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2012: Hope Never Dies


If nothing else, thatís the lesson Iíve learned over the past year. Itís actually a lesson I learned a year earlier; a bit of pocket change was all it took to pick up a forgotten copy of Advance Wars: Days of Ruin. It wasnít just good in my eyes. It was great; fantastic, even. It had engaging gameplay, the chance to flex my mental muscles, engrossing characters, and a brave new world -- a world struggling to overcome a catastrophe, with all the ideas and conflicts therein. And of course, it had a soundtrack that I canít help but blast in my ears, even to this day. If I were to make a list of my favorite games, you can bet it would be fairly high up. Itís worth noting that in spite of the grisly environment, its heroes -- and I stress the word heroes -- work to do all they can to build a better world and a bright future. The charismatic CO Brenner engraved an important message upon all his men, and by extension the player: ďWhere thereís life, thereís hope.Ē It sounds a bit corny, but in the end itís a message I canít help but get behind. (It certainly helps that Brennerís theme, ďHope Never DiesĒ, is one of my favorite video game songs ever.) People can, and often will put effort into making things better -- and there are people in the game industry, I bet, who are key examples. If there are, rest assured that itís only a matter of time before something truly amazing steals your heart. If there arenítÖwell, itís possible that the next generation will overtake the current one. And games that only the wildest children could dream up will become a reality.

Come on, now. You wouldnít expect anything less from the Eternal Optimist, would you? 2012 may have had its share of lows, but I prefer to look forward, and upward; itís the only way to see what lies ahead. But failing all that, there is one little fact thatíll keep me going, and gaming, for years to come.

There will always be a game that can put a smile on our faces. Always.

- Thanks for reading! And remember -- if you want to see more content from me, anytime, anywhere, be sure to check out my blog. Give it a read, so we can all become heroes! http://cross-up.blogspot.com/

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About Voltechone of us since 10:40 PM on 02.06.2012

Long-time gamer, aspiring writer, and frequent bearer of an afro. As an eternal optimist, I like to both look on the bright side of things and see the better parts of games; as a result, I love a game with a good story and awesome characters...and anything that lets me punch the heresy out of my enemies.

I'm a big fan of Atlus' games, and I've enjoyed my fair share of fighters and RPGs. Just...please, keep Final Fantasy XIII out of my sight. It never ends well for anyone involved.

You can check out some of my game musinga/stories/random stuff at my other blog, Cross-Up. I've also got a TV Tropes thingamajig, and a web serial novel, too. Maybe my stuff here and there will be the start of things to come. Hopefully good things, but things all the same.

Be a hero. Check 'em out.

Cross-Up -- head here for posts on games, movies, and more
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I Hraet You -- the over-the-top web serial novel...of love, maybe