New Year's Gaming Resolutions For 2012

I received an email late last week, from Glenn Taylor, asking me to throw up a post inviting everyone to post their New Year's Gaming resolutions. His was to spend less money on AAA titles to help save up for his wedding, and play through his pile of shame on Steam instead, but what are your New Year's gaming resolutions?

Now that I think about it, I have a few.

- To build a new gaming PC (mine's is starting to show its age a bit). - To actually spend more time PC gaming. - To enjoy playing games a bit more instead of having them feel like a chore. - To finally finish Shadow of the Colossus and Ico. - To not continue playing games I don't enjoy just for the sake of it.

That's just a few, but what about you guys? Are resolutions stupid to begin with making gaming resolutions a hundred times more stupid? Let us know in the comments below!


    To finish all the games I have for the 360 (100%)
    including Halo Wars...
    To spend less time gaming when there is uni assignments to do
    To spend the time I was spending on YouTube gaming
    To play more Kinect games
    To finish Zelda Twilight Princess and Skyward Sword
    To 100% a game within the first week it comes out (I'm looking at you Prototype 2)

      Start Mass Effect 1 & 2 since I keep hearing they are great

      Ouch 100% Prototype 2 in the first week? For your sake I hope there aren't any kill 54,143 infected type achievements!

    Do you feel compelled to play trash, because you know, gaming journo?

    My resolution would be to get through my ever growing Steam library. I have a habit of buying stuff before I've even installed the old stuff.

    - Get my new pc up to gaming standards.
    - Finish my games.

    I only have a few game-related resolutions:
    - play games instead of watching tv in the evening
    - play a few hours of a game and if it's not fun, just stop playing it.
    - clear some of my steam sale madness catalogue
    - try to squeeze an hour of gaming in during work hours (we'll see about this one though)

    Demon's Souls. Must beat.

    I think that'll do me for this year :P

      My pre-NYE resolution was to platinum Demon's Souls and Dark Souls before the year was out. Managed to get it a few weeks before Christmas.

    1. Slow down and enjoy the story of the games I play and try to avoid skipping cutscenes
    2. Avoid hype train and enter as many games as dry as possible.
    3. Trade less.
    4. Build a ninja PC again.

    -Get a new gaming PC (my one of 4 years died on my 6 months back, so heart broken :( plus I loved my 8800GTS, it was so rad!)
    -Play more games other than World of Warcraft.
    -Stop procrastinating in World of Warcraft & level more characters rather than dick around on my main & get those legendary daggers for my Rogue!
    -Finish the games I got in the Steam Christmas sales which are; LA Noire, Mass Effect 1 & 2, Metro 2033, Dead Island, Driver San Francisco, Bully &
    -Finish the games I got in the Summer Steam sales; Battlefield Bad Company 2, Batman Arkham Asylum, GTA III, San Andreas & Vice City (finishing them on the PS2 back in the day doesn't count for me), Far Cry 1 & 2, S.T.A.L.K.E.R: Call of Pripyat, Clear Sky & Shadows of Chernobyl, Saints Row 2 & Aliens vs. Predator 2000.

    Oh god that's one pile of shame D:

    Also somewhere in there I have to finish The Ballad of Gay Tony from GTAIV (was almost finished when my PC died!)

      I love my 8800GTS too, still going strong since July 2007, apart from that card and my HDDs everything else died at some point.

        They have to be one of the best series cards Nvidia has made.

    Oh, and explore new genres I don't normally get into like MMO and RPG's.

    I'm not going to get worked up over reviews any more. If a game looks interesting to me, I'll play it sight unseen. I'm not going to watch trailers for games I'm already excited about any more. (So much spoilers in the Uncharted 3 trailer, kept on thinking the entire game that there's a boat section coming up, etc.)

    To actually finish alot of the games i have played for a few hours and then moved on... Too many games hit us all at once so i really should sit down and knock some out of the way :)

    Nice article Mark, my wedding fund can continue now the steam sales are over :)

    For those interested, my current pile of shame on Steam for games that I haven't previously played (There are more that I have played before that I haven't played since buying on Steam):
    Alien Breed trilogy
    AvP (2010)
    Alpha Protocol
    The Ball
    Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena
    Clive Barker's Jericho
    C&C 4
    Company of heroes
    Crysis Warhead
    Dungeon Defenders
    Far Cry
    Far Cry 2
    Half Life 2: Episode two
    Just Cause 2
    Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light
    Metro 2033
    the Oddworld games
    Orcs Must Die
    Prince of Persia: Two Thrones and Warrior Within
    STALKER series
    Supreme Commander 2
    Titan Quest
    Dawn of War

    I know I'm not going to play all of them, and some of them I tried playing but just found them too crappy and/or too old to play... but I'm going to try damn hard to get through them all.

    I am also genuinly contemplating passing up most of the awesome AAA releases this year... not forever, just until they get cheaper ($20-30)... these include Bioshock Infinite and Mass Effect 3, as well as many others... I've already pre-ordered and practically paid off my Diablo 3 and Starcraft 2 expansion already, so there ones I'm getting because they're the only ones I've had pre-ordered for a year already... only other game I'd buy this year is Borderlands 2, but that's because my Fiance will leave me if I don't play co-op with her (Not that I mind, I thoroughly enjoyed Borderlands).

      I can't get Just Cause 2 off my pile of shame list. It's just to tempting to go haywire and forget the story.

        Haha Chris, you just have to keep trying! You will get through those missions, then when the game's story ends, you can blow as much shit up as physically possible in Mercenary Mode!

    Basically its:
    Build a new PC
    Get a job so I has monies to buy games.
    Yeah, that's about it...

    To actually play the games I buy before I go and get new ones. Steam sales kill me, but this was a problem long before. Thankfully I'm usually getting games for relatively cheap.

      This is mine too. I think my backlog is so big I can reach 2013 before I am finished them all.

    Got a back catalog of games I need to finish

    - Finish Wind Waker
    - Finish Baludr's Gate 1 & 2
    - Actually start Assassin's Creed: Revelations
    - Spend less money on League of Legends.

    Get on SC2 ladder and make my way to Diamond.

    Start reviewing games on a regular basis.

    Save the world/princess.

      Oh and do the whole Shameless Gaming Month thing again.

    - Finish New Vegas and all the DLC.
    - Finish my current playthrough of ME2 then do another playthrough of ME1 + 2 before ME3 drops.
    - Actually finish a PC game that isn't an Indie/Humble bundle title.

    -New PC
    - keep digging through the pile of shame
    -more indie games in addition to blockbusters

    That said, there seems to be less on the slate this year, don't think we'll get an unbroken run of Batman-Uncharted-AssRev-therestincludingbattlefieldsandskyrims again

    Wow...everyone has a backlog of games to get through.

    I spent all of last year as a uni student, so I got through my backlog last year.

    This year....

    Build a backlog back up so I can resolve to clear it next year.

    Finish a whole bunch of games on my Steam library.

    Have more game time dedicated to playing online with my mates rather than reverting back to SP dominated games. Curse you Skyrim!

    This year I would like to video game.

    I resolve to increase my pile of shame, to spend more money on videogames even as I find less time to play them, and to purchase more collector's editions of games packed with useless trinkets that I neither want nor have room for in my house.

    It's important to make resolutions that are realistic and achievable.

    Finish more games
    Get a new Laptop

    Lots of "get back into PC gaming" posts. Is it making a comeback?

      Steam sales.

      Everyone just picked up a nice hoard of PC games on the cheap, now they have to remember to play them.

        Thank god that's over. Although, my wallet didn't take as bad a beating as it did last year.

          Mostly because there aren't that many games on steam left for you to bad

      End of the console generation... everyone is having to re-spec their hardware.

    Play games on the PC.
    I work in IT, spend most of the time in front of a PC so everytime I game on a PC it feels like work.

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