Gamer's New Year's Resolutions

In 2009, I resolve to:

Quit buying into the industry hype leading up to huge game launches. So far it has continually lead to disappointment.

Give more love to my old game systems. I have a closet full of old consoles and games that probably miss me. I hope to find some time in 2009 to fall in love with them all over again.

Finish games before starting new ones. I am probably least likely to succeed at this one, but it’s a noble aspiration all the same.

Master the Hard mode on guitar in Rock Band. I do all right on Hard, but some of the more wicked solos make my fingers hurt and my fans disappear. Of course, then I watch things like this and it makes me weep.

Level my warlock to 80. I have less and less time these days to play WoW, but I’m hoping I can carve out a few days in 2009 to level my oft-neglected alt.

Play more adventure games. Even though it’s getting harder and harder to find decent titles within this unpopular genre, I’ll continue trying to seek out and discover great new point and click style games I love so much, and feel good about supporting the mostly indie developers who still make them.

Embrace the game industry’s desire to make games that appeal to girls, even though they’re getting it all wrong. At least they’re trying, right?

Stop spending so much money on Wii & Xbox Live points. It’s just too easy and convenient to get in trouble going shopping on these next gen consoles! Actually, I think I’m just addicted to watching Mario run across my screen…

And finally…

Break down and buy a widescreen HDTV this year. Because right now I look too much like the guy in the above pic.

It’s a tall order, but my mind is open and my thumbs are ready. Here’s to a fun and productive 2009!