On this, Christmas Eve, I thought I’d share some of the highlights and lowlights that have come from my 2012. There’s a lot that happened this year, so lemme wax nostalgic for a few minutes. And no, I’m not drunk.
First and foremost, I’m thankful for the health of my family. Yes, I pick on my sister on Facebook (considering how she humorously treated me in childhood, I call it “payback”) and, yes, every once in a while we get on each other’s nerves. But I still love my family, thick and thin, and we’re still doing quite well for what we are. Plus, I tell you, hanging out with my sister and her kids this past weekend was hilarious. Lots of Christmas cheer between the shoving and cursing (in a good way, ha!).
Then I have to talk about my workload. As you guys know from a freelance standpoint, work can be tough to find. But I’ve been fortunate enough to fall into some great gigs in 2012, with more to come in 2013. Gamerlive.tv is going places under the new name Gamerhub.tv; the GameZone team, headed up by SPLETCHA!, is still doing quite well; Planet Xbox 360 and Planet PlayStation may have gone away, but Eric Bush’s hard work is never forgotten; CBR continues to be a blast, especially during Comic-Con season; TechNewsDaily has become a huge gig for me, and a great place to work; and finally, there’s Prima Games, headed up by a wonderful team and tying me back in with great co-workers like John Benyamine and David Radd. Pleasure to work with you guys again, even if it’s just email correspondence. There’s just a comfort to it. Now on to 2013 and, hopefully, enough money to really get me moving places.
Friends. I’ve lost a couple this year due to something as small as misunderstanding. One thought I was harassing her boyfriend online (though it was nothing more than a small joke, it’s funny how a Facebook comment can be misconstrued) and the other a complete fallout with someone I really thought I knew, who turned out to be much, much worse. That said, I do kind of want to say I was sorry I lost them, though, essentially, I made so many other good friends this year that it more than makes up for their departure. I’m talking about growing closer to the 2nd Opinion crew (but not Skelly – haha, eew), reuniting with some co-workers from long ago for a great new assignment, running into new faces galore at the events (particularly PAX) and even making a few friends within the industry. Whoever says journalists can’t be friends with PR is utter bullshit. I’ve had so much fun hanging around Aubrey, the Square Enix team, the Activision folks, Alex, Stone and Raha over at Ubisoft (along with anyone I’ve forgotten), the Triplepoint “nut squad” (yes, Erin, including you), Kellie from Sega and others, it’s ridiculous. That’s part of the fun of this job.
With that, I’ll point out a particular few- Patrick Scott Patterson and his wonderful new cultural history video project (which I was happy to be on the debut of, despite my needing a drink). Emily Jean Royce, who has been nothing short of a delight and I consider one of my closer friends, despite her situation of not having a phone (FIX IT, EMILY). Chris and Kelly Brown, the Married Gamers, who have become dear friends, despite their occasional smarminess. Also, don’t ask me to explain Chris’ hair. I can’t. Marcia Webb, who I give a lot of shit to whenever I see her, but in truth, is one of the coolest gaming moms I know. (Now go drink!) Sara Earl, whom I ran into again in Vegas and got to know real well this year. (You owe me Dave and Busters, woman!) There are others as well, including Desirai, Nicole, Kimberly, and so many others. You all mean more to me than you’ll ever know.
And of course I can’t forget about the long-time friends that I had the pleasure of seeing again, even if ever so briefly. Jessica Villarreal tops the list, especially after putting up with me at Gamers United. Heh. Chastity, Jonathan “Weezul”, Rachel Lara, Raychul, Nikole, Ali, Pink, Blain, Edelita, Amy, Erin, Warren, Kelly “Mrs. Violence” Kelley, Melonie Mac, Jessica Chobot (who stopped everything during an autograph session just to give me a hug – awww), Blair Herter (who asked what I was drinking, like clockwork), Annette, Amanda, and so on. You guys really do mean everything to me and every time I see you at events, it’s a trip.
Also got to meet a whole bunch of people this year, which was unreal. Went to the Borderlands 2 premiere party in Dallas and got to meet Randy Pitchford, David Eddings and so many other great people at Gearbox. Went to Comic-Con and had a drink or two with Emo Phillips, who was amazing, as well as Orlando Jones, who was great in his own right. Got to meet James Roday and Dule Hill from Psych, Wil Wheaton (high elbow!), Alison Haislip, Dan Amrich, and so many new people as well. It’s been a trip this year, and the next one will be even better, I feel.
I’ve also gotten to get closer to some people in the industry, and the community that follows. Danny Pena and his GamerTagRadio team are still some of the best people around; JVB, despite the ridiculous comments on Twitter and Facebook, is still a riot to hang around; Peter Skerritt continues to be one of the sharper analytical minds in our industry, despite his love for karaoke; the Frag Dolls continue to be great female gamers, and I’m glad to know ‘em all; and so many others that do their thing just to have their place here. Keep at it, guys. Despite the bullshit with the NRA’s comments and the sad company closures, it’s still a great place to be.
And finally, I gotta talk about this wonderful lil’ thing named Staci. I got to meet her earlier this year in spite of all the drunken shenanigans that have happened over at 2nd Opinion Productions, and of course, leave it to me to wait until she moves halfway across the world before I start getting to know her better. TIMING, WORKMAN. Anyway, she’s made some of my nights over the past few months with our fun little banter, and I’m curious to see what 2013 brings. Glad you’re around, baby. <3
Sappy enough? Anyway, thanks to you guys for a wonderful 2012. Let’s do it all again next year. Only this time, um, maybe someone can fly to Denver…? :D