Five Game Challenge Day 20: Unplayed and Unloved (Until 2020?)

Five Game Challenge Day 20: Unplayed and Unloved (Until 2020?)

Krikket just posted about the ten games she would like to tackle in 2020, in light of the fact that she has made a commitment to buy far less of them. While I wasn’t entirely onboard with the toughness of this limiting new purchases, I am fully onboard with extracting more worth from the things we already have.

So perhaps unsurprising then that I’m quite in love with the idea of trying to pick out a few major titles, already owned titles, to try and give some love to in the coming year.

In an effort to pick some out, I went and used Steam’s new filter options to list my Unplayed games.

Er.. 306.

I’m going to be honest. My first thought was not, ‘Holy crap, that’s a lot.’ It was, ‘Wow, between Humble Monthly and maybe buying just a few more I might be able to make that one a day!’ >.>

I had it in my head that I might do something similar to UltrViolet’s Blaugust 2019 plan — but over a whole year. Er, and also not making any garauntee of posting every day. … Or streaming it.

Alright, it’s not that similar other than sharing the concept of trialing each of the unplayed and unloved games in my library for a brief period — but enough to get a flavour of each. At this stage, it’s just a fleeting idea. A proto-idea. I’m not sure how well this might (or might not) fit in with the whole idea of playing to satisfaction.

But I suppose the hope would be that I might find the odd gem that really takes me in amongst a list of games that, if I’m being honest, I am not likely to ever touch otherwise. And if that happened, I’d certainly give myself the freedom to play more before bouncing onward.

But it might also happen that if the focus is too heavily on the skipping through the list that I may not be able to stop and smell the roses, as it were.

But then if I wasn’t going to play it anyway, have I actually lost anything? Is that risk still worth it on the possibility of finding something great? … Maybe it is.

The list of Unplayed from a quick scan through is incredibly varied. There are titles in there I quite consciously chose to buy with a high degree of interest and intent to play — Dreamfall Chapters, I am Setsuna, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2, for example — and others that I’m not even sure how they ended up in my library.

Like… How on Earth did ‘Blood and Bacon‘ end up in my library? I can absolutely guarantee I did not buy it. It doesn’t even look good enough to have come in a Humble Bundle… Wait, hold on. It has an ‘Overwhelmingly Positive’ recent review score? And is only a hair’s breadth away from Overwhelmingly Positive over all with 15.5k reviews?

…What the hell?

…Right. Well. Anyway… Lordy. Actually, I think this has blown my mind. Certainly it has blown away my train of thought.

In summary, trying out the unplayed games of my library is something I might try next year as a post series.

…94% positive for Blood and Bacon? Seriously? I don’t get it…

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9 thoughts on “Five Game Challenge Day 20: Unplayed and Unloved (Until 2020?)”

  1. I thought about doing the same experiment in the past but I always give up on the idea because once I like a game I keep wanting to play it up as much as I can, often to the exclusion of other games. That is how I end up with a lot of unfinished games. T_T

    I might still give it a try though. But I will need to think of how and when to approach it. Right now it is definitely not a good idea for me, with the Ishgard Restoration event going on in Final Fantasy XIV I don’t see myself playing much else until I get all the items I want from it.

    • Yeah, I hear that Rak.

      If I do choose to take this on, it will be less of a challenge construct and more just, ‘a thing that I occasionally do’. Not necessarily even weekly (although I guess it might be, I just wouldn’t stress if I ‘missed’ one).

      Would allow as much or as little time per title as desired, etc.

      That’s how I’m thinking about it at the moment in any case.

  2. I have a goal in my 101 goals to try 20 new games and see if I like them enough to keep playing. There are still a few I have to try, but there are definitely some that I crossed off my list as being unplayable for me. I’m not going to force myself to finish all games, but I genuinely want to give them all a change.

    • Krikket’s ‘Play to Satisfaction’ criteria for a game has basically been my stolen mantra since I saw it. And it sounds like what you’re doing too. So yay. ;)

      I think if I go ahead with trying this, I’ll just tackle the list in alphabetical order. But I won’t be pressuring myself to finish everything or even necessarily to replace a good portion of my gaming time with this exercise (unless I run into something that I wish to).

  3. I’m currently sitting at 941 games in total – the other day I checked and I haven’t played 702 of those. SO, I’m actually making progress thanks to blogging. The reviews I did contribute to about 20 of those (or rather 16 as there are games that I’ve played before). I planned on posting about games I really wanna try out in 2020 as well but then I decided to wait until I’ve got my PC as I still don’t have all the parts for it. :c oof.

    As far as your games that you listed go: Dreamfall is great! Loved the Xbox game :3 and Blood and Bacon is really awesome as well! You get good value for the price you pay for it and it’s rather stupid as an idea but also quite entertaining… I guess. At least the 37 minutes I played with some friends were really entertaining :D Hmmmm xD

    Overall nice post, keep it up :)

    • How did you end up with 941 games in your library? Haha.

      Glad you liked Dreamfall. I don’t really see Blood and Bacon being my thing from what I can see of it. Which I guess is partly why I am *so confused* as to how it got into my library. But ah well.

  4. As someone who has done pretty much this (in 2016, I played a different game every day and blogged about it over at https://366daysofgaming.wordpress.com/ ), I can’t decide if I want to encourage your or discourage you. I feel like I do have to note that I managed to finish almost nothing all year long (although I did get to send a bunch of games to the “not for me” category).

    • That is an awesome project, Krikket!

      I don’t plan on running anything as intensive with this if I were to go ahead with it though. Muuuuuch more lax about it. Maybe one a week. Maybe. That sort of thinking in any case. :)

      • I am very glad that I did it. I also am VERY aware I would never want to tackle something like that again. I am still enamored with the idea of grabbing something random from one’s library and seeing what it’s all about – every now and again. As someone who really loved UltrViolet’s August project (although I only read the blogs, I didn’t watch the streams), I’d love to see what you’d do with it!

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