All I want for Christmas is…

This was part of a piece that I and six others contributed to with our wishlists for the heady year of 2013. Yes,  it was a time before The Last Of Us, Bioshock Infinite, Super Hexagon and The War Z. Oh, to be young again…

Bah! Humbug! Don’t be blinded by the one-rose-eyed-one-misty-eyed nostalgia that comes with a conventional year-end review; 2012 was not a great year for gaming. Bright hopes were extinguished (Amy, I Am Alive); franchises were exhausted (Resident Evil 4, Medal of Honor: Warfighter); great games were ignored (Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, Sleeping Dogs); dozens of developers went bust (Sony Liverpool, 38 Studios) and the year was capped off with scandal (PR collusion, rampant sexism). Whatayear.

Now, 2012 may have been a great year for things like online multiplayer and the indie scene but it wasn’t so good for the industry as a whole. Will 2013 be any better? Eh, I’m a cynic not a fortune-teller. But with that in mind, what I want for Christmas is simple: a jolt. The industry needs a shot in the arm to rescue it from financial and cultural decay.

It could be that that jolt is a new console. No, not the Ouya or the Gamestick, but the Steam Box, the Valve Cube, The Gabesphere. Let’s see some concrete news for Valve’s latest step in its world domination and let’s embrace it. Let’s see Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo with their backs against the wall, frantically pulling on extra thinking caps to innovate and step things up to keep this a party of three. Merry Christmas, you’re welcome.

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