Hiya Players! I know it’s been some time since we’ve seen activity on the site but I want to do some review of what we, or should I say I, accomplished this year as a player. Though we have a grand total of nine posts for 2013 I wasn’t just sitting on my thumbs the whole time. This year involved a lot of out-of-game changes for me, so time was broken but I’ve still got some things to say.
First off, I ended up almost exclusively swearing off consoles. The only console I play on a regular basis is my Nintendo 3DS (XL); Everything else is PC or Android device. This isn’t because consoles are bad…they’re just not as good. In the past I simply didn’t have a machine that would allow me to play newer games which left me only the option of the stranglehold of console makers. Now this isn’t to say I won’t go back to them, but right now I have now need for one.
The second large step I made from previous years was to slow down on MMOs. Unlike consoles, I didn’t write these off but just lost my place in them. I wasn’t finding the enjoyment of it that I once was, so didn’t want to keep playing. I did go back to World of Warcraft to beat the hell out of Garrosh Hellscream, but unsubscribed less than 24 hours after beating him; The mission was accomplished. Likewise, I wasn’t finding anything to do in Guild Wars 2 or Wakfu so took a break there too.
Thirdly, I took more notice of indie games. I’d seen these before, but never actually put much value in them until they got picked up by larger developers. I’m going to blame that fact on being tied to consoles and their limited availability for indie developers. That was wrong on my part. The Indie scene is where a lot of the good games come from now, assuming you’re also tired of the cookie-cutter FPS and repetitive platformers. I’ll go into more about this in a later post, but needless to say most games I played this year were Indie or at least done by smaller developer teams.
My forth and final realization in my year of review for 2013: I’ve become a Casual. I know, it was a shock to me too! I love gaming, I really really do, but the way my life went this year I simply didn’t have the time or energy to devote myself enough to the gaming world to call myself ‘Hardcore’. I’d say I’m still more hardcore than most Casual players, but none-the-less still a casual. That’s OK though, leaves me open for improvements in 2014.
That said 2014 may be a year of improvements. I’m going to (try) to set time aside for gaming a little more and actually accomplish my tasks. Will this happen? Unlikely. Will I try? Sure I will, It’s January
Watch in the coming days for a few posts including my personal top 5 for 2013, what I’m planning for 2014 and a few others. Cheers!