Hopefully, by now, all of your preparations for the festive period are over and you can now sit back in front of a roaring log fire with nothing to distract you from the joys of Xbox Live Arcade other than the prospect of Santa’s sack popping down your chimney.
Of course, in the real world, you’ll undoubtably (like many of the rodent team) be having to deal with in-fighting families, cooking the bastard turkey, screaming at your children and dealing with a distinct lack of batteries. And Argos will have messed up your Xbox 360 order and delivered a 300 block set of Duplo instead.
Never mind, Way of the Rodent is here to save Christmas with our annual serving of the Original Spirit. Like in that film with Jimmy Stewart. Or was it Doris Day? I forget.
It’s been a big year for WotR. We’ve grown, we’ve changed, we’ve shrunk and we’ve grown again – and we will continue to change and to grow next year. It has also been an important year for many of you. We asked what your perfect moment was this year, the moment which will stay with you as your abiding memory of 2005. The results don’t always make comfortable reading but, if you still harbour any doubts about the role that videogames play in modern life, well, read it and decide for yourself.
There is also have the now traditional (well, two years running is a tradition right?) run down of the top 25 games of the year – as voted for by whichever of our readers could be bothered to write in and tell us. We thank you all. Hopefully it’s not too late for you to inadvertently bookmark in a strategic location.
I’d like to be wanky and pretend to tie in all the rest of the content in little bundles of Original Spirit Past, Present and Future. But I can’t be bothered. It’s Christmas and I’m going drinking now. If you do nothing else, check out Orava’s fantastic exposé about what really happens during the Queen’s speech and TT Ace Reporter’s delve into the world of One Button Gaming alongside the usual reviews of games that you’ve already imported.
Enjoy, don’t drink Koworld’s special Egg Nog, but do remember to drink Santa’s Whisky (don’t worry, he shouldn’t drink and drive anyway) and we’ll see you next year.
Editor - December 2005
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