I see your angle. (I’m definitely in the 30 years of BACKLOG (oh gawd!) camp. But i think so, think about how much games are being produced now. You just have to accept the fact that your wishlist and backlog is going to keep going up exponentially because that’s how much the industry grows, or chill out and miss out a few years.
Sometimes I feel embarassed to like old games, (I feel like a boomer) But It’s pretty cool that some of us got in on this stuff from basically the beginning of when it started to kick off and go somewhere. For me there’s like a small window in which things were being made that were just little blips on my conscious-experience-making time. But I’ve seen the rest of it.
Imagine being post-millenial or whatever and like 16 and trying to ‘pick out’ games. maybe list them or talk about them with your brahs on discord and pick out what’s what. then wait for the steam sale and load up, binge and hope you don’t slip into buyer’s remorse but cling onto some crap with that “sunk cost fallacy”. Imagine playing like 4 online F2P (or not) games with people but neglecting playing the stuff you bought… for six months, then longer. Then well, gee, time to get more games! It’s such a noisy experience now. it’s dictated in ways related to steam sales and whatnot. (I honestly dont ever remember a game being based on how much it was gonna cost. I mean we arent talking a jump of 10 to 20 or 40 dollars it was like 40 or 60 dollars.They were like always one price or another if it was supposedly based off a movie or something they’d have it at 65.) I dont really remember seeing any RPGS for sale though in my area. Like chrono Trigger or Final Fantasy games and things like that (can someone confirm this i dont think its because I grew interested in them later i think they kinda just didnt exist and i’m guessing might have been imports?) I say this because i knew the expensive games were always things like a BATMAN or JURASSIC PARK. which was supposed to be ‘the thing’ for the summer/year whatever.
Now Its much more complicated. Options used to be more limited to like… what was actually right in front of you. Like remember walking into the STORE and getting a BOXED game? You’d walk around the place and walk out with what looked the most interesting or coolest or whatever. That’s how I picked out Deuss Ex, Half-Life. Fallout, several PC games with really cool presentation. Remember reading magazines and seeing ADS that were goofy? Or whatever nintendo power was trying to push and get its american market so excited about? (how many people here started gaming after Daikatana and don’t remember that ad, or the infamous sega ads?) Or (my favorite) going to the VHS RENTAL STORE to get a CARTRIDGE for the weekend, looking at the back of all those boxes, and trying to figure out what a game might be about from little tiny screens and horrendously absurd descriptions. In that same sense I can’t imagine anyone walking into a rental store and grabbing something nearest on the shelf and walking out I can’t imagine someone just going to steam and clicking to buy the first thing they see for FPS.
Now you have unlimited choice to pick from new stuff and its a wide range of things that you can look at to affect your decision too. 30 years ago unless you were like some kind of proto-otaku or a sega/nintendo employee who worked at Nintendo JP/ and NA how could you even know about like the hot new games from japan? And even with NA releases you probably didnt know all of what was available unless you somehow had access to a catalogue or something unusual like that and were from a bigger city using message boards or Compuserve.
there’s more cool shit to try but also accepting that at this point in gaming and wider entertainment history, you’re probably not going to play/watch everything. But that’s ok.
I think it’s safe to assume that most of the people on this site have this issue where they are ‘catching up’ in terms of a series they like, or years they miss, otherwise why would you be here lol. Maybe for some people the best strategy is to just reduce their wishlist growth rate. Maybe if you are a bit younger its easier to just dump things from <2015 or <2010 and call that year ‘the line’ you could base it around a console generational gap or something and just pick up series you like. None of these things would work for me though.
I do think everyone should have an abandoned shelf and feel okay to use it. For a while I just had stuck all my games on the default shelves and backlog grew. I’d rate games to prioritize them and after a while I then had a backlog2 (low priority) which i think i just renamed “Abandoned” lol
and hey if you ever wanna you can always browse your abandoned shelf to dig through stuff to put back on the backlog or playing lists.