[Text in brackets is commentary on the Oath, and should not be interpreted as part of it.]
On the 24th of August, 2014, I, Carl Muckenhoupt, herewith pledge to adhere to the following policies:
“The stack” is the set of computer and console games that I own on physical media, but have not completed to my satisfaction. “The trophy case” is the set of games that I own on physical media and have completed.
[Added 8 March 2015: “physical media” clause in definition of “trophy case”.]
On any day when I play a game that is in the stack, I will write at least one blog post about the game or my experiences in playing it, unless I play the game from start to finish in that day, in which case I will write a blog post summarizing the entire experience within a week. I may also, at my option, blog about games not in the stack.
[After some experience, I have decided to interpret “on any day when I play a game” as “within 24 hours of every session”]
Games will be moved from the stack to the trophy case when I complete them. Completing a game means winning it if it is the sort of game that can be won, or satisfying myself that I have seen all that it has to offer if it is not the sort of game that can be won. Completion of other goals, such as unlockables, collectibles, secrets, or bonus levels, is not required. If a game has multiple difficulty levels, beating it at any difficulty level will count.
IV. Limiting Game Purchases
Whenever I move a game to the trophy case, I will add $10 US to my Steam wallet after blogging about it to my satisfaction. I will not add any other money to my Steam wallet until there are no games left on the Stack. [Yes, this leaves me free to buy as many games off Steam as I want, but in practice, I know that Steam is my primary platform, and probably will remain so for as long as it takes to deplete the Stack. If this changes, I may alter this clause.]
[Amended 8 March 2015: removed “from the stack” from first sentence, and added blogging clause. Games that I acquire on physical media after completing them now produce the same reward, provided I post.]
[The original Oath was taken on the first of January, 2007, and rescinded five years later. The new version differs from it in two ways: only games on physical media count as on the Stack, and instead of limiting my game purchases with abstract “points”, I use Steam to keep score.]