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BoomingEchoes avatar 6:38 PM on 10.19.2013
Question: What's Your Next Gen Resolution?


Not the lines for next gen consoles... Maybe...


So the next generation of console gaming is about a month away, give or take a few days, and a sudden question popped into my head after peeling my ass out of bed today: Since the next gen is like the New Years of gaming, what's my next gen resolution?

Honestly, the answer to that came just as easy as the question, really in the next thought: Really do what I've been saying for years and actually play multiplayer games.

I'm a pretty active member of a great community that has a night (really multiple) put aside where we can get together and game. I also say just about every month how I'm going to get my head out of the sand and try to join in... Then I don't, make some excuses and then repeat the transgressions.

Even now, with GTA Online being a thing, I can't even bring myself to start it up and do that damn starter race everyone's been complaining about. I'm a hermit on an island in a sea of social butterflies. Or better yet, I'm the island. And that island is really a turtle.


Me in a nu.. I mean turtle shell...


Getting over this is going to take doing, I realize. Really, it's going to take an entire change in the way I think, without prescriptions.. Or a lobotomy.. I'm going to need to get over my fear of sounding like ass over a mic, because I hate the way I sound on answering machines. Or any possibility that my skill really doesn't live up to that of others. I'm going to definitely have to get over the thought of people bitching each other out endlessly by anyone for little to no reason. You'd figure I'd be over things like this, having been a steady raider in WoW for years, but, if anything, WoW instilled these things in me early on, before the utter randomness of console multiplayer existed. And I've just never sought out other people when it came to gaming; talked about it with tons of people, but never really looked to play much with them; even when I played MMOs like WoW (and others, list is horribly long for someone as closed in as I am).

But I'm really hoping the idea of being just as fresh into things like everyone else, after having bought expensive hardware I'm going to want to make the most of, is going to help push me through the threshold. I may need some friends to pull me through.

There is a few other, loose, resolutions that aren't as important to me as the one above, or may possibly be even more impossible to do then my main resolution, as if that was even possible. Like I'm going to try not to get hung up on finishing a game to the point where I stop playing the game I'm trying to finish (another long standing psychological block), specially if I'm going to make full time reviewing a real thing.

Or, how I want to stop buying games in such a way where I'm going to make my backlog even more impossible to tackle. We'll see how that goes.

So, there's the question: What's your Next Gen resolution? Why and, maybe, how do you think you'll achieve it?


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