Summer of Beatsome 2011

Back in 2009, my friend and fellow Backloggery Kariohki did a “Summer of Beatmore” to motivate her to get to a handful of games she had sitting around that hadn’t really been beaten or played much prior. She succeeded in the list she wanted to tackle, too! Fast forward to this June, where she tells me she wants to attempt a “Summer of Beatsome”, a less-intense version of Beatmore. Make it a goal to get a few games down, motivate oneself to get to that which hadn’t been accomplished yet. I decided that this was a great idea myself, since having a plan makes me get a good 80% of whatever is on that plan done within the time frame allotted. Of the five games on Kari’s list this Summer of Beatsome, she took down three.

Myself, on the other hand? With more free time and a ton more games around to faff off with, I managed to Beat three listed games, Completed 10 listed games, and went above and beyond by Beating an additional 8 and Completing an additional 19. I also removed 88 games. All the stats will be in a list below, as I want to explain why I removed that many games.

With the help of some friends this summer, I reevaluated my priorities and the very reason why I was backlogging. I’ve been known to be stubborn, rage-infused, and almost violently-motivated to finish games no matter how bad they are. Then, through the conversations with and by others, did I realize that one should play games to enjoy them. They’re not an obligation, they’re a hobby. Something to enjoy, to use in your leisure time, and to have fun¬†with. With my impulse buying giving me a ton of stuff I didn’t want to play but owning for the sake of buying cheap games, I had a paradigm shift and began removing anything I didn’t want to play.

I also finally changed my stance on duplicate games. Prior, if I had multiple copies of the same game, I’d list them and mark them beaten or completed so long as they were on different systems. Yet I was also against copies of games, duplicates, and the like. I changed my paradigm on this as well, making it so that if I had multiple copies of a game that were exactly the same I would null all but one favored copy. Games that were changed, ported and updated, or remade, I would keep all of them with the UBCM statuses. Exact copies became a one-medal-per deal, but to change the game in some structural way caused a difference in an experience and thus was worth giving it its own Beaten, Completed, or Mastered medal.

Overall, I’d say that The Summer of Beatsome 2011 was a great success, and I’m looking forward to doing something like this again! Thanks to Kari for the idea and the motivational support. And now, the complete list of games I beat, completed, and removed in the past 3 months.

Offical Summer of Beatsome Games Beaten (3):
Brutal Legend (360)
Super Mario Galaxy 2 (Wii)
Ys I&II Chronicles: Ys I (PSP)

Official Summer of Beatsome Games Completed (10):
Age of Empires III: The WarChiefs (PC)
Pikmin (GCN)
Banjo-Kazooie (XBLA)
Fallout (PC)
Phantasy Star IV (360 collection)
Gauntlet Legends (N64)
Harvest Moon (VC)
Banjo-Kazooie: Grunty's Revenge (GBA)
Golden Axe Warrior (360 collection)
Phantasy Star II (360 collection)

Official Summer of Beatsome Games Left Unfinished (3):
Final Fantasy Tactics: TWoTL (PSP)
Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga (GBA)

Official Summer of Beatsome Games Removed (3)
Heroes of Might & Magic III + 2 expansions (GOG)

Additional Games Beaten (8):
Qix (GB)
Doc Clock: The Toasted Sandwich of Time (Steam)
Breath of Death IV (Steam)
Cthulhu Saves the World (Steam)
NodNation Racers (PSP)
Fallout 3 (Steam)
Bastion (Steam)
HOARD (Steam)

Additional Games Completed (19):
Mega Man Xtreme (GBC)
Classic NES Series: Super Mario Bros. (GBA)
Back to the Future: The Game (Steam, all five episodes)
Swords & Soldiers HD (Steam)
Dwarfs!? (Steam)
Ecco Jr. (Steam collection)
Shadow Dancer: The Secret of Shinobi (Steam collection)
Space Harrier II (Steam collection)
Galaxy Force II (Steam collection)
Alien Soldier (Steam collection)
Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties (PC)
Half-Life: Blue Shift (Steam)
On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness Episode 1 (Steam)
RUSH (Steam)
Half-Life: Opposing Force (Steam)

Removed (EIGHTY EIGHT games):
Braid (Steam)
Cogs (Steam)
Droplitz (Steam)
Europa Universalis III Complete (Steam)
Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved (Steam)
Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved (XBLA)
Psychonauts (Steam)
Super Laser Racer (Steam)
Cortex Command (Steam)
Auditorium (PSP)
Vertigo (PSP)
Super Mario 64 (N64)
Apple Jack (XBLIG)
The Impossible Game (XBLIG)
Ecco the Dolphin (360 collection)
Ecco: The Tides of Time (360 Collection)
Phantasy Star III (360 collection)
1943: Battle for Midway (NES)
Air Fortress (NES)
Double Dragon II: The Revenge (NES)
Ghostbusters (NES)
Ironsword: Wizards & Warriors II (NES)
Legacy of the Wizard (NES)
Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! (NES)
Tetris (NES)
Tiger-Heli (NES)
Sky Shark (NES)
Borderlands: Mad Mxxi's Underdome Riot (Steam)
Golden Sun (GBA)
Golden Sun: The Lost Age (GBA)
Wave Race 64 (N64)
Yggdra Union (PSP)
Prinny 2 (PSP)
Monster Rancher Explorer (GBC)
Xenosaga Episode 1 (PS2)
Riviera: The Promised Land (GBA)
The Misadventures of P.B. Winterbottom (Steam)
LittleBigPlanet (PSP)
Madballs in Babo: Invasion (Steam)
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (Xbox)
Columns III (Steam collection)
Puzzle Dimension (Steam)
Alien Breed 2: Assault (Steam)
DOOM II: Hell on Earth (GBA)
Gish (Steam)
Heroes of Might and Magic III Complete (GOG)
Bejeweled 2 Deluxe (PC)
Breath of Death VII (XBLIG)
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (360)
Borderlands + 2 DLC (360)
Tidalis (Steam)
Jam City Rollergirls (Wiiware)
Final Fantasy 4: The After Years (Wiiware, 4 tales)
Lost Planet: Extreme Condition (360, collector's ed)
Bullet Candy (Steam)
A Game with a Kitty (PC D/L)
1213: The Series (PC D/L)
The Chzo Mythos Quadrilogy (PC D/L)
Gamma Bros. (PC D/L)
Streets of Rage Remake (PC D/L)
Nezumiman (PC D/L)
Soul of Dracula (PC D/L)
Spiral Knights (Steam)
The Orange Box (360)
Ridge Racer 6 (360)
Jurassic: The Hunted (PS2)
Guitar Hero II (360)
Guitar Hero III (360)
God of War (PS2)
Jeopardy (N64)
GT 64: Championship Edition (N64)
South Park (N64)