New Year’s Gaming Resolutions For 2012

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)

  • 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.

  • 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)

  • 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’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).

      • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • – 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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • I have a few
    Play the hell out of train simulator because trains are cool!
    Actually download all of my steam games and play through them one at a time

  • I did my resolution at the end of last year (ie a couple of weeks ago) by building a PC for the first time – it was stressful and nerve-wracking, but actually really fun and rewarding. I recommend any other newbies out there give it a go (plus it’s ridiculously cheap – can run BF3 on high (not ultra unfortunately as my supplier didn’t have the card I wanted) and everything else amazingly all for the cost of about $1200)

  • -Be apart of the development of 3 games, I upped it from 1 since I will have one done in 2 days (hopefully it will win the unity flash in a flash competition, its an entire game, thats been built since last monday :D)
    -Learn the unreal engine and or cry engine
    -get around to creating the design doc for my 3rd year project
    -get around to playing all those 2011 PS3 exclusives now that they are cheaper.

  • Hmmm, I too have an enormous backlog of games that I should you know, unwrap/uncompress and put in the disc tray/steam directory and actually interact with.

    But I won’t.Most of them will just be games that I Own That Give Me Enjoyment From Owning, rather than Games I Have Played And Enjoyed playing, I guess. Even universally acclaimed titles like Batman fall into this. I’ve played the first few hours, got bored and am not even remotely compelled to go back to it. Last year was full of games like that, new and old – UC3, GoW3, DE:HR, Amnesia, Dead Space 2 and STALKER just to name a few.

    Need a ‘Beat the Backlog Bulge’ program or something. And a period of paid unemployment!

  • Finish at least one handheld game every month, just started Persona 2 (spent 6 months playing Strange Journey last year).
    Finish at least 3 games for every game I buy – have a backlog of 100+ games across all consoles and steam.
    Play more games that aren’t RPGs.
    Try more indie games – finished To The Moon yesterday and it was awesome!

  • Well, I’m taking a gap year this year, so first up is to get a job!

    Gaming related though, I have a few
    -Not buy as many games and never play them and just play through my backlog
    -Not to give in to hype so much after being disappointed a few times last year
    -open up to multiplayer games more so I can spend some quality time gaming with some friends

    And perhaps the most important one to me is to get a couple of apps up in the windows phone marketplace. There’s some genre holes that I want to help fill! So far I have a few ideas and some preliminary graphics.

  • glad to know im not alone in my steam pile of shame! I just finished the half life 2 saga! I plan on not buying any games this year and make 2012 the year of un-shaming my pile of untouched/unfinished steam/ps3 games (that is unless they release half life 3/episode 3 – im totally hooked!)

    Twilight princess (only gcn game i can be bothered to finish I think)
    Far Cry 2
    Portal 2
    Ratchet and Clank TOD (shhh i know it was a launch title…)
    Back to the Future series
    Jolly Rover

    Mass Effect 1&2
    Just Cause 2
    Assassins Creed 2
    God of War Collection
    Wipeout HD
    Ratchet and Clank (the short one)

    geez maybe 2013 needs to be year of shame the sequel!

  • well getting a new laptop, so lots of PC gaming

    but mostly i wanna start an MMO, and that MMO will most likely be star wars
    also, to get into university, to join groups who play video games, and play more video games

  • My aim this year to spend more time gaming, so i can spend less time gaming, and to consider starting to do a third degree.

  • 1. Stop playing games that I don’t enjoy, or ‘slogging through them’ in the hope that they get better based on other’s recommendations.

    2. Never buy another Bethesda console game again. Seriously, you’d think I’d have learned from Fallout NV on X360, but 20 minutes into Skyrim on PS3 and it suddenly all comes rushing back to me.

  • No buying games that are on special. It’s not a bargain if it never gets played. Only buy games I really want. Which leads onto my second resolution-only 1 brand of console for the next generation. I’ve got kids and a career now, I don’t have the time or desire to continue to be a cash cow for all 3 major companies.

  • Apart from playing all the titles in my back catalogue, I need to complete writing at least one game this year. Now that I have mentioned it as a news years resolution I will undoubtably fail 🙁

  • a) Play Dance Central
    we bought it last year – it has been played ONCE

    If plan a fails then

    b) Trade Dance Central

    • Oh yeah and finish some of the older games on my list Half Life 2, Mass Effect 2, GTA IV, Banjo Kazooie Nuts & Bolts

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