The year 2014 is dead. Or it will be soon. But from the dead husk that finally breathes its last on New Years Eve 2014, 2015 will rise, like a calendar-based phoenix, ready to take on the world with a fresh start, a new start. It’s really not a totally fresh start. It’s not like our old issues and problems magically float away when that ball drops. However, the ticking off of 2014 into 2015 is a nice place to try and get one’s life in a better order, a better situation. Millions upon millions of people do this every year by making resolutions. I usually avoided making any such promises because I would tell myself they are stupid, that I would often just abandon them anyway.
I know myself. I know that for a long time now, I have reveled in personal sloth. Oftentimes, when I am not at work, and have downtime, I regretfully find myself doing nothing for a lot of time, simply because I cannot decide what to do. I always want to do something, but the indecision I feel makes me look at all my choices, and in the end, become paralyzed and do nothing. So my first gaming resolution for 2015 is really a general resolution for 2015. I need to shuck off the sloth. Sitting around doing nothing is something I always regret as soon as I start doing something. It’s not even like I am ever really relaxing when doing this. Sure I am sitting there, but I am usually a ball of anxiety because I know I am not getting anything done, but I can’t get up and do something out of the choices I have. If this sounds insane to you, I don’t blame you. It sounds pretty nuts to me, and I am the one going through it.
I am going to change this. From now on, I refuse to let myself sit there fretting over not doing something. I need to just choose something and go do it, the other stuff can be done after. It doesn’t even need to be in a set order, but things on my mental checklist need to start being ticked off. I am not nearly as efficient as I could be, or should be. I want to increase my personal output, for both this blog I do and just in general. I need to keep myself focused and goal oriented. Trying simply cannot be enough anymore. Not only do I have to put in effort, I have to do the best I can. Granted, I will not succeed in everything I do, but it is time I start to succeed at some stuff. But to succeed I need to do it. So in 2015 this changes, I change.
My second gaming resolution for 2015 comes to gaming purchases. There are two things I feel I need to tie into my first resolution of doing more. I plan on purchasing a Wii U and some sort of (probably Elgato) capture card for non-sharing enabled consoles. The Wii U really came into its own in 2014, with some great games that are really worth playing. I am just now getting into streaming things on Twitch and am trying to do it more, and get better at it. A capture card will go a long way with helping that, allowing me to stream PS3 and Wii U stuff on top of the PS4 and PC.
While I do plan on doing more streaming, I also want to do archived video content as well. While these things will probably start being posted to Youtube, and embedded to my site, I would love to get comfortable enough with all of this to eventually break away from that space and put up my own video player. However that would be a work in progress while I get everything else rolling.
A third, smaller gaming resolution for 2015 now. I plan on writing a list of all the games I play for any length of time in 2015. If I try something for 15 minutes and forgets it exists, it probably wouldn’t write it down, but I know in the space of a whole year, I definitely played a lot more than I remember. I am getting older, my memory isn’t what it used to be. So I need to learn some proper organization. 2015 will hopefully bring that to my life.
My next gaming resolution for 2015 is something of an odd one, as I am not so sure it directly has to do with gaming. I really want to learn how to code. I have started this a bunch of times, but never remotely followed through with it. However if I want to be competitive in the internet space, and even give myself the ability to do this newer, crucial skill, I need to sit down and start going through all the courses I have, the books I have purchased, and use my friends who already know this stuff. While there are sites out there like WordPress and Square Space that make this easy and user-friendly, it would behoove me to learn about what is under the hood myself. Relying on templates can come back to bite me eventually. I need to learn how to do all of this myself so I can make the type of site and content I want. I shouldn’t have to choose from a list, and I want to make it where I don’t have to.
My last gaming resolution is perhaps the most important one. 2014 was a negative one in the gaming space, not just from the one thing most people would think about either. Just in general 2014 was a negative time where I found myself reading the cesspool of Twitter too often. In 2015 I want the space around me to be a lot more positive, and I refuse to let myself get bogged down by that social media nonsense. Social media is a tool, and I will still use it, but I won’t be looking at it the way I did this past year. Snarky, asshole people yelling into the void does nothing for me any more and I really don’t want to see it. It is a cliche, but I want to be the positive person I want to see around the internet. Things really don’t need to be so bad, we simply make it that way by not seeing we’re all the same. Doesn’t matter if you’re male, female, black, white, green or whatever. Stop judging people and think on how you can improve yourself.
Good luck next year,