Had an old account from when I was young. Since I came back to this site, I made a new one instead of fixing the old one. Old one for shits and giggles: Thedsbrother
Long-time gaming enthusiast, collector, competitive gamer.
Some self-imposed rules/ideas for this backlog:
1.) I treat this more as a collectors catalog or collectors journal more than anything. Because of that, I will do things such as add "Game of the Year Edition," or add "[CIB]" for any game on a console that is harder to find complete in box (all of the consoles that have cardboard boxes or any game that might have a special edition case such as The Last Story for Wii).
2.) I only use the "Null" option unless the game has absolutely no win condition whatsoever or if it's duplication. I always like to find a reason to "beat" or "complete" a game.
3.) I kinda have a wonky way of using the rating system. It's basically this:
5 Stars: I liked it a lot. I hand these out a lot more than I should.
4 Stars: Pretty good but not quite worthy of 5 stars.
3 Stars: Meh.
2 Stars: Minimal good or redeeming values to the game.
1 Star: Absolutely disgusting with no redeeming qualities.
4.) I order my console list on this by companies and go from oldest to newest home console, then oldest to newest portables, then I go to online services or downloadable services (such as PSN, XBLA, WiiWare, Virtual Console, ect.), then I move on to next company (The current order is Nintendo, Sony, Microsoft, Sega, Atari, Arduboy, NEC, SNK, Bandai, GCE, Coleco, Texas Instruments, Tiger, Mattel, Milton Bradley, Commodore, Magnavox, Fairchild, Panasonic, Phillips, Nokia, RCA, PC, Mobile).
5.) I don't put too much thought into the notes/progress notes part unless I really care for the game. I usually just put what I think of the game and potentially where I am at in the game.
6.) Mostly due to rule 1, I will not use the "previously owned" feature. I have quite a few games my brother owns that I have beaten in the past but choose not to enter them for the reason that I stated in rule 1. If I obtain these games later on, I will mark them as beaten or completed accordingly as I get them but until then, they will remain off my backlog.
7.) I am a little iffy when it comes to compilations. Generally, if the compilation is more than 5 games, I don't bother breaking it up. There's a few exceptions to this but for the most part, I try to keep this rule consistent. The two reasons for this are because I don't want to artificially inflate the number of games I own and laziness.
8.) I DO NOT add DLC as a compilation or as anything to the games entry. The only thing DLC affects is the achievements/trophies (see rule below).
9.) I keep the achievements section honest to how I believe it should be. This includes rules such as platinum trophies being included, not including DLC trophies unless I own that DLC, ect.
10.) I have a shit ton of old school PC games in a closet that I'm not adding unless I go out and decide to play them. They will then be added accordingly.
11.) I only use completed and mastered for the purpose said on their definitions. I will not put complete unless I have truly done everything and I will only put it as mastered if I have truly done something extraordinary with the game.
12.) I am still deciding if I should include getting all achievements/trophies to complete a game but as for now, I will require obtaining all to earn a complete if these achievements/trophies are present in the game.
13.) I split my PC section up the best I can. If I downloaded the game on a site (example being minecraft), it goes to PC downloads. If I got it from a disk, it will go to PC. Everything else is steam for the most part. I also only use my browser section for flash games I actually enjoyed (not many)