On Thanks and Giving

Depending on where and when you read this, Thanksgiving just passed and you are likely recovering from a tryptophan overdose. Additionally, you might be recovering from staying up all night in anticipation for a Black Friday deal that was too good to pass up. Or, you just took the day off and enjoyed time with your family. Then again, it could just be another day in November. Ultimately this means that I am a bit torn in my direction for this week’s post. With the end of the fall rush of video game releases, there is virtually nothing of interest as far as intriguing news stories goes. However I have a self-imposed obligation to deliver on a weekly basis, so something must be done. This means that this week, instead of an “editorial” of sorts, I think a bit of reflection is in order. Tis the season, right?

First, I’m thankful for Twitter. It might sound cliche, but there is a lot of good out there in the land of the Internet if you know where and more importantly how to look for it. Thanks to the magic of Twitter, I no longer have to engage in debates about monthly NPD data, but I can passively stay informed of the millions upon millions of units sold by Nintendo. Through Twitter I can stay up-to-date on the latest issue with Left 4 Dead 2 without being financially or emotionally invested in the game. Also Twitter is the ultimate signal flare. I can instantly find a handful of members of the Talking About Games community to join in a session of Modern Warfare 2 in less than 140 characters. Being that connected to the community makes gaming infinitely more enjoyable.

Speaking of the community, I’m thankful for the Talking About Games community. Truth be told, this is the first community that I have been an active member of. Sure, forum lurking is common to us all, but engaging members is something that I stepped in to with a huge deal of trepidation. There’s no telling how a bunch of gamers will react to someone new trying to join the circle, but I truly believe TAG is the standard for gaming communities. Yes, it starts at the top but each member promoting the site has a responsibility to carry themselves with the rest of the community in mind. Be it the seasoned veteran or new member looking to join in a game night, Talking About Games represents itself with a great deal of pride and I am honored to be a part of this.

Quick tangent about the community, I’d like to reiterate my appreciation for the community members that put a Diabetes Awareness Twibbon on their Twitter avatar over the past months. I know to some it’s just a picture, but to me it means that you care. I can’t describe the joy I have when I see members of TAG engage some of the people with Diabetes I follow on Twitter. It’s like the merging of two happy homes and I’m very thankful that each of these communities can interact with the other so easily.

I can’t get out of here without mentioning how thankful I am for the Post Game Report. When I started my blog at the beginning of the year I had no idea that I would be in this position: featured on a community site, podcasting on a weekly basis with people I had only known through their voices. It’s still amazing that I was given a chance to participate on that podcast based only on a weekly contribution to the site but I think I’ve done well in making the most of this opportunity thus far. Each week I learn something new about how all of this is supposed to work, how to better organize a 2-3 hour adventure, how to stay on top of what our community cares about, how to deliver week in and week out. I’ve learned a lot in five short months and I am thankful that this opportunity will provide me the chance to continue to grow.

Finally I’m thankful for the metric ton of games that are available week in and week out for all of these consoles. The wealth of opportunity that we have at our fingertips is simply astounding. There’s a lot of creativity coming out of all of these games studios regardless of genre. I might issue a backhanded comment at the expense of the Wii or reiterate the fallacy that PC gaming is dead but the truth is that each and every platform has a success story to point to. It’s said every year, and every year we find plenty of reasons to say, “It’s a great year to be a gamer.” I’m thankful that gaming continues to give me reasons to be glad that I invest all kinds of money in this distraction. For all the stress in my life, I’m thankful that I can continue to turn to video games to escape from the harsh reality I live in for a few hours at a time.

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