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Game of the Happy New Year!
December 30th 2003, 14:12 CET by Jibble

To follow the recent tradition of pseudo-useless topics, I figured I'd just open up a thread for all of you to confess your shortcomings and praise the work of people who did much more than you did this year.  

Post the resolution you'll immediately be breaking within the first five days of the coming year.  In addition, post your pick for Game of the Year 2003.
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#1 by Dethstryk
2003-12-30 14:17:05
jemartin@tcainternet.com
I'm going to try and keep on bettering myself. 2003 was a good year for that, and I'd like to continue that path.

sunny days have funny ways of quieting the roar
#2 by DEATH KILLER INTERNATIONAL (INTERGALACTIC DIVISION
2003-12-30 14:21:40
deathkillerint@hotmail.com
wtf i voted no this is unpossible

Leader of the DKDLFDDKE (Death Killer Defense League For The Defence of Death Killers Everywhere)
#3 by UglyBob
2003-12-30 14:25:00
My biggest personal shortcoming this year was being too trusting of others.  That trait has bitten me in the ass a few times recently, arrrgh.  My GOTYs for 2003?  Probably Raven Shield, GTA: Vice City or NFS: Underground.  Too hard to pick a clear winner.

As for my resolution for 2004, well there's a little room for improvement in the lurking department as shown by this post.  Happy New Year to all ye crappers out there...
#4 by Hugin
2003-12-30 14:27:04
lmccain@nber.org
Well, as far as resolutions I'll break, I'll go with that perennial favorite:  This year I swear I'll eat less junk, exercise more, and generally be less of a sedentary fatass.

Game of the Year?  I think I haven't played a few that could be legitimate contenders (Prince of Persia for example).  But of the games I played, KOTOR.
#5 by Matt Davis
2003-12-30 14:27:59
http://looroll.com
My biggest problem this year was spending too much money and not saving it, something I have already set up to correct for the 2nd Jan.

Games of the Year for me must be Zelda: Wind Waker and Call of Duty.

In all honesty though I haven't played more than 20 games all year and half of those were on the GBA.

Troll, troll, troll your post, gently down the page...
#6 by lwf
2003-12-30 14:29:08
Hitman 2.

We're wood screws, all of our lives
#7 by Dethstryk
2003-12-30 14:30:50
jemartin@tcainternet.com
UglyBob -

I'm having a blast with Raven Shield, and I'm glad I finally played a Rainbow Six game. Now I just want to see if there is a good mod community, because this is a game where I'd love to see lots of maps.

sunny days have funny ways of quieting the roar
#8 by DEATH KILLER INTERNATIONAL (INTERGALACTIC DIVISION
2003-12-30 14:33:37
deathkillerint@hotmail.com
I'm going to quit smoking and trolling in 2004.

Leader of the DKDLFDDKE (Death Killer Defense League For The Defence of Death Killers Everywhere)
#9 by Jibble
2003-12-30 14:44:01
The majority of the games I've played have been on the GBA, so this year I'll just rate that one console.  I'm going with WarioWare, Inc.  Most addictive game ever, and it probably had the shortest development phase of any title this year.  Gotta reward that somehow.

As for the new year, I will of course be trying to lose 20 pounds before my wedding in March.  Methods employed will go in this order: diet, exercise, clean living, liposuction, and if that fails maybe that thing where they re-route your esophagus so your stomach never sees food.

The five percent nation of harmful free radicals
#10 by m0nty
2003-12-30 15:33:20
http://tinfinger.blogspot.com
My shortcomings could fill phonebooks, and of course Christmas time magnifies them greatly in the pressure cooker family atmosphere. General commiserations to anyone else not quite enjoying the whole family togetherness thing this season.

I hereby resolve not to be so mentally ill.
#11 by Neale
2003-12-30 16:00:52
neale@pimurho.co.uk www.pimurho.co.uk
I'm going to actually get stuck into game development properly. And have more kids.

No GOTY pick from me, as none of the games I've played have stood out sufficiently.

9 years later you're the fat kid with his face pressed against the window of The Industry. - crash
#12 by Duality
2003-12-30 16:07:08
Dualipuff@yahoo.com http://stratoscape.ath.cx/
I'm making a resolution to break all of my resolutions.  How I'll go about that is anybody's guess since that's the only resolution I'm making this year.

Game of the Year:  KOTOR
Game I'd like to see become Game of the Year but won't:  Tron 2.0

Duality [bunge shot bonus] +10G
#13 by Chunkstyle
2003-12-30 16:15:11
Games that were fun in '03: Max Payne 2, Jedi Academy, KOTOR, Call of Duty.

The game that was the most fun: FFXI.

I put the lime in the coconut, I drank it all up.
#14 by Jibble
2003-12-30 16:16:23
What, no resolution?

I look like cable TV!
#15 by jjohnsen
2003-12-30 16:18:52
http://www.johnsenclan.com
I'm going to try to save more money and pay off more bills(right after I decide which console to buy).  My game of the year is probably KOTOR or MAx Payne 2.  Those two games are probably the only ones this year that I actually had fun till the end and wanted them to keep going.
#16 by Chunkstyle
2003-12-30 16:20:25
Ok, resolution: be less shy, date more.

I put the lime in the coconut, I drank it all up.
#17 by Battle-Dwarf
2003-12-30 16:26:31
www.myspace.com/OlSchoolMedia
I hope to resolve all things I didn't understand before 2004.

As far as games, I will be looking into world conflict games like Civil War period, World War I,II  etc. --sports games like Golf, Soccer, Football (Pro & College level) and definetly Basketball--and /or  culturally  themed stuff influenced by the Tony Hawk series, Def Jam Vendetta and Parappa games.


And watching the hand-held gaming phenomenom more closely.


B-D

I wanna submit a new icon!!!
#18 by Battle-Dwarf
2003-12-30 16:28:09
www.myspace.com/OlSchoolMedia
...And a new Planetcrap Icon in place.  ;)

I wanna submit a new icon!!!
#19 by Jibble
2003-12-30 16:28:28
The icon thing is fixed, so you can upload now.

I look like cable TV!
#20 by crash
2003-12-30 16:39:01
No resolutions, though I am trying--really trying--to finally give up the cancer sticks. Game most played in 2k3: AC1. Titles I had a lot of fun with: Dungeon Siege LOA, KOTOR (and how long is this thing, anyway? Really long, huh. Cool), Halo PC, Freelancer.

By this time tomorrow we can be doing BODY SHOTS off HOOKERS in some MEXICAN HELLHOLE
#21 by Battle-Dwarf
2003-12-30 16:41:02
www.myspace.com/OlSchoolMedia
>>>Jibble


Thanks!  Will do!  


B-D

I wanna submit a new icon!!!
#22 by Caryn
2003-12-30 17:11:58
carynlaw@pacbell.net http://www.hellchick.net
After spending a really interesting and fun Christmas with my family this year, my New Year's resolution is actually a pretty serious one for once. Before year's end I want to set up a college trust fund for my three nieces, who are ages 3, 2, and 7 months. Before my brother died this year, I had only spoken to him maybe twice in the last five years; I want to do something to try and make up for that, and since I can't take custody of them after his death like I'd intended this is the next best thing I think.

Oh, and of course I'll try to eat better and lose some weight.

Since I work for a publisher I'll bow out of naming a GotY.

I am in Kyoto
Yet at the voice of the Hototogisu
Longing for Kyoto
- Basho
#23 by Bailey
2003-12-30 17:12:05
I resolve to be less of an ass and more of a bastard. Also, to finally get around to digging that well in the woods so I can finally contribute something to the fight against homelessness.

re: Avatar Icon
#24 by Jibble
2003-12-30 17:15:11
When they say "Fight Homelessness", they don't mean to the death.

I look like cable TV!
#25 by Bailey
2003-12-30 17:20:42
Well you have your interpetation, and I have my bloodsports. Let's just agree not talk to the police.

re: Avatar Icon
#26 by Jibble
2003-12-30 17:25:22
In the interest of not having to say this from the bottom of a thirty foot hole in the woods: Agreed.

I look like cable TV!
#27 by jafd
2003-12-30 17:31:44
GotY is PoP4, no question about it.

My resolution is to be nicer to people. However, since most people are just worthless, filthy animals, this means everyone gets the gom jabbar. Line up to your left.

Ask me about your mother.
#28 by Warren Marshall
2003-12-30 17:38:32
http://www.wantonhubris.com/
My resolutions are to up the production rate of Respawn Games, work out more, lose some more weight and spend less money.  That should keep me busy enough for this year...

Respawn Games
Open your mind, let the beatings begin.
#29 by Matt Perkins
2003-12-30 17:44:33
wizardque@yahoo.com http://whatwouldmattdo.com/
I don't likie the new years resolutions...shouldn't we try to better our selves year 'round?  (Matt takes the holier than thou approach)


As for game of the year, KOTOR, though I haven't played PoP.  And Super Monkey Ball 2 gets an honorable mention because everything in that game is fun AND fun to say.  "Yeah honey, hold on a sec, I'm beating my monkey ball"

Arguing with ANYONE is pointless, you numbskull. That's why they call it "arguing." - jafd
#30 by Warren Marshall
2003-12-30 17:50:39
http://www.wantonhubris.com/
I don't likie the new years resolutions...shouldn't we try to better our selves year 'round? (Matt takes the holier than thou approach)

Yes?  You resolve to do start doing something and Jan 1st makes a good starting point.  The idea is that you carry that resolution forward through the entire year.

Respawn Games
Open your mind, let the beatings begin.
#31 by Duality
2003-12-30 17:51:21
Dualipuff@yahoo.com http://stratoscape.ath.cx/
Wow, Caryn.  Your intentions are incredibly selfless and touching.

May I ask the reason behind why you can't take custody of the kids?
#32 by Battle-Dwarf
2003-12-30 17:54:11
www.myspace.com/OlSchoolMedia
"...and 7 months."



Damn...

A new born.  :(

B-D

Jibs,  Jives  &  Jokes  Inc.
#33 by Matt Perkins
2003-12-30 17:56:22
wizardque@yahoo.com http://whatwouldmattdo.com/
Yes?  You resolve to do start doing something and Jan 1st makes a good starting point.  The idea is that you carry that resolution forward through the entire year.

It's just become "the thing to do" and most people don't follow through because their doing it because they feel like they should.  Just liking wanting to spend time with the family or share the love at Christmas, it's really a year 'round thing.  Make tomorrow or today the first day of whatever "resolution" you want, don't pick some arbitrary date on a calendar.

That's all I'm saying.

Arguing with ANYONE is pointless, you numbskull. That's why they call it "arguing." - jafd
#34 by Jibble
2003-12-30 18:00:11
Setting down my twinkie...

You know, he's right people...he's so very right...

Bells ringing

Atta boy, Clarence!

I look like cable TV!
#35 by Matt Perkins
2003-12-30 18:01:36
wizardque@yahoo.com http://whatwouldmattdo.com/
I already said it was the "holier than thou approach" to this discussion...

Arguing with ANYONE is pointless, you numbskull. That's why they call it "arguing." - jafd
#36 by Jibble
2003-12-30 18:02:49
It needed to be further emphasized with excessive sarcasm.

I look like cable TV!
#37 by Matt Perkins
2003-12-30 18:03:12
wizardque@yahoo.com http://whatwouldmattdo.com/
Good call, my bad.

Arguing with ANYONE is pointless, you numbskull. That's why they call it "arguing." - jafd
#38 by Duality
2003-12-30 18:03:28
Dualipuff@yahoo.com http://stratoscape.ath.cx/
I don't know if people necessarily do resolutions because they feel they should, so much as they have the intentions of change.

Its the lack of motivation behind making and following through that change that invariably drains steam away.  January 1st, as Warren alluded to, is just a good place to do it, because there is a feeling of a "clean slate" on a new year.
#39 by BobJustBob
2003-12-30 18:16:51
God. I hate new years resolutions so much.

As for GOTY, I only see two quality games mentioned above: Vice City and Super Monkey Ball 2. Interestingly, they both came out in 2002.

I'd have to name Disgaea as GOTY. The only other game that comes close would be Breath of Fire: Dragon Quarter.

Dood.
#40 by mgns
2003-12-30 18:21:42
Game of the year: Metroid Prime. (Nintendo's sluggish release schedule gave us the PAL version in march.)
Movie of the year: Two Towers Extended Edition on DVD.
Book of the year: Toss-up between Iain Banks's non-fiction road story 'Raw Spirit' and Chuck Palahniuk's very much fictional 'Diary'.
Album of the year: It's been a lousy year for music. 'Long gone before daylight' from The Cardigans is the only release I can be bothered to remember.

He leans on the hood telling racing stories, the kids call him Jimmy The Saint.
#41 by Desiato
2003-12-30 18:26:29
desiato_hotblack@hotmail.com http://www.spew2.com/
I'll take up the slack from Bailey's lack of alcohol consumption. I resolve to be addicted to at least one online gaming subscription, continue to not give a crap about RPGs, and generally do what I did last year but get paid more for doing it.

Oh, and a pony to haul my money, a very strong pony.

If that falls through, a strong cardboard box to live in.

...like the color of a tv screen tuned to a dead channel.
#42 by Jibble
2003-12-30 18:29:05
A very strong cardboard box?

I look like cable TV!
#43 by Caryn
2003-12-30 18:32:01
carynlaw@pacbell.net http://www.hellchick.net
#31 Duality
May I ask the reason behind why you can't take custody of the kids?


Those not interested can scroll past as this is really long:

My brother was 22 and his girlfriend is 20, and they weren't exactly saints. There was drugs involved, lots of drinking, and at one point about a year ago, the two older girls were taken away by the state. Unfortunately, my brother had lied to the family about it and we didn't know this or we would have intervened somehow. The silver lining was that it was his girlfriend's aunt and uncle who had called child services, and the state allowed them to take the two girls herself (so she and her husband now had them plus their 6 year old twin boy and girl). At the time, the girlfriend was pregnant with a third child, and as soon as she gave birth the state took her away. Since the first aunt and uncle now had 4 children, the other aunt and uncle in the family took custody of the baby.

Unfortunately, my brother's death was so sudden, we didn't have a lot of the information about what had happened with the kids. We didn't know that the two girls had actually been with this family for several months. We also didn't know if they were taking care of them out of a need or because they actually wanted to. And finally -- and I feel bad about having worked off this assumption but it's a natural one -- because the mother of the girls is pretty screwed up and came from a long-time welfare family, we had no idea what the rest of her family was like.

So as my husband and I traveled up north for the funeral, the two of us made the decision that we would offer ourselves up as parents for the three girls and take them in, moving up to Washington state so as not to separate the families too much. But because of the screwed up situation coupled with the sudden death of their dad, we were all actually meeting the aunts and uncles for the first time, so none of us had any idea what to expect. My dad, my sister, and I all talked about it and we decided that we'd meet the families taking care of the girls, see what they were like, and if necessary let them know that my husband and I were ready to step in as parents for the three girls right away. However, we still didn't know that the family with the older two girls had had them for many months.

So after the memorial service the couple with the two older girls came over to the house (the couple with the baby did not for various reasons, so we never got to meet them or the baby, who none of us had seen yet) and we all got to meet each other. They are a terrific couple with two great kids of their own already. It was a very, very bittersweet meeting because my husband and I had really hoped we could give a permanent home to the girls as their aunt and uncle, but clearly the girls were already calling this couple Mommy and Daddy, and this couple told us all for the first time that not only had they had the girls for nearly a year, the mother of the girls was disinterested in them and unfit for motherhood, so this couple was already seeking permanent custody. They'd had no idea that our family had even really existed, because my brother and his girlfriend had told them nothing.

After meeting them, it was clear that the girls were already in a great home with a couple that loved them, and there was no reason for us to have to do anything. But while we were sad that the girls had obviously already become folded into another family that we didn't know, the couple taking care of them turned out to be wonderful people who very much wanted to make sure the kids were a part of their father's family as well. They ended up moving within walking distance of my dad, and since my brother's death in June they regularly visit with their Grampa and their Auntie Xoe (my sister), and even though they'd only met my husband and I once before this Christmas they knew we were their Auntie Len and Uncle Caryn, which was great. We also got to meet the other family and the baby niece since everyone came over Christmas eve. I was amazed at how integrated the two families have become. The two couples who now have custody of all the girls are really wonderful and said that any time we come up and want to see the girls we should call them and they'll do whatever arranging they have to do so we can visit.

So that's the long story. Started out pretty sad, but I was floored at what a great Christmas we all had this year. All the families came to my dad and his girlfriend's house. At one point I was holding the baby and sitting on the floor with all 9 kids from the entire family. The children of the couple taking care of my nieces were opening presents my dad and his girlfriend gave them, and at one point one of the aunts asked where one of the girls was and said, "oh, she's with Grampa", like it was perfectly natural for her to call him that (when this is the father of the reviled boyfriend of her niece), and my dad's girlfriend's 6 year old grandaughter was playing with my brother's 3 year old daughter. And then one of the aunts gave my dad a Christmas ornament with the names of the two older girls on it as well as the names of their own two children. It was an amazing moment that made me step back and realize that things have not only worked out well, they've worked out in an incredibly amazing way.

Sorry for getting all maudlin. :) But our family had a rough year this year and that moment on Christmas eve, to me, really tied everything together for us. So we had a very nice Christmas. :)

I am in Kyoto
Yet at the voice of the Hototogisu
Longing for Kyoto
- Basho
#44 by Caryn
2003-12-30 18:36:08
carynlaw@pacbell.net http://www.hellchick.net
Auntie Len and Uncle Caryn


Dammit, I thought I even checked to be sure I didn't make that mistake!

I am in Kyoto
Yet at the voice of the Hototogisu
Longing for Kyoto
- Basho
#45 by Duality
2003-12-30 18:39:42
Dualipuff@yahoo.com http://stratoscape.ath.cx/
That is awesome.  I was worried; when you said can't, I automatically assumed those horror stories of a family wanting the best for children while the other family wants to keep the kids for any other reason but one best suiting the children.

You deserve to be a mom.  Gamer moms are the best!
#46 by Duality
2003-12-30 18:41:33
Dualipuff@yahoo.com http://stratoscape.ath.cx/
I thought you did that on purpose.  It seems to be fair when describing the normally ascribed household roles between you and Len.
#47 by Sgt Hulka
2003-12-30 18:44:17
Jibble, In an effort to steamline the process and save the company almost 40k a year, Clarence was replaced by a monkey.

#48 by mgns
2003-12-30 18:49:08
Caryn,

That's great. I'm glad everything worked out.

Custody stuff can get really ugly. A cousin of mine first lost his mother, then his father, within the span of two years. His dad, before he died, didn't handle the death of the mother all that well. He started drinking quite heavily, and although there was no abuse going on- a 12 year old kid who had lost his mother saw alot of stuff he didn't really need to see. Anyway, my cousin reacted by turning into himself, and never really developed mentally, the way you're supposed to.

My dad and mom tried to get custody of him, but thanks to alot of anger and petty shit flying around on my dad's side of the family - he ended up at some foster homes that didn't do him that much good.

Anyway, he's 19 now, just got his own apartment. So I'm just hoping he turns out ok in the end, he's been through alot of shit, most of it completely unnecessary.

He leans on the hood telling racing stories, the kids call him Jimmy The Saint.
#49 by Jibble
2003-12-30 18:51:07
So...flying monkeys?  Sweet.

I look like cable TV!
#50 by Caryn
2003-12-30 18:52:45
carynlaw@pacbell.net http://www.hellchick.net
#45 Duality
That is awesome.  I was worried; when you said can't, I automatically assumed those horror stories


Yeah, poor choice of wording on my part. The two families who have the kids are terrific.

I am in Kyoto
Yet at the voice of the Hototogisu
Longing for Kyoto
- Basho
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