What is GameFAQs?
GameFAQs is a hub for gamers that specializes in providing game FAQs. The site has a database of over 200,000 games, with more than 20 million answers, guides, cheats, and messages.
Why Use GameFAQs to Beat Your Backlog?
Although GameFAQs does allow for tracking your collection, it’s value is in helping to plan and play your game sessions. GameFAQs has three unique features that help you do this: FAQs, Answers, and Kindred Spirits.
The FAQs on GameFAQs are divided into three categories: general, which include walkthroughs, in-depth, and maps and charts. You can bookmark an FAQ, which not only saves the FAQ for you to come back to but saves your place within the document.
If you’re stuck in a game you can ask a question and other gamers will try to answer.
Kindred Spirits are other users who have a similar game collection as you. GameFAQs rates your synchronicity with other gamers by ownership, now playing, and top-rated games. This gives you a list of users who you can reach out to with the possibility of motivating each other to complete your respective backlogs.
GameFAQs – An All-in-One Service
I consider GameFAQs an all-in-one service, that is it has many services that others do, like length and difficulty stats for games submitted by users similar to How Long To Beat, or the importing and organizing features of AllMyGames and Grouvee. However, unlike those services, GameFAQs versions are somewhat rudimentary.
Still, if you are looking for a single service that supports your game backlog beating efforts from start to finish, GameFAQs just might be the service for you.
FAQr – The GameFAQs App
FAQr is an app on Google Play that is unaffiliated with GameFAQs but allows you to easily save and read their text-based FAQs. It saves the FAQ on your device so you don’t always have to be connected and you can easily bookmark sections to return to.
I love using it, but, unfortunately, the future of the app is uncertain, so check it out while you can.
Top 5 GameFAQs Features
- FAQs with bookmarks
- Kindred Spirits
- Length and difficulty stats for games submitted by users
- Game Collection, import from Steam or text
- Use a new game as an incentive to finish an old one
- Only buy a game if you’re going to play it right away
- Don’t buy bad games; Research before you buy
- Don’t buy bundles; Buy only what you will play
- Avoid buying time-consuming games
What is AllMyGames?
AllMyGames is a cross-platform game collection organizing tool. It has an importing feature from four major game platforms and providers, sorting features based on platform/provider and state, integration with How Long to Beat, and basic collection statistics, all in a clean and easy-to-use interface.
I was invited to their closed alpha, you can sign up on their website, allmy.games. Continue reading “How To Organize Your Games with AllMyGames”
Now that we’ve begun whittling away at our backlog, it’s important to keep it from growing out of control again. Here is a list of habits to change to prevent your backlog from growing. Continue reading “Beat Your Backlog Tip #6: Change Your Game Buying Habits”
Grouvee.com is a website where you can catalogue, review, and organize your video game collection by adding games to virtual shelves. In a previous article, I went through a number of its features. Here I am going to explain how to use the manual sorting feature on Grouvee. Continue reading “How to Use Manual Sorting with Grouvee”
This month I reevaluated a few games on my list.