Thanksgiving in the United States is happening right now. Currently, I’m eating with my family a meal so large that it could feed half the neighborhood. We, like most Americans, need to consume this calorie loaded diet to survive what will arguably be one of the most terrifying Black Fridays to date. So, while the meal is still in the oven and good spirits enliven us, I would like to gather everyone around to discuss what it is that we are indeed thankful for.
Honestly, this has been a pretty rough year on me, personally. Because of that, I’ve found it really easy to discuss who I’m thankful for. I’m thankful for the people around me. The people I work with, work for, and who work under me. I’m thankful for the family I have and the friends who keep me smiling. I’m thankful for this game site and the number of creative people that surround me on a daily basis, but most of all I’m thankful that even with the bad, that something even worse hasn’t happened.
This might not have been the best year for me, but I’m glad I still have some of the best people around me. I’m totally thankful for that.
As far as gaming stuff is concerned though, I’m just thankful that I get to sit down and see something actually interesting week in and week out. It makes doing this job so much more fun.
I’m really glad Nintendo’s still around with a business model as pleasant as can be, especially when compared to Sony and Microsoft. Nintendo has claimed on multiple occasions that they’re not necessarily trying to compete by doing what the others do, but better. They’re almost always the first ones to innovate, and are a major factor in the evolution of video games for the past three decades. All our favorite things about whatever console, you probably owe to Nintendo. It’s the business model that has kept them around and thriving for so long. It’s what they ride on, and it’s a fabulous thing they’ve got going. While the Wii U has certainly gotten off to an especially slow start, I’m eager to see it finally get kicked into gear in the coming months.
Here’s hoping 2014 is a much more fruitful year for the Wii U. Meanwhile, the 3DS will probably continue kicking ass. They’re just such a breath of fresh of air in the unnecessarily intense “console war.” Oh, and a quick shout-out to my 3DS for making this year so much lovelier. You da bes, 3DS.
I’m thankful that the PS4, Xbox One, and the Wii U have all launched and we can stop saying “next-gen” so damn much. The console wars will rage on, but I can already tell that they will not be as flaming hot as they were last generation, and for that I am also thankful. If you pay attention to the industry, you know that console launches are exhausting for everyone involved. Being able to just sit down and finally enjoy a video game for a bit is the reward we’ve all been waiting for.
Thanksgiving is the time of year where we give thanks for what we have. I have a roof over my head, a job, food, friends, a car, and everything. I’m thankful for all of that. Hell, I’m even (bitterly) thankful for the student debt that allows me to work towards a degree year after year. Every year though, I find the thing I’m most thankful for is my family. I’ve got a dad that supports me, despite how weird or crazy my plans may be sometimes. He’s the guy who got me into gaming. He was the one sitting next to me as I played GTA III, explaining the difference between ‘real’ and ‘video games’ as I drove a tank down main street. He’s been one of my biggest moral supporters since I started writing for Twinfinite too, and even managed to get us blocked as a Gaming Site from his work’s net filters. That’s big.
My mom’s always been there for me too. If I need a weekend at home, I know she’ll drop everything for me. She’s the strongest woman I know, and has been the best role model I could have ever asked down. She’s taught me not to let life keep you down, no matter what bullshit it throws at you. She’s also way better at Super Castlevania IV than I could ever hope to be. Last but not least, I have a little sister who is pretty much the best friend I could ask for. We’ve been through the same stuff, we think the same, and we (mostly) get along pretty well. Whatever happens, we both know the other one will be there. And she’s been forcing me to be Player 2 since the days of Super Mario Bros. on the NES, so there’s that too.
I’M THANKFUL. Mostly this year I’m thankful for the Wii U saving our sanity when our Wii broke down, and that I’ve got awesome family-folk to game with — my wife and older son. The younger kid is definitely interested in gaming but, for now, that means he wants to wave a controller around and sometimes taste it to make sure it’s working.
I’m SUPER thankful to be a part of the totally awesome Twinfinite crew and to get to write about games, since writing and games are both among my most favorite things.
I’m doing a special Gaming Happens episode going more in-depth on every single gaming thing I’m thankful for, but I still wanted to contribute to this staff collaboration of our thankfulness- 2013 edition! I’m most thankful for video games constantly trying bigger and better things, for the people in the community that aren’t satisfied with settling on conditions for our wonderful medium, and for Twinfinite.
Twinfinite has been my life for two years, and every day I’m glad to spend as much time as I do making it better for Twinfiknights. Grateful I’m able to do that, grateful for my wonderful staff that makes the site as entertaining as it is, and grateful for our audience that loves the crap out of what we do. Happy Thanksgiving!
I was going to say I’m thankful for all these wonderful people at Twinfinite (and I am), but that’s what I did last year so screw that.
This is genuinely not intended to troll anyone, but I’m thankful for PC gaming. I’ll admit I do feel a little left out that I’m missing out on the excitement of these new consoles coming out, and I guarantee that if I had the disposable income/time/space to get all three systems I totally would. On the other hand, I am so grateful that after decades of having to tinker and mess around with installing games, downloading patches, and dealing with lousy ports of console games, PC gaming is finally easy.
The whole process of buying, installing, and playing just about any game out there is an absolute piece of cake these days. Furthermore, PC ports of games are more often than not becoming the best versions thanks to the platform’s open-endedness. The cranberry sauce on the turkey however is that, thanks to digital distribution, games are almost always on sale somewhere.
Get ready for some sappy nonsense:
I’m thankful for all my wonderful staff writers: Claudia, Alissa, Emily, Henry, Terrence, JC, Alex, Chaz, Devoun, and Topher, who are the lifeblood of Twinfinite and without who this wouldn’t be as fun a place to work at as it is. I’m thankful for the amazing video personalities we have on the site: Maie, Mona, and Rick, who’s work constantly entertains me and makes me want to get into video work of my own. I’m thankful for our shopkeep: Stevens, who made us our very first run of Twinfinite tees to make us look like a proper gang when we go to conventions. I’m thankful for all the past Twinfinite staffers whose efforts helped get us to where we are today; even though they don’t work for the site anymore, they will always be Twinfiknights (I told you idiots that the only way out was in a box AND I FRIGGIN MEANT IT) I’m thankful for the great editors I work with who take my drivel and make it slightly presentable and are some of the best writers I know. Most of all. I’m thankful for the “mom” of the site, our oh-captain-my-captain, Yami. She saw something in each of us and brought us all together to make something between a cult and a family and for that we are eternally grateful. I doubt we’ll ever be the chongos and chongas she so desperately wants us all to be, but we’re all going to give it our best shot.
Happy Thanksgiving! Let us know in the comments what you’re thankful for this year!