Aug 23, 2011
"A delayed game is eventually good; a bad game is bad forever." --Shigeru Miyamoto
Video game collections are great, aren't they? Nestled on shelves showing any who happen upon your collection to be impressed by the sheer amount of media you've garnered over the years. It's the ultimate interseciton between hobby and passion - filling many with awe. Yet, sometimes, we allow titles to infiltrate our hallowed halls that otherwise shouldn't belong there. Depending on the particular school of thought you subscribe, your collection may contain a significant level of crap comparable to actual worthwhile games that have a value in keeping.
Again, depending on your particular view when it comes to games, it could be believable to happily state that every game deserves to be acquired, kept and nestled on your shelves until you might be buried with them sometime down the line. While there was a time when there'd be little argument to such a course on my part, I've noticed a seemingly subtle change in how I view my video games as of late.
I've gone far off the beaten path to get my hands on some pretty pitiful games.
Star Trek: Conquest on the Playstation 2, which was neither remarkable or well designed, somehow sucked me in with my love of the Federation, Klingons and the prospect of something akin to Star Trek: Armada on a console. Mechassault: Lone Wolf took what should have been a comprehensive, beautifully crafted sequel to the original, now classic, Xbox hit and Human Centipeded it into oblong, obtuse defecation. These titles are not what anyone would call few and far between, existing among us like sleeper agents, but are contantly eclipsed by the handful of games that serve as oases in a veritable hellscape of the gaming world. Thankfully.
So instead of contantly looking forward, I've decided to finally take a hard look back at the my personal gaming collection as it currently exists. Few additions will be made in the coming months barring an exception for a handful (Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Battlefield 3, Batman: Arkham City and Halo: CE) just to name a few. I'm going to work my way definitively through my backlog and at the end of each title, decide whether it remains in my collection or is cast out, exiled. The current plan is to get through at least one game a week. But depending on the game, system, etc - it could happen a lot faster.
Nostalgia aside, growing older has been a harsh lesson in the consumption of space and the sad fact of the matter is that it is becoming a premium. While this isn't the sole reason for my decision, it feels like the only way I'll push myself forward into cleaning out a backlog of games, some with only an hour or less of time played. If a game doesn't make the cut, I'll decide it's fate of exile upon completion.
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