Gaming Goals for 2020

With the new year just a week away, it's time for the 2020 version of Gaming Goals! We can see clearly now!

For reference, here are the previous years' versions of the conversations.
Gaming Goals for 2019
Gaming Goals for 2018
Gaming Goals for 2017

So...

What are your gaming goals for 2020?
Spend less money? Spend no money on games? Reduce the pile? Have more fun? Build a game? Play more games of a certain type? Finish more games? Play fewer games? Get 1,000 Steam Achievements?

Have fun!

feel like I've finished playing old games. finally get around to the ones that caught my eye but I missed at the time or that came before I was into gaming. finally feel like I've had my fill of gaming history, so I can look forward to new stuff exclusively. No More Piles.

*exception made for Persona 3 and/or 4 remakes, in which case this offer does not apply to PlayStation exclusives available for the PS5 : D

Not make 1k games.

Finish Falcon games including
Trails in the Sky 2nd and 3rd
Trails in Cold Steel 2 and 3
Trails from Zero and Azure.

My goals for this coming year are lofty to say the least:

1. Get through at least two full beefy RPGs in my backlog (not including Skyrim, which I'm attempting to rage through now during my week off work.
2. Buy fewer games - only thing on my radar is Cyberpunk 2077 right now. If I can average two game per quarter, that would be good.
3. Play at least 1/4 of the games in my Sierra Adventure playthrough (see thread in my sig).
4. Finally start working on a game engine as a side coding project as I've been meaning to for many years now. Will probably start with a Tetris clone, then maybe do a platformer.

I plan on enjoying as many games as I possibly can. And will try to manage the Pile without worrying too much about it.

I hope to see through The Outer World's, and Death Stranding, which were both Christmas gifts.

On the radar for future acquisitions are Disco Elysium, and Below, and Heaven's Vault.

Perhaps look into reinvigorating PC gaming with a laptop or a living room setup. I'm done with a desktop office space.

Eleima wrote:

I play on enjoying as many games as I possibly can. And will try to manage the Pile without worrying too much about it.

Now that is reasonable plan I can get behind.

My Pile clearing hit a roadblock around august this year (thank you WoW Classic, you literally did it again), 2020 can only be better. Maybe.

Shadout wrote:
Eleima wrote:

I play on enjoying as many games as I possibly can. And will try to manage the Pile without worrying too much about it.

Now that is reasonable plan I can get behind.

I've learned a lot from setting unreasonable goals in the past. Now my focus is on the fun.

Unlike previous years, I feel like I really want to think about my goals this year. So many fun things to do.

Right now I'm thinking about just giving up gaming for some time, with the following exceptions:

  • Any game from the GWJ JRPG Game Club
  • My current replay of Final Fantasy XII
  • Monster Hunter World (both with the Monday GWJ group and with a good friend)

Instead, I want to focus on improving my art, making a webcomic (page 2 is looking at me right now, sitting half inked on my drawing table), and making a visual novel with my usual MHW friend (using the Godot engine).

I'm also thinking about a career change, so I expect I may need to move and go back to school in August.

Yay midlife crisis!

Note to self: "quote" != "edit"

bobbywatson wrote:

Right now I'm thinking about just giving up gaming for some time, with the following exceptions:

  • Any game from the GWJ JRPG Game Club
  • My current replay of Final Fantasy XII
  • Monster Hunter World (both with the Monday GWJ group and with a good friend)

That's still quite a lot of gaming for someone thinking about "giving up" gaming!!
Best of luck with whatever comes further up the road!

Give up trying online games in the thought that I might get into it , so 2020 will be only buy if the majority of the game is Single Player focused.

I'd have to say overall I hit my goal of last year, which was to complete the AC series. The only one I skipped was the latest one, Odyssey, but that was intentional and I expect to get moving on that one next year.

My gaming goals are as follows, and of course subject to change:
1. Complete Cyberpunk 2077, Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2, and (most importantly) Baldur's Gate 3, also on the list are AC: Odyssey and The Outer Worlds, but the former 3 are top priority for me.
2. Focus on party-based RPGs. Hopefully this will be the year where I complete one final Baldur's Gate run (including the Siege of Dragonspear interim sequel), then I think I can say goodbye to the series.
3. Play more games that are imperfect labors of love instead of high quality soulless AAA titles. This goal hit me after I started playing the slightly flawed but completely endearing Children of Morta. I have to play more of these smaller but lovingly crafted titles in 2020

I'm going to split this up into Quarters. I find that I lose track of yearly goals too easily, except for setting a focus.

With that in mind, here are my January to March 2020 Goals
• Keep reminding myself of this mindset: Fun, Creative, Connected
• Complete Witcher 3 (CRPG Game)
• Complete Ys Origin (JRPG Game)
• Reach 50 Subscribers on YouTube Gaming Channel
• Continue Creating Content for Football Manager YouTube Playlist (3 episodes per week)
• 30 minutes of Game Design per day
• Stretch Goal: Create a YouTube Playlist for one different strategy game (about 20 hours total)

And these are the big picture things I'm working on...

Big Picture 2020 Goals

Have Fun, Relax, Laugh
Work and life tend to get busy and stressful. Make sure that I keep reminding myself that gaming a healthy source of fun, creativity, and relaxation.

Be Social, Connect More, Listen More
Enjoy the community element of gaming. There are some great people in all areas of gaming. Enjoy them, reach out more.

Develop YouTube Story-Telling Content
In the fall, I started a gaming YouTube channel for a Football Manager career. This has been super fun to work on, and I want to continue exploring this area more in 2020.

Become Skilled at Game Design with Unity
I got very impatient with my game design progress in 2019. I've decided I want to continue improving in this area, but I need to just grind away for a year, not expecting anything in terms of good output. My goal is to consistently build the habit of working on game design, and then I'll re-evaluate things at the end of 2020.

If you really want to hit that subscriber number, you might want to toss a link to your channel in your GWJ sig.

merphle wrote:

If you really want to hit that subscriber number, you might want to toss a link to your channel in your GWJ sig. :)

I'm a bit leery of being pushy with that, but that seems like a good idea, yes. I've added it, thanks!

EDIT: And thanks for the sub!

Godzilla Blitz wrote:

EDIT: And thanks for the sub! :)

It’s not really my preferred content, but I’ll help a fellow Goodjer out.

I am looking forward to your different strategy game series GB!

tboon wrote:

I am looking forward to your different strategy game series GB!

Thanks! I expect the first one will be clunky and awkward, but I'd like to at least get a prototype series out there (test run) to see what it's like doing that and learn from it. I'm not sure what game to pick. I was thinking CK2 but that would be quite long. I'm thinking a 10- to 15-hour series, about 20 to 30 episodes would be good.


merphle wrote:
Godzilla Blitz wrote:

EDIT: And thanks for the sub! :)

It’s not really my preferred content, but I’ll help a fellow Goodjer out.

Totally understand, much appreciated!

I don't have many big goals for this year, but I do think I need to play a little bit less. Looking at my PS4 numbers, and then numbers for individual games on other platforms, I think I was close to 1,000 for the year -- which strikes me as enough time that other things in life might have suffered from inattention.

This is more tabletop related:

1. Grow my board game group. At least double the size.

Currently Meetup is 450 members, weekly event attendance is around 15, Facebook group is 84.

2. Strategize and implement a promotional campaign for board game group (website, cards, videos, Facebook ads, etc)

Trying to up the level of promoting it in hopes to reach out to people.

3. Make a board game prototype that I feel comfortable pitching to publishers.

I have two prototypes currently and both aren't at that level, scrapping one and starting a new one soon.

4. Organize a board game jam event.

I actually have a monthly board game design group and I hope the game jam will bring in more people to my monthly design group.

5. Finish Gloomhaven solo, catch up on Arkham Horror Card Game Cycles (also solo)

These are just for my solo games. Almost done with Gloomhaven, just need to expansion, side missions, and DLC missions. Still have 3 cycles of Arkham Horror Card Game until caught up with current cycle. I only will play finished cycles.

6. Finish Betrayal Legacy and start a new legacy game (Probably Clank Legacy).

We are about 7 games left, so just past the half way point. At this rate we play once a month. I have a lot of other Legacy games waiting to be played but Clank Legacy is easily top of the queue for me.

7. Run a every other month play with veterans game night.

I want to connect communities together via board games. Veterans is the first community I am aiming for.

1. Play all of my holiday sale purchases by the end of January.

That's play, not finish! The latter would be impossible in that timeline. But I can gather my first impressions and figure out which ones grab me and which ones can sit on the pile for a while longer.

2. Finish some second playthroughs.

I wasn't thinking about it until jrralls asked about it, but I didn't really replay any scripted-story games in the last decade (sandboxes, sure, but score those separately). I'm very close with Horizon Zero Dawn and Fire Emblem Three Houses. Persona 5 is a weak maybe after I trailed off during the JRPG club run (and I'm not interested in P5R; it's too recent to buy again). Titanfall 2 could almost happen by accident since I've been replaying the campaign in small bites between multiplayer sessions. I feel a growing need to start a fresh Breath of the Wild run.

3. Make a game.

I start every year with that vague intention, but this time I'm writing it down. Give me until the end of January to post in that other thread with a sketched-out plan. It needs to be simple. I usually stall out on the need to find or create art assets, so the ideal plan would embrace that limitation.

I have two meta-goals that lead to a couple of concrete implementation goals:

* No idling. If I sit down to the PC and I'm not feeling it, instead of "gotta play something, might as well be this" gaming like the useless-idler-du-jour or clearing a few Ubipox off the map in Division 2, I should go do something else like read a book or put a boardgame on the table.
* No FOMO. Once I make a decision, no worrying about whether I might be having more fun if I were doing thing X instead. This is pretty related to 'no idling'- I play junk-food games when I'm afraid of committing to a real game.

Concretely:
* Finish at least three of the big RPGs I've got laying around: the second half of Witcher 3, the "new" Torment, Pillars 2, Tyranny, Divinity Original Sin 2, and Dragon Age 2 or Inquisition. All of which I know I'll enjoy but haven't been able to build up the activation energy to commit to. Also, play Undertale.
* Learn the systems of and put solid time into at least two complex wargames: HOI4, Field of Glory: Empires, Eagle Day to Bombing the Reich, and Tigers on the Hunt. Command Modern Operations is on that list even though I mostly understand it, just because it deserves more playtime.
* Get at least a couple of playthroughs in on some solitaire boardgames: my physical pile includes Where There Is Discord, Enemy Action Ardennes, Thunderbolt/Apache Leader, Fields of Fire, The Hunters, Silent Victory.

My goal is to earn enough Microsoft points to keep my Xbox game pass up to date through all of 2020 and into 2021 without putting up any cash.

I didn't game much in 2019, and my main goal for this year is to get back into it and reconnect here at GWJ. I need to find a routine that works with my new lifestyle.

Then I guess it's the usual stuff... Don't overspend, don't buy stuff I'm not going to play etc etc.

Happy new year to you all.

I don't think I did goals for 2019, but I'm in for 2020.

1. Have fun with video games. Hasn't been a problem, but if it's not fun, then I shouldn't be pushing it.

2. Work on the pile. It's actually pretty reasonable at this point, and if it wasn't for games occasionally popping up to be added to the pile or the wishlist, I could probably clear it out this year. But I'm expecting to get CK3, Humankind, Sports Story, and (prediction) the Breath of the Wild sequel this year, so I probably won't finish the pile this year, either.

3. Fewer snap purchases. I've been good about only buying what I want to play soon, but I bought into the hype for some games this year that I didn't feel were worth it. Plus sometimes I but things on sale since it's a good deal and I never get around to playing them. I want to try to avoid that in 2020.

4. More social gaming. This is a tricky one. I've mostly been a single player gamer since that fits my schedule better, but I still want to expand. The problem is always scheduling, and since we're expecting child number two next year, I'm assuming time will be at more of a premium. So I want to try to do this by finding some more multiplayer games (maybe like MHW), and also by getting more involved in the different clubs here, since it's much easier to play on my own time and discuss a game with others that way than only waiting on schedules to link up. Plus, some of the games they might play are on my backlog already (like Witcher 3).

I've got a loose road map to lead me to the release if The Last of Us Part II (which is now three months later *sob*) Whether I stick to the plan or not it's nice to have a bit of structure. The games are:

Nioh (I'm part way through)
X-Com 2
Hollow Knight (I'm on Hiatus)
Persona 5

Sundown wrote:

I don't think I did goals for 2019, but I'm in for 2020.

1. Have fun with video games. Hasn't been a problem, but if it's not fun, then I shouldn't be pushing it.

2. Work on the pile. It's actually pretty reasonable at this point, and if it wasn't for games occasionally popping up to be added to the pile or the wishlist, I could probably clear it out this year. But I'm expecting to get CK3, Humankind, Sports Story, and (prediction) the Breath of the Wild sequel this year, so I probably won't finish the pile this year, either.

3. Fewer snap purchases. I've been good about only buying what I want to play soon, but I bought into the hype for some games this year that I didn't feel were worth it. Plus sometimes I but things on sale since it's a good deal and I never get around to playing them. I want to try to avoid that in 2020.

4. More social gaming. This is a tricky one. I've mostly been a single player gamer since that fits my schedule better, but I still want to expand. The problem is always scheduling, and since we're expecting child number two next year, I'm assuming time will be at more of a premium. So I want to try to do this by finding some more multiplayer games (maybe like MHW), and also by getting more involved in the different clubs here, since it's much easier to play on my own time and discuss a game with others that way than only waiting on schedules to link up. Plus, some of the games they might play are on my backlog already (like Witcher 3).

I think this is in line with my goals. I sometimes find myself forcing to finish a game. Working on my backlog is something I really want to get into and playing a game I don't enjoy won't help in that area. One of the things I am trying to do is switch genre's or types a bit. For example, playing an open world game and then moving on to a more linear game or platformer etc. This helps change it up a bit so I am not going from AC Origins directly to Odyssey.

I am also finding less time playing multiplayer games due to either work or having young kids. My schedule is not consistent and weekends are generally out. The ones I do, it will have to be when I have a big chunk of time.

My goal is to not buy a game that was worked on -- in any capacity -- by sh*tty people. This came to mind when Amanda mentioned on the podcast that someone at EA/Disney/Wherever had made some winking comments about why the protagonist of Jedi: Fallen Order was a straight, white male. A different forum I read on occasion has a bunch of people who won't touch a Stardock game for obvious reasons, but they'll use the 'well, hundreds of other people worked on the game' excuse to rationalize why they picked up Red Dead Redemption 2, and that's kinda bullsh*t. I guess it's easy to take a moral stand when the company's games don't generally look that good to begin with.

So when I want to buy a game this year, I'm actually going to look into the company and public statements by the developers before I actually make a purchase. I suspect this means I will be buying very few games. Which is fine. I've got a big backlog that I've been slowly chipping away at over the last few years.