New Year’s Gamer Resolutions

With the prolusion of the new year having come and gone, we’re left with the sheepish resolutions that most of us have no intention of fulfilling, and better yet, most of us don’t even remember! Well, go ahead and envisage next year’s headache while leafing through our gaming resolutions for 2014 in all their glory!

Marc Douglas – Allow myself to become fully immersed in my games and their appropriate mythos.

This one should obviously be a given, but I honestly haven’t immersed myself within a game since the release of Skyrim over two years ago. The immerse qualities of Skyrim bordered on the unhealthy for me, resulting in a first play-through that clocked in at roughly 250 hours and lasted roughly 2 months of heavy gameplay.

I allowed myself to absorb and reabsorb all available dialog and reveled in the sound design. I actually prided myself on spending time just wandering without destination, very much like I used to do in the wonderful wasteland of Fallout 3. Not to commensurate all games to Skyrim, but it’s still the idea that other games, even if they aren’t as grand, are able to offer the same type of immersion, or at least a semblance of it. You know what? I’d honestly be happy if I could just get through a game without rapidly skipping over a majority of the dialog – not sure when I picked up that habit.

Eric Paul – Attempt to beat my entire current steam library by years end.

The Steam Sale. This life draining succubus has been leaching coin from my wallet for the greater part of 4 years. I have no idea why I need to buy a game simply because it was less than five doll hairs. Hell, I’ve put games in my shopping cart directly after I convinced myself that I’m never going to play it, but my mouse clicking finger tilts it’s hat and told my brain “Fuck you, chief! I got bucks to blow all over this indie games face!” It’s a sassy finger.

I started on a quest in the later half of 2013 to finish the games I’ve got, and for the most part I have done a pretty good job going down the list alphabetically and beating them one by one. And by pretty good, I really mean I’ve gotten through 4 games out of 95, but that’s not counting the games I have beaten prior to taking on that expedition. To make this easier (if you call beating 91-ish games easy)on myself I will only attempt to beat my current library, but only because I’ll probably add on 20 more games as I progress through the year. Cthulhu give me strength.

Lorren Gordon – Compete in a fighting game tournament.

In mid December, I stumbled upon the live stream of an event called the Capcom Cup. I am told it is the Super Bowl of fighting game tournaments, and it is fucking crazy. These dudes have achieved so much video game Zen that their eyes now control the characters. Watching someone so immaculately input a 225 hit combo on a classic arcade stick is truly humbling. Even the non-gamers in the room were starting to get pumped.

The fighting game community has been around for decades, and I had no idea. Apparently, Kansas City has their own group of players who hold tournaments every month! So, because I am way into shit like memorizing long combos and not getting laid, I am ordering my own arcade stick and I am going to get really good at Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3.

Anthony Siebert – Actually finish a damn game.

For my entire life, I have been terrible at finishing games. I tend to obsess over a game before it comes out. I read every article and forum thread I can find, purchase it as soon as humanly possible, and then play it endlessly for hours on end. Then, I get horribly burnt out after I’ve finished maybe half of it, and I move on to my next gaming obsession.

I rarely return to those games either, so they sit in my collection, half completed. I seriously can’t tell you how most games end, even my favorites. You would think that today’s short ass games would help me with this problem, but my mind seems to magically sense the length of a game and time its burn out accordingly. I need help. Seriously.

This year I vow to finish every game I play. Or at least one of them…

Mark Kelly  – I’m going to stop being a ‘Lone Wolf’ player.

I’ve spent the majority of my gaming life playing as a lone wolf. For those that don’t know, lone wolves are players who enjoy multiplayer games, but prefer to enjoy them on their own. Playing without a pack. There’s a great challenge to gaming this way since most multiplayer games are designed with the idea that players will group up to tackle objectives and overcome obstacles. Sure, you may die more, or fail tasks more often than players splitting the workload, but that’s all part of the challenge.

I’ve lived this life for sometime now and I believe that it’s time that I hang up my wolf skin and start talking with other players. Join something bigger than just myself. If it turns out that team play isn’t my cup of tea then I can always drop the mic and dash towards the nearest brier patch, but I’m hoping that this will open an entirely new world of play for me. Here’s to hoping.

It’s understandably easy to liken a gamer’s New Year’s resolution to the droves of jager-addled resolutions that pepper Facebook/Twitter feeds, but the immutable fact is that they’re perceptibly different. A gamer’s New Year’s resolution is less likely to be victimized by ill-conceived and universally trite ideas, and certainly won’t be concerned with doing more squats or watching more New Girl or whatever shit is currently popular. What is your New Year Gamer Resolution?

Marc Douglas

Marc Douglas

I'm currently a full-time student that spends far too much time playing video games and very little on homework; I'm elated to share my thoughts and rants with such an eclectic group of authors and welcome any and all questions!

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