Massively Overthinking: Our MMO resolutions for 2020


We’re succumbing to tradition this week as we’re counting down the days until 2020. As we do at the end of every year, we’ve asked the Massively OP writers to pony up their gaming and MMO-specific resolutions for the new year. Don’t have resolutions? Goals are goo too. Join us in putting plans to paper for our last Massively Overthinking of the decade!

Andy McAdams: I don’t really do resolutions. So maybe my gaming resolution is to continue to have fun in games? Especially those games that aren’t exactly what I wanted.

Brianna Royce (@nbrianna, blog): I don’t do formal resolutions usually, but there is still stuff I want to chip away at, and it’s mostly the same as in past years: work less, branch out more, and enjoy what I’ve got. I need to stop spending every waking minute worrying about the site because it’s going fine. I need to play more new things and get out of my comfort zone. And I also need to play even more of the things I love because they aren’t around forever. In my specific case, some of the games I love are back and I need to carve out more time in the day to actually play them and do new things in them – this time, with my littles. :D

Carlo Lacsina (@UltraMudkipEX): I’m going to reach level 62 with my Tamer and at least one other class on Black Desert Online. I’m also going to try and get all the BLU spells in FFXIV and possibly start a new MMO. Maybe New World?

I also want to throw my gauntlet into making videos related to MMOs and the culture around it. It’s not really to make money, but I need a creative outlet.

Chris Neal (@wolfyseyes, blog): I have the self-control of an Augustus Gloop sometimes, but I also did keep to my resolution to try more sandbox MMOs, so maybe I can do it again. In 2020, I resolve to keep a better eye on the smaller games that are out there. The AQ3Ds and Villagers and Heroes and Kingdom Under Fire 2s of the world. The stuff that, arguably, deserves to be nurtured the most. Especially if I want to halt my 2020 prediction.

Colin Henry (@ChaosConstant): I want to be more active in group content in Guild Wars 2 this year. Strike missions have reminded me how much fun grouping can be, and have made me want to get back into fractal running on a regular basis.

Justin Olivetti (@Sypster, blog): The only new resolution I have for 2020 when it comes to gaming is to focus a bit more on goals in MMOs, since that not only keeps me more on track with momentum and gaming variety, but it also creates a more satisfying experience (personally). I want to try out a different MMO every month with goals set for each, along with my staples.

Other than that, I’ll be keeping up my previous habits of playing for fun — not out of obligation or requirement — being social once in a while, keeping a balanced personal and gaming life, and enjoying a healthy side dish of single-player titles that are stacking up in my backlog.

Mia DeSanzo (@neschria): I am going to find myself a weekly gaming group. The benefits of having one night a week when you know who you’ll be playing with and what you’ll be doing are numerous. I haven’t had a regular group since Vanguard.

I will actually start inviting people to my BDO guild, even if I don’t know them in real life.
I am going to do more tandem streaming with my son. It’s fun when we’re playing together and we’re both streaming.

Let’s just see if I can get into a routine of playing and writing. That would be fantastic.

MJ Guthrie (@MJ_Guthrie, blog): This year due to health and munchkin, I did very little gaming on my own just for fun. Almost every single thing I did was geared toward work and streaming. (Yeah, I totally didn’t succeed in this 2019 resolution.) In 2020, I want to go back to just having some time where my only goals are to enjoy some story and features at my own pace. I’ve already started by doing some roleplay with a friend (yay for at least getting a little credit on this 2019 resolution!), and I going to be doing much more in 2020. Honestly, this really is what I love most about gaming: telling/living stories. So I will definitely make sure I have a larger chunk of my time spent in RP, which happens also means I am having more personal gaming time! Win/win right?

For more specific goals, this next year I also plan:
1. To become much better acquainted with the Ranger in Path of Exile; I will be getting ready to dive into that class in PoE 2.
2. To build my own Railjack in Warframe.
3. To finish the final scene of Dishonored that I left undone a couple of years ago!
4. To complete the Subnautica campaign so I can move on to the next chapter.
5. To play more of the new games I have been sent as gifts over this year!
6. To start my hybrid tabletop/in-game adventures I have planned. My current backdrop is likely Conan Exiles, but that isn’t the only idea!
7. To spend more time in-game with my colleagues at MOP — likely streaming it for you all to enjoy as well.

Samon Kashani (@thesamkash): My goal is going to be to play more competitively. Perhaps try and stream some as well. This year I jumped around and really got to play so many more games than I ever usually do, which was a lot of fun. But this next year I want to focus on playing a single title more and in depth.

Every week, join the Massively OP staff for Massively Overthinking column, a multi-writer roundtable in which we discuss the MMO industry topics du jour – and then invite you to join the fray in the comments. Overthinking it is literally the whole point. Your turn!
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