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 while…so 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.  First, the PC games:

  • Abzu
  • Avernum
  • Avernum 2
  • Avernum 3
  • Avernum 4
  • Avernum 5
  • Avernum 6
  • Baldur’s Gate 2
  • Bard’s Tale IV: Barrow’s Deep
  • Blades of Avernum
  • Divinity II: Developer’s Cut
  • Divinity: Original Sin – Enhanced Edition
  • Divinity: Original Sin 2 – Definitive Edition
  • Dungeons & Dragons: Dragonshard
  • Forgotten Realms: Unlimited Adventures
  • Gateway of the Savage Frontier
  • Gemini Rue
  • Hand of Fate
  • 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
  • Menzoberranzan
  • Mount & Blade
  • Neverwinter Nights Diamond
  • Neverwinter Nights 2
  • Okhlos: Omega
  • Planescape: Torment (original)
  • Torment: Tides of Numenera
  • Treasures of the Savage Frontier
  • Project Highrise
  • Pools of Darkness
  • Quest for Glory 5
  • Ryse: Son of Rome
  • Secret of the Silver Blades
  • Sim City 2000 (special edition)
  • System Shock 2
  • Tex Murphy: The Pandora Directive
  • Tex Murphy: Overseer
  • Tesla Effect:  A Tex Murphy Adventure
  • 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
And now the games for consoles:
  • Dante’s Inferno (PS3)
  • Fallout 4 (PS4)
  • Final Fantasy VI (PS1)
  • 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 the games I have finished since this project started:

  • Achtung! Cthulhu Tactics
  • Alien Breed: Impact
  • Armada 2525
  • Baldur’s Gate (original) – to be reviewed
  • The Bard’s Tale II:  The Destiny Knight
  • The Bard’s Tale III:  The Thief of Fate
  • Battletech
  • Beyond Divinity
  • Blade Runner (to be reviewed)
  • Blood Bowl (PSP) (close enough to finished)
  • BloodNet
  • Calculator (iOS)
  • Choices (DNF – started ok but I just can’t stand it anymore)
  • Civilization III
  • Civilization IV
  • Civilization IV: Warlords
  • Civilization IV: Beyond the Sword
  • Civilization IV: Colonization
  • Curse of the Azure Bonds
  • Decromancer (to be reviewed)
  • Device 6 (to be reviewed)
  • Divine Divinity
  • Dungeons & Dragons – Tower of Doom
  • Dungeons & Dragons – Shadow over Mystara
  • Dungeon Rushers (iOS)
  • Dust: An Elysian Tale
  • Dr Mario World (close enough to finished)
  • Eye of the Beholder (2nd runthrough)
  • Eye of the Beholder II (2nd runthrough)
  • Eye of the Beholder III (to be reviewed)
  • Felicity (to be reviewed)
  • Flight of the Amazon Queen (to be reviewed)
  • Forgotten Realms: Demon Stone (to be reviewed)
  • Galactic Keep (iOS)
  • Ghosts ‘n’ Goblins (PSP)
  • GNOG
  • Guild of Dungeoneering (iOS)
  • The Hex
  • Her Story (to be reviewed)
  • Hillsfar
  • Mighty No 9
  • Opus: Rocket of Whispers (iOS)
  • Out There (iOS)
  • Out There Chronicles (iOS)
  • Out There Chronicles: Volume 2 (iOS) (to be reviewed)
  • Pool of Radiance
  • Quest for Glory I: So You Want to be a Hero
  • Quest for Glory II: Trial by Fire
  • Quest for Glory III: Wages of War
  • Question for Glory IV: Shadows of Darkness (to be reviewed)
  • The Silent Age
  • The Stanley Parable (to be reviewed)
  • Simon the Sorcerer II:  The Lion, the Wizard and the Wardrobe
  • Simulacra (to be reviewed)
  • Simulacra 2 (to be reviewed)
  • Steamworld Dig
  • Strider (PSP)
  • Stories:  The Path of Destinies
  • Steamworld Heist (to be reviewed)
  • Super Mario Bros (to be reviewed)
  • Templar Battleforce (iOS)
  • (Tex Murphy) Mean Streets
  • Tex Murphy: Martian Memorandum
  • Tex Murphy: Under a Killing Moon
  • Total Recall (NES) (to be reviewed)
  • Ultima IV:  Quest of the Avatar
  • Ultima V (to be reviewed)
  • Warlords
  • Whispers of a Machine (to be reviewed)
  • Wizardry 8
  • X-Com 2

You can also see the archive for an index to every post on this blog.

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!

11 thoughts on “One man’s quest against his spending habits

  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.


  2. 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…


  3. 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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