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PostSubject: 2017: Gaming Resolutions   Mon 19 Dec 2016 - 11:47

I don't know if this is a thing, but let's make it one.

What gaming resolutions do you have for 2017? Are you aiming to buy a Switch? Picking up a PS4 or Xbox One? Any big games coming out that you're looking forward to? Got a large backlog you want to make dents in?

For me, I'm not going to be picking up a Switch in 2017, not unless there's a dearth of PS4 releases and/or the Switch has a steady stream of games. Mine are as follows:

1. Pick up PS4 games that came out in 2014 and 2015 - games I missed.
2. Play through the Wii's first year of good games along with re-reading the NGamers.
3. Complete 10 games from the backlog.

What's your 2017 in gaming look like?

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PostSubject: Re: 2017: Gaming Resolutions   Mon 19 Dec 2016 - 11:53

My only plan is to buy less games, I've done pretty well over the last few months having held off on Titanfall, Dishonored and Watch Dogs - amongst other games I'm less excited for - but keeping it up will be another thing entirely, I've had the added advantage of being quite busy and having been away from home a lot lately, so I've no doubt my willpower will be tested.
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PostSubject: Re: 2017: Gaming Resolutions   Mon 19 Dec 2016 - 12:21

My gaming 2017 looks like the Switch, which I am super-excited for now. Grin

As for gaming resolutions, I only have one: have fun! I've committed several gaming 'sins' this past year:
  • Not finishing games, but in some cases barely starting them. Too many impulse buys have gone virtually unplayed. Gurumin is particularly vulnerable to this: I was put off by the opening. DQVII likewise.
  • At the opposite end of the 'can't be bothered' spectrum, not buying games I wanted to support. SEVERED and Jotun spring to mind of late.
  • In a worse case of point 1, I've bought a PS3 and played all of two hours of games on it. Never a big retro gamer, my attempt to break out of the Nintendo bubble has met with a console that, even at a generation back, feels old and carries no nostalgia for me. I'm sure it doesn't help that the first, and to date only, PS3 game I've played is the Team Ico collection, which feels and is even older than that.

But games are pure fun for me. While I do want to give games a fair chance for me to enjoy them, I don't want to force myself to play something that I don't want to. That's not fun. Without wanting to sound like an arse (while recognising that that's probably impossible), I have enough disposable income to make the odd purchasing mistake, so long as that's not a launch-period console. So, in 2017, what I want to do is support good developers and play games that grab me and that I enjoy. Smile

...that said, I really do want to work through what I have on PS3. Keeping that in reserve for summer, when the Switch releases dry up. I hope they won't, but Nintendo's consoles have burned me before.
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PostSubject: Re: 2017: Gaming Resolutions   Mon 19 Dec 2016 - 14:23

  • To support third party games on the Switch, wherever possible
  • To get my number of incomplete Wii games down to single figures (two to go!)
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PostSubject: Re: 2017: Gaming Resolutions   Mon 19 Dec 2016 - 14:56

Same as Andy, I buy to many games and rarely finish them that I do need to but maybe 3 games max a month for current gen, which will last like 2 months then the Switch come out in March and I buy it along 4 games at launch along with HZD on PS4 etc
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PostSubject: Re: 2017: Gaming Resolutions   Mon 19 Dec 2016 - 18:35

My 2017 gaming resolution comes in two parts: January to Switch Launch day and Switch Launch to the end of the year.
January to Switch Launch day:

  • Don't buy anything new
  • Finish all my 2016 games *stares ashamedly at dishonoured 2*
  • Don't go on steam when there's a sale on.

Switch Launch to the end of the year:

  • Buy a Switch.
  • Buy some games for my new Switch.
  • Play them to completion.
  • Stare morosely at empty wallet.

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PostSubject: Re: 2017: Gaming Resolutions   Mon 19 Dec 2016 - 19:11

Duck has best gaming plan thus far, including mine. Thumbs Up!
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PostSubject: Re: 2017: Gaming Resolutions   Mon 19 Dec 2016 - 21:22

Buy less games and trim the collection, definitely. I spent the day gutting my bedroom in my folk's house and I've just got so much shite. I'm coming to terms with finding out that I've got three copies of Drawn To Life: The Next Chapter, three copies because I'm a daft prick.
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PostSubject: Re: 2017: Gaming Resolutions   Mon 19 Dec 2016 - 22:32

I haven't thought about gaming resolutions per se - though I've decided that if Mass Effect does end up coming to Switch, I will sell my XBox to get one if necessary - but one of my two main resolutions is to learn Japanese, which I can hopefully apply to games.
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PostSubject: Re: 2017: Gaming Resolutions   Mon 19 Dec 2016 - 23:39

I'm pretty good with games to be honest. I buy about 2-3 games on release per year and, with the exception of Monster Hunter, have always made sure I got through them, or they're games that will last me a generation in a PES 2017. I stopped the mad splurging of cash on steam sales a few years ago after it became clear I was really interested in a lot of games, but didn't have the time to play any of them. My health's a bit dodgy at the moment, good ol Chron's Disease means I'm constantly exhausted while I'm on drugs - drugs which helpfully cause insomnia too, which I suppose inoculates me from buying more games on mass.

I suppose I'd just want to maintain the gaming hygiene as is really!

Drunkyboy:

I was making really good progress with the much easier language of Spanish using audio CD's that I'd practice every other night for 15 minutes or so. I've stopped now that I'm a bit ill but do want to pick it up again when I go part-time on the MA.

The Michelle Thomas method was what it was called, and it was great in the sense that you listen in on a teacher giving 2 students a lesson. It forces you to practice saying the words and understand listening to the language. There's also a volume of books I was working through called - Living Languages - which are a lot more tedious and slower, but should be really handy getting you some writing practice if you're interested in that.

I'd recommend them both, the former strongly. Neither will make you an expert, but the Spanish stuff would've will get me up to an intermediate level upon course completion - so for the purpose of games you'll make do. I'll bring down the CD's to give you a taste if I remember.
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PostSubject: Re: 2017: Gaming Resolutions   Mon 19 Dec 2016 - 23:50

A friend of mine from university is learning Japanese, she goes to a class once a week that uses the Japanese From Zero series of textbooks. I've never used them myself but if it's working for my friend I guess it mught work for you too. http://yesjapan.com/
It's always important to hear the language though so CD's are a good shout.
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PostSubject: Re: 2017: Gaming Resolutions   Mon 19 Dec 2016 - 23:58

I'm hoping for a nice CD/ books set for Christmas and my brother wants to learn too so I'll have at least one person to talk to.
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PostSubject: Re: 2017: Gaming Resolutions   Tue 20 Dec 2016 - 0:03

NintenDUCK wrote:
My 2017 gaming resolution comes in two parts: January to Switch Launch day and Switch Launch to the end of the year.
January to Switch Launch day:

  • Don't buy anything new
  • Finish all my 2016 games *stares ashamedly at dishonoured 2*
  • Don't go on steam when there's a sale on.

Switch Launch to the end of the year:

  • Buy a Switch.
  • Buy some games for my new Switch.
  • Play them to completion.
  • Stare morosely at empty wallet.


This pretty much my gaming plan for the year too. There's nothing coming out in the first few months of the year that I can't hold off on - Horizon Zero Dawn will tempt me though - and I don't want anything to distract me too much from my Switch hype.
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PostSubject: Re: 2017: Gaming Resolutions   Tue 20 Dec 2016 - 9:21

Continue buying what I feel like and playing what I feel like when I feel like it. Maximising my enjoyment of the hobby, that's my resolution.

Or, TLDR, continue what I'm already doing.
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PostSubject: Re: 2017: Gaming Resolutions   Tue 20 Dec 2016 - 10:10

One thing I should do is probably tweet less about Rainbow six Siege but the game is just too damn fun. Smile Honestly never expected an FPS to grip me the way it has & it's getting another years worth of free content.
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PostSubject: Re: 2017: Gaming Resolutions   Tue 20 Dec 2016 - 10:44

Drunkalilly wrote:
I haven't thought about gaming resolutions per se - though I've decided that if Mass Effect does end up coming to Switch, I will sell my XBox to get one if necessary - but one of my two main resolutions is to learn Japanese, which I can hopefully apply to games.

I did two years of evening classes in Japanese about ten years ago (forgotten a lot of it unfortunately). I recommend the Japanese for Busy People books - they were great. The language itself is easier than you'd think (using the romaji) but the hiragana, katakana and kanji is where it gets intense.
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PostSubject: Re: 2017: Gaming Resolutions   Tue 20 Dec 2016 - 20:43

I've heard it's the reading and writing where it gets tricky. I think I'd want to learn fairly fluent spoken Japanese, then just learn to read from scratch like a child.
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