Wednesday, December 31, 2008

My games of 2008

Everyone has their list of favorite things for 2008. Meh, here's mine.

* Professor Layton and the Curious Village (Nintendo DS)
This puzzle game (and we all know how much I love puzzle games) really held my attention. And with new puzzles being released on the DS wi-fi weekly, it's interest has held my attention since it came out.

* The World Ends With You (Nintendo DS)
I wasn't sure if I would like the dual screen combat system or the fact that you can change difficulty in the middle of the game. I wasn't even sure if I would like the button collecting/evolving system... but I did. A LOT. The story is VERY engrossing and it's a wild ride.

* Perplex City Series 2/Wave 2 (puzzle cards)
Yes, they finally released the boxes of finished cards for the second wave. And for a STEAL! Even with shipping from the UK I got them in plenty of time for a good price, and they are GOOD puzzles. See my list of completed cards here.

* Moshi Monsters (online game)
This is what the 'Perplex City' people went off to do. I have no clue how they're making money from this... but to each his own. It's a fun daily diversion and the puzzles are pretty fun. Worth looking into.

* Guitar Hero: World Tour (Wii)
Sorry... but I'm gonna keep bragging about this for a while.

* Animal Crossing (Wii)
Jen plays every day. EVERY DAY. Any game that sparks her interest is worth a look-see. If you ever get the game, let me know your friend code so we can get the mic and visit each other's towns.

* Twilight (book/movie)
I don't know what it is. The woman can't write well (terrible writer), and the movie, in my opinion, with all the hokey dialogue and situations, was better than the book... which isn't saying much. AT ALL! The main characters are morose and depressing and wholly un-interesting. So why can't I get it out of my head? JEEZ! She must put crack on the pages (small inside joke there).

Otherwise, 2008 was a pretty decent year. Not the best, but certainly not the worst.

Jen got on permanent at her job in Denver, I won the "Rock-Out" contest which prompted me to start doing video game reviews (next one up soon).

I got into magic (which I am proud to say that I'm getting better at, and joined the Society of American Magicians. I also attended the magic convention in Ft. Collins and had a great time. I played two birthday parties that went well, and it made me more confident in my magic. For Christmas my cousin Jimmy gave me the book that was his dad's first magic book. It meant a lot to me.

One of my oldest friends has announced his engagement to his wonderful long-time girlfriend. I couldn't be happier. They 'work' together... and that means a lot.

I got into Detective Conan, Abe's Oddysee, and LEGO (again!).

Now, 2008 hasn't been a bed of roses...

Some of you know, some may not... but come January 15th 2009, I am losing my job due to out-sourcing. But this just means that I can try to find something else that I can retire from. Call it a "new beginning".

But the (supposed) bad economy (all a figure of imagination if you ask me) also means that I will be competing with other people for said jobs. I can't say I'm not scared, because I am. I'm genuinely terrified. But by February 15th I am determined to be working somewhere. Anywhere. Taco Bell, if need be... but I will be working.

But people have been very supportive. I have THE BEST friends anyone could have, and I am lucky to have you all.

I hope that 2009 is good for all of you, and I look forward to enjoying your accomplishments this coming year too.

Stay safe and stay well.

I love you all.


Mike said...

Interesting list Justin, even though I have little interest in video games, you make them sound interesting.

Bad news on the job front, I wish I could help but my company has a hiring freeze and while Kim might get you recommended at Kings I am not sure if that's up your alley. But send me your resume so I have a copy in case something does come up. You never know.

Paul said...

Bob (the guy behind the Game Overthinker vids) has a review of Twilight on the Escapist Show.

It's at the 5:45 mark.

Heather said...

I really am sorry to hear about the layoff. It's an epidemic in our little circle...I know you'll find something soon - you're very marketable! :D

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