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What I am Thankful For This Year

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Wow, the year flies, doesn’t it? First of all: happy Thanksgiving, everyone! It’s been quite the year, and I have so much to be thankful for, so I decided to go ahead and make this Thanksgiving post to celebrate all the good things that have happened this year. Here is what I am thankful for this year in gaming!

Nintendo Getting Its Act Together

Listen, I’ve been a fan of Nintendo ever since my hands could hold a controller. I’d play the NES at my friend’s place, and when I was old enough, the SNES was my first system. I have owned every Nintendo home console since the SNES, and they will always have a special place in my heart. That’s exactly why these past two generations have been so damn disappointing to me. The Wii just never really fit with how I wanted to play, and the Wii U didn’t have enough games to keep me happy. This year has changed EVERYTHING, though! Hyrule Warriors, Mario Kart 8, Super Smash Bros. Bayonetta 2, and more are making me bust out my Wii U more often than usual. The games are very well designed, and best of all, they’re actually selling systems. It makes me incredibly happy to see this sleeping giant beginning to wake up again, even if it’s about damn time!

The Return of the RPG

Dragon Age: Inquisition is a game I had been hoping would do well, but was too afraid to dare to hope. Drago;n Age: 2 left me feeling meh, and I was afraid BioWare had lost their touch. More than 30 hours into the game, I can tell you right now they absolutely haven’t. They’ve managed to make a game that so far, seems to be the best of all worlds, and one of the best RPGs I’ve played this year. I’ll have my official review out once I am done with this massive, massive game- oh look, a side quest! DA:I isn’t the only amazing RPG we’ve seen this year, though. Wasteland 2 and Divinity: Original Sin also saw their debuts, and both are absolutely fantastic games. It’s true, RPGs are back in a big way, and I seriously hope they continue to grow.

#GamerGate

I know, this seems like a really weird thing to be thankful for, but hear me out. This movement/controversy/whatever the hell you want to call it just won’t die, and there’s also absolutely something to be said about it. On the one hand, it raises up some very legitimate concerns about ethics in games journalism, and whether or not we want a media that draws ever closer to ‘E!’ or ‘TMZ’, or if we can want something different. On the other, it’s presenting very clear evidence for the sort of abuse women get in nerd spaces, and I believe sunlight is the best disinfectant. The more we talk about these issues, the better things will get, and hopefully there will be less abuse and hate in this world. The abuse is absolutely unacceptable on all sides, and as someone who 100% supports diversity in gaming spaces, I hope this opens up lines of communication so the game press can get better, and also so the games space can become more inclusive and welcoming to outside groups. I want it all, damn it!

Everyone Who Helps with Armed Gamer.

It’s been a long year this year, and I am honestly SUPER thankful to all of the writers on Armed Gamer. Thank you to Zach, who left his post at Broken Analog to focus more on writing for Armed Gamer, and who has been fantastic at writing regularly, and is awesome at getting review copies of games. Thank you to Sarah, who not only has written for me, but continues to edit my stupid articles, and occasionally serves as guest editor when I’m away. Thank you to Whiskey Ginger, whose humor always makes for an entertaining read. Thank you to Emily who has written some of the most popular articles on this site this year, including Six Things to Know When Cosplaying and The Horrors of Videogame Retail. Thank you as well to Deborah, the newest addition to the Armed Gamer team. She’s probably one of the smartest people I know, and has been amazing at writing engaging content regularly and following through with all of this site’s quirky formatting (*cough* *cough* the rest of you need to stop using .png). Outside of writing, I’d really like to thank GtKoolaidsman, Ordosan, and GPKarma for keeping me grounded and helping me out with everything from streaming, to ideas for the website, to trying to help me climb out of Bronze in League of Legends (Season 5 is a fresh start, you guys!).  Finally, I’d like to extend a MASSIVE thank you to Uber Motif, the guys behind this website. They have been super accommodating to me, especially when I contact them at 2AM and say shit like “What if we…” The fact that you are reading this now on this super snazzy site is because of them!

All of You

As corny or as silly as it may sound, I am super thankful to all of you for reading the shit I put up daily, and putting up with some of the quirks of the site and Facebook page. Armed Gamer wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for all of you. I’ve watched this site grow from nothing, to the burgeoning independent games media site it is today, and I am incredibly excited to see what the future holds. I hope all of you stick around and tell your friends about it, because we’re going places and we can only continue to grow with your help. Want to know what’s coming? Well, you had better stick around and find out!

So what are you thankful for? Let me know in the comments!

About Stephen Crane

Stephen was hooked by the NES at a very young age and never looked back. He games on a daily basis and is currently trying to climb his way up the ranked ladder on League of Legends! Outside of the video game world he actually likes running and owns a rapidly growing collection of toed shoes. Stephen Crane is the owner of Armed Gamer.

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