There, I said it. I mean it too. I have just over 300 different titles in my Steam Library, I need almost two terabytes of space to install all of them. I’ve logged a ridiculous number of hours (that I won’t mention here) and yet I’ve only managed to play a third of them. If that.
I’ve spent $1263.95 on Steam, not including various bundle deals, like the Humble Bundles. That means I’ve spent more than $800 on things I’ve never even used.
Maybe I do have a problem.
That’s a lot of money down the drain. Mind you that’s over the past five years, and it was never more than $30 at a time, $4.99 here, $9.99 there. I always managed to justify it to myself, “Ooooh 75% off! I HAVE TO buy that.” or “part of my purchase is going to a good cause.” or even “I’m supporting game devs, artists, and musicians. They can eat now that I’ve given them money.”
Have I really supported those people if I never play their games?
All these titles sit there, gathering virtual dust, taking up two hard drives. That’s like commissioning Ushio Shinohara to create a painting and never ever looking at it. But that’s not why I’m scared of my Steam Backlog. I’m terrified because…
I might die before I get through my Steam Backlog.
Seriously. If we assume that each game takes an average of 15 hours to complete the story, and that I have approximately 200 games to complete, (probably way more, Steam says I’ve only completed 19% of a game on average) that’s 3000 hours of playtime before I’m done. That’s not counting getting every single achievement, side quest et cetera. Just the primary content.
If you’re having trouble wrapping your head around just how terrifying my backlog is, this handy infographic should help break it down.
I really have a problem.
I have no idea what I’m going to do. What can I do? It’s not like I can just cloister myself away and play video games. I can’t stop buying games either, There are too many new and pretty titles to buy and play.
Soon. Eventually. Probably one day. Maybe?
I’ll get around to solving it one day, right now it’s time to relax and play some video games…