Five Facebook gaming New Year's resolutions you can stick to

New Year's Resoluations
New Year's Resoluations

We're officially more than 24 hours into 2012, the inevitable end of days--we mean, the new year. You've recovered from the copious amounts of alcohol consumed into the wee hours of the next year, and probably gained about five pounds from the lot of foodstuffs you gorged on since Christmas morning. Surely, your first resolution for 2012 is to get back in shape--who's isn't?

Of course, that will last for all of a few weeks, if you're lucky. And speaking of which, you are in luck, because we have five New Year's resolutions you can stick to. While they aren't exactly life-changing missions of self improvement, these resolutions will at least be fun. That's because they all revolve your favorite leisure activity: Facebook games. Here are five Facebook gaming New Year's resolutions to stick to:

Try Something New

In other words, play different games than what you're used to returning to every day. Look, the lot of 'Ville games and gems like The Sims Social are great and all, but it's time to broaden your horizons. Try something new that might change your expectations of social gaming. Sure, Facebook game discovery is tough these days, so why not start with our top 11 favorites from 2011? Other notables include strategy games like Woodland Heroes, word games such as Crosswords and goofy games like Glitch.

Lend a Helping Hand

If you're not the type to pay up in a Facebook game, getting help from your friends is basically the lynch pin to your success. Even in the more inventive Facebook games, you're only as successful as the amount of friends you have, since the majority of quests require you to ask your friends for items to advance. While you could comb the endless "Add Me" threads for more helpful friends, you could also guarantee more helpful friends by--gasp--helping them yourself. Trust us, there's definitely something in it for you.

Google+ Games
Google+ Games

Explore New Territories

There's no denying that, at the moment, Facebook is the place to play social games. But that's not to say that there are other companies out that are worth their salt in the social gaming space. Google+ made considerable strides in 2011 to become a viable social games platform, and while it still has a ways to go, its current state shows promise. Aside from the most popular alternative to Facebook, why not try out other areas like Bigpoint or Tagged to get your game on? It's all about new experiences.

Add to Friends t-shirt
Add to Friends t-shirt

Get a Grip

Your friends might make quips whenever you pull out your iPhone while hanging out to check your FarmVille crops, but what if they're only half-joking? If things like this come up rather often, it might be time to reevaluate your Facebook gaming habits. In short, try to set new boundaries for yourself when it comes to social gaming in an effort to free up time for other things. You know, like, hanging out with people in the real world?

Put the "Social" in Social Games

Being a helpful neighbor is one thing, but making new friends is definitely another. It's a tall order, we know, given the restrictive, sometimes two-dimensional social mechanics of most Facebook games. But there are ways to add a little more character to your social interactions with your fellow Facebook. You could personalize your News Feed posts, for instance, or perhaps be more selective in your friend requests, finding more players with similar interests. Sometimes, all it takes is a private message.

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