Video game resolutions for 2013

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Steve Tilley, QMI Agency

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It's the first week of the new year, and most of us have made some New Year's resolutions in an effort to get healthier, work smarter, improve our relationships and so on.

Some of us might even manage to keep them until February.

Maybe.

But one way to increase the odds of succeeding with your resolutions is by telling people about them, right?

I've got a whole subset of New Year's resolutions related just to video games, because they're a heck of a lot easier to stick to than stuff like losing weight and interacting with fellow humans.

Here goes.

I resolve to show more love to indie games

Some of the most memorable games I played last year were titles developed by tiny studios: Fez, Hotline Miami, Retro City Rampage, FTL: Faster Than Light; the list goes on and on. This year, I plan to devote even more time to seeking out these smaller gems, and giving them coverage instead of just playing them for fun.

I resolve to not lose my patience with people who blame video games for societal ills

Any time there's another tragic mass shooting, as with the awful Sandy Hook school massacre, I start counting the hours before some special interest group or media outlet lays blame on violent video games. But this year I refuse to be baited into their lazy, sensational efforts at drawing a link between pushing buttons on a game controller and taking human lives. Correlation is not causation.

I resolve to make a dent in my 'to be played when I have time' stack

Avid gamers know all about the stack. The games that you are dying to play but just haven't had time to get to, or games you loved that you want to replay, or games that have had downloadable add-ons released that you haven't been able to check out. Whether it's finally digging into Skyrim's Dragonborn content, playing through Dishonored again as an all-out warrior instead of stealthy assassin or finally checking out Max Payne 3 (a game I regrettably didn't get to this year), I will whittle that stack down in 2013.

I resolve to give living room PC gaming a try

My once cutting-edge desktop PC is beginning to age a bit, but can still hold its own against most demanding games (thanks in no small part to a recent upgrade to an AMD Radeon HD 7950 graphics card, which I'm thinking of twinning with a second card.) With the next generation of consoles from Sony and Microsoft not due out until this holiday season at the earliest, and with Valve Software's ubiquitous Steam service now offering a novel "Big Picture" mode designed specifically to work with TV-and-gamepad setups, I'm going to try connecting my gaming PC to my plasma TV and take advantage of the best visuals gaming can offer -- for now.

I resolve to make it to Sector 10 in Spaceteam

The hysterical iOS game Spaceteam fosters cooperation between players as they shout out orders to one another as part of a virtual spaceship's crew. So far the furthest I've been able to get is Sector 9, but 2013 will see me finally crack the double digits. Of course, that'll involve the whole human interaction thing. Maybe it won't be that painful after all.


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