Friday, 2 January 2015

Hello 2015!

Another new year has come around; they pop up quick, don't they! It's been a bit of an odd year over here, and 2015 has already started in an hmmm fashion, so we'll have to see how the rest of it goes. There's already been one big change that'll impact my free time for this year, and another potential change on the horizon... Anyway, that's all still to come, for now, though, it's time to look back at last year.

First up, I noticed late in the year that I was close to reaching 400 games completed. At one point I did think I might be able to have a last push over the holidays and hit that milestone, but with all the travelling, visiting, and generally enjoying a break away from a computer, I didn't manage to get in another minute of game time. Ah well, it'll be a nice milestone to hit in 2015. Neuromancer is also taking a lot longer than I thought it would, so I'll be on that for a while. In other general news, 2014 definitely felt like a turning point in this slow gaming life of mine. For the first time I can remember (and this will probably sound silly to people seeing the size of my backlog), I actually felt like I've got enough games and I don't really need any more. GoG and Steam sales came and went without even a passing interest in purchasing anything else, and I think I've bought more Humble comic bundles this year than game bundles. That's not to say I didn't buy any bundles (and I'm dreading seeing the new game stats in a minute), but they were very much more of the "I quite fancy that one game so I'll have the other 10 that come with it" variety rather than being a bunch of games I wanted. Of course, the PS Plus subscriptions keeps things ticking over, too, though I don't think I've played a single game I got on Plus last year yet. A lot of this is the obscene number of games I've already got and the little time I have to play them, but I think I'm also reaching a point in the hardware cycle where my rickety old computer is getting too old to even play the most retro of indie titles released, and the PS3 is finally a dead generation now the PS4 is getting into its stride. There's no hope of an upgrade on either front this year, so it'll be more old DOS games for the foreseeable future. Without further ado, onwards to the stats!

This time last year we started out with:
   Done: 313
   Total: 3440
   Completed: 9.1%

I did manage to hit that mythical 10% this year, but didn't get much further. Here's where we stand at the start of 2015:
   Done: 396
   Total: 3727
   Completed: 10%

Which means, for all you maths fans out there, my totals for the year were:
   Done: 83
   Total: 287
   Completed: 0.9%

Blimey. I knew it felt like I'd played more games this year, but both the done and the new purchases figures are frankly ridiculous. 287 new games this year...really? And there was me thinking I wasn't buying any more games! Around 72 of those are Plus games, but even with the others all being from big bundles (I did go a bit bundle happy!), that's still waaaay too many games. This year I'm definitely buying less (do I say that every year?). I'm also surprised how big that done figure is. Of course, that's not necessarily completed, there were an awful lot of non-starters this year and games I only spent a couple of minutes with, but still, 83 is more than I thought. With all that, though, I managed to basically double both the done and total piles from last year, so my completed percentage increase stayed about the same. So, as always, buy less - complete more is the mantra. Let's see if I can actually make it stick this year. Series-wise, I didn't get that much done last year, and it doesn't help that I'm halfway through one of the longest PC RPG series out there in Ultima. I have a feeling I'll still be playing through it this time next year. Of the games I did complete last year, the stand out is probably the Mass Effect series. The ending of ME3 is what it is, but the journey to it was excellent. I also really enjoyed playing through XIII and, oddly, Bugs Bunny. Disappointment of the year probably goes to the Ishar series. They've been in my mind as games I wanted to play since I first saw them in gaming mags as a child, but I just couldn't get on with any of them and quit them all very early on. Ah well, there's plenty more games in the backlist. First task of the year will be finishing off Neuromancer, then it's on to Ultima V. Onwards!

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