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I’ve been using Goodreads to keep track of books Goodreads Reviewed: A Must-Use Site For Any Book Lover Goodreads Reviewed: A Must-Use Site For Any Book Lover If you enjoy reading, and like to use the Internet for finding great new reads, you may well have heard of Goodreads before: This is a superb website hosting a vibrant community of book lovers,... Read More  for a while, and I recently realized that it would be great to use a similar system for games—to monitor what I’d played, what I wanted to play in the future, and get recommendations on what I should play next. I set out to track down a “Goodreads for video games,” and this is what I found.

A quick note: this article doesn’t include sites that are generally considered to be social networks for gamers 3 Awesome Social Networks Just For Gamers 3 Awesome Social Networks Just For Gamers Gamers are a sociable bunch and gaming social networks are proof of that. Read More , like gamerDNA, and Raptr. While those can be used for the same purpose, I was looking for sites that had a stronger focus on tracking your games than on having conversations with other gamers.

Grouvee

I found Grouvee to be the most Goodreads-like of all of the services reviewed in this article. It has a good-looking, simple interface, and provides the functionality you need.

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Each video game entry contains the average rating from Grouvee users, a quick summary of the game, release date, platforms, publisher, and other useful information. You can assign a status to any game: played, playing, wishlist, backlog, and “other shelf.” This last option lets you create as many shelves as you’d like to further organize your games. You can also select which system(s) you played the game on to add more detail to your records; you can even select multiple platforms Switching From Console To PC Gaming: 8 Big Differences Explained Switching From Console To PC Gaming: 8 Big Differences Explained PCs and consoles may be closer than ever -- after all, the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 are basically just gaming PCs -- but there are still huge differences. Read More in case you’ve played it a few different ways.

You can add a status to each game; this lets you leave comments throughout your playthrough (or whenever you want) about your feelings about it, how far you are, or whatever else you might want to share. You’re also given the option to record information about your playthrough(s) of the game, like when you started it, when you finished it, the level of completion you achieved, and how much time you spent finishing the game.

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Grouvee also allows you to add friends so you can see what others are playing and what they thought of different games. It’s integrated with Facebook, so you can see if any of your friends have Grouvee accounts, and invite them if they don’t.

One of my favorite parts of Grouvee is that it allows you to browse through its entire catalog of games. If you want an exhaustive list of games that you’ve played (or to reminisce about some that you totally forgot), this is a fantastic feature. There’s no way that I would have remembered to add Killer Instinct or F-Zero if it wasn’t for this capability.

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This site is billed as an online gaming journal with some social capabilities—and while it lacks some of the functionality that I like on Grouvee, it has a great user interface and provides a more social experience. Social sharing is built into the site; you can easily share links, comments, and status updates from any page to keep your friends updated on what you’re playing. There’s no Facebook integration yet, so you’ll have to find people that are already on dpadd through the People tab.

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Adding a game from the sidebar isn’t quite as simple as Grouvee, as you can’t look at the details of the game; you have to just add it. You can presumably add games from the Browse Games tab, but the search always resulted in an error when I was using it [Update: one of the dpadd guys emailed to tell me that the bug has now been fixed; search away!]. “Browse Games” is much more limited than Grouvee’s browsing; you can see the most played, most wanted, and most reviewed games this week, as well as the most recent rated and played games, which is nice, but there’s no mass-browsing capability.

Of course, you can rate games and see what the average rating is, which could help you pick your next game, and you can leave comments in your Game Journal that your friends and followers will see.

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Lists are also available on dpadd, which is a really great feature; you can make a list of your favorites, a genre list, a list of games that address a particular topic or theme, or anything else you want. Browsing through other people’s list is a great way to find new games that you’re interested in. It can be tough to find lists—you can only see the most recent ones created and recent ones by specific users on their pages—but it’s still a good feature.

Backloggery

Because there’s a tool for integrating it with Steam, Backloggery made it onto our list of 6 useful tools for getting more out of Steam 6 Useful Tools For Getting More Out Of Steam Games 6 Useful Tools For Getting More Out Of Steam Games Steam is packed with a variety of useful features you may not be aware of, but third-party developers have made utilities and websites that add even more features to Steam. From moving installed games to... Read More . It’s quite a bit simpler than the other options on the list, but it still works to catalog your video games.

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The biggest difference between Backloggery and the other systems is that it doesn’t provide integration with a video game database. Instead of adding specific game entries to your account, you’re presented with a number of blank fields; you can fill in the name, system, and region of the game before adding its status, ownership status, and review information. You can keep track of how many achievements you’ve earned, whether you’re currently playing the game, and whether or not it’s on your wishlist.

Although this provides some flexibility to manage your games however you’d like—or if you want to add obscure games or games that you’ve created Start Creating Games In No Time With Unity3D Free Start Creating Games In No Time With Unity3D Free Read More — it just doesn’t provide as good of an experience as the other sites. There are no cover images or average reviews; this site does provide some social capabilities, but they’re not as useful as the ones you can get elsewhere.

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Managing Your Game Shelf

While all of the three options above work well for keeping track of your games, both completed and yet-to-be-started, I found Grouvee to provide the best overall experience. The ease of browsing games, the simple interface, the ability to create custom shelves, and the general ease of using the site all contribute to this being my choice for keeping a gaming log. Unfortunately, the recommendation engine only chooses from games on a particular shelf, which is disappointing, but I’m hoping for this to be expanded in the future.

Have you used any of these sites for managing your game shelf? Which ones did I miss? What’s your favorite way to manage your backlog and keep track of the games you’ve played? Share your thoughts below!

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  1. alice taylor
    October 27, 2016 at 2:48 am

    thanks for yours post

  2. w
    September 2, 2016 at 5:06 am

    Check out Darkadia, it has a nice interface

    • SolN
      November 4, 2016 at 10:58 am

      Im with you, I think Darkadia is my favorite one!

    • Dann Albright
      November 12, 2016 at 10:59 pm

      Haven't heard of that one; I'll check it out!

  3. Anthony
    July 16, 2016 at 6:26 am

    Strange that you made no mention of Completionator. I had assumed this was the biggest contender of this lot. It even allows for bulk importing of Steam and GOG games.

    • Dann Albright
      July 25, 2016 at 7:40 pm

      Just checked it out, and it looks like a great option! It's possible that it was still getting started when this article was written; their Twitter account was opened in May 2014, and this was September, so that's my best guess. It could have just not showed up in my research, which does occasionally happen. Either way, it looks pretty awesome. Thanks for the tip!

  4. Cag
    January 26, 2016 at 8:56 pm

    I've been using Gamefaqs, which has everything and keeps track of whether you own or used to own, how far into game you are, rating, notes, personal shelf, plus is connected to all the guides and how-to's.

    • Dann Albright
      January 28, 2016 at 7:25 pm

      That sounds like a good service! Really nice to be able to get to guides and how-tos quickly. Thanks for pointing out that option!

  5. Sarah Michelle DeRosier
    August 28, 2015 at 1:27 pm

    I was hoping that some of these sites might also aid you in if you were playing a game at a certain point and you could show you progress in that game. As well as if you were stuck at a certain point that others due the soical nature of the site could help you get past where you are stuck.

    I know that’s kind of a common thing I noticed ends up happening for me. lol but I am kind of special when it comes to games.

    • Dann Albright
      August 29, 2015 at 7:26 pm

      So you're looking for a site where you can enter the percentage of the game that you've finished? That'd be cool, but since it's really hard to know how much progress you've made through a game, I think it'd be hard to make that work.

      As for getting help from other people, there are all sorts of forums that you can use to ask questions and get assistance when you get stuck. Sure, they're not connected to these collection managers, but they're often really big and give you access to more people than you would get at Grouvee or Backloggery.

      Thanks for reading!

  6. Dub
    September 15, 2014 at 7:55 am

    You should check out
    collectorz.com

    • Dann A
      September 16, 2014 at 2:06 pm

      Looks pretty cool! I didn't take the time to open an account and try it out, but it looks like it could be fun to use. I'm not sure that it has quite as many game-specific features as the ones above, but it's certainly a contender if it provides what you need.

  7. Paul W
    September 13, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    No mention of Raptr?

    • Dann A
      September 14, 2014 at 3:45 pm

      I did start looking into Raptr, but it seemed to be more focused on social aspects than game-logging. It does look pretty cool, but I didn't think it fit the theme of the article (plus downloading it requires Windows and I'm on a Mac).

  8. Markus
    September 13, 2014 at 12:09 am

    Grouvee has steam integration also.

    • Dann A
      September 14, 2014 at 3:42 pm

      Indeed it does! Yet another reason why I love it.

  9. Ben S
    September 12, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    I've been wanting to use Backloggery for a while now, since I have too many games to play, but I'm glad to see there's a better alternative. I'll check Grouvee out.

    Thanks, Dann!

    • Dann A
      September 14, 2014 at 3:40 pm

      I definitely recommend Grouvee. I've been having way too much playing with it. Feel free to add me as a friend and keep up with my various gaming adventures!

  10. Chordian
    September 12, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    I've had a similar tracking web site in the air for just over a year now called GameDeed.com that supports all video game formats. It keeps track of status (completed, abandoned, playing, etc.), start/end dates, how difficult you found the game to be, how much you cheated (if at all), a rating (1-10), and property (Steam, retail, etc.). It also supports a backlog, sorted by priority.

    gamedeed.com

    I'm currently adding Steam games to the database. I hope to get Steam import up and running before the end of 2014.

    • Dann A
      September 14, 2014 at 3:39 pm

      Cool! Thanks for stopping by and letting us know. I'll check it out!

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