[Oh crap, my column is due yesterday and I haven’t written it yet. Ok, internal taskmaster, I’ll get it done. What can I talk about? Oh, right, it’s Thanksgiving this week. I’ll make it about thankfulness.]
Ladies, gentlemen, and gamers of all ages, I hope that you will enjoy engorging yourself on whatever Thanksgiving dish you find most appropriate come the 25th of November. But before you do, I want to ask you a simple question: in the past 12 months of gaming, what do you have to be most thankful for?
This is not a cynical question meant to probe the depths of your psyche and point out the ills of the industry. I honestly want to know what was the best thing– gaming-related– that happened to you this year? In fact, to make it easier for you– and get you in the mood– let me start off. This year in gaming I’m thankful for the opportunity to go to E3.
Last year I had planned to go, but unforeseen personal difficulties made going an impossibility. I have to say that in retrospect it made for a better first E3 for me. My first E3 was an unforgettable experience, one that I shall probably tell the kids about someday… should I be blessed with kids. But going to E3 points out something else I have to be thankful for, more than a little trip to an expo in California. That is working with a group of guys that love Nintendo as much as I do.
That’s right, this year I think that the thing I have most to be thankful for– related to gaming– is the fact that I write for the best Nintendo fansite on the Web. Oh, you may disagree with me about “best,” but having been here at Nintendojo during such a progressive time has been a joy to be a part of. Seeing the site change to its new format and even being a part of that new format and implementation has definitely been one of the most rewarding writing experiences I’ve ever been involved with. Plus it’s been great to podcast, have friendly versus debates and write this column. Really I don’t think I could ask for much more without being greedy.
[Um… is that a sufficient length? Only 342 words… what do you mean I have to write more! There isn’t anymore… I’m all tapped out! No! Put away the whip. I’ll think of something else, I promise.]
Um… also I’m thankful for Tatsunoko Vs. Capcom actually coming out in the states. It’s a fantastic game that was thoroughly under-appreciated at retail, and if you see any copies sitting on the shelves at your local game store, you should buy every copy and hold onto them for the rest of your life, since they’ll totally be worth a lot of money in a couple of years.
[Ok, is that enough? Look, I can double-space it to take up more space and up the font to size 13. No one ever notices if you do that. OK! I’ll think of something else.]
Yeah, I’m also thankful that Disney Epic Mickey comes out next week. Seriously, if you’re not excited about this game you might just be brain dead. Mickey Mouse + Dystopia = awesome, it’s that simple. You also should read our interview with Chase Jones, the lead designer of the game. It will be going live on Friday, and it’s awesome too, just like the game will be.
[That’s it, I have no more. What!? Concluding paragraph… you’re daft, aren’t you. OK, I’LL DO IT! Jeez, you’re such a jerk sometimes.]
So there you go. That’s what I’m thankful for this year. Be sure to let us know what you’re thankful for in the comments section. We’d love to hear about it. Now I’m going to go seek counseling… or turkey….