Before anybody gets all offended or anything like that, please know that I am aware that drinking, overeating and smoking are all serious problems – and gaming can become a serious problem, too. I am at no moment trivializing or downplaying those serious addictions, and wish nothing but the best to all those of you that are trying to overcome such things.
But still, I have never heard anybody (that wasn’t already drunk, high or in possession of a teenager’s brain… which is kind of like being both of those other things permanently) say something like “In 2013 I’m gonna chain-smoke all day at least 5 times a week!” or “in 2013, I’m gonna eat my own weight in greasy foods 3 times a day” or “in 2013 I’m gonna be so drunk all year that I won’t even realize the year happened by the time it’s 2014!”. At the most, people will sometimes make plans to eat a lot during a specific, special occasion or get really drunk at some particular party. But commiting to a whole year of those tings? Nope, by the time New Year’s rolls around, most people are trying to get rid of them.
Gamers, on the other hand, frequently look upon the way they spend their time, regret not having played enough, and seriously decide that they’re not going to “neglect” their hobby anymore. I should know, because I have said it on several occasions.
For example, I got some games on Steam I haven’t finished (and some I haven’t even played yet) and when I look at the list I don’t feel bad because I have too many games – I feel bad because I haven’t played enough. It’s been a while since I’ve been able to sit down with my friends and have a nice session of D&D, but I don’t feel relieved that I’ve finally been able to get rid of my RPG addiction. No. I’m actually making plans to clear my weekends so I can get my RPG group back together. When we started to work on the Scurvy Dogs board game, I decided it was time to try out more board games and get into the hobby. And even with something like movies, I honestly believe that everybody should go to the movie theater as much as they can.
Of course, gaming is not an addiction at the same level as those others. Not even close. But I did think it was interesting that while most people were making New Year’s resolutions to quit stuff, I was making resolutions to game more. And I thought I’d make a comic out of it.
Just in case you’re wondering, aside from playing more video games, getting a decent RPG group back together and gaming every weekend, I’ve got other New Year’s resolutions. I want to make sure the COMMISSIONED Ninja Clan has great contents in 2013, I want to work on some special new comic ideas I’ve got rolling around, a few secret projects I’ve got and I even want to make a serious commitment to going to the gym and working out.
So, if you made any, what are your New Year’s resolutions?