I’m just feeling jaded, but I’m not excited about either of these consoles at all. I’m sure I’ll get a PS5 at some point next year, but for now I’m going to hold off. It seems a lot of people have chosen to do the same (or will be forced to by the lack of availability of these consoles at launch).

  7. I think the last thing I bought from any of the companies owned by Game was Skyrim on 360 from Gamestation when they had that ridiculous offer of it brand new for £22.50 either on release on shortly after. It was about £15 cheaper than either Amazon or Shopto at the time. I don’t think I’ve been in a Game store for a good few years, but last time I was, releases that were over months old were still £50. They did something that looked fairly cool in my nearest one when Fallout 4 was coming out. They made a Fallout style bunker on a Mezzanine, but it didn’t get me buy anything.

  8. The regular updates of massive size have killed off my enjoyment in gaming on my PS4. The above mentioned no signing into PSN without updates is an exercise in frustration that has become self fulfilling. I can’t be bothered playing because of updates, but when I do decide to play after sometimes months without turning it on, there’s inevitably a stack of updates.

  9. Been playing a lot on my Super Famicom recently. Mainly Final Fight, Final Fight Guy and Final Fight 2. I’m practicing to see if I can get through the first game with Cody using no continues. Having real issues beating the Stage 4 boss ‘Abigail’ at the moment. Can’t work out a reliable way to hit him without getting twatted first.

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