The Tyranny of Too Many Games

Like probably everyone reading this blog, I struggle to keep up with all of the new game releases. And in recent years, I’ve found it harder and harder to keep on top of even a fraction of the great games that are coming out.

My gaming backlog

It made me wonder whether this was simply because I have much less time as a responsible adult and father, or whether the number of new releases has actually grown exponentially. I decided to go in search of some cold, hard statistics – and some of the numbers involved are truly eye opening. Here’s the write-up I did for Kotaku UK:

Are There Really Too Many Good Video Games To Play?

So, what do you think? Are you able to keep on top of all the latest games? What’s your strategy for dealing with the modern deluge of games? Let me know in the comments!


  1. I am able to keep on top of them, but that is because I always opt to own only Nintendo hardware. That keeps the amount of must-play titles much more manageable. I wish I had the time to have all consoles and play them, but I don’t.

    But the way, incredible write-up! Very interesting findings.

    1. Thanks! I tend to mostly stick to Nintendo games these days as well – the 3DS and Wii U have been my main time sinks for a while. But the PS3 has been getting some love recently thanks to the Uncharted games and Deadly Premonition… And I still have a huge pile of Xbox 360 games that I may or may not get around to playing.

  2. nice write-up. i too focus on nintendo, and i actually feel relieved when they have a software drought b/c it gives me a fighting chance to catch up on all the games i still haven’t played yet. the sad thing is that i hardly ever feel i can justify replaying an old favorite, since that just takes away time from tackling the backlog.

  3. Great article! I also mostly play Nintendo games, so no surprise that I’m actually doing fine getting through them. I will say that too many games should never be a problem, as long as they’re played and not just bought. A lot of games means options for everyone. Some will be able to play many, and some won’t. I do have a big backlog, but I consider it having options and something to play when there are droughts as there currently are with Nintendo.

  4. This is the cruel irony of adulthood to me. When I was young, I would spend hours and hours reading websites and magazines about games I would never play, and I promised myself that someday I would have the money to play everything I wanted to play. Now that time has come, and I have the disposable income to buy every game I want, but between work and a reasonably functional social life, I can only get around to a select few of them. So I’m back to the same situation of having to be very picky about which games I actually go out and buy. I can’t even imagine what happens when the time comes to have to fit children into my schedule, and what that will do to my gaming time.

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