A few months ago, I reorganized my Steam library in an attempt to make it easier to decide which game to play. Rather than sort by types of games, I decided I would sort by my relationship to the game. Have I finished it already? Am I excited to play it? Do I not even remember why I bought it in the first place?
The result was the category system you see here. Games I'm in the process of playing - more or less - are under Active. The rest of the categories should be fairly self-explanatory, with Games being where new games or Free-Weekend games tend to appear, and Replayable consisting of match-based games, often strategy games, that I have played to my satisfaction but could return to at any time.
It feels better to organize my library like this. The Active list is very vague - I haven't played State of Decay in a month or so, for example - yet it still reflects the set of games I'm currently interested in playing.
Unfortunately, it also leads to some awkward break-ups.
I have the On Hold category for games that I've stopped playing and am not especially interested in picking up again. A few of them I really want to return to, but gave up on in frustration - I've almost finished Cave Story+ and The Banner Saga, but those final boss battles were so frustrating I felt I needed to take a break. But for the most part, I probably won't touch those games again.
Today, I consigned Battleblock Theater to that category; I think it's one of the ones I just won't play anymore, and I feel bad for it.
I like Battleblock Theater, though I don't love it. It's a colorful game with a nice art style, amusing humor, great music, the best video game narrator since Bastion, and some pretty fun platforming.
But it's been going on for a really, really long time, and after five hours I've had enough of the platforming. I've seen everything I feel there is to see, even though I'm only about halfway through the story. Plus, in recent times I've come to realize that I'm just not that big a platformer fan; the platformers I do like, such as LIMBO, I generally like for other reasons than the core gameplay.
This leaves me feeling uncomfortable, though, like I'm betraying this game I bought, or like I'm not being diligent enough in working through my Steam library. Like games need me to do better. Unfortunately for games, I have other things to do - I spent all morning today volunteering at the Vancouver Aquarium, which has its own rewards, and that's just one of many things that competes with video games for my time.
I like Battleblock Theater, but there are just so, so many other games to play, so many other things to do, that I feel like I need to let it go so I can move on to other games that do more to pull me in, or that fascinate me more as a designer.
There isn't enough time to play all the interesting games anymore. That's kind of sad, but I think it also says something about the volume of great games we have available.
But enough about that. It's time to play some more State of Decay.