It's a week into 2018, and already we're looking forward to to a brave new year filled not just with games, but with the stories and discussions that fuel our passion for them.
We might have our work cut out for us, though. There's no guarantee yet that 2018 is going to be anything like 2017, but last year was wall-to-wall releases, with hot games coming out almost every month, if not every week. It's no wonder all our gaming backlogs just piled up even higher.
My hope though is that 2018 becomes a year in which gaming gets better. Whether it's companies trying to find ways to balance spending versus income or players trying to hold developers accountable while remaining generous, let's hope 2018 is the year in which the scandals and controversies of the previous year manifest into lessons learned.
That being said, all of us here at Too Much Gaming have our own individual resolutions, both personal and professional. We'd like to hear your gaming resolutions, though, for real! Let us know via comments or at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll feature the best and coolest ideas in a post!
Carlos Hernandez, Creative Director and Founder
“2017 was a crazy year with a lot of ups and downs. In between all the chaos with work and adulthood, I noticed that my backlog was growing faster than I can count. As much as I want to reduce the number of untouched games in my library, with actual work responsibilities this could be a slow and painful endeavor.
"Throughout 2017, I played a lot with family and friend and laughing at crazy stunts we did online, but didn’t capture any of it. In this day and age, it feels like a travesty to have no video proof of what went down during those sessions. So entering 2018, my resolution is to be more consistent in recording and getting those great moments.
"More videos and streaming this year will be the plan. Rainbow Six: Siege is my current jam and in just three weeks of playing, there have already been so many great moments and hilarious talk on Discord. And part of that plan will be to upgrade my PC to ensure that capturing games with more demands on hardware performance will not be an issue this year."
Joseph Choi, Reviews Editor
Things in my life are falling into place and I'm not going to have as much time to game as I used to. So my gaming resolution for 2018 is to finish all of the games I've gotten so close to beating but left off on finishing. I have a bad habit of not wanting to finish even games that I really enjoyed, just so I have something to look forward to. But then when I return to the game, I've lost the touch and have to re-learn the intricacies of the mechanics.
Some of the games I want to finally beat are many years old. They include Ico, Halo: Reach, Tales of Vesperia, Tales of Xilia 2, Final Fantasy XIII, Blue Dragon, Ni No Kuni, Grandia III, The Red Star, Batman: Arkham City, and Contra 4, among others. I look forward to the satisfying feeling of beating long-delayed challenges.
Miguel Mendoza, Video Producer
Despite being video producer for a group called ‘Too Much Gaming,’ I’m ashamed to admit I don’t play enough video games. It’s hard to commit a solid hour or two, especially on big games that take a while to get into. That’s why I’ve found solace in Overwatch and Paladins, which demand less of me, and have abandoned games like Final Fantasy XV and Persona 5 after just a few hours of play. I’ve even fallen off most of the fighting games I’ve picked up.
There’s hope the flame gets rekindled when Monster Hunter: World and Dragon Ball FighterZ come out later this month. My play list for 2018 isn't as grand as last year's but surely something will keep me occupied for the coming months. I'll at least try to finish either Final Fantasy XV or Persona 5 before this year ends.
Matthew Arcilla, Consulting Editor
Like anyone else, I too have an embarrassing backlog of games, especially on Steam. I used to be famous among friends and family for my ability to get through what I buy through sheer force of will and discipline, but now that I’m on the second half of my 30s, it’s not as easy it used to be. To that end, I’m trying to remember to loosen up and tell myself it’s okay to binge once in a while.
One of my big gaming resolutions is to do more as a creative, not just by ensuring our blog receives continuous updates but by learning some 21st century skills like video editing and streaming. Anything that will empower us here at TMG to cover more games and in greater depth. That might mean recruiting more talent, developing new features or experimenting with the podcast and more. All I know for sure, is that I want 2018 to be a great year to read, write and talk about video games.