It’s officially summer, a time I often use for catching up on various projects. And this, my friends, leads me to my gaming catalog. **Cue horror music.
For awhile now, I have wanted to create a comprehensive list of the video games I own. Video games have quickly become my main hobby in recent years, apart from writing. I haven’t collected many things apart from games and books, and even though most of the games I own are digital, I feel unorganized not having a list in one place of said items.
Confession time…I am embarrassed by the size of my Steam library. I know it isn’t the worst thing in the world, but my rate of game completion is abysmal. And there Steam is more than willing to announce just how many games I own. Wah.
Inevitably, my need for order took over that shame, and, after looking into various means for creating a game catalog, I decided that a standard table in Word would work best for the time being. It isn’t anything fancy (in fact, it’s kind of ugly), but I like having the option to manipulate the list and categories as time goes on.
As you can see from the
carefully selected screenshot above, my catalog is fairly straightforward, incomplete, and mostly populated with PC games. In total, I’ve added 333 games to the list. 240 of those games reside on Steam (I used to be a sucker for those summer sales…). I still have to hunt down some games for the GameCube, Game Boy, and DS though. Those additions will bring another 20-30 games to the list easily.
From making this catalog I’ve come to a few conclusions: I used to buy games on a whim way too often, I heavily favored gaming on my PC even when I purchased my first two consoles, and my start rate is more terrible than my completion rate.
Next, I’ll need to figure out just how many of those 333 games I’ve actually even started…
What I can say is that I am a lot more frugal in my late twenties with both the money I spend on gaming and the amount of time spent with this hobby. Will I ever clear that backlog? Probably not. But writing about games and getting my PC back in working order has encouraged me to play a lot more of those Steam games.
Out of curiosity, do you keep a catalog of games owned? If you do, what do you prioritize in that catalog in terms of categories?