Video Game Time, 2021

Games finished

Games I played, did not finish, but will likely try again

  • Super Metroid, Super Nintendo, played on Nintendo Switch Online, 60%. Rating: 3
  • The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass, played on Nintendo DS, 50%.
  • Fire Emblem: Three Houses, Nintendo Switch, 50%. Rating: 5
  • Coffee Talk, Nintendo Switch, 30%. Rating: 3
  • Nier Automata, Playstation 4, played on Xbox Game Pass, 30%. Rating: 3
  • Cyberpunk 2077, played on Good Old Games, 20%. Rating: TBD
  • Theatrhythm Final Fantsasy: Curtain Call, played on Nintendo 3DS, 20%. Rating: 3
  • The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD, Nintendo Switch, 15%. Rating: 4
  • New Super Mario Bros., Nintendo DS, played on rom, 70%
  • Cozy Grove, played on Nintendo Switch, 15%. Rating: 3
  • Undertale, Steam, played on Nintendo Switch, 5%. Rating: TBD
  • Final Fantasy IV, Super Nintendo, played on Nintendo DS, 0%. Rating: TBD

Games I played, did not finish, and likely won’t try again

  • Panzer Dragoon Remake, Sega Saturn, played on Nintendo Switch, 50%. Rating: 1
  • Wario Land II, Nintendo Game Boy Color, played on rom, 50%. Rating: 1
  • Fantasian, Apple Arcade, played on Apple Arcade, 10%. Rating: 2
  • Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster, Playstation 3, played on Xbox Game Pass, 5%. Rating: 2
  • Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle, Sega Genesis, played on Nintendo Switch, 1%. Rating: 1
  • Columns, Sega Genesis, played on Nintendo Switch, 1%. Rating: 2
  • Columns III: Revenge of Columns, Sega Genesis, played on Nintendo Switch, 1%. Rating: 2
  • Decap Attack, Sega Genesis, played on Nintendo Switch, 1%. Rating: 1
  • Flicky, Sega Genesis, played on Nintendo Switch, 1%. Rating: 1
  • Gain Ground, Sega Genesis, played on Nintendo Switch, 1%. Rating: 1
  • Galaxy Force II, Sega Genesis, played on Nintendo Switch, 1%. Rating: 1
  • Kid Chameleon, Sega Genesis, played on Nintendo Switch, 1%. Rating: 1
  • Shining in the Darkness, Sega Genesis, played on Nintendo Switch, 1%. Rating: 1
  • Sonic 3D Blast, Sega Genesis, played on Nintendo Switch, 1%. Rating: 1
  • Sonic Spinball, Sega Genesis, played on Nintendo Switch, 1%. Rating: 2

Games I played too much of but are they ever really done?

Notes & thoughts

  • The ratings are out of 5. My rating system for games is the same as my rating system for wrestling matches.
  • I recorded and edited a video for almost every game I beat. I did not mean to do this!
  • Most of the games I tried but won’t return to are from the Sega Genesis Collections bundle. I think this says more about the nature of bundled game collections than anything specifically about the Genesis. I purposefully put aside a few games in that collection to enjoy later, but that doesn’t show up in the data.
  • 2021 was a year I subscribed to Xbox Game Pass for a few months, Apple Arcade, and the Nintendo Online service (I’m a sucker who upgraded to the expansion pak as well). I can’t help but think that subscriptions to game collections are only going to become more of a thing as time goes on. For the purposes of my own organization, I categorize games from these collections as if its a separate system entirely. That’s why there’s Nintendo Switch” and Nintendo Switch Online.”
  • I played roms mainly to try out mods and hacks and cheats, because I spent a few months this year being very interested in how they work in terms of enjoying games using fresh perspectives. I still might make a video about that sometime.
  • I beat” Project-X-Zone 2 this year, but I played 99% of it back in 2016. I had just left the game at the final boss without having finished the thing. You ever just stop watching a TV show before the last episode? It’s like that. You’ll come back to it when you’re ready for it to be over, not when the creators are.
  • My video game spreadsheet lives on Airtable, which is pretty perfect for things like this.