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« on: November 04, 2009, 06:49:35 PM »

For fun I decided to sit down and calculate my entire entertainment backlog - that includes movies, books, and games.

On the movie front, I had 27 movies that I own but have not yet watched.

I had 90 books that I own but have not yet read.

I had 6 games that I want to play but have not yet started and/or finished.

Calculation:

28 movies X 2 hours each = 56 hours

I can read a typical 400 page novel in two weeks, at about 30 minutes per night. So let's say roughly 7 hours per book. 90 books X 7 hours = 630 hours

Of the 6 games I have, I estimate a total of 90 hours to complete them all.

This leaves a grand total of 776 hours of backlog.

I typically have 3 hours per weeknight of free time, which I consider time spend doing something other than eating dinner, watching TV, etc. Since I usually have quite a bit more time on the weekends, I averaged it out to a flat rate of 3.5 hours per night.

So, if I spend every free moment working on one of my backlog items, it should take me only 222 days to complete my backlog, or approximately 7 1/2 months. This, of course, depends on the idea that I will not purchase any new movies, games, or books from now until August 2010.

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« Reply #1 on: November 04, 2009, 06:57:06 PM »

I have a complete bookshelf full of stuff that I want to read and an entire shelf on my DVD rack.  If I wasn't afraid of losing the 500 movies in my queue, I could cancel my Netflix subscription and go several months without that cost.  But that's not going to happen. 
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« Reply #2 on: November 04, 2009, 06:57:24 PM »

Doing so would only make me cry. My backloggery page shows 41 unfinished games, and that does not include many older pc games I have in a box that include such time sinks as Baldur's Gate 2 and Planescape.

I do have quite a few books to read, but I am also re-reading books so I don't get too uptight about that, and the trade value of a paperback is pretty much the same forever. I never buy movies I haven't already seen, so nothing there. I have a big Netflix queue, but I don't consider that a backlog. The games are really the big thing.
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« Reply #3 on: November 04, 2009, 07:06:24 PM »

Out of my roughly 300 movies and series, there isn't a single one I haven't viewed at least once and I only own 1 novel I haven't completed. My problem is on the video game front. I have a fairly large backlog of PC games -about 15- and about 10 PS2 games. I'm a bit better on the 360 and Wii front with only about 5 between both of them. I'm slowly but surely working through that backlog though, only because I've really limited my new and preowned purchases in the last year and a half. I thought I'd really miss playing the latest and greatest games, but because I made my previous purchases wisely, I really haven't. slywink
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« Reply #4 on: November 04, 2009, 07:15:31 PM »

you guys are crazy slywink

I have 1 book I haven't read.

don't buy games I'm not going to play, and most movies I've seen if I'm going to buy them otherwise it's a rental.
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« Reply #5 on: November 04, 2009, 07:18:56 PM »

Quote from: Harkonis on November 04, 2009, 07:15:31 PM

you guys are crazy slywink

I have 1 book I haven't read.

don't buy games I'm not going to play, and most movies I've seen if I'm going to buy them otherwise it's a rental.

You have a little more free time than some of us  ninja
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« Reply #6 on: November 04, 2009, 07:44:30 PM »

I only own about 5 or 6 movies I haven't watched yet.
I have about 10 books that still need to be read.

My gaming backlog is surprisingly small, with only three games on it (Fallout 3, Batman: AA, The Orange Box). The problem is that I'm more drawn to games that have no ending such as NHL 10, Forza, and Rock Band. So it's hard for me to determine when I've "completed" those games so I can tackle my backlog. And I love those games so much I don't see myself willingly putting them down anytime soon.....

And now MW2 is coming out and the MP portion of the game has no "ending" either.

It's a viscous cycle.
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« Reply #7 on: November 04, 2009, 07:45:37 PM »

I have a 1-hour show on my DVR thingie and 2 Netflix disks in the house, one of which is a chick flick for my wife. I guess that's about 3 hours. I don't buy games, movies, or books.
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« Reply #8 on: November 04, 2009, 08:35:45 PM »

Quote from: JayDee on November 04, 2009, 07:44:30 PM

It's a viscous cycle.

Like a Harley made of Jell-o? slywink
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« Reply #9 on: November 04, 2009, 08:36:54 PM »

I'm guessing mine is something on the order of 1,000,000,000 hours.  Give or take. 
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« Reply #10 on: November 04, 2009, 09:19:04 PM »

Quote from: Teggy on November 04, 2009, 08:35:45 PM

Quote from: JayDee on November 04, 2009, 07:44:30 PM

It's a viscous cycle.

Like a Harley made of Jell-o? slywink

Haha, oops!!  icon_biggrin

I'm leaving the typo in, it makes it funnier.
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« Reply #11 on: November 04, 2009, 09:23:01 PM »

I don't buy movie or TV dvd's.....

I think right now I have one game left I haven't played....(Fallout Tactics)

I probably have 5-10 books I haven't read but will.......
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« Reply #12 on: November 04, 2009, 09:24:12 PM »

Quote from: Teggy on November 04, 2009, 07:18:56 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on November 04, 2009, 07:15:31 PM

you guys are crazy slywink

I have 1 book I haven't read.

don't buy games I'm not going to play, and most movies I've seen if I'm going to buy them otherwise it's a rental.

You have a little more free time than some of us  ninja

that's cold man... my backlog is the exact same now as it has been for the entire past 10 years.  I find it very silly to buy something I am not going to immediately use.  If you're not going to play something for a few months, wait a few months and buy it cheaper when you are going to use it.
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« Reply #13 on: November 04, 2009, 09:49:31 PM »

Quote from: Harkonis on November 04, 2009, 09:24:12 PM

Quote from: Teggy on November 04, 2009, 07:18:56 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on November 04, 2009, 07:15:31 PM

you guys are crazy slywink

I have 1 book I haven't read.

don't buy games I'm not going to play, and most movies I've seen if I'm going to buy them otherwise it's a rental.

You have a little more free time than some of us  ninja

that's cold man... my backlog is the exact same now as it has been for the entire past 10 years.  I find it very silly to buy something I am not going to immediately use.  If you're not going to play something for a few months, wait a few months and buy it cheaper when you are going to use it.

It's OK you can just kill me about 5000 times in a less than a week. smile

I don't really buy things and then not play them at all. Most of my backlog comes from starting a game and then getting distracted by something I like better. I'm sure I have booted up everything in my backlog at least once and in some cases put in upwards of 20 hours (Okami, Lost Odyssey, Final Fantasy XII, etc.) in before stopping.  A while back I cut the cord on the ones I didn't think I would ever bother finishing and sent them away on Goozex. The rest I still want to play and in most cases they are a little older so they are not really depreciating in trade value.
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« Reply #14 on: November 04, 2009, 10:18:16 PM »

Quote from: Harkonis on November 04, 2009, 09:24:12 PM

I find it very silly to buy something I am not going to immediately use. 

+1. You could drop dead at any moment, and think how foolish you'd feel if you died with all those unconsumed consumer goods.
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« Reply #15 on: November 04, 2009, 10:42:48 PM »

 -1 You could die at any moment and not have had the joy of buying those consumer goods.  icon_biggrin
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« Reply #16 on: November 04, 2009, 11:01:37 PM »

My backlog rivals that of YK, but reverse the numbers on games and movies.
It's exponentially more if you count games that are not even 1/2 finished.
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« Reply #17 on: November 04, 2009, 11:12:19 PM »

Quote from: ChaoZ on November 04, 2009, 11:01:37 PM

My backlog rivals that of YK, but reverse the numbers on games and movies.
It's exponentially more if you count games that are not even 1/2 finished.
Yeah, I've looked at mine and between the books and games not/barely touched I could be busy for the next couple years.  icon_eek retard
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« Reply #18 on: November 05, 2009, 12:01:43 AM »

Quote from: Lordnine on November 04, 2009, 10:42:48 PM

-1 You could die at any moment and not have had the joy of buying those consumer goods.  icon_biggrin

It's people like you what restore me faith in capitalism.  icon_wink
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« Reply #19 on: November 05, 2009, 12:41:33 AM »

Quote from: Lordnine on November 04, 2009, 10:42:48 PM

-1 You could die at any moment and not have had the joy of buying those consumer goods.  icon_biggrin

of course you could be crushed to death when all those unconsumed goods fall over on you.....
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« Reply #20 on: November 05, 2009, 05:30:08 AM »

A death befitting a Pharaoh!  Buried with all your worldly possessions so that you might enjoy them in the afterlife!

Also, about 413 hours of backlog, mostly series I've picked up from amazon for cheap.  I don't have cable or satellite so its my only outlet for television series.
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« Reply #21 on: November 05, 2009, 03:31:34 PM »

using your factors:

5 movies = 10 hours
21 games = 1890 hours
55 books = 385 hours

so approximately 2285 hours of entertainment.
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« Reply #22 on: November 05, 2009, 03:36:45 PM »

I've seen all my movies but have a fair amount of pages to read (Does Shelby Foote's civil war collection count as one book?) and numerous games.
I figure I could never buy any more entertainment type stuff and still have enough to last me the rest of my life. Especially when you consider that a lot of my games are the kind that I play over and over again.
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« Reply #23 on: November 05, 2009, 03:41:02 PM »

wow - I buy books (5-7 of them) about once every 2nd month, and they are read in about 2 weeks since I love reading....

So

0 books
1 movie (Wolverine)

Games is a bit hard...I have loads of games I havent finished, but that I Want to play? 2-3 perhaps...
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