So it’s the end of the year, and rather than the usual nonsensical stream of consciousness that I usually put here, I wanted to say thank you to the people who show up to this feature every week to read, comment, and validate the weird garbage that I put ahead of the actual content-and-comments. Because the fact of the matter is that it’s one of my favorite things to do, as ridiculous as that might sound; it’s a chance to write something weird that amuses me with no concern for anything beyond “make it strange enough to be compelling but familiar enough to feel accessible.”
I look forward to writing What Are You Playing every week, whether it’s rambling about food terminology or zone nicknames or recycling. And based on the comments, you guys seem to enjoy it or at least don’t mind it enough to stop commenting. So thanks a bunch, because it makes me smile. See you next year with bits about the creative process for this column, gargoyles made of dental floss, and… oh, let’s say Bob the Gormless Gorm-crafter.
Andrew Ross (@dengarsw): As always, more Pokemon Go. I’ll have some new Pokes to mess around with and a buttload of raid passes to burn through (as well as holiday calories), though I’m really hoping to see a whale since it’s that season and my usual trail is a pretty good place to see them. Overwatch still has holiday boxes that are tempting me, since nothing is good enough to spend coins on but cool enough for me to want them. And hopefully I’ll get in some Final Fantasy XIV time because I haven’t broken in that Santa Bear mount enough!
Brianna Royce (@nbrianna, blog): I’m home again, so I’ll definitely be gaming some! I picked up a bunch during the Steam sale, and so far of those I’ve toyed with ARK: Survival Evolved (which I already owned, technically, just hadn’t played) and Portal Knights. They make for an interesting comparison! Justin also talked me into Broke Protocol.
Eliot Lefebvre (@Eliot_Lefebvre, blog): My usual antics in FFXIV and World of Warcraft, naturally. Other than that? I don’t know, maybe some new single-player stuff? Maybe not. Life is a rich tapestry.
Justin Olivetti (@Sypster, blog): I definitely need to spend some time in Lord of the Rings Online this weekend, because I’ve shamefully neglected it most of this month. Otherwise, I’m looking forward to exploring What Remains of Edith Finch, thanks to some strong reviews and a Steam sale.