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Published on January 12th, 2014 | by Michael Ormonde

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My 2014 Gaming New Year’s Resolutions

It’s the same story every year. This will be the year you lose weight. This will be the year you give up smoking. New Year’s resolutions are a common tradition, and while most decide to better themselves, video gaming doesn’t have to be excluded from the tradition. Allow me to present you with 5 resolutions you can make to expand, and possibly better, the next twelve months of gaming.

Limit Your Day One Purchases
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From my conversations with fellow gamers, both in real life and online, I’ve observed a trend within the gaming (and wider technology) community, which many refer to as “The Sickness”. I’m a well documented sufferer. Take for example Grand Theft Auto V. No doubt a great game, but due to my previous experiences with the franchise, I know that it’s not really my thing. Up until the week of release, I’d little to no interest in picking it up, content with what I was currently playing. The the sickness hit. I suddenly had to have the “new hotness”. I searched online and off until I finally had my copy. And I played it. And after a while, I hit that same hump I always do with GTA titles. There’s a draw to picking up the next big game on the day of release, as evidenced by the huge release day numbers many games post in recent years. By all means pick up a title day one, but if you’re on the fence, there’s nothing wrong with waiting a while (in fact, it may be beneficial if recent EA software releases are anything to go by).

Gamer ADD – Finish Those Games!
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I’m especially guilty of this one, and have garnered a reputation amongst my gaming buddies for it. Sometimes it’s because I’ve pick up a new game. Sometimes I’ll have gotten stuck on a particularly tricky section or boss fight, and have put down the game to reclaim my sanity, vowing to come back and tackle it when I’m fresh. Whatever the reason, the number of games sitting in my collection that are only started or half finished is something to be ashamed of. Well no more! This year will be the year I actively fight back against my gamer ADD and actually complete the games I set out to play.

Hit Up That Backlog
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A backlog is a mainstay of almost every gamer’s collection. There will always be that game you put down and never got around to getting back to, or that you purchased when it was on sale only to never install it. Worse still, that game that you really enjoyed and were getting really into, only for the next “new hotness” to be released and demand your attention. Now, they sit there in your pile of shame, mocking you from your shelf (or in my particular case, my steam library – damn those Autumn and Winter sales). So why not make 2014 the year you tackle that backlog. Dive head-first into those titles, and don’t stop until you’ve bested them all and are baying for more.

Venture Outside Your Comfort Zone
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I’m a sucker for character action games. Bayonetta, DmC, and many others are mainstays in my library and warrant replays almost annually. Between that and Battlefield (or whatever FPS my gaming group are playing), I’m pretty much set into a gaming routine, and I’m sure many are in the same boat. So why not make 2014 the year you branch out and try something new, something outside of your comfort zone. Personally, I’m going to dip my toe into the world of the multiplayer online battle arena (or MOBA genre) after getting big into The International and League Of Legends Season 3 this past Autumn. I also want to finally follow through on an age old promise to myself and make my way through a full on RPG. I’ve never been the biggest fan of the genre, but this has resulted in me playing very little of the Mass Effect series. Don’t be afraid to take that leap, and jump into a genre you find confusing at first.

Get Together and Play
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Gaming is inherently a social pasttime. From the obvious multiplayer aspect, to the numerous community websites and forums centred around video games, it is obvious that gaming is best when shared. But with the advent of XBox Live and PSN, when was the last time you got together with your friends and played. Why not make it a resolution to get your friends together, get some food and drinks in and pass a night racing in Mario Kart, passing the controller after (another) unsuccessful MegaMan level, or blasting each other to shreds in some old school split screen gaming. Your taunts and mocking laughter is much more effective when delivered from across the sofa.

Those are mine, but what about you? Will you be making and video game resolutions this year? Let us know in the comments, but whatever you resolve to do, have a happy, frag-filled and bug free 2014.

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Michael Ormonde

A web developer by trade, Michael has been gaming as long as he's been able to hold the controller.



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