The Top 5 Matters That I (and Possibly You) am Thankful for

The Top 5 Matters That I (and Possibly You) am Thankful for

Okay, the image does depict a sense of Thanksgiving, right? Like... pumpkin pie?

Michelle McLean by Michelle McLean on Nov 23, 2017 @ 04:09 AM
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It's that time of year, folks. The snow has fallen (... well, sort of, at least over here, and then it melted after a few minutes), the pies are baking, and cheer has spread throughout the air. Okay, not exactly cheer for adults, but at best for tiny humans. Nevertheless, it's the time for Thanksgiving - November 23rd for us Americans, to be exact, and I myself am prepared to bring a special someone over to meet my family for the first time.

Overall, I can say that I am thankful for much of what I have in my life, but in the midst of all the video game controversies - oh, and we shouldn't forget about Net Neutrality (please, please call your representatives and congress) - it's necessary to make not of what I am thankful for as a gamer. So here are the top five gamer-specific points to be thankful for in 2017.

However, here's the TL;DR version if you don't want to read the details:

1. I'm thankful Nintendo has conjured up a fantastic library in 2017, especially after the Wii U.
2. I'm thankful NieR: Automata has even released.
3. I'm thankful for all of the exclusives released on the PlayStation 4.
4. I'm thankful for Nintendo correcting its mistakes in regards to hardware shortages.
5. I'm thankful for having a voice (at least, when it comes to voting with our wallets).
Bonus - I'm thankful for being introduced to the Yakuza series, starting with 0 (okay, I've played 4, but I was really confused by the storyline and for good reason).

Hm... I guess it's easy to say that it is the year of Nintendo, with its mighty comeback via the Nintendo Switch.

Nevertheless, here are the points fleshed out:

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1. I'm thankful Nintendo has conjured up a fantastic library in 2017, especially after the Wii U.

Color me impressed in regards to the Nintendo Switch. While the console released in March alongside The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, it has garnered incredible amounts of attention. In fact, at the time of this writing, it has sold 7.63 Million Units worldwide... and we're just edging into the holiday season. And no, the Switch won't be sold at a discount, on its own anyway. For a "discount," you'll need to buy the console bundled with a game or two.

Nevertheless, I'm thankful for its releases and its success, and I only expect greater things - and launch titles - from Nintendo's hardware. In fact, what sold me on my Nintendo Switch was borrowing my girlfriend's Switch to solely play Breath of the Wild... and it took me about a month. Sorry.

Anyway, I did have a lot of fun with the console (unless motion-based puzzles were encountered; I do not wish to discuss this matter), and I knew I had to explore other titles available. Frankly, I wanted my own Switch to just take with me when traveling.

In fact, despite me not caring for Skyrim on PC or the PlayStation 3, I really am looking forward to playing it on the Switch, and it's potentially due to the portability.

Overall, I was able to procure the console after a few months of saving. And it was the Splatoon 2 bundle. It's been worth every penny... and PayPal Credit too, I suppose.

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2. I'm thankful for the release of NieR: Automata.

No, really, I am. Why? Simply put, I didn't expect another NieR game after the original. Sure, it sucks to see that many newcomers to the franchise haven't played or even been awre of the original title, but it's great that the mastermind behind the title, Yoko Taro, is finally receiving the recognition and praise he deserves. And, of course, it's also thanks to the partnership between Square Enix and Platinum Games. Thanks to the success of NieR: Automata, Square Enix has seen dollar amounts and now has declared a continuation of the series. So thank you, Yoko Taro and Platinum Games, for creating a memorable experience that stands on par with the original NieR.

Now we just need more Kaine in future entries somehow...

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3. I'm thankful for the PlayStation 4 Exclusives!

That's right, and I do not plan to take back this statement. Sony has placed some major effort into releasing exlusives - whether they are timed or any other variation - and, for the PlayStation 4. We've seen fantastic games such as Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, Until Dawn, Horizon: Zero Dawn, Crash Bandicoot: N-Sane Trilogy, Bloodborne, Gravity Rush 2, Ratchet and Clank, Wipeout Omega Collection, and Yakuza 0. Many of these games - combined or not - are system sellers. Here's hoping to 2018, the year we really see some mind-blowing launches - as long as everything remains on track for launch, anyway.

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4. I'm thankful for claiming victory over the scammer for a SNES-Mini Classic.

Especially since Nintendo has been infamous for supply shortages.

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