2015 Predictions

New Year and all that jazz.  Still recovering from some illness and some self-inflicted pain over the holidays.  Back to work now though, hopefully things will sort themselves out.

Similar to last year, I’m looking at some resolutions and predictions for the coming year.

Blog Resolutions

  • Post more media in the blog. Pictures & video.  I think it would add more to the context.
  • Try out a diary format for a few posts. While I tend to focus on analysis, I think the recounting of adventures always fun to read.
  • More cross-posts. There are many, many bloggers out there.  I should do more to cross-post/link/comment.
  • End the year with 200 posts. That’s about 4 per week, which should be manageable.
  • Try more games! I won’t invest in a console, so I’m out about a dozen options per year.  But my tablet and Steam can keep me more than busy.

Personal Resolutions

  • Actively work on an exit-plan for current project at work.
  • Focus more on the family and what makes them happy.
  • Take time to breathe and time to sleep.
  • Read at least a dozen books.
  • Introduce my 4yr old and wife to tabletop/board games. My daughter received a Connect 4 and Trouble for Christmas and we played a fair amount.  She hates losing and wants to learn how to win. There are tons of games out there to try.

Predictions

Some of these are easy; some are way in left field.

  • SOE won’t launch a single product in 2015. Specifically, the order of eventual launch is Landmark, H1Z1 (cancelled before launch) and EQ Next.
  • EvE will increase their patch cadence a bit, to allow for more time between and draw out the ideas. Their subscription numbers will drop due to the stance on multi-boxing and bots.
  • Wildstar goes B2P by late spring. It either drops raiding as a focus or closes shop.
  • ESO will launch on consoles in the summer and go F2P at the same time. Still no auction house or viable crafting container.
  • WoW will drop back to 7m subscribers. Their PLEX-derivative won’t work due to the way the economy works (you don’t actually need gold to play WoW in WoD).
  • WoD end-game will be Burning Legion tie-in.
  • WoW patches will continue to take an eternity to go out, with no expansion news this year.
  • Heroes of the Storm will “launch” in the fall, even though Closed Beta is taking your money in about 2 weeks. Pricing will change once the gates open.
  • Overwatch won’t show in 2015.
  • SWTOR will have 3 content patches, with new raids and planets. GSF will be forgotten.
  • Steam and Riot will get hacked, which will likely change the way PC gamers identify with hackers. They’ve only targeted consoles so far.
  • 2015 will have a bunch of kickstarters finally launch. Pillars of Eternity, Star Citizen, Tides of Numenera and so on.
  • Microsoft will use the Minecraft source for a new game that’s used in schools. Makes a mint.
  • This is the year of the indie game standards. $15 dollar games will be held to similar standards as $60 games in terms of quality, less so content.
  • A new review system will be established detailing whether a game is playable at release or if you should wait for a kitchen sink patch.
  • Evolve, No Man’s Sky and Repopulation will do better than expected.
  • 20142015 will be the year of the RPG! (Witcher 3 for sure)

If I hit 50%, I’d be surprised but hey, that’s what this list is for right?

 

The year so far is off to a decent start.  Here’s hoping the same for all the readers.

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