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Dec30
2021
My resolution for the upcoming year centers around gaming. This year, I took steps to cut back on how much I played and how active I was online. I will be taking that even further in 2021.

I got back into gaming in early 2016 simply to play Halo again and enjoy it thoroughly. However, being older and arguably stupider, I got more heavily invested than I originally promised myself I would be. There were obviously both pros and cons to this.

It's best for me to return to my original plan with some slight modifications. It all boils down to something quite simple: the only time I’ll play a game is if it is 100% to my interest rather than play a game because I need to play one or because it looks cool. Plus, I want it to feel enjoyable the entire time and be fun to look back on. After all, games are all about fun and what's the point unless that's the experience you get the entire time (or at least nearly all the time)?

I have wasted too much time playing games and doing things that are ultimately meaningless and seeing it take a toll on other more meaningful parts of my life. Or, looking at it a different way, gaming is important enough that I want to experience only the best of it. It took me long enough to take action on this.

For older games I have left incomplete, I truly do not give a shit anymore. The experience is not the same as it used to be either. The process in the past went something like this: turn on the console, sit on the couch, play a great story which you can play 100x over, hop online to play some awesome matches. Now, it looks something like this: turn on the console, turn on the controller again because it shut itself off after turning on the console, turn off the controller because there is no audio, turn on the controller yet again to get the audio to work, start a game, wait for dumbass "for some reason, [game] did not start" error messages, try again, get greeted by laggy and trash UI, get interrupted by lootbox/MTX and DLC filth, watch keyboard warriors get attention for irrelevant nonsense, restart the game because it froze, and repeat until it's time to end. I am tired of being a beta tester for a "game as a service" (a good idea executed in the most idiotic way imaginable), giving in to compulsion to do yet another mindless task over and over, and ending gaming sessions feeling angry about half the time because of some irritating thing or another.

Technology has come a long way, but philosophies and methodologies have become repulsive. I’m sick of being a beta tester and wading through a sea of frustration to find the treasure of fun. I have always said that new hardware paired with the mentality behind games from the 2000's would be perfect. There are a tiny number who clearly operate with a similar thought process and they are the ones who will hopefully continue to rip and tear for decades yet. Halo is also something I won’t quit at all. It's the primary reason I have stuck with the Xbox ecosystem after all. I have a small number of lingering things I would like to complete before making this shift because I want to finish things off I recently started. After that, it's all about playing near-perfect games with moderation... and making sure I complete them.

I know this is probably unnecessary and not the most eloquent piece I could have written (mostly because I have not reviewed it multiple times to perfect it). But, hey, I wanted to write something out because it's fun, this is a fitting topic, and committing to this idea is highly liberating. Here's to hoping I stick to it.

Happy New Year!

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Comment by Shinnizle at 20:35 on 29 Sep 2022

Fuck that was a slog

Comment by MrZombieChicken at 21:55 on 29 Sep 2022

I hear that. It would be one thing if you actually play the game. Trying to get through all that text just for the achievements was not pleasant.

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Comment by Riffai at 17:16 on 29 Sep 2022

YOOOO congrats bro!!!

Comment by EdenWeekes86 at 17:17 on 29 Sep 2022

Cheers bro, super easy completion.

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Comment by EarthboundX at 07:58 on 29 Sep 2022

Gratz!

Comment by Harbringernight at 13:22 on 29 Sep 2022

Gratz bro.

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