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Downtime, p14

February 26, 2024 by Tim


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StepGamer Dad
StepGamer Dad
4 months ago

Backlog Paralysis… Can’t imagine what that’s like \s

Urazz
Urazz
4 months ago
Reply to  StepGamer Dad

I just avoid it by picking one at random.

raven0ak
raven0ak
4 months ago
Reply to  StepGamer Dad

Rather classic “choosers dilemma” , too many equally good choices makes it hard to choose

Ben
Ben
4 months ago
Reply to  StepGamer Dad

I have half a dozen games I barely played (not counting all the free ones from epic), but still playing Rimworld.

Bwauder
Bwauder
4 months ago

My old gaming laptop crashed,the easiest solution to Ethans conundrum I found was to only install a few of the dailies and just a couple of the major plays of a 400+ list on the new system.
Now its play x or y, or spend hours downloading something else… the backlog is clearing.

Birdbath
Birdbath
4 months ago
Reply to  Bwauder

If you are only playing a game to run dailies how is that different than working a job?

Anon A Mouse
Anon A Mouse
4 months ago
Reply to  Birdbath

I think they meant the “day to day” games, ones they pick up and play most often. “Comfort games”, as some call them.

Bwauder
Bwauder
4 months ago
Reply to  Anon A Mouse

Yeah comfort/regulars like MS jigsaw,etc where you basically 5 minutes checking in doing the daily challenges and logging out.
Not a big thing just part of the wake up routine while munching on breakfast.

Birdbath
Birdbath
4 months ago
Reply to  Anon A Mouse

Gotcha, my bad.

Maxwell
Maxwell
4 months ago
Reply to  Birdbath

Or games with lot’s of content to conquer, such as Binding of Isaac playthrough with all characters/challenges. Faster Than Light? Easy over 400 hours and I still have not got all the ships over.

Neon
Neon
4 months ago

I like to just use random.org to pick the next game when I can’t decide which backlog game to play

Pulse
Pulse
4 months ago

This is why I rarely buy games. I have little trouble picking a next.

Devon
Devon
4 months ago

the struggle is very real

Arcatus
Arcatus
4 months ago

The struggle is real.

I wish more games would have a “Dad” mode. Allow me to enjoy a game, but at 200% efficiency. End-game content that requires repetitive grinding is just never going to happen.

Gedd
Gedd
4 months ago
Reply to  Arcatus

I wish more games had a “Dad” mode too, but I am unsure I am with you on the 200% efficiency. Many games provide a way to scale difficulty, but I have yet to see a game providing a way to scale the amount of grind and the number of encounters. I don’t have enough time to sink into games but I still appreciate a challenge.

Thief
Thief
4 months ago
Reply to  Gedd

I’ve routinely hit an unkillable boss in an RPG because I’ve not been grinding enough. Even on an easier difficulty, sometimes you just hit a wall from avoiding grinding due to limited time when the enemies (especially bosses) outscale you. Current one is the control room ghost boss in FF7Remake.

Dad mode please.

Axiomite
Axiomite
4 months ago
Reply to  Thief

Throwing a Fenix Down at it won’t do the trick? (I don’t play Final Fantasy games anymore so you say ghost room and I think undead of some form).

Robert
Robert
4 months ago
Reply to  Arcatus

My Dad-Mode would be a small “picking up the savegame after 4 months” turorial to avoid starting over again, because Idk what I´m supposed to do with what I saved ages ago.

TimeViewer
TimeViewer
4 months ago

Another victim of Steam Sales

El_
El_
4 months ago

The back log of a video game store owner must be horrendous..

Stuart
Stuart
4 months ago

The backlog is real been building up from getting factorio! So many other games but the factory must grow!

Arcatus
Arcatus
4 months ago
Reply to  Stuart

And a huge expansion is on the way!

Reso
Reso
4 months ago
Reply to  Stuart

I just picked factorio up again. Last played in 2017 when it was release 0.18.

My starter base is… Atrocious. Cleaning up horror shows. Resisting the urge to just start over because it’s a lot easier to fix stuff now that I have bots.

Marcus
Marcus
4 months ago

AHHH my crippling anxiety with decision making!

Thomas
Thomas
4 months ago

Dwarf Fortress being on the backlog.. Goodness, it’s on MY backlog. Thousands of hours lost to it several years ago and I still haven’t tried the Steam version.

Halosty
Halosty
4 months ago
Reply to  Thomas

I have, but by default it uses new keyboard shortcuts and my old muscle memory broke down. Then I got distracted by other stuff.
I was still happy to spend money for the stupid number of hours I’d spent already, though.

Thomas
Thomas
4 months ago
Reply to  Halosty

Reading about the new interface is what’s kept me from firing it up several times, haha. I wonder if there’s a classic mode in it.
Now the darn comic’s got me thinking about it, maybe I’ll go and look into it again.

Tim
Tim
4 months ago

I feel this. Everytime I have a few extra hours free any more I go through it. Usually I end up opening a game, maybe even getting into a save file to run around for 5 minutes then decide it was the wrong choice. Close the game, continue to stare at steam library. By the time I settle on a game, I have 20 minutes left to play.

Last edited 4 months ago by Tim
Bakhtosh
Bakhtosh
4 months ago

I think it’s time to hit the Steam store…not to buy anything, but just for inspiration. *wink*

Benjamin Frank
Benjamin Frank
4 months ago

Please for the love of god fix the “Join the conversation. Click here to read and write comments.” is all clickable but only the words click here actually work. It has bother me for years

Swordust
Swordust
4 months ago

I just go in order by release date.

*Dusts off NES*

James Rye
James Rye
4 months ago

This last panel is so so so true…. you see the dozens and dozens of games you have yet to try and it is just overwhelming.

Jonathan
Jonathan
4 months ago
Reply to  James Rye

You mean hundreds and hundreds, right?

Creepyunicorn
Creepyunicorn
4 months ago

I had the same exact experience this afternoon when I looked at my steam library.

Raptor
Raptor
4 months ago

Given how big the backlog is, wait till he picks one only to find out theres a few hours of updates!

Shona-SoF
Shona-SoF
4 months ago

The pain is real.

Summener99
Summener99
4 months ago

Noita! Quick game. In and out. 20 minute adventure!

Crestlinger
Crestlinger
4 months ago

Simple and clean. pick one that can be done Fastest, that IS done when the credits roll, not umpteen DLC or redo for the True ending. Then after annihilating that one fully move on to the next. In that regard Good: FF16. Bad: Dragon Quest 11 EoaEA.

some guy
some guy
4 months ago

I’m trying a new approach: One new game, then one from backlog, then repeat. There is a tiny problem with my approach, though. The first new game I picked was Baldur’s Gate 3. And I love to take my time… guess the old game will have to wait a few months.

Brian
Brian
4 months ago

#relatable

Jay
Jay
4 months ago

Wait, so what’s the weapon in the event of home invasion? The duck tape?