Thanks to everyone who visits for a fun 2012. It’s been interesting to see all the places my ranting and raving turns up!
Anyway, 2013 will be more of the same. I’ll try and write as much as I can, when I can, and hope people link to it, or comment, or other stuff. I can’t really promise much more than that because I don’t think it’s possible to do much more than that – hopefully some of the topics this year will change, I mean I’ve kicked off 2013 with an essay about piracy. The subject is kind of boring but revisiting it allows a fresh perspective on the issue, shining new light on old shadows.
Anyway, last year I promised to dramatically cut back if not stop overusing the word “Potential”. And you know something? It was harder than I thought, but by the end of the year I actually began to enjoy some games for what they were, rather than what they could have been. Picking up an old copy of Tenchu Z, I could rant for hours about how FROM Software are now better than this and they need to dramatically up their game for the future, but guess what? Without the prejudice of ‘potential’, I came to quite enjoy it. A good game? Mmmhm. Not really, but I managed to enjoy it for what it was, rather than judge it on FROM’s other much more entertaining ninja-em-up, Ninja Blade. Some games really hurt because they were so bad, but it was cutting past the issues of potential and the disappointment those standards often provide that allowed me to say yeah, Amy was disappointing, but it wasn’t the worst game of the year. Not even close. A strong emotional revulsion to the lack of vision can convince anyone that something is terrible, and Amy… really wasn’t. So it’s a good lesson to learn, and keeps me objective and seeing things clearly. A good thing to once again carry on doing.
This year, aside the things I’ll invariably fail at like exercise more because I’ll spend more time in the doctors surgery or A&E than a gym, I’m actually going to stop buying games people tell me to buy, to play with them, to team up with. This is not, however, because I want to piss them off nor is it because I want to be alone, it’s because sometimes I buy games to play with other people and they barely play at all, getting bored easily and abandoning it, leaving me to shrug and wonder why we wasted our money on something that is now, effectively, just me and a single-player campaign. From Hunted: The Demons Forge and Rift: Storm Legion to Fable 3 and Terraria, there’s a point where I have to stop buying games to play with friends and family if they aren’t going to want to finish them. I’m terrible like that. I WANT to finish games, it annoys me when I haven’t seen at least one ending sequence, if not more. It’s an inherent itch I need to scratch and being a blogger and gamer, I need to set myself an example this year and allow myself the space to pick and choose the games that I find interesting as well as ones that the market finds interesting.
I’m convinced by the end of the year, I’ll have saved a few quid as well. Which should help considering next year will see new games consoles!
That’s my challenge for the year anyway, and it’ll be tough. Heck knows it’ll be tough to say no to some people. But what can you do? I have a list of games on Steam and in a pile I’ve bought to play with others, at their behest, and I’ve barely scratched their surface. It’s time to stop that. Unless the games market crashes and burns this year, I can’t keep stockpiling games in this manner. I’ve got to be more realistic.
Anyway, other than that, we’ll see what happens. I’m just going to see where this road takes me and eventually I’ll probably find a nice place to stop and take stock of the journey so far. So hopefully you’ll stick with me and enjoy the ride as well.
Happy New Year!,