The Daily Grind: What are your 2021 gaming goals?

    
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Congrats! You’ve managed to survive one of the toughest years of your life, and you looked amazing doing it! In fact, how do you get your hair so vivacious and full of bounce? Inquiring minds want to know.

Actually, inquiring minds would probably like to hear you pontificate on what you’ll be gaming during the new year. Do you have plans for 2021 yet? Are there MMOs you’d like to revisit or try out for the first time? Are there major goals you want to accomplish? What MMOs on the horizon will see your face on Day One of launch?

You’ve got a whole year spread out in front of you — what are you going to do with it?

Every morning, the Massively Overpowered writers team up with mascot Mo to ask MMORPG players pointed questions about the massively multiplayer online roleplaying genre. Grab a mug of your preferred beverage and take a stab at answering the question posed in today’s Daily Grind!
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Zero_1_Zerum

I bought a new gaming PC in December… But, it’s pre-built and I’m still waiting for them to ship it to me. COVID + the holidays = delayed processing, apparently. But, I got it on sale because of the holidays, so it’s worth the wait.

So, once I get that I plan on playing the games I got on Humble or Steam sales and was never able to play, because I didn’t have a PC that could run them.

I also plan to get back into ESO. I bought the most recent expansions when they were on sale, and never got to play them.

And, of course, I plan to get more games… When they’re on sale.

MilitiaMasterV
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MilitiaMasterV

But…but…that takes all the fun out of building your own rig…

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Oscar Morejon

Some people would rather have it built than build it themselves, there’s nothing wrong with that.

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MilitiaMasterV

I know. I was kidding. I built my own rig from scratch, and if I HAD more scratch/the ability to build em for fun, I’d regularly build/upgrade/update with the fanciest tech. Heck, I’d even mod cases and stuff if I had the ability to. I spent some time over on RoG forums for awhile just being in awe of what people with money/sponsorships can do…wish I had that.

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Schmidt.Capela

This last week I was oiling the coolers on my GFX (I had to temporarily take it out to install the replacement HD and found that two of the three fans were in need of lubrication) and thinking how expensive it would have been if I had to hire a technician to do my upgrades and maintenance…

But then, I’ve been maintaining my own PCs since the era of the 8088-powered PC-XT, and building them since the PC-AT era, before the mouse even became a common PC accessory.

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MilitiaMasterV

I never had formal training or anything. I literally just watched my brother build one once, and then did plenty of reading on the internet/bought parts, and a OS, and put it all together.

The highest computer classes they had out here in Iowa when I was in school was typing classes, and some basics like powerpoint/HTML/AutoCAD. I never went to college. Everything I’ve learned over the years was self-taught.

People in rural Iowa tend to be anti-tech…except for some reason the cellphones proliferated out here and people started all of a sudden having computers in their hands…and not even realizing they were computers to begin with. Most of them still just buy them to have something to blather on, and don’t care about the numerous functions they are capable of. (Makes me want to scoff so hard.)

I also basically didn’t have a father, so my mechanical skills are basically nil. I understand simple things like bearings because I worked in a bike shop for a bit, so I understand what you’re talking about. But my understanding of how these things function/come to work isn’t that high either. I just know how to mix and match parts/read to get the right ones.

I was born into poverty and never budged from it, and never had a chance to get out either. I could’ve been disabled since birth, but my mother tried to ‘instill a good work ethic’ in her children and it didn’t go over so well with me because of lots of other troubles in life.

Computers were one of the only reasons I was able to actually learn to communicate properly. I’m half blind, half deaf, and for many years as a child lived in my own little world where nobody really even noticed there was a spark there and I was just another hyper bouncy kid who wouldn’t pay attention and would build forts out of the desks. Around 4th-5th grade a teacher noticed, and got me hooked up with a Speech teacher (Special Education, oh noes, the horror!) and they taught me basics of reading facial expressions (Basically a blur to me anyway) and must’ve suggested reading some stuff to me in the library or something because another special ed person would take me from class and sit me in there and read fanciful books to me(Dinotopia?), and I saw the computers there and wanted to poke around on them and the lady let me, and I quickly picked things up, so it became a normal thing and I jumped quickly ahead of my classmates in many areas..except mathematics…which I had a kinda mean/nasty teacher who’d run timed tests with memorization of tables…which my brain to this day still cannot do, who told me I’d never amount to anything.

That teacher later came through my line when I was a cashier as a teenager. I was so tempted to sit there and count every last penny out to him, but I doubt he’d have even remembered me. People shun others with wanton abandon, and disregard them without purpose.

Did I ever amount to anything? No. I guess I didn’t. I became near permanently disabled/unable to work because of other issues that happened along the way and the lack of ability to match my few skills with whats available in this area. Spent over 2 years in Vocational Rehabilitation attempting to find a job. Did job testing galore. I actually tested as 2 points below genius level IQ for spatial awareness and high marks for a few other areas, but for general skills/human contact stuff I’m basically semi-retarded and stuff like factory work, they literally told me ‘Don’t bother’ as I’d be more of a detriment to the floor than a help due to poor motor control/manual dexterity. I tried moving 900+ miles away from here, hoping to get out of this…and maybe get some college under my belt, but I basically had zero support there, and things didn’t go as planned…and eventually I got forced out of my housing through illegal actions and was forced to move home. Now I’m trapped. Been back for a good few years, but now my health is failing too. Dreading the day my computer dies on me.

All I have is games nowadays. Sorry for the long post…I can actually write novels when I get going…

TL:DR : Don’t bother, it’s my life and it’s not worth reading about. Others have more interesting stories I’m sure…

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Zero_1_Zerum

I actually did build my own rig… back in 2007. And it’s woefully out of date and was unfortunately damaged during my last move, despite the precautions I took to try to prevent that. I think the video card’s ports got broken, or something worse. Nothing went to the monitor when I tried to plug it in any of the ports after I turned the PC on. I guess I could have just replaced the card, and tried to update my old rig.

But, building it in the first place was such a hassle, because of my large hands not fitting easily into the case to fiddle around and attach everything, I decided just to get someone else to build a new one for me.

It’ll be nice to play some of the latest games, maybe even at high settings.

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Pål Einar Jensen

Finally getting Atiesh.
Guild voted to let me have it, and I am super happy even though its 15 years too late :)

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Rndomuser

I have no goals other than just trying out new games and playing whatever interests me. I have no plans to try out specific games. And I don’t have plans to replay the old ones which I already played – I don’t feel entertained doing same exact thing again, especially if the game looks very dated by modern standards.

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Oleg Chebeneev

Finishing some old school RPGs including Gothic 1 & 2 and Risen series (I enjoy playing Risen 1 atm). Play through Mass Effect trilogy again (lost count). Also beating Enderal finally. And Outward.
Maybe dive into Dark Souls genre.

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IronSalamander8 .

Play more of my Steam backlog, maybe find an MMO my group can play together. Play some more tabletop games once things are safe for that, especially Riot Quest and Monsterpocalypse, get my game published finally.

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Jon Wax

Wait for something legit

Don’t spend a dime until 100% sure it’s legit.

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EmberStar

My gaming goals, such as they are:

Design a space station in “Space Engineers” that doesn’t look like a brick. Design a surface station that doesn’t look like a brick. Use some of the scripts available to set up a little network of mining drones and cargo shuttles so that the (hopefully) Not Brick Stations can be harvesting and processing ore while I go explore. Maybe even eventually add the Modular Encounters mod so that there are some more interesting NPC ships to encounter.

Build a little fort on each of the Ark story maps to house the creatures I’m still trying to tame (and eventually breed more of.) Fight the bosses on each map to unlock all the Tek stuff, and basically try to complete the “story” mode (such as it is.) And also find a scenic spot and build a little retirement farm for the low level critters that were totally supposed to be temporary and disposable and that I’m now completely attached to. (Even though tamed creatures in Ark have basically the same personality as a Barbie doll. :( )

And… that’s basically it. Anything else I play is basically without any goal other than “finish the story, if it’s not boring or tedious or arbitrarily difficult.” I might finish a story playthrough in Fallout 4… or not. I might finish Nier: Automata… or not. And so on. I don’t stream, and I don’t even know anyone in real life who plays computer games. (In fact the majority of people I know in real life are… let’s say somewhat dismissive of computer games. Because it’s nicer than saying they think games are a pointless, childish waste of time, and that I should get a *real* hobby. Such as drinking. Apparently.)

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MilitiaMasterV

If they only understood how many games they could have played with all the money they spent on alcohol…

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Schmidt.Capela

Between Steam and GOG I have over 2K games, which is more than most people will play in their entire lives, and I’m fairly sure I’ve spent less on this than some people I know spent on alcohol.

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MilitiaMasterV

I abstain from drinking unless it’s a social event, and even then I barely drink. My father was an alcoholic, so I have to be very careful as I have a high likely-hood of following the same path unless I consciously choose otherwise.

I don’t frivolously purchase little games just to play them a bit and drop em like that, but I’ve bought my fair share of games over the years and it’s a pretty large list too. I just don’t have a program tracking them all to give me a number.

But I’d definitely rather spend it on games as entertainment, than something that is a depressant to pile on the misery most people drink to rid themselves of.

They tend to think they are ‘having fun’ while drunk but it’s generally not the kind of fun we’re talking about…and while I will grant sometimes it is funny, the end result we gain is something we can continue to have fun from, and theirs just gets used up. So I guess that’s my logic on this…

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Paragon Lost

Mostly the only goal I have currently mmorpg wise is the one I started in November. To play ESO until at least April to give it a good chance to grow on me. So far it truly has, now that I’ve gotten used to the controls… finally.

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Hurbster

To hold off from playing an MMO until I find one that isn’t going to disappoint me – or one that is prepared to undo dumbass changes that caused me to leave.

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Victor Barreiro Jr.

Make a music video for Outward where the song playing is…

Panic at the Disco’s INTO THE UNKNOWN!