Hello, dear readers. I hope everyone enjoyed their holidays and that none were seriously injured attempting to grab amazing deals on Boxing Day. I’ve got a mother cool enough to find me two Kinect games that actually don’t suck, which I’ll be writing reviews for when Skyrim finally releases it’s vicegrip on my life. In case you’re wondering, the Kinect games are Kung Fu High Impact and Winter Stars. A wonderful combination of ass kicking and snow covered bobsledding! After watching Cool Runnings, I’ve always wanted to try the sport. Now I can, if only virtually.
And now to the meat of this piece. Having bought myself the videogames I wanted most before the arrival of the holidays, I’ve come to a painful realization. You see, by purchasing all the games that interested me before they could be given to me as presents, I inadvertently killed much of the Christmas’ ‘buzz.’ This year, it wasn’t like when I was younger and had no choice but to wait for the big day, bubbling with anticipation and excitement for games I knew I’d unwrap.
You remember that feeling, right? I recall how my brother and I would open up our gifts as noisily as possible and then gush over the games we’d receive. We couldn’t wait to finish, so we could get downstairs and try them all out. It made the feeling of Christmas morning turn into a all day affair.
I realize that my predicament this year is my fault and I am by no means trying to complain about the Christmas that just passed. I picked up all the titles I wanted, Skyrim, Battlefield 3, Gears of War 3, Saints Row 3, Dead Island and earlier in the year, Mass Effect 2. I even bought a bunch of microsoft points on the off chance I find something online that I might want. Having acquired all the games I could have asked for as Christmas gifts ( I even bought Skyrim a week before Christmas), I know I brought this upon myself.
I want to reiterate that I am not complaining about my Christmas or blaming anyone. Looking at my twitter feed I want to do violence to all those complaining about not getting an ‘isomething,’ a car, or a specific present they just had to have. They act as if family, friends, their parents or their spouse somehow ruined Christmas by not providing that most wanted gift. Frankly, that is ridiculous and people like this simply sound spoiled.
So, I’m not acting like those Twitter users, I promise. I simply came to the realization that anticipating video games, the upcoming acquisition of a particular title and then finally obtaining it at a predetermined moment, brings about a great deal of happiness and excitement for me. Video games make for great gifts and they are one of the few presents under the tree that I can still pick up and be excited about.
The point in sharing my pseudo Christmas letdown is that not getting games as presents has shown me once again how much I love video games and the adventures they offer. Whether it’s teaching you something or immersing yourself into a world (like most Bethesda games work), it’s typically a highly rewarding experience. In fact, anybody following any of my posts can see how much games mean to me. Want proof? Just take a look at the time I’ve spent playing various video games over the last year, my dismay over the current rental situation in Canada, and the emotional responses games trigger in me.
So after another great year of video game experiences, I just want to give props to the creators and community alike for keeping the good times coming. Without either of these sides of gaming, my Christmas and my free time would not be the same. Next year though, I think I’ll opt to get games as gifts, rather than purchase them ahead of time.