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Gaming Goals of 2013

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With 2012 over and all of 2013 ahead of us, it’s that time when we all decide ,once and for all, that this year will be the year in which we finally complete those New Year’s Resolutions! Except…I’m not going to do that. I can’t remember one single resolution I’ve made on New Years that actually got done. So this year, I’m going to make some goals that are a little more specific. Goals that don’t require me to change a big part of my life or put me through mental pain I never thought possible. And since it’s going up here at Default Prime, it’s obviously going to be gaming related. If I’m going to make goals for myself, might as well make ones I stand a decent chance at accomplishing.

Get into PC Gaming

I just upgraded my PC’s video card over the holidays in an attempt to get my PC to actually run games and not die in the process. Good news: it worked. Well, as far as I can tell, anyway. Penny-Arcade Adventures Ep. 3 runs just fine now (something it couldn’t do a week ago) and I’m now on Steam more than ever before. Is it fate that Steam is having a Holiday Sale as we speak? No, I guess that’s just good timing.

Steam Holiday Sale 2013 Gaming Goals of 2013

Gaming on the PC has always been something I’ve wanted to try out (because of how amazing people made it sound), but going through the process of buying new hardware and figuring out which games will actually run on your PC felt like more trouble than I was willing to go through. Turns out, you don’t need a super-expensive, sentient video card that makes the Transformers transforming sound when you turn on your machine. And comparing the Min/Recommended PC requirements to what you’re actually running isn’t that hard. Who knew?! In my case, just about anything made after my dust covered Geforce 8400 was better. And now, slowly but surely, I can feel the transformation into a PC Gamer creeping up on me. Feels kinda good…and warm.

Explore Other Genres

Bethesda and Arkane Studios’ Dishonored got me to like stealth and play through most of a game without killing anyone; to the point where I legitimately felt bad whenever someone did get killed and turn into ash. (Not killing anyone in a video game? In 2012? Impossible!) It’s even convinced me to buy Mark of the Ninja on Steam (see previous entry on this list), as I’ve decided that it might not be an entirely bad idea to try out some genres I’ve always avoided in the past. I mean, how can playing and liking a variety of games be a negative?

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XCOM: Enemy Unknown is the big game I think of when I tell myself to experiment more. I’ve seen XCOM and heard plenty of stories regarding the unfortunate series of the events that can transpire in the game (due to bad luck or bad planning), and it all sounds so very wonderful. The last game I played that got me sharing stories about my adventures was Skyrim. So if XCOM can give me that and a great game on top of it? Yeah, I might as well check it out, right? I wonder if my PC can run it now….

Work Up the Courage to Return to Amnesia: The Dark Descent

 

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There’s a really good chance that this won’t happen, but I think that sharing it with the world will somehow make me feel obligated to do it (oh god, what have I done?!). Amnesia’s a scary god damn game. I’ve played it…correction, I’ve tip-toed my way through it once, and only got about an hour into it. It’s been a little over a year since I last played it (meaning that it can’t possibly be as terrifying as I remember it to be!) and since I, apparently, don’t like the idea of sleeping anymore, I’m going to go play it again.

It probably won’t be tomorrow, or next week, maybe not even next month, but it’ll happen…unfortunately. I sure as hell won’t be alone when I do it, though.

Actually, I should probably get someone else to play it. Yeah. They’ll have no idea what they’re getting into, aside from the fact that Amnesia is said to be a little scary. I can sit back and enjoy the feeling of not being terrified of corners and shadows and memory loss. I think I might be onto something here.

I may ruin a friendship in the process, but darn it, someone else has to know fear like I have. At least the poor soul that has to play Amnesia instead of me will have me there for moral support. Well, I’ll be under a blanket with a flashlight, but it’s my presence that counts. And besides, I won’t make them play with headphones on or turn the lights off (Maybe). Hell, perhaps we can drink while we go through the game too. Alcohol makes a lot of things sound like really good ideas. How scary can Amnesia be while drunk? What’s the worst that could happen? We see the monster and laugh so hard we piss ourselves? That’s a win, by my standards.

Kyree didn't have an N64 or Dreamcast as a kid (so sad) and he doesn't remember finishing any of his PlayStation games, but skip to the PS2/GC/Xbox era and everything changed. He hasn't been outside to play tag in forever, but he can recall playing way too much Smash Bros. and even more Kingdom Hearts; seriously, he can recite lines from it. I think he may have a problem.
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