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Recommendation for a Goodreads for video games?

Over the past year or two I've been writing "reviews" (mostly a short paragraph or two) on Goodreads for books I've read, and I enjoy looking back on what I've read and what I thought about it. So I would like to do the same for the games I played, and also better organize my backlog so I know what's next to play. So I've been looking for a Goodreads-like for video games and found some alternatives, but I thought I'd check here if anyone has any recommendations.

What I'm looking for is:

  • Being able to rate and review games played
  • Some way to create lists (much like Goodreads "to read" shelf and the like)

So it's not a large wish list really. After a short search I've found a few sites that seem to fulfill those requirements and they look fairly equal, so I can't really decide which one to commit to (if any):

Since 95% of all games I play are on Steam, just using what's already there could work as well I guess. Collections could be used for backlog management, and the Steam reviews handle rating and review. But for some reason I'm apprehensive about rating games on Steam, probably because it feels very public and I'm doing this only for myself.

Another approach is to use an excel sheet (or similar) to keep track of everything, but it feels... Boring, I suppose? But owning your own data is always nice I suppose!

Do the people here on Tildes have any experience using any of the methods above and can recommend one? Or do you do something completely different than what I've listed here that's working well for you?

11 comments

  1. [7]
    gingerbeardman
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    I use Backloggd. Same username as here. It's not quite as well designed as Good Reads (books) or Letterboxd (movies, where it takes most inspiration) but it works and the social aspect is good...

    I use Backloggd. Same username as here. It's not quite as well designed as Good Reads (books) or Letterboxd (movies, where it takes most inspiration) but it works and the social aspect is good enough for me.

    7 votes
    1. [2]
      DON_MAC
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      That was the one I was the most sold on just based on the landing page, so if it's good enough then that might be where I end up!

      That was the one I was the most sold on just based on the landing page, so if it's good enough then that might be where I end up!

      1 vote
      1. Lapbunny
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        I started using it this year; I've found it easy to use and the site community to be mostly positive and friendly enough to actively contribute. Was extremely addicting trying to rack my brain...

        I started using it this year; I've found it easy to use and the site community to be mostly positive and friendly enough to actively contribute. Was extremely addicting trying to rack my brain thinking of every game I've ever played.

        2 votes
    2. [2]
      BajaBlastoise
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      +1 just wish they had a good android app. The mobile web client is nice tho

      +1 just wish they had a good android app. The mobile web client is nice tho

      1 vote
      1. gingerbeardman
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        It's sorely missing an app. I'd use it a lot more. The mobile layout is fine, but Letterboxd is better.

        It's sorely missing an app. I'd use it a lot more. The mobile layout is fine, but Letterboxd is better.

  2. zoroa
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    Steam does let you publish a review as "friends only", so you can make your review private to most people on the platform

    But for some reason I'm apprehensive about rating games on Steam, probably because it feels very public and I'm doing this only for myself.

    Steam does let you publish a review as "friends only", so you can make your review private to most people on the platform

    7 votes
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    kfwyre
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    There are a few more recommendations in this older topic that you might want to check out. I personally am boring and just use a spreadsheet, but it gets the job done and makes it really easy to...

    There are a few more recommendations in this older topic that you might want to check out.

    I personally am boring and just use a spreadsheet, but it gets the job done and makes it really easy to sort and filter things. It’s not very pretty though.

    6 votes
    1. DON_MAC
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      Nice find, and fairly recent topic as well! I don't think using a spreadsheet makes you as a person boring! I think what I wanted to say was that I found that to be the least exciting method,...

      Nice find, and fairly recent topic as well!

      I don't think using a spreadsheet makes you as a person boring! I think what I wanted to say was that I found that to be the least exciting method, perhaps. I also guess that using a spreadsheet puts some pressure on me to organize it properly, which feels a bit like work. But by organizing it yourself you get it exactly how you want it, so... Maybe I just need a fancy UI to make data entry more fun!

      3 votes
  4. randomperson
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    Backloggery was superb until the last 'redesign' that is like ten steps backwards.

    Backloggery was superb until the last 'redesign' that is like ten steps backwards.