Gaming Tips  Tagged Articles RSS Feed | Gaming Tips  RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network 5 Tricks to Get Through Your Gaming Backlog Thu, 09 Nov 2017 11:05:35 -0500 Sarah Elliman

Have you got a library of games on Steam as long as your arm? Have you not even played 75% of your library? Well, you’re in luck, as we’re here to help you conquer that backlog. Our useful tips should help you power through those games you always wanted to play but haven’t gotten around to yet. Before you know it, you will have overcome that mountain of games that has been staring at you for so long. 

Make Time to Play Games

This one may seem quite obvious, but sometimes we neglect the time we should be devoting to playing video games. In our busy lives, it’s hard to sit down regularly to get through that hurdle of games, so playing when you can is important. Just as you would sit down once a week for your favorite show or read a book for an hour before bed, you’ll need to set aside time to play video games.

Not everyone has the same amount of free time, so work games into your schedule. If you can’t play for a day or you can only play for half an hour, that’s fine. The important thing is to make time to play your games, and that pile will start to dwindle before your eyes.

Try to Focus on One Game at a Time

It’s hard to focus on one game when there are so many you could be playing, but not doing so can set you back on your quest to get through your backlog. Try to focus on one game at a time (or two, if you get bored), and prioritize what you want to play. This way you aren’t missing out on any of those games that you desperately want to play.

This trick can also be implemented once you’ve made your way through the backlog beast. If you continue to focus on one or two games, you’ll find that your backlog hopefully won’t return as quickly.

Prioritize Single-Player, Campaign-Based Games

We all love playing video games with friends and strangers. It’s what makes being a gamer so fun -- the community is always there. However, this is majorly contributing to the backlog of games you’ve got piling up behind the scene. When you continue to play multiplayer games or simulations with no definitive conclusion, you can sink hours into them with no end on the horizon. Focusing on a game that has a set ending will help you get through your games much faster.

That’s not to say you should give up on open-ended games entirely, but try to make time for single-player, campaign-based games in particular. Dead by Daylight or Civilization VI are still going to be there once you’ve finished your backlog, and they can create a fun change of pace for when you get bored of a certain game.


Stop Buying More Games 

I know it’s difficult and that you practically want to strangle me through the screen for saying it, but it's important to finish the games you already own first. It’s always so tempting when those Steam sales come along and you can purchase that game you’ve had your eye on for a few dollars. Nevertheless, continuing to buy games when you haven’t gotten close to finishing the ones you have only adds to the gaming mountain.

You need to be strong and know that these sales will come around again at some point and that you’ll be ready for them then. Until that time, you’re just adding to the masses of games you’ll want to get through.

You Don’t Have to Complete Them 100%

Achievement hunting is tempting, and it fulfills that completionist need inside of us, but do you really want to slog through just to earn a badge? Some people do, but odds are if you’re trying to clear a backlog, it’s because you want to move on to more games out there instead of getting that 100%.

As for finishing the main campaign, that is entirely up to you. If you’re not feeling the game you’re playing, or if you think you’ve achieved everything you wanted to, then you don’t have to play on. Gaming is about your experience and how you interact with the story; you get to decide for yourself when you've reached the end.


Remember when working through your backlog of games that gaming should be fun, and if you’re not enjoying yourself, then something is wrong. Let your games sweep you away, and don’t get bogged down by titles you haven’t touched. 

Have you got a backlog of games? How do you deal with it? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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5. Cry

Once you’ve realized that none of the above suggestions can take the place of the game you have waited ages for, and will more than likely continue to wait centuries to get, release the pent up frustration and anxiety you’ve been holding in for so long. Just let it out!


What are some of the activities you do to help pass the time as you wait for a game’s release? Let me know in the comments!

4. Write Fanfiction

If none of the above work and the wait for the continuation of the series’ story arc is too much to bear, continue the story yourself. Take initiative and write a narrative that pleases you!

3. Start a New Series

This one may sound kind of obvious, but really the best way to distract yourself from one game is to occupy yourself with another. Have a completely new experience, get to know new characters and storylines. It’s a sure way to keep busy while you wait.


Suggestions: "Tales of" series, Undertale, The Legend of Zelda



2. Watch Gaming Channels

Watching another person play through your favorite series, or even games you’ve never played before, with the additional hilarious commentary is a great way to pass the time.


Suggestions: thegamersjoint, Markiplier, Pewdiepie, Super Panic Frenzy.



1. Replay All the Games in The Series

You always find new and exciting discoveries when you play a game through a second time that you didn’t notice during your first play through. Those discoveries could make you appreciate the series even more, and keep you hyped for the new release. In fact, many games re-release classic games and upgrade the quality. They can be found on Steam, The PlayStation Store, and any other major gaming outlet.


Suggestions: Kingdom Hearts 1.5 and 2.5 HD remix, any Final Fantasy HD Remaster


With the recent announcement of Final Fantasy XV’s release date, a game that has been in development for over 10 years, fans everywhere rejoiced! When the title was originally announced in 2006 (Originally Final Fantasy Versus XIII), no one expected it to go through all the major changes that it did. Some even thought it would be lost in “Now In Development” hell forever. But at long last, fans have a release date and can officially count down the exact number of days until they can get their hands on what is sure to be an amazing game!


But Final Fantasy isn’t the only game that has been in development for what seems like a lifetime. I’m here to give you 5 tips on how to wait on your favorite series’ upcoming titles without losing your mind!