Creative Christmas: a resolution

It’s day 11 of the Creative Christmas collaboration, where a group of bloggers come together to tackle 12 video-game-related questions based around a festive storyline. Following on from yesterday’s answer about the character you’d borrow a party outfit from, the next question is:

Midnight eventually rolls around, which means it’s now time to pick a New Year gaming resolution to see you through the next 12 months. What’s your choice for 2018?

My answer

Last January, shortly after the beginning of Later Levels, I wrote a post about my New Year’s resolution to play more video games in 2017. It’s obvious I failed looking back on it now: I only ended up picking up one of the ten titles I listed that that article and seven are still sitting somewhere on my wishlist (with two being pushed back and not yet released).

While ‘playing more games’ is a worthy declaration, it’s not one which is easily achievable when you’re an adult. My other-half and I are still in the middle of house renovations, our work hours have been ridiculous lately and my stepson keeps us busy on the weekends. But the three of us enjoy gaming together and that’s not something I see changing any time soon, so perhaps I need to adjust the angle for my 2018 resolutions.

  • Make more time for gaming: While it’s not always possible to play something every day due to work or family commitments, sometimes it’s ourselves who are the barrier to our hobby. We all have those times where we just want to collapse on the sofa in front of trashy television after a long day; but I think I need to make more of a conscious effort to turn on the PlayStation or PC when I have a free hour.

  • Play a variety of games: Regular visitors will know that I’m a huge fan of the adventure genre, but I tried to expand my horizons in 2017. I played a wider variety of games than ever before and even picked up a few titles I could have never seen myself touching previously. This is something I’d like to continue into the next 12 months and the following resolution should help with this.

  • Go to more gaming events: Now that Ethan is ten, it’s a lot easier for Pete and me to attend expos because he’s old enough to come with us. We managed to get to eight gaming events last year and it would be great to visit them all again – plus a few more if possible. The first one up in 2018 is the PC Gamer Weekender in February and then we’ll be taking part in GameBlast18 the following month.

  • Those are my gaming resolutions for 2018 and with any luck, I’ll have a better shot at reaching them than the one set last January. I’m going to take this opportunity to note some for blogging here also as a way of keeping myself focused, so here’s what I’m going to attempt to achieve this year in terms of the site and WordPress community:

  • Be more involved: The area in which I’ve fallen recently is keeping up with comments and reading others’ posts because work has taken up such a huge chunk of my time. However, it’s possibly the most important part of blogging and I realise I need to place more focus on it. I’m going to do my bit as a member of the community and pay attention to the wonderful things the writers around me are creating.

  • Try different post styles: Getting involved with community events such as the Blogger Blitz hosted by Adventure Rules has inspired me to be more creative with my posts. I’d never have thought of writing a sea-shanty about Monkey Island previously, or a creating a cheesy advert for Community and Collaboration for example. Look out for more weird and wonderful things over the coming year.

  • Stop using exclamations: When I read posts published at the start of Later Levels, I realise how far my writing has come. I’m never going to be the world’s best writer but it’s something I enjoy doing and if I can see an improvement over time, then that’s a bonus. However, I really do need to stop using exclamation marks so liberally and particularly when it comes to leaving or responding to comments.

  • Hopefully I’ll be able to read this post in January 2019 and feel as though I’ve managed to achieve at least some of these declarations, if not all. Whatever your resolutions are and whatever you’re up to this evening, I hope you have a wonderful New Year’s Eve.

    Other answers

    🎁   Thero159 from A Reluctant Hero
    🎅   Athena from AmbiGaming
    🦌   Morgan from Fistful of Glitter
    🎄   Luna from GamersUnitedGG Blog
    👗   Log 1932
    🤞   NekoJonez from NekoJonez’s Gaming Blog
    🎉   Dan and Jon from
    🎁   Chris from OverThinker Y
    👪   Austin from Reaper Interactive
    🎅   Retro Redress
    🎶   Pix1001 from Shoot the Rookie
    ❤   Brandon from That Green Dude
    🎄   The Gaming Diaries
    🦃   Kevin from The Mental Attic
    👗   The Shameful Narcissist Speaks

    The Creative Christmas collaboration is open to everyone and further details can be found in this post if you’d like to join in! Tomorrow’s question: You wake up the following morning, hungover but happy – you have an entire day of gaming ahead of you. You start thinking back over the video games you played during 2017; what was your game of the year?

    22 thoughts on “Creative Christmas: a resolution

    1. Ah, making time for gaming. That’s often the hardest one as life tends to come at you out of nowhere most days. It’s important to make time for your hobbies though, so I hope you manage to get the time that you need for it.


      • Adulting can be difficult sometimes, particularly when work emergencies or family commitments get in the way! I’ll make more of an effort to turn on the PC rather than the TV next year and find some new games to keep me interested.

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      • Along with some time to fit in some cross-stitch, hopefully! Thanks for putting me onto that – I’m looking forward to starting again. 🙂


          • I found a Stranger Things pattern on Etsy last night… I have a feeling this is going to become ‘a thing’ for me in 2018!


            • This could be your thing in 2018. I daren’t look again at Etsy for a little while. I found some kits that people have given me as presents or I bought so have a few to get through. But I do still really want the patterns I put in that post but if I can get through a few more stitches I am going to get a pattern from Etsy. There are so many out there to choose from.


              • I know exactly what you mean – I’ve had to stop myself going on Etsy because I keep seeing more patterns. I’m going to wait for my order to arrive to see if I’m brave enough to attempt it, and if I’m not ready just yet I’ll find something small to start me off.

                You’ll have to share pictures of your creations as inspiration! 🙂


                • That is precisely why I’m not looking at Etsy until I am going to buy one pattern because when I looked I kept fjnding more and more patterns that I wanted. You have to update me on your progress when you start it. I’m sure you will attempt it. I’ll post pictures of them somewhere as I finish them off.

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    3. That’s an excellent set of resolutions! Don’t cut out all the exclamation marks though, I always smile when I see them in comments as you know the person commenting is really excited about what they’re saying.

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    5. Thank you for sharing! We have similar resolutions, primarily because being an adult is hard lol. I agree that sometimes I have time to game and I just lay there staring at my TV for hours. I’m trying to make more time for gaming and all of my interests. Thank you for hosting this collaboration and Happy New Year’s Eve! Cheers to another 12 months of blogging, gaming and friendship!

      -Lina 🙂


    6. Some great resolutions there… I’m pretty partial to the mighty semicolon myself, I tend to go through my posts after writing and delete about half a dozen of them… I also like the … Thing, I find myself doing it when I’m just thinking about what to say next.


      • I’ll tackle my semicolon addiction next year; once I’ve sorted out the exclamation mark! It’s funny how you notice your little quirks when you read your posts back to yourself, more so than anybody else reading them does.


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