The last few years have been terrible. This means that the New Year’s resolutions we make for ourselves as we enter 2022 are more important than ever.
That’s why I don’t say to my New Year’s resolution that I should lose weight or write a novel or eat less pizza (you will have to pry my pizza cutter from my cold, dead hands). Instead, I want to make a promise to myself that will make me a lot better: Play more PC games.
I’m not kidding either. This will be my goal for 2022. And it will do me a lot more good than forcing a FitBit on my arm or wherever you are supposed to put them.
PC games are a comfort
The main reason for making this resolution is that since I was young, PC gaming has been a consolation. Sure, it’s often a complete pain no matter where you put a FitBit, like when you try to install a game via the Xbox Windows 11 app on any other drive except C :, but over the years it has also been wonderful escapism.
From the first PC games I played on my beloved Amiga A500 +, to immersive graphically impressive titles I have sitting in my Steam library, PC games have allowed me to escape the sometimes stressful and outrageous real world. It lets me sail towards mythical islands, whisper around pubs of wannabe pirates over mugs of grog, fly around the world in all kinds of planes and visit distant planets. Most importantly, it has allowed me to do that extinguish. When I play, I do not think of work or bills or the doom of the world; I’m not doomscrolling on my phone.
Instead, I free an island from a dictatorship, plan a comprehensive assassination attempt using an exploding rubber duck, or build the amusement park of my dreams. Sometimes at once.
It is an act of mindfulness and mental breathing. For some reason, gambling is often dismissed as a childish hobby, but I’ve found that it’s more effective at improving my mental health than more ‘adult’ mindful techniques like meditation – and I’m sure I do. is not just one.
Something I’ve found out over the last difficult year is how important it is to take care of your mental health, so for 2022, that’s what I want to prioritize.
To have time to play
3 tips to get into PC games
1. Laptop or desktop?
If you want to start playing PC games, you need to decide if you want a gaming laptop or desktop gaming PC. Gaming laptops are portable and powerful, while PCs offer more value for money – and can be upgraded.
2. Know the specifications that matter
Sometimes specs can be a little confusing when buying a gaming PC or laptop (and checking if games can play it), but you really just need to make sure it has a modern processor and a decent graphics card (Nvidia’s RTX 3000 series and AMD’s Radeon 6000 series are the latest).
3. Have fun!
The most important thing is to have fun. With PC games, you have access to a huge amount of games – as well as many community-made mods. These can enhance and transform the games you play.
Although I love playing games on my PC, I’ve had a harder time than ever getting time to play them recently. It has been a shame as it has meant that I have not been able to take the timeout I have needed mentally while also having – you know – some fun. Which is also important.
But real life has an annoying habit of getting in the way. I have not had the opportunity to play as much as I would like – and that in itself has stressed me out.
That means I have an RTX 3090-powered rig that hasn’t been used for much other than opening Word, while my Steam, Epic Games Store, and other libraries continue to grow with a pristine lag.
So I have the hardware and I have the games. But I do not have the time. So for 2022, I will use the time. Take advantage of a little bit of the day at intervals to escape, and save on that backlog.
Another important aspect of this New Year’s resolution is that it will actually be possible. For far too many years, I have made decisions that were too ambitious, so even if I did well, I would inevitably fail and beat myself up with it. That is not healthy.
With this one, it’s actually something I do able to does and it will once again help me feel positive. Ultimately, the New Year’s resolutions we make should help us, even in the smallest ways, not make us feel inadequate.
So that’s why I’ll be playing many more PC games in 2022.