2015 New Years Resolutions: The Conclusion

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So, with half the year officially over and done, I wanted to take a look at my new years resolutions and see how far I’ve come towards accomplishing them so far. Without further ado, the list below will be crossed out or numbered depending on how close I am to completing it:

Get a new job – Success!

Success! I managed to get a new job (Product Specialist & Project Coordinator) with a nice pay rise 🙂 Hard work certainly pays off eventually.

Put Twixel on iOS & Android – Success!

It took a while, and still has a few bugs, but Twixel was ported to iOS and Android! It was hard; having to work out how to fix performance issues was certainly hard, but helped me in tidying up my code for future updates.

Read 12 books – Success!

I’ll list them all now:

Halo: The Flood
The Science of Interstellar
Halo: First Strike
Halo: Ghosts of Onyx
Service Games: The rise and fall of SEGA
Halo: Contact Harvest
Halo: Saints Testimony
Look Who’s Back
Console Wars
Halo: The Cole Protocol
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WTF is Wrong with gchartideo Games

Next year I’ll read twice as much, as I’ve gotten the reading bug now!

Watch 52 new films I’ve never seen before – Success!

The Interview
Life of Pi
Men in Black 3
Capote
A million ways to die in the west
The Campaign
Gravity
The Watch
Cars 2
Due Date
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
The Double
Parker
The Fifth Estate
The Hunger Games: Mockingly Part 1
Argo
Horrible Bosses 2
Porco Rosso
Big Hero 6
Seeking a Friend for the end of the world
American Sniper
Birdman
From up on Poppy Hill
The Imitation Game
X-men: Days of Future Past
Pompeii
Identity Thief
Avengers: Age of Ultron
Ruthless People
Divergent
Pitch Perfect
Book of Life
John Wick
Kiki’s Delivery Service
Wolf on wall Street
Grave of the Fireflies
Kung Fury
After Earth
Frank
Good Will Hunting
The Promotion
Jurassic World
Terms and Conditions May Apply
In the Loop
Whisper of the Heart
Chappie
Inside out
Antman
Paddington Bear
22 Jump Street
Before I go to sleep
The Theory of Everything

This was awesome, but a little too bloody easy to fulfil. I’ll need to do this in future, definitely next year, as it doesn’t take much to do at all. Everyone can bare to spend 2 hours a week watching a film they’ve never seen before.

Write 52 games reviews (Or could be worded: Complete 52 games) – Success!

Forza Horizon 2
Battlefield 4
Kingdom Hearts 2
Ori and the Blind Forest
The Novelist
Hotline Miami 2
Race the Sun
Metal Gear Rising: revengence
The Unfinished Swan
Hektor
Life is Strange Episode 1
Game of Thrones Episode 1
Borderlands Episode 1
Peggle 2
Game of Thrones Episode 2
The Vanishing of Ethan Carter
The Deer God
Olli Olli 2
Monument Valley DLC
Sunset
Game of Thrones Episode 3
Borderlands Episode 2
Call of Duty Advanced Warfare
Convoy
Life is Strange Episode 2
Metrico
Not a Hero
Life is Strange Episode 3
Project CARS
The Silent Age
Catherine
Tachyon Project
Game of Thrones Episode 4
Titan Souls
DMC
Dragonborn DLC
Beyond Eyes
Life is Strange Episode 4
Rare Replay
Everybody’s gone to the Rapture
Gears of War: Ultimate Edition
Volume
Grow Home
Rocket League
Smash Bros for 3DS
Desert Golf
Super Toy Cars
Halo 5
Shadow Puppeteer
Life is Strange Episode 5
Mario Party: Island Tour
Poncho

Just as with the previous 3 years, I’ve managed to do it again! It was difficult this year considering how much other work I took on in my spare time, and the extra work load in my normal work day. But I will continue to do this, and document my journey as I manage to play through all my back catalogue and upcoming releases for Caesoose and VGChartz.com.

Make a second game for iOS + Android – Failed

Whilst I haven’t written about this game at all on twitter or here, I have been working on designing my second proper game. I don’t want to reveal too much just yet (I’ll write more in the following weeks), but the Design doc and background story is finished, with a very early prototype working on my phone already.

Write a novel – Failed

The cunning plan, to write the backstory for a game idea, never came to fruition. I may work on this next year, but I’m currently working on another game idea at the moment.

Do a Presentation at Event – Failed

I never managed to do a presentation this year. Weirdly, the second half of this year my mind hasn’t really been all here… I haven’t been as motivated as I have been in the past. Hopefully I’ll feel different once the new year comes round.

Attend 4 games conventions – Partial Success

Whilst I have only attended EGX Rezzed so far, I already have press passes to Develop in Brighton once again, and will be attending EGX in Birmingham this September. This only leaves one final event to attend, to which I’ll most probably attend one in Liverpool or Manchester towards the end of the year.

Attend E3 – Failed

This was more my own fault than anyone else’s. I managed to say to my team at VGChartz.com that I would like to attend the event, and proceeded to email the relevant team member with my details. Unfortunately, I never heard back from him, and so never chased it up. I should have pushed and asked more, but my thinking is that it’s not like I’m going to stop games writing anytime soon, so there’s always next year.

Visit Cardiff – Success!

Managed to visit Cardiff after spending the weekend camping. My thinking was that I’ve been to (almost) every other UK city, yet had never visited Wales properly. Such a weird thing to technically still be in your country but see a completely different language everywhere.

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Visit Dublin – Success!

This was awesome! Dublin is gorgeous, and easily one of my favourite places (next to Edinburgh and Berlin).

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Get a Second Tattoo – Failure

Whilst I have a few ideas, as with my last tattoo, I didn’t want to chose anything I wasn’t 100% sure on, so this is going to be postponed until next year.

I hope all of you managed to keep up with your New Years Resolutions! and here’s to a fantastic 2016!

Next week I’ll reveal next years resolutions, but in the meantime, have a fantastic new years eve party and get so wasted you forget about the things you missed out on!

-Dan

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