Backlog Quest: Day 0 – The Adventure Begins

Dear Journal,

Today I realized I have a problem.

How did this all begin anyway?  I suppose I have Cheap Ass Gamer to blame, at least in part.  At what point does a deal on a video game literally become so good that you can’t resist it?  Well, apparently, for me that point doesn’t take much.

I mean, how did this happen?

My Xbox 360 backlog mocks me.

Something has to be done about this, for the sake of my shelf space if nothing else.  That is why I have decided to embark on this adventure, this quest, to rid myself of my gaming backlog (or at least make a noticeable dent in it).  Some of the games are newer, some are as old as an Xbox 360 game can be.  Some are modern classics I just haven’t gotten around to playing for one reason or another, some are bad movie tie-ins to bad movies.  Either way, they have to go, but before they do they must all be played.

It’s like making your kid smoke a carton of cigarettes as punishment for smoking one; hopefully this will end the madness and I will never let my backlog get so massive again (and hopefully it won’t simply drive me mad before I see the end). The pages of this journal will fill up quickly as I document my experiences; as even playing one game a day would hardly be enough to clear out the collection before the year is out.

Something has to be done.

This journal will serve as a record of this quest to cleanse myself of my backlog. Hopefully it will be a record of my victory. Perhaps it will serve as a record of my madness as well.

Either way, the Backlog Quest begins.

Journal Entries:

Backlog Quest: Day 1 – Cabela’s Dangerous Hunts 2011 – Awkward hunting is awkward

Backlog Quest: Day 2 – Centipede: Infestation – C’mon you apes! You wanna live forever?

Backlog Quest: Day 3 – Jurassic: The Hunted – Dinosaur go boom!

Backlog Quest: Day 4 – Spider-Man: Edge of Time – On the edge of good

Backlog Quest: Day 5 – Splatterhouse – Splattering bad all over my TV

Backlog Quest: Day 6 – Starfox 64 3D – I still hate Slippy

Backlog Quest: Day 7 – Bodycount – Let the expectations hit the floor

Backlog Quest: Day 8 – Combat of Giants: Dinosaurs 3D – Let’s get ready to snore!

Backlog Quest: Day 9 – Rock of the Dead – Party on Neil!


Backlog Quest: Day 10 – Shadows of the Damned – Fear the Boner

Backlog Quest: Day 11 – Where the Wild Things Are – Childhood and Junk

Backlog Quest: Day 12 – Thor: God of Thunder – Thunder? More like blunder!

Backlog Quest: Day 13 – The Lord of the Rings: War in the North

Backlog Quest: Day 14 – Tron: Evolution – Off the Grid, Yo!

Backlog Quest: Day 15 – Sesame Street: Once Upon a Monster

Backlog Quest: Day 16 – X-Men: Destiny

Backlog Quest: Day 17 – Darkest of Days – Best if read in Arnold voice

Backlog Quest: Day 18 – Pilotwings Resort

Backlog Quest: Day 19 – Backyard Sports: Sandlot Sluggers – Bob Uecker not included

Backlog Quest: Day 20 – Zoo Resort – Run a zoo by taking photos?

Backlog Quest: Day 21 – Halo: CE Anniversary – Tea bagged in nostalgia

Backlog Quest: Day 22 – Call of Juarez: The Cartel – No one wins

Backlog Quest: Day 23 – Dreamworks Superstar Kartz – Mario Kart it is not

Backlog Quest: Day 24 – Goldeneye 007 Reloaded – Reviewed not stirred

Backlog Quest: Day 25 – Driver: Renegade – Serious road rage

Backlog Quest: Day 26 – Rango – Don’t stop now, this is bat country!

Backlog Quest: Day 27 – Civil War: Secret Missions

Backlog Quest: Day 28 – Cars 2

Backlog Quest: Day 29 – Rogue Warrior – Just really f’n bad

Backlog Quest: Day 30 – Star Wars: The Clone Wars – Republic Heroes

Backlog Quest: Day 31 – Homefront


About Tristan Rendo

I've made movies, written and performed music, and in January of 2011 got bored and started the awesome gaming site you see before you. My gaming roots began with the original NES, and endless hours spent spilling quarters into machines at the local arcade. I have a personal collection of over 200 Nintendo 64 games, and for many years it was the only system I owned. I re-entered the modern generation of gaming consoles when I decided to purchase a 360. I typically prefer the single player experience of games, so I’m usually playing through some single-player campaign, but can occasionally be found doing some damage in Halo Reach.