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Reflecting on Resolutions and Predictions for 2012…

Last year around this time I posted a blog about my predictions and resolutions for 2012 and here we are just a day or two away from the big grand finale, so I thought I would reflect back on that blog and see how well everything turned out, whether I upheld my resolutions, and if any of my predictions came true or not. I used a 5 x 5 x 5 format last year - five resolutions, five predictions, and five games I was excited about that released in 2012. Maybe tomorrow I'll post a new resolutions and predictions for 2013, although 2013 has a lot of uncertainty coming with it, so I'm not sure how that's going to work out. Anyway...first up - the resolutions!

RESOLUTIONS

1. Finish the games I started in 2011 but haven't finished yet.

One of my resolutions for 2012 was to put a dent in my video game back log. I listed a number of games I wanted to finish, including Batman Arkham Asylum, Batman Arkham City, Modern Warfare 3, God of War 1 and 2, Deus Ex, Dead Island and...a collection of games (4) that I received as a Christmas present.

Well, I am happy to report that I finished most of them, plus many others...as 2012 was another great year for putting an even bigger dent in my backlog. I did finish Batman Arkham Asylum, Batman Arkham City, Modern Warfare 3, and God of War 1 and 2; I tried Dead Island but didn't like it enough to force myself to play it...so I quickly scratched it from my list. I did not beat Deus Ex, nor did I play any of the 4 games I received last Christmas as a present. I started one or two of them...but didn't get very far before I sat them aside. I'm pleased with the results - I finished the important ones.

Other games I played and finished this year include Halo 4, Medal of Honor Warfighter, Spec Ops The Line, Bioshock, Halo Anniversary Edition, Mass Effect 3, and Future Soldier. Games I played but didn't finish...and don't know if I will - Borderlands 2. I just can't seem to get into it like so many others do/have. Games I played but you don't really ever finish - The Old Republic and Minecraft.

2. Read seven video game inspired books and post a blog about each.

I had a resolution to read seven books and post a blog about each. Some of the books I wanted to finish reading were Star Wars vs. Star Trek, Uncharted: The 4th Labyrinth, Deadspace: Martyr, All Your Base Are Belong To Us, Homefront, and two other books that were yet to be determined.

Hmm, I didn't fare so well with this resolution. I'm still in the process of reading Star Wars vs. Star Trek (1/2 finished) and Uncharted: The 4th Labyrinth (3/4 finished). I haven't even started Deadspace or Homefront.

However, I did read (and blog about) All Your Base Are Belong To Us as well as Battlefield 3 and Bioshock. All great books and worth your time. I feel a do over coming in 2013 with this one (especially since I'm over half way done on two of them).

3. Cut Back On Playing Team Fortress 2 And Quit Mentioning It In Every Other Blog.

Mission accomplished. I still play Team Fortress 2, but not nearly as much as I used to. In the last 2 weeks I've logged just under 20 hours and my current Steam rating is an 8.7 - and...AND...I don't recall mentioning it in any recent blogs, so I think I've lived up to this resolution...just don't ask me how much I've spent in micro-transactions buying new crap for the game.

4. Play More Games Online With The Game Informer Online Community.

Ah...I'm going to say this resolution was mostly a fail with one exception. Now, believe it or not...I actually took some notes on who I managed to hook up with, and the list is pretty much non-existent. I have indications that I played with Mojomonkey12, born4this, Noobtubin8er and The Handheld Tank.

As far as playing with Mojomonkey12 and Noobtubin8er, if I recall I was able to join a game of The Old Republic they were playing. I was like Level 0 and they were way ahead of me...I never met them in person, though we shared a few chats on the same server. Hmm...Dean, what did we play together? I'm drawing a blank. Uncharted 3 maybe? I vaguely recall playing that with you. I know I played that with Mojomonkey12 before. The Handheld Tank and I tried to play some Portal 2 and Team Fortress 2 together, but our connection was terrible and we were never able to make it work.

The one exception...yes, it's from the game I vowed to play less of and not mention as much, but the truth is I've played Team Fortress 2 with Harry on several occasions. I've fought alongside him, I've killed and been killed by him, I've dominated him and been dominated by him. We've had some great battles and chatted about it on Steam. It's been fun!

In the end, I'm not sure if this was more activity than 2011 or not...but it definitely needs some improvement. Here's looking at you in 2013.

5. Go Live With The Game Informer Online Community Achievements / Trophies Initiative.

OMG, I did not want to include this one much less discuss it...but I didn't want one of you to dig up this old blog and call me out on it. Well, this is what I wrote in last year's recap and it's worth quoting here:

"Give me a bit more time...and if you never hear or see anything about it again, then when I do next year's recap...I'll have to own up and say I failed some more. No one will be surprised."

I've already mentioned 2013 is going to be a very unique year for me, so I'm not even going to try and lie and say this is or isn't going to happen. The truth is, I just don't know.

PREDICTIONS

1. Old Predictions Come True.

Let's see...I think we have seen more smart phone and tablets being integrated with our games, but I think we will continue to see more developments in that field; still waiting on Dust 514 and perhaps the first majorly successful MMOFPS; not that it was a surprise or difficult to predict, but the Activision and Infinity Ward lawsuit was settled as predicted - so, I'd say mostly correct.

2. Next Generation Console Announcement.

Well, the Wii U released and we heard a little bit about Sony and Microsoft's plans for the future of gaming and the next generation of consoles, but I don't think there was enough physical evidence released to suggest this was true, and therefore I have to say this prediction was wrong.

3. Valve Big News.

I felt like Valve was going to have a big news release in 2012...I didn't know if it was going to be word of Half Life 3 or something else, but I think we can agree, or mostly agree, that Valve's admission they are working on a video game console of some sort is big news. I think it is anyway, so I'm going to say this prediction was correct. I sure didn't see it coming.

4. Digitial Distribution.

After 2011, I really thought digital distribution was going to skyrocket, but 2012 really kind of reverted back to buying games from the store on disc. I think the only game I downloaded was The Walking Dead. Not sure if that's true for you all or not, and what the digital distribution numbers look like, but I fully expected 2012 to be the year I didn't buy any more games from the store, and quite the opposite happened. I'm okay with getting this one wrong. I like get something real and concrete for my money.

5. Game Informer Up A Notch.

When I posted this, Game Informer was apparently ranked number five on the top list of magazines by circulation. A quick check courtesy of Google and Wikipedia shows they are now at number four, and closing in on number 3, which is The Costco Connection. Can they surpass that one in 2013? I guess we'll see.

GAMES SCHEDULED FOR A 2012 RELEASE

I picked my five most anticipated games with a 2012 release. They included Far Cry 3, Ghost Recon: Future Soldier, Halo 4, Mass Effect 3 and Syndicate. Surprisingly, I purchased all of them except for Syndicate, which I may or may not still get. Of the four I did get, I've finished them all but Far Cry 3 which I am currently playing. I've been happy with all of them and would recommend all of them. I ended up picking Mass Effect 3 as my Game of the Year, which others did too, but truly Halo 4 or Far Cry 3 could've just as easily gotten the nod from me. While I enjoyed Ghost Recon Future Soldier, it pretty much has a specific audience - not a game for everybody. A game I didn't mention, but looking back perhaps I should've, X-COM. It's also a great game and worth your time.

And there you have it, five resolutions, five predictions and five games released in 2012. While I didn't get them all right, I'm satisfied with the outcome and look forward to posting my 5 x 5 x 5 for 2013...hopefully tomorrow.

Here's to a safe and Happy New Year's Eve & New Year's Day!

Cheers.

 

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