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Your Turn: Share your shame

Ashamed of your growing pile of unfinished games? Smoolander invites you to share your shame.

Ashamed of your growing pile of unfinished games? Smoolander invites you to share your shame.

Shame: a condition of humiliating disgrace or disrepute - Meriam Webster Dictionary

Guilt: a feeling of having committed wrong or failed in an obligation - Oxford Dictionary

Every time I walk into my study and see my game cases lined up on the bookshelf I feel an overwhelming sense of guilt, followed by panic. Panic that I have so many unplayed or unfinished games staring at me, mocking me, for the little time I have to play them all.

This feeling is immediately followed by the thought of all the digital games I own and have not played, which further crushes my spirit. Chastised I will always slink out of the room with a sideways glance at these games cases and curse their smug patronising voice.

Should I feel ashamed? Quite possibly yes, but I know that I am not alone in this scenario. Having so many games is both a positive and negative. Positive in that even if you are not going to play the game (or will at a later date) you are supporting the developer behind it - well hopefully you are and the publisher has not screwed the developer over with a terrible contract. Negative in that it is a terrible sign of consumerism and purchasing things I’ll never use.

But I think there is a way to feel better about this, or less alone in my shame.

It’s time we all shared our shame. Not to gloat over others with larger piles of unplayed games, but to take solitude in the fact that there are others like myself who have this problem. I’m not alone. I don’t have to feel so guilty any more.

Maybe it’s alright to have a large pile of unplayed games. Maybe I’ll even get around to finishing them all one day. Maybe.

So here is a homework assignment for everyone. Go home tonight and make a list of every game you own that you have not played and/or finished and put it in the comments below. Show your community members they are not alone. Share your shame and lessen it.

Below is my Pile of Shame, including both retail and digital games, for your perusal.

Xbox 360

  • Beyond Good and Evil HD
  • Bioshock 2 + Minerva’s Den
  • Bulletstorm
  • Burnout Paradise
  • Child of Eden
  • Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena
  • Darksiders 2
  • Dark Souls
  • de Blob 2
  • Dead Space
  • Deus Ex: Human Revolution
  • Driver San Francisco
  • Fable II
  • Fez
  • GTA IV: The Lost and the Damned
  • Guardians of Middle Earth
  • Haunt
  • Lord of the Rings: War in the North
  • Mark of the Ninja
  • Nier
  • Phantasy Star 2
  • Prototype
  • RAGE
  • Red Dead Redemption + Undead Nightmare
  • Saints Row 3
  • Stacking
  • Warhammer 40000 Space Marine
  • Wreckateer

PlayStation 3

  • Batman Arkham City
  • Gran Turismo 5
  • Jack and Daxter Trilogy HD
  • LA Noire
  • Ratchet and Clank Trilogy HD
  • Stranger’s Wrath
  • The Sly Trilogy
  • Uncharted 2
  • Vanquish
  • WWE All Stars

PlayStation Vita

  • Big Sky Infinity
  • Knytt Underground
  • Metal Gear Solid 2 HD
  • Metal Gear Solid 3 HD
  • Pinball Arcade


  • Antichamber
  • Black Mesa
  • Cave Story+
  • Civ 5
  • Company of Heroes
  • Dear Esther
  • Evochron Mercenary
  • Freespace 2
  • Frozen Hearth
  • FTL
  • Just Cause 2
  • MacGuffin’s Curse
  • Spec Ops The Line
  • Torchlight 2

 - Steve "Smoolander" Smoothy

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45 comments so far

  • I'm guessing you have kids and a partner/spouse who you actually have a relationship with.

    Generally, I'd consider myself tight with money but when it comes to games all reason seems to abandon me. Generally, I'll pay full price for a game on the basis of being supportive of the developer or the franchise even when there is no chance of even starting the game within the next 6-12 months. Examples included:

    Far Cry 3
    Borderlands 1 and 2 + DLC
    Mass Effect 3
    Driver: San Francisco
    Sleeping Dogs

    Despite a policy, that was once strictly followed, of not starting a new game until the current game main campaign is completed, the following are incomplete:

    LA Noire
    Max Payne 3
    Batman: AC (main campaign is finished but DLC still on the go)
    KoA: Reckoning
    Fallout 3
    Portal 2 (co-op campaign)
    GTA IV + the other two related games whatever they're called
    LittleBigPlanet 1 & 2
    Just Cause 2

    I know the pile will only get bigger this year with Bioshock Infinite and the Last of Us being released soon. I believe in some weird way by purchasing these games there is still hope of one day reclaiming my gaming life or at least balancing it better with my present one.

    Date and time
    February 13, 2013, 7:37AM
    • All are on the PS3 by the way. The list feels big enough without multiple platforms being involved.

      Date and time
      February 13, 2013, 7:36PM
  • Wow... there are some absolute classics in there (Uncharted 2 for example). I think the Humble Bundles, Steam sales and mountains of titles on PlayStation Plus add games to my pile of shame quicker than I can play them. I think we should also indicate how many we have actually started... and left to move on to the next big thing.

    Interestingly I'm having a good hit rate with completing Vita titles thanks to 100 minutes of commuting time each day. Yet Persona 4: Golden comes out this month... and for just over $40 for 100+ hours... will I be able to resist?

    Alan Wake
    Alan Wake's American Nightmare
    Amnesia: Dark Descent
    Bastion (Y)
    Company of Heroes (and expansions)
    Dead Island
    FTL (Y - Completed on easy, more to do)
    Half Life 2: Episode 2
    Hotline Miami
    Lego Batman 2 (Y)
    Lego Lord of the Rings
    Lord of the Rings: War in the North
    Metro 2033
    Quantum Conundrum (Y - also on PS3)
    Red Faction Armageddon
    Saints Row the Third (Y)
    Skyrim (Y)
    Sleeping Dogs (Y - Currently playing, couple of missions from finishing)
    The Witcher 2
    Total War 2: Shogun

    Assassin's Creed: Revelations (Y - really stalled on this one)
    Crysis 2
    Dark Souls (So much done... nearly there - mental state was affected)
    Darkness 2
    Harry Potter Y 1-4
    James Bond: Blood Stone
    Marvel vs Capcom
    Ratchet and Clank: All for One
    Tomb Raider: Guardian of Light
    Tomb Raider: Underworld
    XCOM (Y - though ironman mode beckons)

    Assassin's Creed: Liberation (stupid letter opening mechanic stops progress)
    Big Sky Infinity
    Knytt Underground
    Persona 3 - Portable (Y)

    (Just showed the wife this list and received a shake of the head and a sigh)

    Date and time
    February 13, 2013, 8:00AM
    • Strike off Sleeping Dogs!!! You see... we can all make progress. The ending of Sleeping Dogs is very strong. I'd put this up in my top ten of last years releases. It looks amazing on the PC with the HD texture pack.

      Date and time
      February 13, 2013, 9:15PM
  • Oh, I need to add Sleeping Dogs to the PS3 list as I've got that now through PSN+.

    Date and time
    February 13, 2013, 8:41AM
    • Damn it, and Jet Set Radio HD for the Vita as well.

      Date and time
      February 13, 2013, 9:50AM
    • I played some Jet Set Radio... but after 30 minutes or so the game would lock the Vita up... next couple of times as well. Enjoyed what I played but it's not stable enough for me to continue with it.

      Date and time
      February 13, 2013, 10:11AM
  • According to Backloggery (username shallow_depths, for anyone on there), I have 273 unfinished games, so I won't be sharing that. It isn't a complete list, even.

    I don't actually intend to play them all though, many I will check out and decide they aren't for me. Indie bundles and things do leave you with a lot of extra stuff that may or may not be any good.

    Date and time
    February 13, 2013, 8:53AM
    • Mine spans generations. I still have a copy of Nintendo world championships: gold edition that I'm yet to crack open.

      Date and time
      February 13, 2013, 9:03AM
      • My list is sitting at home on steam (since I no longer buy console games), so I'll post it up when I get back home this evening.
        Smoo, if I had to choose two games from that list to play sooner than later [noting my platforming bias] then they would be:
        1. Cave Story +
        2. Mark of the Ninja
        Both excellently crafted masterpieces. In the case of Cave Story +, spent around 30 hours on that alone (playing through on each difficulty... far out... hard mode is a complete b*tch!!)

        I like scuba's note about noting which games we started - I'll be sure to do something similar. That said, I wonder if the comment box has enough available words for my shameful, shameful list >_<

        Date and time
        February 13, 2013, 9:05AM

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