One man's quest against his spending habits

I buy video games.

I mean, I buy a lot.  Worse, I have completionist tendencies; I hate that feeling of putting a game away that I haven't finished, and I (generally) hate moving on to a new game unless I think I'm going to finish it at some time in the foreseeable future.

That means I have a backlog.  Quite a backlog.

So I've decided this - no new video games until I finish my backlog.  This could take quite a I've created this blog to chronicle my ongoing fight against my past spending habits.  I'm going to aim for one update each two weeks.

So I give you: the list of games (now in alphabetical-ish order!).  First, the PC games:
  • Abzu
  • Age of Wonders
  • Avernum
  • Avernum 2
  • Avernum 3
  • Avernum 4
  • Avernum 5
  • Avernum 6
  • Baldur's Gate (original)
  • Baldur's Gate 2
  • Blades of Avernum
  • Civilization III
  • Civilization IV
  • Civilization IV: Beyond the Sword
  • Civilization IV: Colonization
  • Civilization IV: Warlords
  • Dungeons & Dragons: Dragonshard
  • Flight of the Amazon Queen
  • Forgotten Realms: Demon Stone
  • Gemini Rue
  • Husk
  • I have No Mouth and I Must Scream
  • Icewind Dale
  • Icewind Dale 2
  • Kentucky Route Zero
  • Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards (remastered)
  • Little Big Adventure
  • Master Reboot
  • Mount & Blade
  • Neverwinter Nights Diamond
  • Neverwinter Nights 2
  • Okhlos: Omega
  • Planescape: Torment (original)
  • Torment: Tides of Numenera
  • Project Highrise
  • Quest for Glory
  • Quest for Glory 2
  • Quest for Glory 3
  • Quest for Glory 4
  • Quest for Glory 5
  • Ryse: Son of Rome
  • Sim City 2000 (special edition)
  • Steamworld Heist
  • System Shock 2
  • Tex Murphy: The Pandora Directive
  • Tex Murphy: Overseer
  • Tex Murphy: Under a Killing Moon
  • Tex Murphy: Martian Memorandum
  • Tesla Effect:  A Tex Murphy Adventure
  • Treasure Adventure Game
  • Ultima V: Warriors of Destiny
  • Ultima VI: The False Prophet
  • Ultima VII - The Black Gate + Forge of Virtue
  • Ultima VII - Serpent Isle + The Silver Seed
  • Ultima 8: Gold Edition
  • Ultima 9: Ascension
  • Ultima Savage Empire
  • Ultima Worlds of Adventure 2: Martian Dreams
  • Uplink
  • Vangers
  • Witcher 2: The Assassins of Kings
  • Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt
And now the games for consoles:
  • Dante's Inferno (PS3)
  • Fallout 4 (PS4)
  • Final Fantasy VII (PS1)
  • Final Fantasy VIII (PS1)
  • Final Fantasy IX (PS1)
  • LA Noir (PS3)
  • Last of Us (PS4)
  • Link's Awakening (GB.  No I don't mean DS or GBA or even GB Colour.  Yes really.)
  • Little Big Planet 3 (PS4)
  • Mario 64 (N64)
  • Metal Gear 2 (PS3)
  • Metal Gear 3 (PS3)
  • Metroid (GBA)
  • Metroid Prime (Gamecube)
  • Ocarina of Time (N64 and/or Gamecube)
  • Ocarina of Time - Masterquest (Gamecube)
  • Portal 2 (PS3)
  • Resident Evil 3 (Gamecube)
And NOW, games I have finished since this project started:
  • BloodNet
  • Dust: An Elysian Tale
  • Galactic Keep (iOS)
  • Guild of Dungeoneering (iOS - not reviewed)
  • Simon the Sorcerer II:  The Lion, the Wizard and the Wardrobe
  • Steamworld Dig (not reviewed)
  • Stories:  The Path of Destinies
  • Templar Battleforce (iOS)
  • Out There (iOS)
  • Out There Chronicles (iOS - not reviewed)
  • Ultima IV:  Quest of the Avatar
  • Wizardry 8
  • X-Com 2
These lists are going to be updated as I stumble across more games that I've bought but forgotten about.  Yes, that is a thing, I feel a bit like a nerdier and less-wealthy version of Imelda Marcos.

From time to time I'll add some other reviews of games I finish, I've been playing iOS games lately and if they're worth noting I'll add them too.

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is my quest.  Wish me luck!


  1. Holy crap Steve, are you planning to live to 150?! Jon

  2. Can't wait to see you cross off a few completed games. Good luck!!!

    1. Thanks man! First step will be to apply some polish to this blog. I hate fiddling with layout at the best of times, but it's not helped by the rather unintuitive system here.

  3. I salute you Sir. I also have a ridiculous backlog of games but due to the studying scripts all the damn time, I hardly get to do any gaming. I look forward to hearing about your digital adventures! And possibly vicariously gaming through you...

    1. Thank you sir! I'm enjoying doing this, hope it's enjoyable to read too.

  4. Good luck!! i have quite a backlog as well :( I still buy new games though.

    1. Thank you! I'm trying to look at this as "motivation to finish what I've bought". There's a lot of games out there I'd like to buy, but I figure there's no point buying things that I never use.


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