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Video Games: Rory Appleton’s gaming resolutions for 2016

Why is “League of Legends” so infuriating?
Why is “League of Legends” so infuriating? Riot Games

As I reflect on the last year of gaming, I can’t help but take an exasperated breath.

I wrote 50 columns and a handful of blogs. I played for hundreds of hours, and spent dozens more reading gaming-related articles looking for things that ruffle my feathers.

But I missed so much. I failed to finish several major titles, and I didn’t even touch a few others.

In my defense, it was probably the biggest year for huge blockbuster games in the past 20 years.

We got two or three major, highly anticipated games each month, and I am just one guy.

My gaming resolution for 2016 is begin with playing catchup on 2015, but there are a few other things I hope to accomplish in my third year as the gaming columnist and 22nd as a game-lover.

I will finish ‘The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt’

I am embarrassed to say that I really didn’t get very far – at all. I bought it (one of the very few games I spent money on in 2015) on launch day in May and got far enough to understand why it was a game of the year winner for many news outlets and fans.

However, that was finals week during my last semester of college. I also was looking for a full-time job and planning a life as a functioning member of society. I think I was justified, but I promise I will give it the 90 hours it deserves now that we are in the gaming off-season that is January through March.

“The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt” won best overall game at The Game Awards 2015 – close to the gaming equivalent of the Academy Awards.

I will not let ranked ‘League of Legends’ games affect my mood

Nothing – nothing – gets my blood boiling more than this infernal game. It is without a doubt my favorite game of all time simply due to the amount of time I’ve invested in it over the past four years. I’ve probably played 5,000 games. Considering each game takes about 30 or 40 minutes, that’s … a lot of minutes.

And yet, I still haven’t found a way to keep my cool. Other games might frustrate me or elicit a single loud outburst from time to time, but “League of Legends” turns me into a 7-year-old almost daily. I think it’s due to the uncertainty of 10 real-life players each doing different things at one time, but I can’t really explain it.

That has to stop. I am a grown-up. Games are fun. No game should ruin your day.

I will not let horrible players affect my ‘League of Legends’ ranking

There’s no way all of these terrible kids are going to keep me from getting back to a platinum ranking.

Last year, whiny children and people with the dexterity of a pregnant cow kept me from reaching my rightful level. Sure, it’s fun to blast every opponent out of the water, but not when your idiot teammates are getting slaughtered even worse.

For the vast majority of people I meet during “League of Legends” matches, this will be our only time spent together on planet Earth. They are from different countries and cultures. Some are parents, doctors, fry cooks and deep-sea divers. It’s a wonderful thing – being able to share a brief moment with someone you would never have known existed if not for technology.

But it would be a heck of a lot more wonderful if they learned how to play the game before joining up with me.

More than 67 million people reportedly play “League of Legends” each month.

I will start (but probably not finish) ‘Batman: Arkham Knight’ and ‘Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate’

I didn’t get around to playing either of these titles. I am not a big fan of either franchise, but the latest entries drew rave reviews. Maybe I will just space them out a bit, so that I don’t feel as if I am playing the same game over and over.

I will start (and hopefully finish) ‘Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain’

Due to a mix-up with some public relations folks, I didn’t get a copy of this game in time to review it. I have that copy now, and I am apparently doing myself a disservice by not playing it with my every waking moment. I will get right on that.

I will review more off-the-beaten-path games

I try to stick to the major releases because I write for a wide audience, but I should probably spice things up a bit with some weird indie games or something.

I will cover a gaming expo

It is a huge pain, but I need to do it. It’s the best way to get to know the people making our favorite games.

I will mend a rift between myself and Electronic Arts

Who am I kidding? No I won’t.

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