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Last Minute New Years Resolutions For 2010

Identity crisis

My head is like lettuce.

I’ve done my predictions, I’ve done my obligatory looking back at the year post. Then all of the sudden it was New Years Eve and now it’s 2010, before I could finish the holy triumvirate of NYE posts. So I will just have to do that now, after 2009 has already ended. It can’t be helped.

For some reason, I enjoy New Years resolutions. I know a lot of people that think the concept is silly and perhaps it is. But I’ve always enjoyed the concept of a fresh start, even if I suck at actually finding the point where I am able to create one.

Despite that, I enjoy making resolutions for the new, fresh year. It’s always worth a shot, no? So here are my New Years resolutions for 2010, the year when I turn 30. Oh, there will be angst and panic at some point this year.

1. Increase Internet presence. So I have this blog, my Twitter feed, GRTV and Gamereactor. I’ve cancelled my Facebook account, but it’s really not that kind of presence I mean. I need to start applying for more writing positions (I have some lined up that I really should get working on). In short, I need to write more, which I guess is the whole point of this resolution. Work more.

2. Take a more active part in the MMO blogging community. This is where I know I’ve been more or less worthless for so long. I read mostly MMO blogs, but I hardly ever comment or do follow up posts here. I should really start doing that, not just reading but giving feedback. So many awesome writers out there that inspire me, but I suck at giving back to them. The blogroll on the site needs to be updated, as well.

3. Do more video. That’s tricky, but I hope to get my own vidcast up and running during January. It’s been a rough year for gaming publications, which has taken a budget toll on GRTV as well, but I hope we will be able to develop the format more during 2010. If not, well, then I hope to find other options. I love doing video/TV, and I hope that it’s something that I can work a lot more with in the future.

4. Get my head under control. I’ve been fighting against generalized anxiety disorder for ten years, only receiving a proper diagnosis this year. With the proper cognitive therapy, I hope to get it finally over and done with this year. It feels hopeless at times, but when I’m writing this I feel that I can do it. It’s been taking a great toll on my personal life for too long now, and I’ve completely stunted my own development because of it.

5. Start working on a book and my comic. Don’t know what else to say about that. I really want to get the comic started, I have loads of ideas I want to get down. Hoping to be able to afford a good tablet for the computer during the next couple of months, so I can get started. And a book, well…it’s always on lists like these so I’ll add it in for good measure.

I think that’s it for this year, it will just have to be enough. Number 4 is the big one and if I can’t get that under control, the rest is kind of moot. It will be the big fight of 2010 and I aim to win it, once and for all.

Finally – a big hug to all the great people on Twitter. You’ve made 2009 a great year online, if nothing else. The constant discussions, feedback, inspiration and ideas bounced between all the great MMO-interested people on Twitter is wonderful. If you’re one of them and I’ve somehow managed to miss you, send me a mention @petterm!

With that, let’s 2010 officially begin. Let’s make this a great year.

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Joining The 2010 Predictions Fun!

In 2010, we will all be wearing funny hats.

Yay! Scott Jennings, Heartless and Keen have done their predictions. Syp went on Massively Speaking and did his (I believe, haven’t had time to listen to it yet). I want to have some fun too, especially since I can then look back at my mistakes at the end of 2011. It all works out for the best. Most of this is pure speculation, of course, and I am not sure I believe all of it myself. “But it seemed so plausible,” you will hear me moan. G’damn it, I’m a doctor of journalism!

/cough

I guess I’ll just do the whole year company by company, starting out with the most obvious choice…

Blizzard: Blizzard stall the Icecrown Citadel raid zone for as long as they possible can, until Arthas is being farmed by every guild in existence. Wrath of the Lich King is good for one more content patch, presumably adding another Troll raid. At E3, Activision Blizzard announce that they will release Cataclysm at the end of September, with Blizzcon being used to hype the expansion like crazy. This will be the last Blizzcon to focus that much on a World of Warcraft-expansion, however. Patch 4.0 is released a month before Cataclysm and Arthas will be killed by a 3-man (druid/paladin/death knight) group. There might be films on YouTube about it. A content patch is planned, ready to strike against Bioware’s upcoming release of Star Wars: The Old Republic. I will probably be raiding again, denying ever having left the scene.

Cryptic: Star Trek Online is delayed by two weeks because Cryptic still have a lot of work to do before it is “ready”. The game will be released, lacking a core function or two, which will have its players up in arms for a while. Balance between players and mobs will be an issue, especially in space, just like a lack of content. Cryptic will have learned some lessons from CO, and the uproar won’t be as gigantic this time around – except amongst Trekkers, who will constantly complain about the game not being Star Treky enough on the official forums. Forums you can only post on if you, ya’know, still subscribe to the game…

NCsoft: NCsoft will remind everyone that marketing is marketing. Aion will get some new features, but no housing in sight. Around E3, the company will announce the game’s first expansion pack, which they promise will bring the graphical updates shown in Aion Vision. It will not be released in 2010. At Gamescom, NCsoft will talk about expanding Aion and show some new videos from Guild Wars 2, perhaps force a shy Korean producer to talk about Soul and Blade. No real hands on with GW2, though.

Pic unrelated.

In December, millions of emo Jedis will invade the Internet.

Bioware: The Old Republic goes into closed beta towards the end of the summer, with release set in November/December. After all, EA need their money. The game will be praised for its storyline content, with some players burning through it in a matter of weeks so they can troll the official forums about the lack of end-game content. There will be an actual lack of end-game content. The game will show us that “full voice overs” is a relative term. There will, of course, not be any space content. Seriously, you expected actual space content? We will all be playing it.

Mythic: Warhammer Online gets another server merger, Mythic keep trying to straighten up Tier 4 and city sieges. During Q2, they will announce the first expansion to the game, which will be a digital release comparable to EVE Online’s model of doing things. It will not have a third faction, but new zones that you have to pay to get access to. EA will sack some more people, but the game will not be cancelled. Live events will be held, as usual, and the expansion will be released after Cataclysm. WAR will not become free to play.

Funcom: Rise of the Godslayer is released early summer, it will get high grades in the press but fail to make a large dent in the MMO genre. Funcom will keep moving people over to Canada, and move devs from AoC to The Secret World. TSW will go into closed beta towards the end of the year, major hype will start to build up and it will become Funcom’s new flagship game.

CCP: EVE Online will not get walking in stations.

SOE: Despite rumors of their demise, Star Wars Galaxies and Vanguard will not be cancelled. SWG will get the Galactic Civil War update early during the year, with additional game updates over the next 12 months, and the players will complain about their light side jedis on the forums for all eternity. Free Realms will not be released for the PS3, DC Universe Online will fail to shift many units when it’s finally released for console during the summer. Most MMO gamers will give up on the whole “MMOs for console”-thing for this generation of consoles. A new MMO, maybe EverQuest 3, will be announced during the autumn, SOE will be very silent when asked about the new game’s business model.

All new games mentioned above will get completely pointless and annoying Twitter/Facebook-features, of course.

In 2010, Great Cthulhu will arise and devour some people.

Then we have the unknowns, like 38 Studios, and the ones most people don’t really care that much about, like Aventurine. I will leave them out of my predictions, since I’m not convinced that 38 Studios will tell us what Copernicus actually is or that Aventurine will do anything really interesting with Darkfall. Then there’s that scary question about what Winch Gate will do with Ryzom, but I don’t want to think about that for too long, since I might get all sad.

I won’t go into the whole “war of the business models” either. That’s really tricky and it’s getting late here. Predicting the future like this is hard work and the Old Gods of Time And Space want their tribute. So, Cthulhu fhtagn! and have a great New Years Eve!

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