Last year, I pledged to finish more games, naming Dragon Age Inquisition, Darkest Dungeon, Dishonored, The Witcher 1 and 2, Thief, Sleeping Dogs, and Deus Ex: Human Revolution. The number of those games I finished this year was: zero. Well, that's awkward. To be fair, a lot of my gaming this year was derailed when burglars pinched our consoles at the end of August. But the real problem is: people just keep releasing new games! I'm starting to think that playing a new game at all before finishing the previous one may just be asking for trouble, in terms of finishing stuff off. I am gonna finish Dragon Age at least this year though, damn it.
In 2017 I'd like to try and introduce a few non or infrequent gamers to VR. The current mass-market VR offerings aren't making much of a splash, but I think that's because they're being marketed to the dedicated gamer, and for all the cool tech, we all know how limited the current game offerings are. For the average, non-gamer though, I think the VR we have even now is already more than capable of blowing minds – to the point that it's almost bizarre how on the down-low it all is in the general consciousness of the public at the moment. While buying the gear seems prohibitively expensive and ultimately not of great value to gamers, where VR is now seems perfect for perhaps a weekend of hiring the gear and getting a few mates over try it out, and watch them learn – totally unexpectedly, I'm quite sure – where the tech is actually already at with this stuff. Now, if I can just find a $400 security deposit...
Last year's NY resolution was to find time to play more games. Did I keep it? Nope, I somehow managed to reduce my available game time down to almost nothing. I suck!
New Year’s resolution for 2017: Finish the goddamn Witcher franchise! I love action RPGs, I love fantasy games – my lack of gaming time is not a good enough excuse for not having finished such a highly rated series. I’ve even started reading the novels to get myself invested in the characters and world.
My New Year's resolution is to give more attention to multiplayer games. After decades of dismissing this sector of gaming I have been pleasantly surprised by the enjoyment I found in some “friendly” online competition this year. Be more involved in creating more content for GP outside of reviews. Hopefully attend more events, and generally be more involved (constructively) with the wider gaming community. Actually finally complete Skyrim’s story and not get distracted… oh look a new point of interest!
Last year my New Year’s gaming resolution was to get through all of the Witcher games, though I haven’t been too successful in that endeavour. I got hooked into the second game for a good 15 hours, only to then become occupied with 2016’s slew of fantastic releases. I still want to make my way through – at the very least – The Witcher 2 and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, but thanks to a new interest in the Final Fantasy games, my gaming resolution for this year will be to get through Final Fantasy X/X-2’s PS4 remaster and Final Fantasy VII.
Last year I resolved to ditch games I was not enjoying regardless of their status within the community; to cross them off my "to play" list and move on, unencumbered by guilt. And I did it! I'm one of those tragic people who has a detailed spreadsheet cataloguing all their games (complete with columns for platform, genre, release date, and a dozen other sortable parameters), and in 2016 thanks to a ruthless process of elimination, my backlog shrank from more than 450 to about 130 titles.
Some, like Watch Dogs, Amnesia: Machine for Pigs, Fallout 4, and Darksiders simply failed to capture my interest sufficiently quickly. Others, like Massive Chalice, Transistor, and South Park: The Stick of Truth, I enjoyed for a few hours before consigning to the void. Some were too janky or outdated to continue with, like Thief II: The Metal Age, Resident Evil 4, The Witcher, and Planescape Torment (sorry Chris!). Others I asked myself if I wanted to play for me, or just to say I had, and didn't even get an install. This was a massacre, folks, carried out by a being with scant regard for nostalgia or must-play status. And it felt incredible. I'm free.
Fresh off listening to Dan Carlin's Hardcore History "Countdown to Armageddon" podcast series and feeling confident after such a decisive victory in 2016, this year I'm resolving to tackle a few games in a genre that sits well outside my current comfort zone: strategy. Crusader Kings II, Company of Heroes 2, and Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion are on the list already, and if I am feeling really confident, I might even tackle Gary Grigsby's War in the East (but probably not – just reading about it makes me tremble with fear). Affix bayonets, gentlemen! And now flee! Run for your lives!
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