I had this all planned out: I’d put up a wishlist of videogames that were on my “someday” list. Once every few weeks, someone might buy one for me because I just had to try this game now. It would arrive in the mail, and Amazon would include a short note from the sender, telling me the sender’s address and letting me know why they sent the game. I could then reply with a nice thank-you card to show my appreciation.
This system would give the impatient a way to get a game into my hands, and it would be a nice little bonus gift for me every once in a while. I’m so clever!
The reality was that within 24 hours I had eight games on the way. The nice note from the sender isn’t included when the game comes from a third-party seller, which was the case for seven out of the eight games.
So now I have eight games and I only got the note with one of them. (I know who sent Tabula Rasa, got the note. Thanks so much. You’ll be hearing from me soon.)
If you’re one of the generous people who sent me a gift, I really would like to send a thank-you card. Also, if Amazon had you type in a message for me, I want you to know I never got it. If you could send an email to shamus at shamusyoung dot com with your words (if you had any) and your home address (if you don’t mind me mailing you a card) I’d really appreciate it. Please include the title of the game you gave. I am curious as to who sent what. Also include your website if you don’t mind me mentioning you as the sender here on the site.
If you want to stay anonymous, that’s cool too, but my guilt-o-meter is pinging because I got a bunch of presents and I can’t say thanks.
This weekend I managed to take a bite out of that list of games. I’m handling the quickest first, which means that the MMO’s (City of Heroes / Villains, and Tabula Rasa) will have to wait, since they will no doubt dominate the blog the way Warcraft did.
A Lack of Vision and Leadership
People fault EA for being greedy, but their real sin is just how terrible they are at it.
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Grand Theft Auto Retrospective
This series began as a cheap little 2D overhead game and grew into the most profitable entertainment product ever made. I have a love / hate relationship with the series.
The Death of Half-Life
Valve still hasn't admitted it, but the Half-Life franchise is dead. So what made these games so popular anyway?
A look back at Star Trek, from the Original Series to the Abrams Reboot.