I’ve never been much of a New Year’s resolution kind of person. Well, maybe I should clarify. I’ve attempted to tackle resolutions over the years, but I rarely – if ever – have stuck with them. My resolutions have either been too broad (“Be a better person”), too unrealistic (“Write a book, even though you don’t have any ideas for a book or any driving interest in writing a book”), or literally impossible (“Stop swearing so often”). This year, I’m going to give it another try, and I think I’ve found a sneaky path to success: I’m tying it into one of my favorite hobbies. How could I fail, right?
More specifically, I’m going to try and make an effort to broaden my horizons in 2020. When I’m playing games on my own time, I tend to gravitate toward open-world, sandbox-style titles. I’m not going to stop playing those (resolutions shouldn’t be punishment, right?), but I’m going to try to branch out and explore some genres that I don’t play as often as I may have used to. I see two fairly obvious targets.
First, I’m going to try to play through a new-release JRPG. That’s a genre that I used to love back in the SNES/early PlayStation days, but haven’t been particularly enthusiastic about in more recent years. I liked Blue Dragon quite a bit, and it was probably the last one that really grabbed my attention. I played Persona 5 for about 10 hours, but I stopped playing it because I think I had to review something and I never got back to it. So yeah. That’s my first goal. Play through a JRPG. Credits and all.
Next, I’d like to tackle something that I’ve never really gelled with. Kyle and I used to bond over our general dislike for grid-based combat. There are certainly exceptions – he loved South Park: The Fractured, But Whole, and I really liked the XCOM reboot – but my interest almost always comes to a screeching halt when combat starts and characters eagerly await my commands. In 2020, I’m going to try and play something new with that form of combat.
You know, now that I look at these two resolutions, I realize that I probably should have played Fire Emblem: Three Houses in 2019. Dammit.
Anyway, enough about me and my resolutions. Do you have anything you want to try out in 2020? Or are there any habits (like accumulating a backlog) that you’d like to curb in the coming year?