I'm not bitter towards them. I just see no point in talking down to other gamers or CAGs for that matter. It's not like the way I go about wasting my time can in some way be inferior to the way you go about wasting yours, so why talk shit about it? If I was in here throwing homophobic slurs and railing against women, sure, but because I'm indecisive about my backlog and use a spreadsheet? That's ridiculous.
It's not the hobby that stresses me out. It's that every time somebody talks about how great a game is (Spec Ops, Far Cry 3), I immediately want to be playing that game. So I've always got this impulse to play everything at once, and as a result, I frequently wind up playing nothing.
I think I'm going to give Trav's method a try, that actually sounds like a good way for me to go about satisfying all of my cravings at once.
I wasn't aware of people being bitter about how they organize their backlog (that's what I get for skipping a page or two in the thread), but I just wanted to chime in on the spreadsheet love
I have mine organized by date, game, purchase price, playtime, backlog rating (how badly I want to play it), game rating (once I've beaten it), date beaten, and I'm currently working on getting metacritic ratings up for games I haven't played yet. I also have some formulae to track how much money I'm spending, which games have the best "rating per dollar" and "playtime per dollar", etc. I'm sure most people wouldn't care about any of these things, but for some reason I derive a sick kind of enjoyment of tracking all this, and when I've beaten a game, it's helpful to sort my backlog by "backlog rating" to remember which games in a genre I was once excited to try out (but had perhaps forgotten by that point).
Now that I'm married and generally spend only 5-10 hours a week playing games, I have to be more discerning of my time than my money when it comes to games. I like Trav's "strategy", though what I tend to do is have one game that will probably take 20-50 hours to complete (which would take me several months at best) and a couple shorter or indie games on the side (which is how I've beaten FTL, Mark of the Ninja, etc recently).
Does anyone else have the problem where they aren't enjoying a game as much as expected, but having already invested several hours into it, find themselves having difficulty "giving up" on said game? Maybe it's just my personality, but I find myself hunkering down to finish a game even when it's obvious I'm not having much fun with it, solely so I can finish the game. This is where I currently find myself with Darksiders 2, having spent a dozen hours on it before December, but I put it on hold to play a bunch of other games (FTL, Dishonored, XCOM, Mark of the Ninja), and now I'm dreading going back to it haha.... First world problems.