November 24, 2011
Happy Turkey Day Everyone!
First off, I would like to say Happy Turkey Day to all the readers on this holiday and Happy Turkey Day to all my fellow editors as well. This is the time of year were we remember all the great things we are thankful for and appreciate the little things in life. This year alone we have Nintendo struggling to turn a profit, Activision and EA going head to head for the modern shooter crown, the 3DS and Vita trying to keep portable gaming alive and out of Apples hands, Bungie had handed off the series that put them in the spotlight for so long, watching Kaos Studios, Blue Tongue Entertainment, and Team Bondi become defunct as well as other studios, PC and console gamers continuing to bicker back and forth, the catastrophic tsunami that hit Japan, and losing a true visionary in Steve jobs; this year has had plenty of downs and depressing stories. After all the dust settles and all the rants and yelling have been silenced, I for one am thankful we are still here and have a proud industry to stand behind. We may forget during heated console vs. PC debates, 360 vs. PS3 vs. Wii squabbles, Battlefield vs. Call of Duty fanboy forum fights, the portable gaming market is dead threats, and the motion controls and 3D gaming are fads rants; that we still have a strong industry and during the world financial meltdown, we have stood resilient. Instead of squabbles and bickering this holiday be proud that you take part in a great, creative industry that has stood strong for over a quarter century and is growing continuously. This holiday I am thankful for the industry that I work in. Gaming has become more than a hobby for me and I am proud to be part of it in everyday life. Whether it is at the day job educating people on technology and gaming or helping run and produce content for this growing site, I am thankful for gaming. We could have hit another industry meltdown, we could have hit the wall financially and publishers taking bailouts, but we didn’t. The industry has grown year after year and continues to be the leading entertainment industry, not only in revenue but innovation as well. We were fortunate to celebrate several series milestones this year; The Legend of Zelda and Metroid celebrating their 25th anniversary as well as Sonic the Hedgehog celebrating his 20th anniversary. In terms of games and hardware, it’s turning out to be one of the strongest years yet! The 3DS is on track to break the original DS’s first year sales; Kinect will be coming to Windows and will be in schools, hospitals, and businesses lending an interactive approach to everyday life. Sony has finally toppled the DVD with Blu-Ray, proving it’s the best physical media format on the market. We received two great shooters out of a rivalry in Battlefield 3 and Modern Warfare 3, the best Sonic game in over a decade in Sonic Generations. A relatively unknown developer released what is not only the best super hero game of all time, but the best licensed game of all time with Batman Arkham City. Michel Ancel showed us he is still one of the best developers around with the superb Rayman Origins. The Wii’s swan song, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword was not only a great way to celebrate Zelda’s 25th anniversary, but one of if not the greatest Wii and Zelda games of all time. We saw may series return to the limelight and make genre jumps such as Warhammer 40K: Space Marine, Kirby: Return to Dreamland, Mortal Kombat and Deus EX: Human Revolution. We received great sequels to great games such as Skyrim, Gears of War 3, Uncharted 3, Resistance 3, Forza Motorsport 4, Saint’s Row: The Third, and Portal 2. Microsoft celebrated 10 years of Xbox and their rise to success in the gaming industry and as a gift to fans we received a sound and visual overhaul to the beloved shooter that jumpstarted the console in Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary. We gained a quite the handful of new IP’s as well such as Homefront, Bulletstorm, LA Noire, Child of Eden, Rage, and Dead Island as well as others. If I have left a game out that you are thankful for having I apologize, I tried to list everything I could think of but with a wealth of great games this year, it’s hard to list them all. With all that is going wrong in the world, as gamers we have a substantial amount to be thankful for. In closing do me a favor, at least for today, put aside the fanboy flame wars, put aside trolling, put aside bickering and squabbles, and appreciate gaming. There could have been so many things that could have decimated the industry but yet he we are having one of the best years in recent memory. To everyone in the industry, from the big three console manufactures, to EA and Activision and every developer and publisher, no matter how small; we extend our deepest thanks. After all the turkey and trimming have been devoured and the football games have come to a close; keep warm and curl up with you either you PC, console, or portable of choice and remember how good the industry has been to us, we could be the movie industry (obligatory cheap shot permitted). Thank you everyone that supports TheGamersBlog, thanks to the D20 Girls, and again, to the gaming industry, thank you! Happy Holiday everyone!