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[Featurama] New Year’s Resolutions from the staff at Twinfinite

It’s a new year. The “Year of the Dragon” some will call it. Of course if you believe in the Mayan B’ak’tun, it may be our last.  Even in the face of doom and dragons, we should all be trying to better ourselves in some form or fashion.  It is only natural to shed the weight of an entire year and start fresh.

As a means of getting to know some of the new faces around here, I thought we should all share in our  resolutions for 2012.


[Yami]

I never really believed in resolutions personally. I prefer to call it “doing.” I’m going to state the obvious things I want to do this year first, like travel around (Japan study abroad, yes please!), eat food I normally wouldn’t eat, and workout more. Maybe even throw in a “watch all the anime I’ve been meaning to watch for two years.” I definitely get distracted way too much.

In terms of gaming, what I plan to do is a tough task: I’m going to fully complete my whole games backlog. This may have been simple, if not for Steam Christmas sales being a thing that exists. Now my wonderful backlog jumped from simply thirteen games to forty two. I’m not saying it’ll be easy. This isn’t counting the titles that I for sure will get in 2012, (Bioshock Infinite, SSX, Mass Effect 3, etc.) and will for sure also become a part of that backlog. But I will triumph over this ever growing stack.

Or, you know, it’ll grow even more and next year you’ll hear me saying this same thing.

[Radiopools]

Happy new year everyone! Trey here and I’m one of the Twinfinite new-bloods! First off I just wanted to say I’m really excited to be a part of an awesome website. My first resolution is to help Twinfinite grow and produce the best content I am capable of for the site!

My other resolution is to start up a Backloggery account and actually try to beat some of the games that I have acquired in the past year. I have tons of games in my Steam library that have never been installed and PS3 games that have never left their case. I have terrible ADD when it comes to gaming, and playing an MMO doesn’t help. So I would like to finish some of the games I already own before I pick up any new ones

[Rexwolf2]
To start off my resolutions post, I should review how well I fulfilled my gaming resolution from last year: Diversify your games for the next year (don’t just buy Nintendo stuff). I don’t have a very large budget for gaming, so due to my admitted adoration of Nintendo, I often end up spending my money on my highly anticipated Big N games and little else. Thankfully, I was able to achieve that goal to an extent, moving into PC indie gaming and grabbing a few free titles. On the retail side, I managed to pick up a few non-Nintendo games as well: Ghost Trick, Super Street Fighter IV 3D, and a used copy of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney. … Wait… THIS YEAR’S FIRST RESOLUTION: Keep on diversifying, but go a bit easy on the Capcom this year, m’kay?

On the side of entertainment, I’ve let many of my shows (normal television and anime) fall by the wayside, forgetting or otherwise neglecting to watch them. Among the shows to fall victim to my negligence have been Criminal Minds, Darker than Black, Psych, White Collar, and Mawaru Penguindrum. Henceforth, this shall be my second vow to the elder gods of New Years: I shall return to the shows I enjoy and stick with them unless a dip in quality or enjoyment dictates that I no longer continue to watch them.

Finally, there’s music. Over the past year, I’ve found plenty of amazing bands with many of them containing some mixture of indie, chip, and delightfully odd. I believe that the big wave began during the summer, when, through the magic of How I Met Your Mother, I discovered a band called The Unicorns and their album “Who Will Cut Our Hair When We’re Gone?” While much of the music I have found is amazing, I’ve slowly stopped listening to the bands that had previously been my bread and butter, listening almost exclusively to these newcomers into my heart. My ultimate resolution of the New Year: unite both my new music and the old, gaining enjoyment from both and neglecting neither.

[BearForceOne]

In 2012, I want to start being a bit more careful with my buying decisions. Was Battlefield 3 a good purchase, considering I’m a mainly single player focused gamer and I don’t have an incredibly powerful PC? Probably not. I’m resolving to be less of an idiot with these decisions, both because my wallet can’t take much more and because don’t you just hate when you look at a shelf of games and think, “wow, do I really only play two of those?”

Also, it’s definitely time to be a bit more honest with myself about some of the opinions I’ve formed. I’m done giving Square Enix games first-day purchases, for example, because it’s pretty clear they’re no longer the fantastic company I’ve been trying to convince myself they are. In this vein, I intend to start really seeking out the special developers who have a lot to offer but aren’t as “brand name” as some of the big ones. Right now I’d rather play a game by Platinum Games or Grasshopper Manufacture than one by Epic. I’d rather support an Atlus product than a Square one.

Basically, it’s time for me to man up and recognize that as a consumer, I speak with my wallet. There are times when it feels like the industry’s level of creativity is in danger, and there’s no better way to fight that than buying the games which defy expectations. I want more games like Catherine, dammit, and though I intend to be careful with my money, I’m willing to shell out in order to make that dream happen.

[JDGuma]

My resolution would be just to do more gaming in general. In recent months, I’ve found it increasingly difficult to make time for video games. That has to change in the new year, primarily because I now work for a gaming website, but also because I enjoy the activity and would like to make more time for it. Currently I’m thinking that the resolution shouldn’t be too difficult to accomplish, so long as I manage my time effectively. But we’ll see how that plays out once the new semester starts.

[Kafe]

Resolutions:

1) Start going to the gymnastics gym more often and overcome my fear of back-handsprings
2) Study for and ace my master’s exam in the Spring.
3) Finally finish and submit my stupid automated nerf turret project.
4) Build a returning fanbase for Twinfinite.
5) Buy an HD PVR and begin to stream video games from my PC / PS3.
6) Find more games to play online with friends/family/Twinfinite staff
7) Consistently try to write and submit one substantial post a week on the site.

[CourtoonXIII]

Hey. My name is Courtney, I am a game blogger and cosplayer. My main resolutions for the year mainly all have to do with bettering myself in the world of…well, nerdom. My main goal is to go up a league or two in Starcraft II. I’ve been playing the game since it came up and my growth isn’t nearly as substantial as I would have hoped. Hopefully I can make it!

Hey, after all, studies have recently shown that playing RTS games can help with your cognitive memory!

As a cosplayer I hope I can travel to more conventions this year, maybe some on the opposite side of the country, I’ve heard such great things (and the warm weather would be nice). I also want to handle some more difficult costumes, test and further my skills and a prop maker and seamstress. As for my vlog, I hope to keep of my pattern of two videos a week, and not let one drop!

Heres to 2012!

[Law of Thermal Dynamics]

For my New Year’s resolution I’m going to keep it simple but never doable. I want to finish my games.

I, like you, have a backlog of games and college and Steam has just made the situation worse. My games keep growing and growing and I’m here just buying and buying. What’s even worse is sometimes instead of playing a new game I would just go back to a game I already beat because it’s something I’m familiar with. That’s pretty terrible. Hopefully if I can’t completely beat my back log I can at least be proud to have cut it down in size.

Happy New Year’s everyone!

[vApathyv]

Resolutions are fun. Sure, it’s a cheap way to motivate yourself but it works dammit! That being said, my resolutions are rather simple. First off, a personal resolution: I’ve resolved to conquer every last one of my insecurities this year so that I can be the person I know I’m capable of being. So far I’ve already made great progress on that, which has been probably the greatest motivation I’ve had to achieve greatness in years.

Now that that’s out of the way, let’s move on to the fun ones. Gaming-wise, I have yet another simple one: Destroy my backlog. In the past three months alone I’ve bought 50+ different games, and I also have a good 15 or so other games sitting around waiting for me to finish them off. To have so many titles at my disposal from so many varying developers and genres, yet I still devote 90% of my gaming time to Rock Band 3, is just silly. So I’m hoping that, by the end of this year, I’ll have beaten every game I own.

And finally, I have one more. As the resident ‘music guy’ on the staff, it bugs me that I have such a fiery passion for the media yet I’m still not -technically- a musician. I’ve tried many times in the past to learn an instrument, and I would always drop it due to lack of inspiration. This year though, things are different. A friend and I are starting a band. I’ve begun writing music again. Rocksmith has taught me more about guitar then I could ever imagine. And on top of all this, I’m getting an overwhelming amount of people telling me I have a great singing voice, even if I don’t believe them at all.

So, for my final resolution, I will be a musician by the end of the year. It’s time for me to stop acting like a rockstar, and BE a rockstar.
  

[Brett]
I’ve never really been one to stick to my New Year’s resolutions, but maybe this year will be the black sheep of my past. For starters, I need to finish the first and second Mass Effect as a renegade before the third comes out. For some reason I feel like a renegade character would just be much more badass, and amazing. Either that or it’ll totally ruin the story, and make it no fun. Either way, I’m all for experimenting.

I also really need to find a way to play more games without spending as much money. This past season I spent over $400 just on video games, and as a broke college student, that just isn’t going to work out. I’m considering finally subscribing to Gamefly, but for some reason I find when I rent games, it’s more difficult for me to enjoy them because I didn’t earn it with my own money. It’s a real self-conflict, and it sounds silly, but it’s unfortunately there.

Overall, I’m just aiming to save more money, and game on through the year.

[SuperMonk]
 My main resolution this year is to take better look at indie games this year. There have been so many good ones that have gone under my radar this past year. I believe that many indie games will bring new a fresh experiences that bigger companies are afraid to make. Some of my most memorable game moments are from games like Amnesia and Bastion. I can’t wait to see what new adventures these fresh minds bring us.

My other resolution is going to be hard for me. I am going to try my best and try not to get hyped up over every AAA game coming out this year. I did this last year and man, it hurt my wallet to buy almost every one of them. I am going to carefully plan out what games I am going to buy and rent the other before deciding. Hopefully this will save me some money in the long run while I still play all of them.

[Mana]

I think backlog conquering is too difficult a task for me to complete right now.  My backlog could bury a small man.  What I would like to focus on instead is expanding my horizons.  I’m not a huge motion gamer so I’ve let too many good games pass me by.  I want to keep trying to find smaller developers and publishers with more unique methods in creation.  I’ve grown weary of the blockbuster, I want to be able to find something fantastic that few have recognized.  Maybe I can find something unique for me out of a game that has been done to death.

For personal life however, I want to go see more films.  Off the top of my head, I could list maybe 4 films that I went to see last year. As somebody that has grown to enjoy most visual arts, I find this to be a fairly pathetic number in my eye.  My first step was to sign up for Netflix. I’m not sure if that’s a step in the right direction or not, but it at least catches me up on the movies I’ve missed.  Now just to make sure I don’t spend all my time watching Firefly and all the other TV shows.

Other than that, I want to improve my writing skills.  I’ve found a group of staff here that is encouraging that.  I’m pretty excited to see what happens this year because of this.

May 2012 be prosperous to you all.

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