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That’s it. We made it. 2022 is wrapped up — about as neatly as the awkwardly shaped bottle of toiletries that sits under the tree, held together with copious amounts of duct tape, but wrapped up doesn’t matter. We’ll be taking a short break over the holidays, meaning we’ll be pausing Game of the Week until we’re back in full force in January (and if there might even be some games to write about – 2023 looks like that already a record year).
Ever since I’ve played them, Christmas has been inseparable from video games. Maybe it’s because so many of the defining moments in my gaming life started at the foot of a Christmas tree; a Commodore 64, late in the life of the machine, that was my very first hardware, on which I played WEC Le Mans endlessly. A game gear with a set of six AA batteries that wouldn’t last past Christmas morning, packed full of its 8-bit version of Sonic the Hedgehog (only recently did I realize how lucky I was – Ancients Spin des, what would become an iconic series still stands out as the best of Sonic’s first generation). An original PlayStation, the most exotic of them all; that fresh window into the new world of 3D and the feeling that games have changed forever.
Maybe now that I’m supposed to be an adult it doesn’t have that same sense of wide-eyed wonder associated with it, but the holidays are still all about video games. It’s the promise of a week off work to fill with plenty of dead hours, and even if that promise doesn’t do quite as much as it used to, now that I have more family commitments, there’s still a small handful long, lazy people in the morning browsing through the back catalog or just as long cold nights to find old favorites again.
For reasons I don’t quite understand, it used to be a Christmas tradition to play through a Tomb Raider during the Christmas break – preferably one of the classics like Underworld, something as comforting and warming as a glass of mulled wine. This Christmas, for reasons I can’t really fathom, I just treated myself to the Callisto Protocol; Maybe there’s something about the mindless, choppy action that looks perfect for unwinding, or maybe 2022 really was such a year that the best way to round it off is to spend a dozen hours banging the heads of the beating people with an electric baton. If you want a little more stress, there’s always the Golf update for Nintendo Switch Sports, which is ripe for a wet few hours with the extended family, and I’ve just given the Astro City a little polish and bet in the living room Garou: Mark of the Wolves if you’re brave enough for a late-night fight.
So I’m looking forward to a few weeks of enjoyment and reconnecting with the games I love most, as well as some of the ones I’ve missed over the past few months. I hope you are all having a relaxing break and a chance to play something wonderful – thank you for sticking with us throughout 2022 and see you in the new year.
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