I’m finding that a lot of people are split on New Year’s Resolutions. Some people say they’re a waste of time since we always break them every year, but others see it as something to strive for, and it’s a good motivator even if it can’t (or simply won’t) be accomplished. I like to set goals at New Years that I know can be accomplished; I set realistic resolutions. For example, my main non-gaming resolution is simply to read my Bible more and learn more about my faith. By no means is this an unreachable goal, and it something that will hopefully continue on through 2014 and beyond. For gaming, however, I have some more specific resolutions, and I’d like to share them with you on this New Year’s Eve.
(These are not necessarily in order of importance, ascending or descending)
#1: I promise to not buy more games than I can feasibly play
This is something I’ve never really struggled with until just a couple months ago (partially because I only got my first job this summer). With the Black Friday deals going on, I stocked up. As of right now, I have to beat Fire Emblem: Awakening, which I just started this week on my 3DS. On my PS3, I started The Last of Us, and I still have Gears of War on my Xbox 360 backlog. Within the past month, I beat Lego Marvel Super Heroes, Halo 4, Pokemon Black 2, RAGE, and Resogun. Not to mention, my dad just bought Dead Island and Dishonored for the PS3, which I would like to try sooner or later, a friend of mine is letting me borrow Bioshock: Infinite when I get the chance to play it, and I just don’t have enough time to play all these games! Granted, I haven’t personally bought all these games, even if they’re at my disposal one way or another. I just want to make sure I don’t go on another buying spree anytime soon like I did around Black Friday; I never want to feel like I have to work to beat all my games, and I want them to remain fun.
#2 I promise to be open minded and try more new genres
Over the past couple of years, and 2013 especially, I really have gotten into gaming. This year, I tried my first RTS, my first first person horror game, and my first linear RPG. I can’t say I’ve loved all the new games I’ve tried, but I’m definitely glad I played them, if for no other reason than to learn that I’m not a fan of the genre. I will hopefully continue to be open to these new experiences, and I want to expand my gaming knowledge and experience in 2014.
#3 I vow not to succumb to monetization
As monetization grows more and more rampant, it’s getting harder not to buy into it. With season passes, DLC, and vanity camo packs everywhere, sometimes the microtransations and blatant game milking looks somewhat lucrative. But with my recent vow to boycott EA games until something changes, I hope I can continue to be strong and take a stand against senseless money-grabbing.
#4 I vow to view games as a critic and a enthusiast simultaneously
As a game reviewer, I have started to look at games critically, and sometimes it disrupts my enjoyment of a game. With that being said, I’ve always been a sort of a critic, so it’s nothing really new. I’ve simply expanded upon my critical tendencies lately. On the other hand, I love being able to forget about criticizing a game and just jump in recklessly. This is somewhat where I stand with Battlefield 4… as much as I despise EA, hate the bugs and whatnot, when I simply play the game, (assuming it’s working correctly) I have more fun than any other game I’ve played online before. There’s a fine line between criticism and enjoyment that I have to walk on; I just have to find that line.
#5 I promise to soften up and let games touch me emotionally
I’ve always been a tough nut to crack emotionally. Tell me that somebody died, and I just kind of stand there not knowing what to do or say, considering I’ve not lost a close friend or relative in my life yet. I, in memory, have never cried while watching a movie, playing a game, or reading a book, although the Hunger Games series (movies and books) have come close. I find it hard to express emotions verbally to friends, family, or to anyone really. I can’t explain why this is so, but it just is. I hate being rock-solid and unemotional because I don’t feel like a caring human being. Maybe games can help me; I relate to games better than I relate to a lot of real people, so maybe games can help me find my softer side. Possibly, given all the emotional hoopla about this game, The Last of Us might break me. I guess we’ll see.
That’s all I have for now. If anything else hits me, I’ll update the post. Tell me; what are your resolutions? Post them in the comments section below! Leave a like or a follow if you’ve enjoyed, and I’ll see you all in the New Year… holy crap, it’s almost 2014…
To The Future!