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Into 2012...

2011 was a hectic, busy, crazy, year full of crazy challenges, and some awesome experiences (small stuff like getting married ya'know) and lots of stuff I'm pretty proud of all round. It's always a good year when things come together and you deliver what you were asked to (and more in some cases) and those you work with make your life enjoyable on most days. The various launches on Age of Conan went well, with the Unchained Free to play conversion and the adventure pack coming together so nicely (and I am so proud of the team for that one! I still can't get over how well those areas worked, and how stunning they look). I have a feeling that 2012 won't be any different, and is going to keep me on my toes.

A huge thanks to everyone who made all that possible, including you folk here who frequent the blog (which has grown way more than I ever expected this year) and all those who enjoy the games, or the talks, or the articles. It's huge fun to get to share this with a wider community and hopefully 2012 will also present some opportunities to talk more about games.

I have also resolved to write much more than I managed last year, going as far as to join a secret cadre of like minded souls (i.e. a writers club of sorts) in order to further some authorial ambitions. More on that later hopefully.

I'll hopefully keep the interesting blog posts coming at semi-regular intervals. This could be a very interesting year ahead for MMOs, with Guild Wars 2 inbound, another WoW expansion on the cards, the development of The Old Republic to track, and the potential of other games like our own Secret World, and imports like ArcheAge to make a mark...and that's before you consider the games that will come that many would argue share much with the genre like Diablo III and Planetside 2. I am sure there will be plenty to talk about.   

I still have a back-log of games from the end of 2011 to catch up on as well, but my in-laws provided a wonderful Christmas gift of the new HD remasters of Ico and Shadow of the Colossus as a Christmas gift...so I fear that Uncharted 3 and the latest Assassins Creed may well end up waiting a little longer!

Here is to an exciting 2012!
  
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