My game buying: 2012 vs. 2011

Every year, Game Informer magazine makes a list of their top 50 games of the year. I was an editor for them for 4 years, so I at least pay attention to the list. This year, it’s a great way to gauge just how little I’m buying games.

Of the 50 games on the 2012 list, I own 9 of them, and have beaten 4 of those 9. Not a bad record for your average gamer. Here are the 9 games:
Journey (beaten)
Mass Effect 3 (beaten)
Dishonored (beaten)
10000000 (beaten)
Asura’s Wrath
Dragon’s Dogma
Final Fantasy XIII-2
XCOM
The Walking Dead

I decided to revisit the 2011 list. I own(ed) 32 of those games, and have beaten 8 of them. Now, some may have been purchased in 2012, so there’s not a direct correlation. Still, it’s a big difference, isn’t it? That’s 350% more than the 2012 list, but I beat only 25% of them compared to 45% of the 2012 games, even with the extra time. I guess that shows a portion of my backlog. Here’s the list of games owned/beaten from the 2012 list:
Bulletstorm (beaten)
Portal 2 (beaten)
LA Noire (beaten)
Gears of War 3 (beaten)
Dark Souls (beaten)
Batman: Arkham City (beaten)
Uncharted 3 (beaten)
Skyrim (beaten)
Little Big Planet 2
Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective
Dead Space 2
Marvel vs. Capcom 3
Killzone 3
Radiant Historia
Crysis 2
Mortal Kombat
The Witcher 2
Infamous 2
Shadow of the Damned
Bastion
El Shaddai
Deus Ex: Human Revolution
Jetpack Joyride
Driver: San Francisco
Dead Island
NBA 2K12
RAGE
Super Mario 3D Land
Rayman Origins
Saints Row: The Third
Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
Infinity Blade 2

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