Resolutions and Goals for 2020

With 2019 firmly in the rearview mirror and 2020 in front of us, we are presented with a renewed opportunity to contemplate and evaluate our ambitions for the year ahead. For today’s post I’ve created a list of things that I would like to focus on or improve as it pertains to blogging and also a few other things I would like to accomplish this year.

Blog

Keep going! – I’ve been writing on my blog site for just under a year now and I’ve become much more comfortable with posting my assortment of video game ramblings and feel like I’ve improved since taking the first steps(maybe a little bit?). I aim to keep pressing forward throughout the year, sharing my boundless enthusiasm of video games while hopefully leveling up any writing skills I possess along the way.

Stay focused! – As much a personal goal as writing, I want to continue to improve in various ways in 2020. One of the most prominent things would be to stay on track and focused on whatever I have in front of me at the time. In regards to blog posts, I want to work on sticking to a main point or purpose to a given blog post rather than excitedly(incoherently) going on and on without really saying anything.

Games

Final Fantasy VII – Another goal in 2020 is to FINALLY complete some games that I’ve either been slowly working on for a while or games that I’ve started a few times but have always failed to get very far into them, Final Fantasy VII is one of those games. The first game of 2020 I began playing was FFVII and I have a greater sense of determination to finally see this one through.

The Witcher 3 – I finally started playing The Witcher 3 for the first time just this past year, with many hours of adventures still ahead. Giant, sprawling RPGs like The Witcher 3 tend to come off as daunting tasks, so I’d always set that aside for when I was ready to devote the countless hours to one single game. I’m going to give the game a serious effort in 2020.

Try not to spend as impulsively Chrono Trigger – My next goal was to try and curb some of my impulsive game-buying habits in part to concentrate on my already enormous backlog of games, and also due to the fact there is going to be a landslide of big releases starting in March with the Final Fantasy VII remake so saving my precious pennies is a smart idea…..that didn’t get very far. I just happened to check out my local used game store and they quickly informed me they are currently having a Buy 2 Used Games Get 1 Free sale. In short, I…uh…..added a few hundred more hours of JRPGs on top of my backlog, but I DID finally get ahold of Chrono Trigger(again), the one game above all others I regretfully had never played. Three days into the new year and I failed one quest but took on another, so, there’s my silver lining…

Other

Build a PC – I grew up primarily a console gamer, as I generally didn’t have either 1) a powerful enough pc or 2) adequate internet to play many online games, so the idea of building my own pc has always been an intriguing idea. I’ve always found a greater understanding and appreciation of things through being able to build/assemble it myself, so I have been doing lots of reading and research as to the best way to go about assembling what I’ve read many refer to as “putting together an expensive Lego set”. The nearly endless game options are definitely appealing and I’m hoping to get the project completed sometime this year.

Try streaming gameplay– This kind of coincides with building a pc and itsn’t something I intend to simply jump headfirst into, but I think it would be fun to try something along the lines of streaming on Twitch/YouTube or just recording some gameplay-related videos that I can upload to my site. This is maybe a more long-term goal than just finishing off some of my backlog games. In the same way I nudged myself out of my comfort zone and started my own blog site I think it would be fun to dabble in and serve as another outlet for my love of video games.

Those are my primary objectives for this year! There’s many more things I would love to take on, but decided to keep a shorter list of manageable things rather than create an enormous list that winds up being more discouraging than helpful. Now that we are through the holiday season and beginning a brand new year I plan on getting back to posting about specific games after the last several weeks of creating lists. What’s something you want to accomplish this year? Or how about some of the games you plan on crossing off your list? Let me know in the comments and thanks for reading!

5 Games I’m Embarrassed To Have Never Played.

As we near the end of the second decade into the new millennium, I have been looking back at some of the biggest and best gaming moments of the past ten years. As I look over some of the games that have been released, I realize there’s still so many games that I haven’t ever played and even more that I may have played for a while but never saw through to the end( like The Witcher 3 and Persona 5). For today’s post I’ve made a list of five games that sheepishly admit I have never played. The titles may be either: a) games that have become such a significant part of gaming culture that everyone and their mother has played it or b) generally regarded as one of the best the medium has to offer. In the past month, I was able to cross Castlevania: Symphony of the Night from my list of games I was ashamed to admit I had never played and restore some credibility to my tarnished reputation as a true gamer…

Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor

In a previous post, I mentioned Shadow of Mordor specifically as a game that I have never played, though pretty certain I would enjoy it. The movie games from the Two Towers and Return of the King were great(EA published even!) and I’ve always loved hack and slash games. The game was released in 2014 and its sequel – Shadow of War released in 2017 and have received much acclaim and controversy in that time. Shadow of Mordor has also been part of many sales on the Playstation Store reducing the price of the game to around $8, so I’m very short on excuses for why I haven’t gotten around to playing this yet….

Minecraft

The open-world building game Minecraft was first released back in 2011 and with assistance of platforms like YouTube and Twitch it quickly became part of popular culture, as one can hardly walk through any Walmart or Target store without noticing Minecraft(or Fortnite) toys, shirts, and other assorted products. While many proudly state how they have played neither Minecraft or Fortnite, they have had an enormous impact on gaming in the last decade, for better or worse. I aspire to stay open-minded about pretty much anything and everything gaming-related, so I intend to at least give something like Minecraft a try…regardless of how “embarassed” I should feel about never playing it.

World of Warcraft

Another example of a phenomenon within gaming culture, Blizzard’s MMORPG juggernaut World of Warcraft was released in 2004 and in 2009 boasted having roughly 10 million different players, making it the most played MMO at the time. WoW was popular enough to be the setting for the South Park episode “Make Love, Not Warcraft” and even had commercials featuring Ozzy Osbourne and Mr. T.

World of Warcraft was released just as I was graduating high school and didn’t have much money to spend on games, along with the fact I lived out in the country where my parents were still using…dial-up internet. Once I moved into my own place, I felt like I didn’t have enough time to justify a monthly subscription as I was working full-time hours to save up for college tuition…in hindsight, I would have accomplished just as much sitting at home playing WoW.

Undertale

In the past decade or so, we have seen an influx of indie titles that as a result of having greater creative freedom, have been able to present gamers with unique stories and endearing characters. One of the most universally beloved indie games in recent years has been Undertale. I regretfully admit I have not played the game, even after several years since its initial release. I have heard in this time the amount of love people have for the story, characters and humor within the game, as well as soundtrack. I currently have Undertale at the top of my list of games I need to catch up on and play.

Chrono Trigger

Chrono Trigger was released by Squaresoft for the Super Nintendo in 1995 and is still considered one of the all-time great RPGs featuring time travel and an epic storyline complete with multiple endings. This is a game that I’ve known for nearly my entire life, but have regrettably never sat down and played. I have mentioned before that RPGs in general have been one of the game genres I have played much less compared to others, but a game as revered as Chrono Trigger surely is worth going out and experiencing for myself. Luckily for me, the Nintendo DS version is considered an excellent port of the game, and for a lot less money than a used copy for the SNES. Now that I have Symphony of the Night out of the way, I have decided to make a stronger effort to track down a copy and play through…my backlog of games isn’t THAT enormous. 😉

What are some games that you’ve always known about but have never gotten around to playing yourself? Let me know in the comments and thanks for reading!