Some people hate resolutions, or talk shit about people who make resolutions. Nah mate. Resolutions are great, it's all about the execution. The shift in mindset.
Every year I make resolutions. I even make video game resolutions!
Sometimes I actually keep them.
Last year I had a couple. The main one: play less video games!
That didn't mean less time playing video games. It just meant more time with fewer games. In 2017 I did that to great effect and absolutely loved it. I focused on playing games I enjoyed as opposed to trying to keep up with release schedules.
The end result? 60 hours with Horizon: Zero Dawn, 80 hours on Mario Odyssey, a ridiculous 200 hours with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
It was extremely liberating.
There were so many great games I didn't play, but who has time for everything? And who wants to burden themselves with that baggage? I missed out on Nier: Automata, Persona 5 and a bunch of other games, but C'Est la Vie — I will survive.
This year I will probably continue with the "play less games for longer" mantra, but I have a few newer goals.
Play More Australian Games
I know it's silly to think along border lines with video games, but I do regret missing out on a huge number of incredible video games that were made locally. I played a bunch of Golf Story in 2017 but I missed out on Hand of Fate 2, Hollow Knight, Framed 2, and a bunch of other stuff. This year I'm definitely going to try and be more connected to video games made locally.
Play More Short Games
This year I played of a lot of time sinks, and boy did I sink some time. I think in 2018 I'll probably try and play some shorter, four hour experiences.
Play More Games On PC
Last year I estimate that I spent roughly 80% of my gaming time with the Nintendo Switch, because it rules.
But does it rule so much I should stop playing PC games. No. Probably not.
This year I want to spend more time playing games on PC. Probably those shorter games I mentioned earlier. But I'm gonna need a new PC to do that so...
Build A New Gaming PC
I think it's about that time. Wish me luck. Also, help me! I need suggestions.
What are some of your gaming resolutions for 2018? Let us know or completely ignore this question. Totally your call.