One of the reasons why I did the Flushies this week is that it let me write a slew of posts in advance so I could take some good time off to spend with my family. It was a great Christmas, thanks for asking; We celebrated both at home and at my parents’, and our 1 and 2-year-old really got into opening gifts and handing out lots of hugs.
Because my family knows me quite well by now, I wasn’t the recipient of traditional gifts for adult men, like slacks or 401Ks. Instead, it was a geek bonanza, with everything from Bacon Floss to Star Wars LEGOs to the Lord of the Rings extended edition on Blu Ray. Apart from Batman: Arkham City (which my parents got for me), the only games I got was a Steam deal I purchased for myself to get four adventure titles for a little over ten bucks. A new headset and solar keyboard are going to be the only new additions to my MMO arsenal, but to be honest, I already feel like I’m rolling in an embarrassment of riches this past year and am certainly grateful to have what I do.
Probably the best MMO gift handed out was from me to my wife — a copy of SWTOR for her to enjoy. I’m not quite sure how into it she’ll get, since she hasn’t traditionally gotten big into MMOs, but her brother and I are playing it, and she was intrigued from a short stint playing in beta. So we’ll see on that front.
All in all, it’s been a great year. Not the easiest year in the world, but I have no complaints. I’m blessed with a wonderful family, love my work, and have a terrific hobby that puts me in contact with all sorts of cool people like yourself. Yes, you, the person reading this! Why not drop a comment down there and introduce yourself if you’ve been lurking here? Join the Bio Break family!
2011 was a little sad in terms of games shutting down, like SWG and LEGO Universe, but it added two powerful titles to the MMO roster — RIFT and SWTOR — and kept the ball rolling on many, many other promising projects. I’m hoping that 2012 will be a gangbuster of a year that will bring the genre to a new, exciting level as the competition heats up and everything continues to develop. Unlike some, I’m really not down on the industry but am and have been enjoying the ride it’s provided thus far.
I’m working on making my resolutions for next year in my private and gaming life, and thought I’d share with you a few ideas that I’m mulling over:
- A continual strive for balance between gaming and non-gaming activities. I want to be more okay with taking a night off here and there from gaming, and I’m contemplating a schedule that has five normal nights of whatever I want gaming, one night of no gaming whatsoever, and one night of “lesser played MMOs” gaming where I fire up one of the neglected titles on my desktop and give it some love. I’m also open to finding and participating in a virtual D&D-ish group online for one of my nights.
- I really want to add daily exercise to my routine, so I’m going to make and stick to a rule that I cannot game unless I get my exercise in first. Period.
- I want to look for more opportunities to group, to help others, and to overcome my solo-only tendencies.
- SWTOR: I’m going to stick with my Operative until she’s 50 and has finished up her storyline and done a good chunk of the content. Then and only then will I give myself permission for alts.
- LOTRO: I need a new goal in this game, and I think that’s probably going to come from leveling up a new character OR by engaging one of the lesser-played (by me) aspects of the game, such as PvMP, dungeon running, or yodeling.
- Guild Wars: My remaining goal here is to stay in touch with my guild and keep an eye out for GW2.
- If Vanguard goes F2P, I resolve to give it a go.
It’s a good start, don’t you think?