The lights are on
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Well, the big day is almost here and all of the last minute
shopping is done, just in time to usher in the post-Christmas day sales. I'm
not sure how often I'll get the chance to blog over the next few days, but I at
least wanted to get this one published before I get sucked into the festivities
and enjoying any new loot I might acquire over the next day or so. Oh, there
will be loot - with a Wii U under the tree and X-COM downloading on Steam...I'll
Anyway, before I started on this blog I took a look at what
I posted last year and I liked it so much I'm actually going to plagiarize a
lot of it for this blog. Of course if you want to read the original, you can
find it here.
I started off with this...
Tomorrow is Christmas which obviously means tonight is
Christmas Eve. I know not everybody celebrates or recognizes Christmas, but
there is no denying that's what tomorrow is. Hey, I'm not a fan of Columbus
Day. I kind of think it's a sham, but I still recognize the holiday every year
when it rolls around. So whether you celebrate it or not, tomorrow is
Christmas. Don't worry though, I'm not going to preach the Christmas story, but
if you are interested in learning the meaning of Christmas, might I recommend
the Charlie Brown Christmas Story version. You can watch everything you need to
Last year I started on a gamer's version of the traditional "Twas
the Night Before Christmas" poem...and last year I only got about two verses in
before I realized I wasn't going to finish it in time. Well, this year I added
a few more verses, but yeah...still not going to finish it. Man, I never realized
that was such a long song.
Twas the Night Before
Christmas Poem (Gamer's Edition)
Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the
Not a gamer was sleeping, achievements still left to get
The controllers were held by their owners with care
In hopes that victory would soon be theirs to share
The gamers were still up and logged onto their games
Some sat in silence while others called their opponents
And some on their Xboxes and others on their PS3s
A few on their portables and a couple on their Wiis
When out on the server arose such a lag spike
I sprang from my chair and yelled into my mic
Away to the router I flew like a flash
I located the power button and gave it a mash
The light of the monitor emanating a soft glow
I had been disconnected, the screen did show
When, what to my surprised eyes did I see
A big brown truck with yellow letters, I'd say there were
With a young driver so cool and hip
I thought it was Steve but maybe it was Chip
Slower than molasses, his truck lumbered along
He, listening to his iPod while humming the song
...to be continued, but I think you see the direction I'm
going with this.
This next part, I found really kind of neat. It's amazing
looking back and reading about the community...and comparing it with where we are
today. Hard to believe this was written a year ago today since it looks and
feels just as relevant now.
Take a look at the old, with some new comments in bold...
I finally just decided to wing it and talk about
something I hold near and dear to my heart and that's the Game Informer
community. This truly is a special place. Not because I say so or think so but
because every day I'm here I witness simple acts of kindness. I witness real
friendships develop and prosper. I witness the community open its arms to
newcomers. I witness the veterans who have been here awhile continuing to
support and strengthen the community.
We enjoy a team of podcasters who week in and week (although they have certainly scaled back
their frequency) out bring quality content to the masses. Nearly all of the
regular podcasts have this in common - they have hosted fellow community members
and even hosts from other podcasts on their own show. There is no competition,
there is camaraderie. They're also similar in that they have provided us, the
community, with exclusive interviews from people actually working in the
industry. Sure, they might not be able to pull down the big names like John
Carmack or Gabe Newell, but the fact that they have brought anyone working in
the industry is an amazing accomplishment (The
Jacked Up Indie and Mojo Show routinely host real personalities from the video
game industry on their podcast + a number of members from the community).
We enjoy a team of bloggers who consistently post quality
content. In the last 17 weeks, we've never had fewer than 50 bloggers
contribute to the community and we enjoy roughly 7 blogs per day. Very few
communities provide bloggers of any experience access to such a large audience
as they have available here at Game Informer. The community here is very
supportive of the bloggers (I plan to
post and updated blogging statistics blog soon, but we did have one week that
hit 48, but the average per week is 65. We posted over 5,400 blogs in 2012 and
have seen some tremendous growth over the year).
But what makes the Game Informer community even more
special often takes place behind the scenes. You can't read about it in the
blogs or see it posted in the forums. But it's there. It's community members
continuing their relationships after they navigate away from Game Informer.
It's community members sending each other Christmas cards and presents. It's
the staff supporting and recognizing the user community and its moderator team.
It's everything that transcends normal community behavior that makes this
website such an enjoyable place to congregate. I don't really want to go into
all the details, because they don't really matter, but this community really
does take care of itself (All still
Whether tomorrow is Christmas or just another Sunday (or Tuesday, as the case may be this year) for
you, my hope is that you enjoy the day to its fullest. Long time readers and
friends, it's been a real honor spending another year here with you. As the
year winds down, my hope is you have a great holiday and blessed New Year. If
you're reading my blog for the first time, then you've found your way to Game
Informer and I hope you enjoy that too. It truly is the greatest video game
community on the Internet. Everybody has something to offer, so join in and
welcome to the community.
Peace be with you all!