How To Use GameFAQs To Beat Your Backlog

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 GrouveeHowever, 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

  1. FAQs with bookmarks
  2. Answers
  3. Kindred Spirits
  4. Length and difficulty stats for games submitted by users
  5. Game Collection, import from Steam or text

How To Organize Your Games with AllMyGames

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, Continue reading “How To Organize Your Games with AllMyGames”

5 Tips To Maximize Your Game Time

When you’re finally ready to play a game you’re going to want to spend as much of that time playing as possible. And you’re going to want to make it count. Don’t waste your game time.

  1. Don’t spend time doing side quests if your goal is to complete the main story. Stay on task and save the DLC for later.
  2. Don’t waste time trying every possible combination if you’re stuck. Embrace assistance by reading an FAQ or watching a walkthrough video.
  3. Do play on easy difficulty, if you’re not in it for the challenge. You’ll get through the game faster and still be able to enjoy it.
  4. Don’t get distracted and don’t multitask. You’ll get less done and gain less enjoyment from it.
  5. Do prepare for future sessions by taking notes.

5 Guilt-Free Reasons To Purge A Game from Your Backlog

  1. The game is too difficult, even when using a guide.
  2. It’s not the game you thought it was.
  3. Technical issues are overtaking your enjoyment of the game. Bad controls, a clumsy mechanic, anything that feels more like work than a game, actual bugs or glitches.
  4. You’ve reached a level of completion that you are satisfied with, even if you didn’t finish.
  5. You’re not enjoying it. If you are feeling upset or sad when thinking about having to finish it, stop. A game should not make you have these feelings about playing it.