Merry Christmas, Lusipurrians. I hope readers and commenters and people who stumbled here from Google Images are all among loved ones and relaxing, whether they celebrate the day or not. I want to take this day as an opportunity to take a moment from all the dark spaces of gaming – and there are many – to be thankful for all the bright things. For while it may not be Thanksgiving, it is still a time for warmth and reflection. And as a gamer, I have much to be thankful for.
I am thankful for impromptu Pokémon Stadium mini-game tournaments and the laughter and stress they create. I am thankful for handheld systems and the soft glow of a screen as I dive into old school RPGs in the dead of night. I am thankful for the rich, beautiful world of Gran Pulse, and sights that remind me why games speak to me so vividly.
I am thankful for the frenzied sport of StarCraft II and the community and personality it gives to fans. I am thankful for heated debate about which Final Fantasy is indisputibly the best and which Zelda is indisputibly the best and which system is indisputibly the best and how everybody else is always so wrong.
I am thankful for dungeon crawlers and action platformers, I am thankful for the deeper appreciation some games give when I dive in their worlds for a second or third or fourth time. I am thankful for the satisfaction of leveling up, KO-ing Pikachu as Olimar, getting an elusive platinum, or free-running over rooftops in Renaissance Italy. I am thankful for slapping-only one-hit-kill mode in GoldenEye 64.
I am thankful for gaming personalities and the drama we can discuss all year ’round. I am thankful for choice and bold statements in the industry, even if they do not suit my personal gaming needs.
I am thankful for the moment I first stepped out into Hyrule Field, the moment I jumped from my speeding horse onto the wing of an ancient dragon colossus, all the life and death of Flower, and all the different moments other gamers have had and will have that I will never understand.
I am thankful for Lusipurr.com and Lusipurr himself. Small but impassioned communities (and those who create and maintain them) that sustain and create gaming passion. I am thankful for people who have no choice but to live and breathe and write about and play video games.
So my dear LusiOrnaments. Consider this mini-reflection as my metaphorical mistletoe so I can give each and every one of you the kiss I want to give you every time you visit this site or write a comment or play a game or think about games or talk about games. We are brothers and sisters of gaming and we are the gift that keeps on giving. Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Happy New Year! I raise my glass to all of you. Now go away and let me platinum Final Fantasy XIII.