Beat Your Backlog Tip #4: How to Decide What to Play Next

Perhaps one of the biggest challenges a gamer faces when confronted with too many choices is, what to play next. Whether you choose a game based on certain criteria or choose one at random is up to you. Here are some tips and tools to help you choose.

Criteria for Choosing What to Play Next

If you are looking for criteria to base your choice on I suggest playing games of varying lengths and/or genres. Mixing play between a big game and a smaller game or mixing games by genre will keep you from getting bored or burnt out. You may also need to set aside a specific time to play a longer game.

If you organized your games by genre you’ll be able to easily see which games are in which genres and select from those categories.

To choose games based on length,you can use HowLongToBeat.com to organize your games.

A third way to choose criteria for what to play next is by your personal level of excitement. If you’re really excited about a game, you are likely to play it, and if the hype is well-deserved, you’ll finish it.

Tools to Tell You What to Play

If you prefer randomness when deciding what to play next, there are several tools that can help you do that.

  • Backloggery’s Cookie of Fortune chooses a game from your collection.
  • Grouvee’s Tell Me What To Play selects a game from one of your shelves.
  • Wheel Decide is a free online spinner tool that allows you to create your own digital wheels for decision making.

Whatever your method of choosing, it is important to make a decision and then act on it.

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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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