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What is in your Pile of Shame?


We all have those games that we buy and never play. Everyday we try and make a plan to sit down and invest a little bit of time into them, but it never happens. Or, you've bought the game, played it a bit, but for some reason you never finish. It's a good exercise to look back once in a while, and take stock of how much your pile of shame has expanded – especially after a year like 2016 where so many amazing games finally landed on our screens. Or, maybe you finally bought that One Game you wanted to grab on a sale – only to throw it on your ever growing library of games you'll never finish.

I'll tell you what else is “growing” – game prices. One cannot afford to just buy games and never play them, and I often have the same issue. A game 50% off? Yes please! Chances are that said cheap purchase will never even be opened, ever. 

My piles of shame will make anyone cry, as sometime I look at my backlog of games and feel a little heartbroken that I never got to get that trophy in Dark Souls III, or I never finished unlock all the songs on Final Fantasy Theatrhythm: Curtain Call. What is worse is that I try very hard to do all that. I will install a game on my PS4, do the update, and tell myself that I will find time to sit and get that platinum trophy. The problem here is that whenever I do that, my email goes off with a code for a review game, I then must delete the recently installed game to make space for the game that becomes my top priority.

Looking back at the past year, there have been so many games I wish I could go back to, but I know I probably will never get the chance. I am trophy hunter you see, so I would head back into a game, be it terrible or fantastic, just to earn trophies. Sure, there are games that I would go back to and replay for the story and experience, but most of the time my Pile of Shame consists of games with tons of trophies I really want to unlock. 

I know there are fellow gamers out there that suffer from the same issue I do. We love a game so much that after we play it for weeks, something new comes along and we get distracted. We just want to get back into it, but six months later and we have forgotten all about it. One night while we are going through our friends list, we see a friend playing it, and then all the feelings rush back to us, and a terrible emptiness ensues as we realize that we never really got to experience the game as much as we wanted to. As for my Pile of Shame, I have a few embarrassing games in it. 

Dishonored 2 takes the top spot as I reviewed it, but also kind of rushed through the game to get to the end. I missed so many collectibles and side quests along the way. I don’t think I will ever get to go back to it though. Here are a few others: 

  • Skyrim (PS4) 
  • Battlefield 1 
  • Hitman 
  • Pokemon Moon

Han seems to not suffer from the same problem I have at least. She told me “Luckily, my pile of shame is rather small. I’ve only added one game to it in the past few years, but it’s a biggy …. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. I’ve put a few hours into the game, and I love it, but somehow the siren call of Overwatch always manages to pull me away.” You see, Overwatch is a problem people, I would know as Irecently went back and I am starting to suffer from the same problem Han is. It used to be Destiny, but now I find myself in Overwatch more than I sleep. 

Chocs really put me in a tough spot as he sent me his Steam stats and he had about 250 plus games he has never touched. We are not talking about simple, cheap indie games here, we are talking about games that every gamer would love to play, like Mass Effect 2, the F.E.A.R collection, GTA V, and more. After much consideration, he decided to admit that these games were at the top of his pile of shame: 

  • Escapists
  • Uncanny Valley
  • Psychonauts
  • Force Unleashed
  • Payday2 
  • The Abbey of Crime Extensun

Wessel probably has the worst pile out of all of us, and I am silently judging him from a distance. His pile consists of some of the best games around, and he should play them before it becomes a crime. 

  • Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
  • Telltale's The Walking Dead Season 2
  • Batman Arkham Franchise (no words for this)
  • Fallout 4 (okay, this is just too much now)
  • Overwatch (shun the unbeliever!)

So there you have our games we so want to go back and play. What five games make up your Pile of Shame? It can be anything really. Something that you loved playing, but never really got the time to play it more. Let us know in the comments below. 

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