Wishlist and Want to Play could be combined into a single category.
Beaten, Completed and Mastered could be combined into a single category.
I feel that active, paused and abandoned could adopt a green, yellow, red light option, and not be a list on the sidebar.
I think the New List option will take care of the needs of individual gamers.
Thanks for the feedback.
I definitely want to keep things simple but there's a few reasons for some of these decisions:
1. Wishlist and Backlog (Want to Play) are two different ideas and eventually will actually have unique semantics.
Right now Wishlist isn't really any different but in the UI around the site it is handled in a special way. Eventually I want to produce notifications that notify you when there are deals on games in your wishlist. The other intent there is you could share your wishlist with family/friends.
Backlog or Want to Play is intended to be a prioritized queue of games you want to play next. Right now I don't have a queueing system but that'll be coming soon--so Want to Play will also have unique semantics in the site so it'll be used for Netflix-style "Next Up" UI.
2. Beaten/Completed/Mastered could perhaps be combined. Right now this isn't possible due to how lists are built/handled in the backend. Still, this is something I'll consider simplifying--I just want it to be easy to distinguish between them--there's definitely some "feel good" to consider here, people like showing off that they're really good at some games and I want that to feel special. I think I can still do that without creating separate lists, so I'll look into some options.
3. Active/Paused/Abandoned statuses. I'm not sure these can or should be treated differently than the rest of the statuses--they are mutually exclusive. You can't have a game in your backlog that is Active. You can't have a Beaten game that is Paused. By separating these, they ensure there's no confusion between the state of the game.
Really, I think it comes down to simplifying the menu to consolidate these more and that's DEFINITELY planned as well as making it super easy to update games to move between these states.
I appreciate the feedback though, there's definitely some improvements I intend to make this easier.