Beat Your Backlog Tip #2: Organize Your Games

I discussed the first step to beat your backlog is to make a list. If you used one of the services I mentioned, then you have probably already begun to organize them in some way as well.

You are going to want to organize your games to make it easier to decide which games to play and when. Some criteria to organize by are: platform, genre, level of excitement, and completion progress.

Why Organize Your Games?

I’m going to explain why organizing by platform, genre, level of excitement, and completion progress are so important.

Organize Your Games By Platform or Service

The best reason to organize by platform or service allows you to know where the copies of your games are.

You can plan to play several games on an old console that you may need to borrow, rent, or lug out of storage to make it worth it.

Organizing by platform, may also tell you what platform(s) you prefer. Or conversely, if you have a lot of games for a platform that you never play, maybe you should stop buying games for that platform.

Organize Your Games By Genres

It can become tedious playing games of a similar style too close together. By organizing your games by genre you can plan to avoid this.

Genres often say a lot about how long they are and organizing games by length is also useful.

Organize Your Games By Excitement

This is an easy one. You are more likely going to want to play games that you are excited about. But be careful that you don’t pick from this category exclusively, you may be ignoring games that you could complete faster. And don’t start or buy a game until you have finished the one you are currently playing.

Organize Your Games By Completeness

This is a fairly easy category, too. Picking games that are almost complete will usually be faster to complete than starting a game from scratch.

Tools to Organize Your Games

If you need help organizing your games I am going to show you how to organize your games using Steam, GOG, and the online service Grouvee.

Both Steam and GOG have libraries for the games you buy through their services and both of their sites or clients allow you to organize your collection. You can also add other PC games to your Steam library. See my articles on How to Organize Your Games With Steam and How to Organize Your Games With GOG.

Neither of these options are good for organizing console games, for that we can look at Grouvee. See my article on How to Organize Your Games With Grouvee.

All of these clients or services allow you to sort or filter by the four categories of organization mentioned above.

Tips to Beat Your Backlog

  1. Make a List
  2. Organize Your Games
  3. Determine Your Own Goals
  4. Decide What to Play Next
  5. Manage Your Game Time

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