Happy New Year!

2020 in fancy 3D text
Happy New Year everyone!

It's that time of the year again... the beginning of the year that is. Wishing all my readers a Happy New Year! Choicest Games has made it to 2020, despite having considerably less time to do just about anything nowadays (I suspect having three young kids is going to do that to you).

As it was with previous years, last year, I made some blog-specific new year resolutions in terms of what I was planning to achieve for 2019. But first, let us see what was actually achieved in 2019 along with some of the other highlights:
  • 183 posts were published in 2019 which is less than 2018 (202 posts), 2016 (185 posts) and 2015 (232 posts) (it's still more than 2017's 161 posts though). There's also been a drop in reviews as I only got around to publishing 41 this year, as opposed to last year's 52 reviews, 2017's 42 reviews and 2016's 54 reviews.
  • I managed to publish two new Top 10 lists this year: one for the Top 10 PC Game Music Covers and Remixes of 2018 (and I intend to do a similar one for this year), and a Top 10 list for the best PC Games of the 2010s (if Choicest Games survives for another 10 years, I'll be sure to do this one for the 2020s).
  • I've continued with the Pile of Shame Sunday posts and so far 97 games have been crossed off the Pile of Shame list. This means that I'm currently at 8.4% of games having been crossed off the Pile of Shame, which is a slight improvement, but not helped by the fact the number of games on the Pile of Shame has increased to 1152! Gadzooks!
  • The annual 10 Most Anticipated PC Games list was completed for 2020

This year it seems I've managed to complete 3 out of 5 of my new year resolutions: I completed two Top 10 lists this year, I published a Most Anticipated PC Games List of 2020 (with the help of Lanna) and I continued my weekly VGM Monday and Pile of Shame Sunday segments.

I failed in reaching 52 reviews this year (or roughly one review a week). I'm finding it a bit of a struggle as of late, especially since I'm running out of short games to review. I actually think it's becoming an untenable goal since I need to spend more time playing games (especially AAAs) in order to be able to review them. Consequently, I think it's more realistic that I cut back how many reviews I do and perhaps aim to do, although I think one per fortnight (or 26 in a year) is too little. So I've decided to use a measure of three reviews a month or 36 reviews in a year as my new yardstick.

Also, despite me feeling like I am continuing to enact "austerity" measures on my games libraries (mainly Steam on GOG) I keep getting freebies and I still partake in the sales every so often (especially during my birthday and Christmas). I may drop this resolution though since in general I don't buy games for myself anymore at any other time of the year.

So what are my resolutions going to be for 2020?
  • To now aim for 36 reviews in 2020 (or 3 per month)
  • To continue the Most Anticipated PC Games List for 2021
  • To continue with my weekly segments: VGM Monday and Pile of Shame Sunday
  • To complete a feature article for this year (e.g. a Top 10 list, Top 100 list, etc.)