It’s way too easy to build up a huge library of games on Steam, even without trying, or having Scrooge McDuck wealth. Seasonal sales, Humble Bundles, even just normal deals are easy enough for a person with a bit of disposable income to rack up the titles. For the average joe, this usually amounts in games coming in faster than games being completed. What a waste! Who knows what treasures are there, already owned!
Here’s an idea that I saw for dealing with unsightly Steam backlogs that I thought I would try and chronicle on here. Hopefully I’ll find some hidden gems amid the unplayed noise and make all those sales over the years count!
RULES OF THE ROULETTE
- I will use the site What Should I Play On Steam to identify and play a game from my library. This site takes your Steam ID as input and randomly selects a game from your library.
- I MUST install and play that game for an hour, no matter what. Well, with the following exceptions:
- If it’s a game that I’ve actually already gotten all the achievements in, I’ll draw again.
- If it’s a random game in an episodic series (Telltale, etc.), I will play the first episode of that series, or the next unplayed episode. For example, if I draw Back to the Future Episode 3, and I haven’t touched that series yet, I will play Episode 1 for my hour.
- If it’s an old multiplayer only game that’s completely dead now, I’ll draw again.
- If it’s one that’s already come up in the Roulette, I’ll draw again.
- After my hour is complete, I will give a quick impressions write-up on here and rate it in one of the following categories, both here and in my Steam library for later.
- Want to Come Back To – This was actually fun! A diamond in the rough. The Steam experiment was a success!
- Maybe Later… – I didn’t have the greatest time, but if I ever find myself unemployed or stuck with an abundance of free time with all my main interests completed I’ll think about it.
- Garbage – This was a crappy game that I have no intention of playing again.