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Mirzaba
Posts: 17/26
I'm glad more people use backloggery on this site!!! It's super great.
I use spreadsheets to log all the entertainment ive consumed, like one for music with ratings and info on genre and stuff. I plan on doing one with games because backloggery isn't an exhaustive list, and I occasionally just delete games I've marked as finished because I feel like they're too short or something.

I will win this duel, because I believe in the heart of the cards!!
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DashieSim
Posts: 8/37
well you know that was supposed to be a silly joke but I guess now expectations have been set and we have to go through with this battle, huh

Okay seriously now: I use my Backloggery largely for logging my collection. I am twenty plus years deep into game collecting, and it's a real convenient way to keep track of it. I do use it to note games I've beaten and completed, but that's basically incidental to its real purpose.

To this collection logging end, I have also a system to note condition and completeness with each game. CIB traditionally means Complete In Box in collecting circles, but for this system it's Cartridge/CD, Instructions, Box. Upper case letters mean that that the item in question is complete and in good condition, lowercase suggest something is missing or condition is poor. Dashes mean it is missing entirely. For example, Battletoads on NES is (Ci-), meaning that cartridge condition is good, the instructions are present but in poor condition and I'm missing some of the other paperwork it released with, and I don't have the box. Modern games are typically (C B), because I tend to buy them new and they rarely come with instructions. I also note if it's a collector's edition, player's choice, etc. I started this system a few years ago, and not every game has been updated to reflect it yet.
Rambly
Posts: 1881/1936
i don't think i'd ever do the Let's Play thing, but that's largely because i don't really watch Let's Plays anyway. like, even if i do watch a Let's Play i'll always have some part of me that will want to experience the game for myself, but that's just me

i still don't use my backloggery "correctly", tho -- i grew up sharing game collections or not having my own income and not being able to afford every game i wanted and having to emulate stuff, and i don't feel like it's important for my own purposes to track my game "collection" (i'm not a collector). but i do want to incentivize myself to actually finish games more often. so the way i use backloggery is that every :U: is a game that i have access to in some way and am interested in. i don't add games to my backloggery if i don't have the intent to play them even if i own them, and i'm not shy about adding games that i only have in ROM form if i fully intend to play them.
the :B:s and :C:s follow site "guidelines", tho, but i'm personally fully okay with having mostly Bs and skipping out on a :C: if i have no intent to 100% a game (i also frequently leave out goals if a) the game doesn't track them anyway; and b) i don't want to do them -- e.g. Spyro 2 is :C: on my backloggery but i'm not going to mess with skill points)
(even now i technically share my game collection with my girlfriend and probably will continue to do so because it's just more convenient)

i don't like mandating proper use of backloggery, tho, and i hate that the site even encourages a "canon" use of it... using it for whatever's useful for your purposes is good!!





however i still want to see a goddamned bloodbath *pounds fists on table* FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT
Xkeeper
Posts: 23358/23358
Originally posted by Mirzaba
controversial habit: I'll watch a longplay of something and set it to "Beat" depending on what type of game it is. Usually it's for a game I don't own but want to experience.

This is cool, and good.

Really, if you use backloggery as a way to track your interest in a game rather than some arbitrary definition of "completed", this works quite well...
sofi
Posts: 3717/3797
i come w/ a third way: i don’t even have a backlog. i just pick up random games i want to play and play them until i don’t want to play them. sometimes they stick, sometimes they don’t, sometimes i play them all the way until the last boss and get tired of it.

Originally posted by DashieSim
Originally posted by Mirzaba
controversial habit: I'll watch a longplay of something and set it to "Beat" depending on what type of game it is. Usually it's for a game I don't own but want to experience.

this is so thoroughly antithetical to how I use my backloggery that I think there's no other option but for us to duel to the death

this thread is now a dueling RP to settle this backlog debate.
DashieSim
Posts: 6/37
Originally posted by Mirzaba
controversial habit: I'll watch a longplay of something and set it to "Beat" depending on what type of game it is. Usually it's for a game I don't own but want to experience.

this is so thoroughly antithetical to how I use my backloggery that I think there's no other option but for us to duel to the death
Mirzaba
Posts: 10/26
I have been using a website called thebackloggery for a long time, to manage my games backlog.
It has a simple system where you manually log the games, and mark if they're unplayed, unfinished, beaten, completed, mastered, or void. I've taken a lot of liberties with my backlog that put these distinctions into question. Some of my habits include:

If I drop a game for it being too bad for me, I set it to void instead of leaving it at unfinished, because I don't believe it to be part of my 'backlog', because it's not something I want to play. The Void tag doesn't add a game to the backlog. It's basically where you traditionally put games with no campaign to beat, or games with no objective. Or endless games like Space Invaders.

Games with an arcade mode with a boss, like fighting games, despite not having "campaigns", I still consider them to be beaten if I can get through an entire arcade run.

Sometimes I consider games I didn't 100% finish in terms of achievements to "completed", usually because I feel like the achievements are just busy work or unnecessary.

controversial habit: I'll watch a longplay of something and set it to "Beat" depending on what type of game it is. Usually it's for a game I don't own but want to experience.

Do any of you here maintain a backlog? Do you have extra rules or exceptions like this?
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