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The Backlog Odyssey

I love video games. So much so that I’ve played them, read about them, watched them, thought about them and talked about them every day for almost three decades now (three decades!).

Not only do I love to consume this medium but I am driven to acquire as much of it as I can. Whether it’s free through subscriptions or bargain hunting at the local thrift store. I just can’t get enough.

Retro Consoles

Over the years my collection has grown and it has evolved as I’ve gotten older. As my tastes changed so did my collection. Each of the games that I own, at least the ones that I have played, can mark a place or time in my life.

Therein lies the problem though, not all games that I own I’ve played. I don’t have the same emotional connection to these games. I can’t say I’ve experienced them and I can’t tie them to any specific time or place in my life other than when I purchased them.

The Odyssey Begins

Retro Games

The long and short of all of this is I want to make a connection with these games. I want to sit back and examine them, analyze why I acquired each one and after I experience playing them, what they mean to me.

One issue with collecting for so long is that it starts to become much more difficult to keep track of what you have and what you have played. I did my research, watched some videos and read various blogs and finally landed on The Backloggery.

This site allowed me to not only keep track of my games it also allowed me to record which of those games I’ve played and which I haven’t. It’s a great site and I recommend you check it out if you’re looking for a way to catalog your own games.

The Backloggery Logo

Now that the monumental task of cataloging my entire collection of games both physical and digital is complete all I have left to do is the fun part; play them!

After I form my first impressions based on the cover art, box art and all of the other accouterments that generally come with a game. I’ll boot it up and play it to see if those initial impressions were accurate or way off base!

This will be a long road but I’m also betting it’ll be super fun. I look forward to starting and stay tuned for my first post as we kick off the uphill battle of tackling my back catalog!

Collection of retro and modern games