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…


Gamer, reader, writer, husband and father of two boys. Former WoW and Gaming blogger, making a return to the fold to share my love of all things looty.

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