Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Christmas Gifts & My New Year's Video Game Resolution!

     You may have read(or not) my December Brewed, January Roasting post, in which I talked about different events that happened in December, as well as what coffees I consumed, and what video games I played.
     I mentioned in that post, how my parents were up visiting us for Christmas, and I didn't play many video games during their visit.  Netflix was used a lot on the PS3, and my mom tried playing a few rounds of ping pong in Sports Champion, which I ended up playing one or two rounds also...but other than that, I played no games after Christmas until New Year's Eve.
     Even though I barely played any games after Christmas, I did receive two games for Christmas.
     I didn't open either game until Sunday, January 2; 8 days after I received them!
     I received one game from Keith, who writes for EpicBattleAxe.com, and you can find more of his articles at, HEREThe game he gifted me was Borderlands for the PS3.  He picked the game up himself, and we started playing the co-operative mode together, just tonight!
     The other game I received for Christmas, I received from Mrs. CoffeewithGames.  I was suspicious she had gotten me a game, but I wasn't positive.  On Christmas morning I unwrapped a few gifts from her and there was a video game gift!  It was Donkey Kong Country Returns!
     After opening Donkey Kong Country Returns on Sunday afternoon, Mrs. CoffeewithGames and I started a game together.  So far, we have made it all the way through World 2, and we are ready to start World 3 when we start back up.
     I ended up starting my own DKCR's game file early yesterday morning, and played through World 1.

     So, what do my video game Christmas gifts have to do with my New Year's video game resolution?  Well, they have to do with something I think a lot of gamers have happen, and it's called a backlog!  For those of you that aren't familiar with the term backlog, it's when you own several video games, but haven't played or completed them yet.
     When I received both games, I knew that I still had other games I hadn't beaten, or even played in some cases.
     Based on that, I decided to make a New Year's video game resolution, and that resolution is that I won't purchase any NEW or USED video game in 2011, until I finish my backlog of video games on my current generation consoles.
     What does my current backlog of video games look like this generation, not including my Christmas gifts?  Here's the list!

  • Dementium II (DS)
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops (PS3)
  • Resistance: Fall of Man (PS3)
  • Endless Ocean: Blue World (Wii)
  • Greg Hastings Paintball 2 (Wii)
  • Medal of Honor: Vanguard (Wii)
  • Metroid Prime Trilogy (I'm not sure if I count this one, Wii)
  • Monster Hunter Tri (Wii)
  • Shaun White Snowboarding: Road Trip (Wii)
  • Tenchu: Shadow Assasins (Wii)
     Now, if you're wondering what I mean when I say "finish", I mean finish each game's single-player campaign.  With Metroid Prime Trilogy, I already completed Metroid Prime 3: Corruption, and I'm not sure how I count Metroid Prime and Metroid Prime 2: Echoes, being that they're GameCube games ported over with Wii controls...perhaps I'm just trying to get out of playing one!
     Including my Christmas video game gifts, I have twelve games to complete in 2011, before I purchase another one!  Will I be able to complete my backlog of games, before another "must have" game shows up on my radar?  We'll find out!
     I once again hope everybody had a great holiday season, and that 2011 goes well for you all!

     Did any of you make a New Year's video game resolution of any sort?


  1. I was wondering what you meant at first by 'backlog' when I saw games I know you had played online (like Black Ops) - but that makes sense, wanting to get through the single player mode to consider it 'beaten' at least. Luckily that particular game really does not take long - I finished that one up in 2 afternoons back-to-back. I have the same problem - I had come into a # of new games shortly before the end of the year, and my wife really spoiled me for Christmas. I liked the new years resolution list idea. I may have to put that to use on my blog shortly, though I'm not even sure where to begin. I got several games for each of my systems - and a new cpu w/ new games for it. Good luck on your gaming list - looking forward to your thoughts on several of them!

  2. I have quite a few backlogged games for the ps3 but I'm not making the same video game resolution as you!

    Let me know how it goes!


  3. @Chalgyr:
    Yea, I started the Black Ops campaign, but I'm only like two missions into it...so I may just start it over.
    Most of the other games on my list, I have started and played at least for a few minutes, while some I have played through a good portion of the game.
    As for my thoughts on them, I actually have a video plan for one of them, but not sure how that will work out.

    @Charlie Chang:
    YOU NEED to make this your resolution...or you will next year, with 24 games not finished!

    I do plan on writing more about the games on the list when I play/complete them, so hopefully that will be happening sooner, than later!

    Thank you both for the comments! Did anybody else make a New Year's video game resolution or any sort?

  4. I would take Tri off, that game is like WoW; can't really finish it, can ya? There is no set ending, like, say, Resistance.

  5. @Keith:
    Try can be finished, as it has a single-player campaign of sorts. Even the online I think has a certain number of bosses to be hunted, so I could technically say I could "hunt" all the monsters in the game to finish it...but I'm sticking with the single-player campaign for now.

    Thanks for the question!

  6. @Coffee, you know that in MH Tri beating the game is completing the all the online multiplayer as well... you'll never play a new game again mwah ha ha. ;-)

    My only resolution is to get all the Stars in Super Mario Galaxy 2 and play Dead Space 2.

  7. @Brad Jerger (The Butcher):
    When you say "completing" the online, what do you mean by that? Just hunting and beating all the monsters? If so, I can maybe include the online in my New Year's resolution, as like an amendment of sorts...though it was originally focused on the single-player portion of the games only.

    As for your resolution, how many Stars do you currently have in SMG2?

  8. @Coffee, yes beating all the monsters. Which I haven't done yet. 2 more to go.... ugh!

    I dont remember how many stars I have but its a low number. Too many games took up my time.

  9. Hmm, I actually forgot about making New Years Resolutions at all this year. There were some out of the ordinary circumstances this year.... Can't really think of any gaming resolutions I'd like to follow through with at the moment.

    That's a harsh resolution you made--hm, I think I've just realized I've never referred to by a name before. Wonder how I avoided that? It's always hard with usernames that aren't quite names. I guess I'll call you Coffee. That's a harsh resolution you made, Coffee. I'm not sure I could stick to it through that many games.

    I was wondering if they are all games you haven't started or that you have started and haven't quite finished some of them, but reading through the comments, it seems like you've played a bit of each of them. Heh heh, you might make a resolution to stop doing that. I find that if I ever get a couple games at once it helps to leave one untouched to shame me into tackling it when I have a break in the other stuff I'm playing.

    With the 3DS coming up, I figure there will be a lull in the releases (despite what Iwata says) and a bit of a strain on my gaming funds, so I'll get my chance to tackle my backlog then.

  10. @Brad Jerger (The Butcher):
    Well, I'm only counting the single-player in my resolution, but I may make the online portion an amendment...if I can get enough states to ratify it!

    Coffee is a fine nickname, and it's becoming my default name in online games now.
    I'm working on my list, slowly but surely now.
    Greg Hastings Paintball 2 is a slow burn...because that game has a lot of tournaments to play in...
    Monster Hunter Tri's single-player is almost done...

    But yea, some games I'll probably start over from the beginning like Tenchu and Endless Ocean, as I'm not very far into those.

    As for the 3DS, I'm just wondering what the North American release titles will be, as the Japanese release titles don't really have me interested.

    Thanks for the comments and feedback!

  11. As I've mentioned in other posts I made a weak attempt at a gaming resolution this year. It's basically to just start completing games in general and try not to load up on new games until some of the backlog is done. I'm sure I'll break that if I find good deals or with Portal 2.

    At least I completed Portal and VVVVVV last year even though they were fairly short. I'll leave out my full backlog, as its too long.

  12. @Robert:
    "I'll leave out my full backlog, as its too long."

    Yea, I didn't include last generation games in my New Year's resolution, just the current generation games...which is why I'm not sure I count Metroid Prime Trilogy in my list, since it's just GameCube games updated for the Wii.

    Thanks for the comment!

  13. Good point about the current gen stuff, I wasn't thinking about it like that. Although with PC/steam the lines are blurred a bit as I can pick up quite a few older games for good prices. (that I can actually run on a laptop these days..)

    Within the last year I picked up just shy of 40 on steam and a few VC titles. Better get crackin' and not pick up that last copy of Excitebots on amazon. :)


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