Forget Valentine’s Day: February was about showing your video game backlog some attention. #LoveYourBacklog Week encouraged everyone to share their love for their pile of games – something which is a sign of just how much we love our hobby, rather than a source of guilt.
The backlog appreciation isn’t over just yet though as there’s more planned for the next few weeks. Last month bloggers were asked to nominate unplayed or unfinished titles in five categories, including the one that had spent the most time in their library; so how about now attempting to complete it for #MaybeinMarch? It might seem like a daunting prospect at first but you’ll have a bunch of other bloggers doing the same, and you can find out which game I’ll be attempting myself further below.
This event is open to everyone regardless of whether you participated in February’s #LoveYourBacklog Week. It also doesn’t need to be focused on your Steam library, although that’s what I’ve chosen to do to keep things simple. If you’d like to use the same platform and aren’t sure how to find out which game has been waiting in your library the longest: click on your name in the top right-hand corner of the window, go to Account details and then click on View licenses and product key activations.
#MaybeinMarch is more than just about ticking a title off your list however. Similar to last month’s event, it’s a way of celebrating the awesome releases which make up your library and showing that a backlog isn’t a reason for guilt. A pile of games is a sign of how much you love your hobby along with the variety we have available to us nowadays – and the bigger your mountain, the more likely it is you’ll have something to play whatever mood you’re in.
The title I’ll be attempting this month is Thomas Was Alone by Mike Bithell. It’s one I bought at the same time as last year’s #MaybeinMarch game, Limbo by Playdead, so it’s been waiting for me to finish it since 25 March 2013. I did play it back then and got perhaps halfway through; but I’m not a big platformer fan and it was eventually put to one side in favour of something else. Perhaps now, seven years later, I’ll finally make it through to the end and find out what happens to Thomas and his friends.