New Year’s resolution: play more games

Last year was a busy one for me and that meant even less time for video games than usual. It’s only now that things are starting to settle down and we glide into 2017 that I realise how little I actually played and wrote. I’ve picked up several titles I’ve not yet had a chance to play in the latest Steam sale but it still feels as if I’ve got a long way to go before I catch up.

Some might say that the lack of time I put aside for gaming during 2016 could be a sign that I’m going off my hobby but the truth is, I’ve missed it. I want to get lost in the snowy mountains of Winterhold, be the hero in Albion, misbehave in Los Santos – and find new worlds to explore too. It’s just the way life is: sometimes you have to take care of ‘grown-up’ responsibilities, and at other points you have a few precious hours to blow up a horde of zombies and save the world from impending doom.

Hands, video game, controller, gamepad

I was discussing New Year’s resolutions with my other half recently and we’ve come up with a simple one for 2017: to play more video games. At first it sounds like a silly, throwaway objective but it’s one that has more meaning behind it; gaming can be a way of spending time with family, getting together with friends, and making sure you have time for yourself even during the busiest periods. Pete and I won’t necessarily have more free hours than we did last year, and house renovations and a new job starting this month are going to make sticking to our resolution even harder, but we’re going to make more of an effort to turn on the PC or PlayStation whenever we have the opportunity.

Judging by the flood of ‘most anticipated games’ articles published on gaming websites recently, it seems as if we’ve got a lot of releases to potentially play over the next 12 months. There’s no way we’re going to get around to playing them all – or even as many as we’d ideally like – so I’ve started to think about those I don’t want to miss out on this year. The list below should hopefully provide some focus for our resolution and help us see it through to the end of 2017…

Game Developer
Detroit: Become Human Quantic Dream
Finding Paradise Freebird Games
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Nintendo
Mass Effect: Andromeda BioWare
Mainlining Rebelephant
Prey for the Gods No Matter Studios
RiME Tequila Works
Syberia 3 Microids
Tacoma The Fullbright Company
What Remains of Edith Finch Giant Sparrow

With a little bit of luck, this time next year I’ll be able to say that I’ve managed to complete all of the games above (provided they’re released on time) and am no longer living in a house which resembles a building site (not entirely likely). Whatever your resolutions are, I hope you have a happy New Year and all your dreams come true in 2017.   🎉

4 thoughts on “New Year’s resolution: play more games

  1. I know where you’re coming from. I’ve become so busy in my life that I don’t play as many games as I’d like to. I’m also making an extra effort this year to play and stick with gaming because it’s something I really do love. Can’t wait for BotW!!


    • The pressure of being an adult, eh? 😉

      We introduced my stepson to Ocarina of Time last year and he now adores Link, so BotW has to be on the list for 2017!


    • Syberia is pretty good! The first game does end pretty abruptly though, so you need to go straight into the second for it to flow properly.


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