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New Year’s Backlog Ablutions 2024

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By Nelson Schneider - 01/07/24 at 03:37 PM CT

The results of the last year’s New Year’s Backlog Ablutions are in! Amazingly, for the second year in a row, all four of the competitors managed to complete their chosen backlogged titles and submit reviews.

Once again, however, Chris and I were done before the Dog Days of Summer were upon us, while Nick and Matt managed to cross the finish line in mid-December. The good news, at least, is that no one was feverishly writing a review while watching the Ball drop in Times Square.

Because there were no losers in 2023, no Penalty Games will change hands. However, because there were no losers for two years in a row, we’ve decided to up the ante again and return to three games for the 2024 challenge.

To summarize: We all have one year to play three specific backlogged games that we’ve chosen for ourselves in advance. We must be ‘done’ with these games – as in, not planning to play them anymore, as neither finishing a game that turns out to be terrible nor getting 100% completion or achievements are part of the bargain – and submit reviews to MeltedJoystick for both by midnight on December 31, 2024.

The penalty for failure: Any losers will buy a wishlisted game for each winner. If everyone wins, no Penalty Games will change hands. If everyone fails, no Penalty Games will change hands.

Let’s see what we’re playing!

Chris: Community Manager
Hogwarts Legacy
The Callisto Protocol
Jedi: Fallen Order

Matt: Erstwhile Photo/Video-grapher and Poop Emoji
Elden Ring
BioShock Remastered
BioShock 2 Remastered

Nelson: Editor
Super Mario Bros. Wonder
Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart

Nick: Chief Technical Officer
Dark Souls
Ori and the Blind Forest
Super Mario Bros. Wonder

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