Gaming Goals for 2022

With 2022 approaching like a locomotive, it's time for our annual foray into gaming goal setting! What are your hopes and dreams and plans for making 2022 a happy and productive gaming year?

For reference, here are the previous years' versions of the conversations.
Gaming Goals for 2021
Gaming Goals for 2020
Gaming Goals for 2019
Gaming Goals for 2018
Gaming Goals for 2017

So...

What are your gaming goals for 2022?
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!

To get the ball started...

I can boldly state that I did not fail to achieve any of my 2021 gaming goals. Mainly because it looks like I forgot to even create 2021 gaming goals!

But this week I'm going to make some three-month goals for the first quarter of 2022. Onward!

My main goal, as always, is to focus on the backlog, and limit gaming expenses. This year, I only spent CAD384 on gaming*, as opposed to 750 the previous year. I'd like to keep the expenses in the same ballpark for 2022. I only have one big day-one purchase planned so far, Monster Hunter Rise for PC. There are also a few 3DS games I've been putting off buying, so if Nintendo suddenly announces that they're going to close it, I will definitely go on a buying spree.

I tried creating a priority list last year, and that went OK for the first part of the year, and then I kinda stopped caring. I highlighted a few games in the backlog spreadsheet for 2022, we'll see if I do better this year. Again, though, the point is to have fun and forget the real world for a little while; if I'm not interested in playing anything on my priority list, I'm fine with ignoring it and pick something else.

* I am not including the cost of a new PC in there, because I use that PC for pretty much everything now, not specifically gaming.

How did I do?

1. Finish two games for each one game I buy.
* (I can't commit to "no new games" but I like seeing the backlog shrink)
** (as usual, "finish" means I know I'm done with it, even if the game doesn't know that)

Right now, with some generous accounting, the ratio stands at exactly 5:4. I might finish another game or two before the year is out, but it's safe to say the 2:1 ratio is not happening. At least the backlog improved a little!

So what didn't I finish? As I look at my backlog, I have a lot of RPGs that I've picked up in the last two years and either paused fairly early or never started. Might be time for some soul-searching about whether I still like traditional RPGs. (I clearly like their mass market successor, the open-world game. I always finish those.)

2. Continue making a game, to a point where I can share a janky prototype with others.

This was an interesting failure. I was using the Seinfeld Strategy: do a little bit every day, mark it on the calendar, and let that combo chain grow. Trouble is, that led to, "Oh, it's almost bedtime. Better fire up Unity and think some more about that UI problem." Obligatory screen time at that hour is not good for insomnia, which really started kicking my butt in April. In May, I dropped it for good. (I marked one day in June. The calendar remains as evidence.)

So what now? The obvious answer is to get back on the horse but commit to putting time in during the morning, before work. Cuts into some prime gaming time, but then if there were no cost they wouldn't call it commitment, now would they?

The usual buy less games than I play. I’m getting my backlog into shape to track it next year and I want to have made progress on it by this time 2022.

Here is how I did with last year's goals:

Spoiler:
1. Hit my pile count as close as possible.

This is one that I actually succeeded at. I beat 10 games and played all the new stuff I bought so I'm going to carry over this goal.

Join a regular raid team in WOW. I’m in a decent casualcore guild where I think this is a doable goal without giving up my life.

2021 was the year I finally came to grips with the fact that while I love MMOs, I'm never going to be a hardcore player. I also tend to bounce from MMO which needs to be taken into account.

3. I’m going to finally finish the Mass Effect series when the remaster edition comes out in spring.

Yeah - a goal I'm nearly 70 percent done with! Definitely carrying over this goal into 2022.

4. Stretch goals: beat Skyrim during the 10th anniversary and import my Crusader Kings 3 playthrough via a mod into EU 4 and play all the way into the 1800s.

Hit neither of these and I'm not sure I'm going to hit Skyrim. I love that game and the world but after a few days of playing it really shows its age.

So based on my 2021 experience, here are my 2022 main goals:

1. Beat 12 games in the pile with a focus on shorter games.
2. Play Guild Wars 2 weekly with my casual guild but don't worry about end-game raiding.
3. Finish my Mass Effect LE run by March.
4. If a new game comes out that I love, I won't feel guilty about forgetting the pile while I try to beat it. I'm especially looking forwards to Total Warhammer 3 and Starfield.
5. Play, and if possible finish, every strategy game chosen by the strategy club.
6. My other hobby - writing - will take priority over gaming. On weekdays, gaming will be a reward I give myself if I write at least a half hour. I will also dedicate at least two hours during the weekend to writing.

Stretch Goals

1. Finish a big meaty story game - Witcher 3, Red Dead Redemption 2, or Pillars of Eternity 2.
2. Finish the single player storylines for Guild Wars 2 and Final Fantasy 14 (I'm about halfway done on both).
3. Take a Crusader Kings 3 run into EU 4.
4. Play (though don't feel pressured to beat) any CRPG chosen by the CRPG Club if it's in my pile already.

I'm done worrying about backlogs and guilting myself about a hobby.

I am going to try and limit spending on games:

Only buy fighting games. Everything else needs to be on GamePass or from the extensive backlog. Right now I'm eyeing King of Fighters 15 which comes out in February, and will get DLC for currently owned fighters if/when they go on sale.

Will also be looking to try and get better at a couple games:
Granblue Fantasy Versus (PS4)
Get better with Cammy in SFV (PS4)
Samurai Shodown (Xbox)
Dragonball Fighter Z (Xbox)

Can't wait to come back next year and...see how we did...

I'm going with my usual 3-month goals. To start out with:

- Finish Mankind Divided for the CRPG Club
- Have lots of fun
- Dig back into Game Development (30 minutes/day)
- Produce a video a day for the YouTube Channel

That should do it for this quarter.

Sounds fun. I failed miserably with my pile programm in 2020 so maybe I am more the gaming goals type of guy?

  1. Finish the other (core) Metroid games I've never finished: Samus Returns (3DS) and Dread (Switch). BONUS: Replay Symphony of the Night and put some time into Hollow Knight. At least enough to know if it's as good as one of the classics.
  2. Play each of the killers in my Dead by Daylight account at least once.
  3. Try and get back into Bloodbourne and not buy Elden Ring until I managed to beat another boss (I remember beating the guy that looks like another hunter and apparently killed his wife so the little girl with the music box is an orphan now... I think I also saw the next boss in some sort of church but can't remember anything about it. Might have been some sort of blob?) BONUS: If I end up buying Elden Ring (because of all the hype) try to make it at least past the first boss.
  4. Play some Gran Turismo Sport with my racing wheel before Gran Turismo 7 comes out and find a better way to store the wheel when I'm not using it.
  5. Get a 5cc on a Shmup in regular mode (not going to kid myself with a 1cc but 5cc might be reasonable, hell even a 10cc would be fine).
  6. Try to find a VR excercise game for the Quest that's fun enough to play for 30 minutes and intense enough to break a little sweat. So maybe a little more intense than the level of Beat Sabre I can still manage to hit most of the targets.
  7. Start a couple of those Udemy courses I have on programming, using unreal and unity, sound design, 2D and 3D art etc. and stick with at least one to the finish.
MEATER wrote:

[*]Play some Gran Turismo Sport with my racing wheel before Gran Turismo 7 comes out and find a better way to store the wheel when I'm not using it.

Wait, there's a better way to store a wheel than leaving it on the floor beside the computer? I might have to adopt this goal as well.

Godzilla Blitz wrote:

Wait, there's a better way to store a wheel than leaving it on the floor beside the computer? I might have to adopt this goal as well.

There are foldable stands or even chairs that let you mount the wheel and you can fold them with the wheel (and pedals) mounted. Still takes up space but at least it's easier to store and setup when you need it. Currently I have a nonfoldable stand that I can't really keep anywhere other than in front of the TV set in the middle of the living room.

Probably won't help you when you mount the wheel on your desk to play.

MEATER wrote:
Godzilla Blitz wrote:

Wait, there's a better way to store a wheel than leaving it on the floor beside the computer? I might have to adopt this goal as well.

There are foldable stands or even chairs that let you mount the wheel and you can fold them with the wheel (and pedals) mounted. Still takes up space but at least it's easier to store and setup when you need it. Currently I have a nonfoldable stand that I can't really keep anywhere other than in front of the TV set in the middle of the living room.

Probably won't help you when you mount the wheel on your desk to play.

Ah, right, thanks. My setup is much simpler, yes. Just a wheel to attach to the desk and some pedals that sit on the floor. I can see how modifying your set up would be a much larger task.

Gameplay specific:
Discover more offbeat indie titles (other than the big AA and AAA titles below)
More RPGs, fewer MMORPGs
More creative games, fewer violent titles (unless it's self defense in which case blasters ready)
Play one game in a genre I usually ignore or typically don't care for
Actually post gaming goals in the current year's thread, not last year's thread

Game specific:
1. Get the Hiigarans back to their Homeworld
2. Unite the Italian Peninsula in Total War: Rome 2
3. Defend the people of Cathay in Total War: Warhammer III
4. Terraform Mars in Surviving Mars
5. Finally free humanity the hard way in XCOM2: The Long War 2
6. Play my first VR game with Half Life: Alyx

Hopefully, depending on full release:
6. Return to the Sword Coast in Baldur's Gate 3 to find out what really happened to Jaheira, Viconia, Aerie, and of course Minsc & Boo
7. Hunt some high def monsters in The Witcher 3 Graphical Update version

Bubblefuzz in 2021 thread wrote:
Mind Elemental wrote:

2. Try new things

I like this one, I'm pinching it! Thanks.

(This won't mean buy a bunch of new games honest! But maybe unearthing some of the more obscure and untried games on the random pile or PS +/Now subscriptions will be fun).

I'm sticking with this, served me well last year unearthing new to me gems like Towerfall Ascension, Nidhogg, Superhot, Nex Machina and Subnautica.

Thanks again Mind Elemental!

Let's see how I did in 2021:

1. Play a game as part of the CRPG game club: Yes (Tyranny)
2. Play a game as part of the strategy game club: Yes (Into the Breach)
3. Explore the roguelike genre: I'm gonna count this as a Yes, too. I played ~5 different roguelikes over the course of the year, though didn't get deep into any of them until Conquest of Elysium 5 sucked me in over the last week of December.
4. Play some random games from the big itch.io bundle from a few years ago. Nope. I did go through the bundle and add a bunch of games to my itch account, but never played any of them.

That might be my first overall successful year since I started doing these. Onto 2022:

1. Participate in at least 2 game club games this year.
2. Finally play some games out of that itch.io bundle. This year it's gonna happen for sure.
3. Reach the end-game in one of: Dyson Sphere Program, Satisfactory, or Factorio.
4. Stop buying games if I'm not going to play them immediately. I had a few in 2021 that I purchased, put no more than a handful of hours into, and then they showed up as part of GamePass.

I’m quite enjoying my extended stay on the PS4. I’m someone who regularly delays gratification and puts off experiencing the new and shiny in favour of savouring what I already own. I doubt I’d have had the willpower to do that with PS5 but, thankfully, global shortages came to my rescue.

I have created a list of games that are essential for me to at least try (and for those I’ve played a little of and liked, hopefully play a lot more) before I finally land a PS5.

Phantom Doctrine
Banner Saga 2 and 3
Concrete Genie
Darkest Dungeon
Slay the Spire
Chicory
Persona 5
Mortal Shell
Talos Principle
Battle chasers
Erica
Detroit become human

I used to think of my backlog in terms of games I HAD to finish but now I just want to experience them; be that playing for twenty minutes and realise it’s not for me, play for half a dozen hours or so and walking away satisfied or being surprised by another game that is better than I ever imagined and playing it to the end. It feels a lot less daunting that way.

I'm not sure where I'm going in 2022.

My main goal for last year was to broaden my gaming horizons, and challenge myself more by playing at least 4 games from small/indie developers (in addition to the usual AAA stuff).

However, 2022 turned out to be a watershed year for an entirely different reason; I only played 2 games all year. I finished Cyberpunk 2077, and I started & finished Kentucky Route Zero and Deathloop. I did not even attempt any other games all year!

My relationship with gaming has always waxed and waned. I had a two-year period in the late 1990s when the only game I played was Madden 96. By contrast, in 2018 was a bumper year for me. I played more games in more genres, from more developers/publishers than I ever have before... and it felt exhilarating.

But I feel that last year was different. Cyberpunk 2077 was probably what tipped me over the edge (together with developments(?) with Star Citizen, but I've been feeling increasingly jaded about games lately.

So this year, my sole gaming goal is to reach the end of 2022 and not feel that buying my PS5 was a waste of money.

My first time in a gaming goals thread here: let's see how well I fare in 2022!

I've got a fair amount on my mind coming into the New Year. Definitely feel like breaking things down into 5 major areas of focus: Backlog, Replaying Games, Owned but Unplayed Games, New Games and Live Streaming/Misc.

1. Attacking the Backlog:
I didn't go hog wild on the Steam winter sale but still acquired a few more tasty titles, with some already jumping the queue for completion over much older games. I'm definitely trying to prioritize completing games I celebrated in my Community GOTY 2021 picks. I'm also keeping a spreadsheet of my gaming progress for the first time this year - I have a Backloggery account but never felt like it was all that helpful with setting or tracking GOALS. So here's a short list of games I feel serious about completing in 2022:

Inscryption - DONE!
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
Warhammer 40,000: Battlesector
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
Batman: Arkham Origins
Batman: Arkham City
Batman: Arkham Knight
Iratus: Lord of the Dead
Bright Memory Infinite
Aliens: Fireteam Elite
Resident Evil 7 Biohazard
Call of Juarez: Gunslinger
Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice
Cloudpunk
Grand Theft Auto V
Huntdown
Grim Dawn

Lower-priority games: Games that by their nature don't have a definite end, are too long or may be too difficult or roguelike for me to see through to the end -

Hades
Endless Space 2
Age of Wonders 3
Othercide
>Observer_
Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2
Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 2
Going Under
Slay the Spire

2. Replaying Games:
I'm generally going to try hard to de-prioritize replaying games unless I need comfort gaming or have an itch that simply needs to be scratched in the moment

Cyberpunk 2077 - 2nd playthrough: may stop and start based on release of new DLC content
Inscryption - casually replay specific acts to look for secrets or try different strategies
Nioh Complete Edition - cuz Nioh is mah jam but I'm hella rusty so revisiting old frustrations may be too much
W40K Inquisitor Martyr - Seasonal play + new content releases
The Ascent - Hard playthrough but only if I can do it fully in co-op with friends

3. Playing Unplayed Games that could be considered for my "Best of 2022" conversations:
Don't necessarily need to finish these games but I want to give them a fair shake.

Outer Wilds
Shadow Warrior 2
Fez
Tainted Grail: Conquest
W40K: Deathwing
Age of Empires 2

4. Games Released in 2022 & Older Games Not Yet Purchased:
List is fairly short right now, mostly because I'm not up on the release calendar. This is probably for the best!

W40K: Hired Gun
Phoenix Point
Lost Ark
Dead Space Remaster - too early?
Elden Ring
Destiny 2: Witch Queen expansion

5. Live Streaming:
I began live streaming video games "properly" in May of last year. I bought some gear, did a lot of research and preparation and jumped in feet first. My content has improved steadily since my first timid steps and I'd love to continue my streams on a regular basis. I think I need to set some new goals for my channels and establish an ambition level that I'm fully comfortable with in 2022. I definitely ran into many of the usual pitfalls encountered by rookie streamers last year and, if left unchecked, some of these can become nagging, toxic problems that'll mess with my enjoyment and mental health.

Some quick streamer goals off the top of my dome:

- Set audience growth goals on both Twitch & Youtube that make sense for my commitment level
- Make plans to achieve these goals but always prioritize having fun over stressing out about growth
- Increase my concurrent viewers so I am at least invited to Twitch Affiliate status (don't plan to take it since I multi-stream but just want to know that I have the option) - ya i know this contradicts the above already!

Bubblefuzz wrote:

Thanks again Mind Elemental!

Haha, you're welcome!

I hit both my 2021 goals: "write more about games" and "try new things". I wrote more, did my first developer Q&A in 5 or 6 years, and enjoyed new things such as Subnautica, deck builders (Slay the Spire, Nowhere Prophet, Fights in Tight Spaces), Highfleet, Wingspan, and DCS World.

My 2022 goal is simple: build on those good habits. So, keep writing about games, and keep trying new things.

Higgledy wrote:

Battle chasers

I used to think of my backlog in terms of games I HAD to finish but now I just want to experience them; be that playing for twenty minutes and realise it’s not for me, play for half a dozen hours or so and walking away satisfied or being surprised by another game that is better than I ever imagined and playing it to the end. It feels a lot less daunting that way.

Obligatory salute to Battle Chasers. It's awesome.

And this is a very healthy approach to the Pile!

So, let's see, my gaming goals in the past have been seemingly attainable and reasonable, but have been something else in practice. This year? Well, I'm keeping it even more reasonable and I think I can actually accomplish what I'm setting here below...

Purchase no more than 10 games.

This includes pre-orders and anything that might go super low in price or come out of nowhere and I-just-gotta-have-it type titles. Games included here include, but are not limited to: Elden Ring, Horizon Forbidden West, Breath of the Wild 2, and Baldur's Gate 3 (allegedly dropping this 2022).

Purchase no new consoles of any sort.

PS5 beckons and Xbox is starting to get mighty good looking, but I must be strong and stick to what I already have at home. The only exception would be if one of my existing systems fails and I need to replace it.

Complete at least 24 games.

I have made a list of games that I've carefully curated out of the hundreds of games in my ridiculous pile. I have issues, I know. In any case, the list has a little over 30 games - I think? - and I am giving myself a minimum of two per month on average. The good thing? I already beat two of said games, so my quota for January is met. Even better yet, I am sure I'm beating one more title in the next 24 hours, putting me above the expected minimum for the month. I might even knock out a fourth, at that. Attainable. It seems very attainable from this vantage point. I could be irreparably derailed due to both Elden Ring and BotW 2, but I think I can handle it. I did curate the list so that some shorter, palate cleansing titles can coexist with the behemoths I've decided to tackle.

Complete at least one game with my daughter.

We have started a few and seen none to completion in quite a bit. This must be rectified.

I think that's about it.

Goal for me is to carve out time to play again - business stuff took my time away, and may still, but I miss it.

Secondarily, I’d like to play the Avernum series, and beat the first game this year.

Get good games.
Play good games.
Not be that good at some games.
Be gooder at other games.
Smile, repeat.

MaxShrek wrote:

Get good games.
Play good games.
Not be that good at some games.
Be gooder at other games.
Smile, repeat.

Hold on, I got a piece of driftwood around here somewhere that I can carve that into.

Buy a game publisher/developer for less than $70 Billion... oh wait, that was someone elses.