Summer Games... 

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Summer is slow, but things pick up in September with the launch of Far Cry 3 on Sept. 4 — again, go to YouTube and check out the videos for this one — and Borderlands 2 on Sept. 18. Both are cross-platform releases.

BioShock Infinite, maybe the most anticipated game of 2012, is set to drop on Oct. 16, followed by Medal of Honor: Warfighter, Assassin's Creed III and Resident Evil 6.

Hawken, an intriguing, independently produced mech game that is turning heads, is scheduled for December — PC only right now, although console versions have been teased.

A lot of highly anticipated games don't have a release date yet — a new Call of Duty, Dead or Alive 5, Devil May Cry, Fable: The Journey, Halo 4, Hitman: Absolution, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, Scrolls, X-COM: Enemy Unknown — to name just a few.

There are so many good games coming out that it's probably a good idea to have a strategy:

1) Play only the types of games you prefer — if you're into driving games then maybe pass on Witcher 2.

2) Limit the time you spend on side missions, levelling your character or collecting gold coins — how much optional gear do you really need? Does making yourself invincible really make it any more fun?

3) Give yourself two weeks maximum with the multiplayer — unless you're actually good at it, in which case you should play only until the self-esteem boost fades or a 13-year-old homophobe/racist schools your ass. The moment you find yourself raging against N00bz it's time to walk away.

4) Sell your old games so you won't feel tempted to go back to them. If you must keep them then hide them from yourself next time you've had a few drinks.

5) Play games on the maximum difficulty. It will take longer to get through the first playthrough, but you won't have to come back and play it again for the bigger challenge.

6) Don't worry about player points, trophies, etc. They have no real-world value. The only thing that should matter is whether you finished the game.

7) Watch speed run videos on YouTube for inspiration. And check out http://speeddemosarchive.com/gamelist/ to see what the records are for various titles, and compare them to your own times. If you want to play all these games, your only hope is to play them faster.

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