One week into the new year and I have made no resolutions of any kind. This isn’t really anything out of the ordinary for me, I haven’t made a New Year’s resolution in quite some time. I don’t need that kind of pressure. However, this year, I am going to try something new. Unlike my resolutions of yesteryear, I am not going to resolve to eat better, exercise more, or improve my physical health in any fashion. I make and break those pledges to myself many times throughout the year as it is. While pondering possible resolutions, I started thinking about the different games I have purchased and never finished, or games I have never even given a chance as well as the many beverages out there that I am still interested in trying. These seem like much more interesting resolutions to me than the run-of-the-mill type. I am hereby stating these 11 resolutions for my gaming and drinking habits for the upcoming year. Hopefully I will be able to maintain them and post updates throughout the year.

So here they are, my 11 GameDrunk resolutions for 2011:

#11: Drink more neat bourbon.

This is mainly for convenience on my part, especially during gaming sessions. I generally drink my bourbon on ice, sometimes with coke or ginger ale depending on the quality of the bourbon, but ice will melt and soft drinks will go flat making it necessary for me to get out of my chair, disrupting my gaming and cause endless aggravation. Drinking bourbon neat will be much more convenient; all I need is a bottle of bourbon and nice clean glass by my side and I can pour new drinks from the convenience of my chair without disrupting my gaming flow.


Pour when ready.

#10: Revisit my back-catalog of purchased games. Complete one per month.

This resolution sounds quite daunting. First let me define “complete”. Complete in the context of this resolution means simply to reach an ending of a previously un-completed game. I’m not talking about hitting 1,000 gamer points on an Xbox 360 game or seeing every ending in Chrono Trigger (I regretfully admit I still have a few to go). I just want get back into some of the games I purchased but have never given a fair shake. Games like Dragon Age, Batman: Arkham Asylum, God of War 3, Mega Man 10, Mega Man 9, Ninety-Nine Nights, Mercenaries 2, Rez HD, Elder Scrolls: Oblivion, Halo: Reach, The Darkness, New Super Mario Bros. Wii, BioShock, FallOut 3, Fable 2, Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2, Too Human, Assassin’s Creed 2, Dead Rising 2, Red Dead Redemption, Grand Theft Auto 4, Blue Dragon, Overlord, Perfect Dark: Zero and many more…

#9: Give more “Indie” games a shot.

Whether it be community games for Xbox Live or freeware Windows games, there is a huge market of gaming I am still missing out on. I need to fix that. Quick. I have seen very promising titles out there that I am sure are very compelling, well made games to which I have yet to give an appropriate amount of attention.

A few indie games I am interested in trying.

A few of the indie games I am interested in trying.

#8: Reduce – not eliminate – beer drinking.

For too long perhaps, beer has been my “go to” adult beverage. I’m not knocking drinking beer, but I’m not a fan of warm beer and trips to the refrigerator contradict my earlier resolution to drink more neat bourbon in order to reduce interference with my gaming sessions. Beer will still be consumed, however more than likely in less quantity and hopefully of higher quality. Less Miller Lite, more Guinness. Call me a beer snob if you like, I just want to move away from binging on crap beer and towards enjoying good beer.

Less crap beer.  More good beer.

Less crap beer. More good beer.

#7: Take better advantage of game demos.

Both the PS3 and Xbox 360 (my two main gaming consoles) offer demos for nearly all XBLA/PSN games as well as most retail games. Now that I have secured massive storage space for both systems, I vow to test games before I purchase them in an effort to reduce the number of games that pile up in my back log.

#6: Pass on the legacy.

My son is now three and a half years old and unfortunately, has barely touched a video game controller. He shows interest in the DS and enjoys watching me play games on occasion. He has a 12 foot by 8 foot Super Mario Bros. 3 scene on his wall, it’s about time he experienced the magic first hand. The NES will be the first step in his climb to video gaming greatness. He will have access to a variety of games that I could only dream about in my childhood.

Showing signs of greatness at a young age.

Showing signs of greatness at a young age.

#5: Go back to my roots.

It all started on the PC. I cut my teeth on the Apple II and began crawling, then walking on the Commodore 64. Desktop PC gaming is a long lost love and with Steam making PC gaming easier to get into than ever; I vow to create a Steam account, attempt to get back into PC gaming, realize my computer can’t handle the games I want to play and give up all over again.

Attempting to go back to PC gaming.

#4: Embark on the Bourbon Trail.

It’s a shame. I hate to admit it. I am a bourbon lover, I live in the heart of bourbon country and have yet to make my first stop on the bourbon trail. This needs to be rectified. Fast. Whether it be a trip to Maker’s Mark, Woodford, Jim Beam, Heaven Hill or one of the other fine distilleries on the trail – http://kybourbontrail.com/index.php/guide – there are no excuses, I must take my first step this year. I will make it to a distillery, enjoy the tour, partake of their fine product and be happy. It is doubtful that I will be able to traverse the entire trail this year, but I will be satisfied with one or two notches on my Bourbon Trail post.

The Bourbon Trail beckons...

#3: Contribute more actively to GameDrunk.com

Recently, our site has become very audio/video heavy and seen fewer and fewer articles. This is a combination of testing out new new software and trying out some different technologies with a dash of laziness. It’s a lot easier to sit around and drink and talk about video games than it is to write articles, find or create accompanying graphics, edit text, blah, blah, blah. Anyway, I resolve to increase my number of posts on the site this coming year. Whether anyone out there gives a shit is another story.

#2: Approach motion games objectively

I have made it quite clear through previous posts that I am not a fan of motion games, however, I received a Kinect as a Christmas gift and I don’t want to be an ungrateful recipient. I am trying to give motion controls a fair shake and not judge them before I actually try them. It will be much easier for me to give Kinect a fair shot since I didn’t have to pay for it and can simply reap the benefits of using it. Playstation Move, on the other hand, may not see a GameDrunk review, but I’ll try not to judge it too harshly. Although I am still not sold on motion controls in general, I can see how some people can enjoy them thoroughly as an occasional departure from their normal gaming routines.

#1: Conquer the Bladder of Steel (Rock Band 2)

This is an achievement that has haunted me since Rock Band 2 was released. I have vowed to conquer it on several occasions but always ended up backing out. No more. This will be accomplished this year. Hard difficulty – not Expert (I’m not that good).

So there they are. 11 resolutions for the new year. Will I keep them? Only time will tell. I’ll keep all interested parties posted on my progress.

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Boob collage.

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