As the end of not just another year, but also an entire decade draws to a close, it’s the time of the year to reflect, count one’s blessings and take stock of all the good things we have in life.
While the world around us continues to be shrouded in uncertainty; with political figures becoming more Shakespearean in their very essence, their eccentricities – for want of an inoffensive word, more highlighted with each seemingly baffling election result, we look to video games for escape.
But video games are so much more than escape. Yes, they offer solace in our solitude, but through the incredible community that we have nurtured, they bring people together. Be it an AAA Nintendo release, that has garnered hype levels off the chart, or a faux pas of Stadia-like proportions, resulting in memes and putting smiles on people’s faces, our community thrives on moments, and unites under them.
As an, albeit amateur member of the gaming press, I’ve found contact within the community to be priceless. It’s certainly a case of the old adage – it’s not what you know, it’s who you know! Having a support network of honest and integral people, heads of their respective publications, has been a godsend and without them and their unyielding support, I honestly doubt Nintendad would have made it through it’s inaugural year, let alone thrived.
So, in a rather long winded and roundabout way, special thanks to everyone who we converse with regularly, you all know who you are.
To everyone who visits our site, who interacts with us on Twitter, and equally to all the wonderful, talented people who contribute to Nintendad – Thank you for making 2019 such a wild ride. Thank you for seeing us to Gamescom, to EGX and Nintendo’s UK headquarters three times. Without each and everyone of you, it wouldn’t be possible.
If you’ve sat down to read this on Christmas Day, surrounded by friends and family, Merry Christmas from the Nintendad Team, we can’t wait go see you all in 2020.