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As it currently stands, I have a collection of about 20 or so odd games that I have yet to play or finish. Some aren’t even opened yet. For younger gamers, this tends to be a non-issue. Either they have the time to get to the games they have, or they don’t have enough games to create a backlog in the first place. As the gaming landscape changes generationally, those of us who started gaming in the 70s/80s have found our lives evolving into new routines. This can cause a buildup of the very media we use to thrive off of. Along with the expansive length of games today, this causes a monumental backlog of “to-do” games that can, if left uncurated or ignored, lead to piles upon piles of unplayed games that can drive our spouses and significant others up the wall.

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In eight days, I’ll be boarding a plane to Boston in order to attend my first ever videogame con/expo – PAX East 2017! To say I’m excited is a serious understatement. I’ve been making a checklist of the things I need to bring with me. Clothes: check. Toiletries: check. Nintendo Switch (presuming Best Buy actually effing ships my pre-order): almost check. And those badges, those beautiful badges…

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Above is a picture from Christmas, 1990. That was the year I got the NES Max, my second favorite console controller of all time, right behind the Wavebird. I was wearing my favorite pajamas: TMNT. Specifically, Raphael, my favorite turtle. Below is a photo I took with my iPhone, 5 minutes ago.

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