Every year, New Year’s Resolutions are the big thing to do once January rolls around. People make fake promises to themselves in order to build their self esteem and generally and make them feel better. In general, they hope this mental self flagellation results in them being able to sleep better at night, if in fact it causes any betterment at all in their daily lives.
I’ve only had a very minimal experience with these self imposed restrictions or boundaries, but only this year were they actually a positive thing for my health. However, I wondered what it would be like to pen up a few resolutions that related to video games. Here’s what I came up with:
2010 Gaming Resolutions
Re-play Final Fantasy VIII.
This sounds like a strange one, but this is a game I’ve been wanting to re-visit lately. I love FF VII and FF IX, but I feel like VIII was the lone wolf of the series that always got a bad beat that it didn’t deserve. I remember loving the first disc or so, but it quickly got boring and I also loathed the magic system.
The problem with all that is: I was like 15 when I first played the game. My tastes and sensibilities are completely different (or at least I hope that’s the case), so I’m curious how this one holds up. I’m guessing it’s slower pace and twisty love story might make a tad more sense to somebody who actually knows how to drive, but maybe that’s just me dreaming.
Finish Half Life 2
I have a confession: I’ve never finished Half Life 2. Blasphemy! Sacrilege. Yes, these things are true.
It’s not that I didn’t enjoy the game on my first playthrough… it’s that my PC sucked. I bought Half Life 2 when it came out primarily so I could play Counter-Strike: Source, and my PC could barely handle either of those games at the time. Needless to say, once I got my feet wet with both of them, I kind of wanted to wait until I had a system that could do it justice.
To be honest, I can’t even remember how far I got in HL2. I know I’ve played the Citadel level at some point, but I don’t remember how I got there (I may have just played the level one day when I was bored). I remember the opening in City 17 and I seem to recall Ravenholm as well.
And if I’m being totally honest… I will more than likely finish the game on the 360 as opposed to the PC, because, well, I’m an achievement slut. No, not a whore. Whores do it for money, sluts do it for free.
Play with everyone on my friends list.
There are some people on my friends list that I honestly don’t have a clue about who they are. Granted, many are probably fans of SmoothFewFilms stuff or members of this site who’ve added me over time, but I just lose track of who is who, especially when their gamer handle doesn’t match the stuff they e-mail or message on the site with.
When I get online, I usually just go into an “offline” mode so that I can play what I want in peace. My free time has been pretty limited lately, so I’m usually on for a few minutes at night to chill out a bit before I go to bed. However, in 2010, I want to make an effort to do more community gaming things, specifically ones related to GamerSushi. We tried to organize one earlier this year and I just got too busy. Time to make some time for this one. How does this weekend sound?
On another note, if you’ve added me to your friends list from this site, do send me a message and let me know you’re from GS. That’ll bump you up pretty quickly. I also need to play my PS3 online more. Stop laughing at me, Anthony.
Play more handheld games.
I won’t lie. I mostly refuse to play handheld games when I’m at home because the screens are so darn small. Maybe that makes me a brat, maybe it makes me a non-hardcore gamer, I dunno. All I do know is that when I’ve got the option of HD flat screen gaming vs a small thing in my palm, I’m going to go with the bigger one every time (that’s what she said).
Right now I’ve got Final Fantasy VI (sorry Anthony), Chrono Trigger (which I bought LAST Christmas) and Final Fantasy Tactics (which I bought two birthdays ago) to play, and I still haven’t found the right way to do it. Maybe I just need to travel more, who knows. Either way, I need to finish these games, one way or another.
So what about you guys? What do you think of this list? What are your gaming resolutions?