Christmas took a time toll on me this year, what with the work crunch leading up to the holidays, the amount of drinking that needed to be done each night leading up to the holidays, the amount of driving that needed to be done across half the country in order to catch up with family, and the various people I needed to claw and punch throughout various malls and shops in order to grab the last iPod peripheral for a present.
I didn't even have the time to talk about controlling EQ2 with a Wii, Burning Crusade Tier 5 stats, Guild Wars selling 3 million boxes, Smed calling out Zonk and Zonk answering the call, the best fun WoW has seen in a long time and its subsequent nerf, NetDevil working with a major toy company on a new MMO (Transformers has been denied, but LEGO, anyone?), Smed mentioning a PS3 MMO that is only available via download, penises flying at Anshe Chung during an in-game CNET interview (just another typical day in Second Life), John Donham (co-founder of Areae) making a post for people that most likely won't be buying his product, 7,700 FFXI accounts banned followed by 50,000 EQ2 characters removed followed by 100,000 WoW accounts banned (remember, it's not the size of your ban that counts, but how you use it), the WoW class that claims it has been nerfed the most deciding not to wait for a patch that allows them to one-shot end-game MOBs and going about it their own way, rumors of a Jan 4 open Beta date and Jan/Feb release date for Vanguard culminating in Round 7 of Vanbois vs Naysayers, Ryzom being acquired by Gameforge, an example of the quest and reputation grind awaiting raiders in the Burning Crusade, Nintendo forming a partnership with Nexon, PvP in Vanguard (2 points stand out: One, PvP within 10 levels of opponent - not surprising from the people that brought you EQ PvP, but let's hope Immy heals aren't also brought over. Two, Ctrl + Left Click. WTF?), controversial psychology experiements are alright when your subject is a Night Elf, Second Life allowing players to live out rape fantasies (I don't think Anshe Chung paid for those penises, however), tired with foretelling the death of PC gaming, media attention now turns to foretelling the death of console gaming, EQ2 characters mysteriously travelling across the void and changing servers, Mythic unveiling 3 new WAR classes and showing us that not all drunk Englishmen are found at the cricket.
It was all worth it in the end, especially from a gamer's perspective when Christmas Day afternoon - a time usually reserved for passing out on the couch and mumbling "Uhhhhhrrghgh. I'm never eating that much ever again' - saw my family gathered not around ye olde roaring fire, but around ye olde flat-screen television in order to spend a few hours rocking out to Guitar Hero 2. My mother totally pwns Nirvana's Heart Shaped Box.
I hope you all had a great Christmas, whether it was with family at home or with strangers in Frostfell/Wintersday/Winter Veil celebrations, and you have fun-fueled New Years. I'll be doing the traditional New Years shindig around here and heading to the coast with friends so we can drink entirely too much and pass out on the beach. No regular updates (haw!) for a week until I'm back. Then you can watch me try and keep my New Year's resolution: to actually update more than once in a blue moon. Prepare the rescue crew - it could be a messy landing.
(I'll get back to you in just a bit, Scott)