Thanksgiving is a time when we should all reflect on the blessings we have. If you're reading this then you have, at the very least, a way to connect to the Internet. You probably have a PC and multiple gaming systems. These are great luxuries that not everyone is lucky enough to have. As we celebrate this holiday, I want to know what you're thankful for in gaming.
As for me, I'm thankful for Andy Eddy. For those of you not familiar with Mr. Eddy, he has been a gaming journalist for more than two decades and he's still keeping it real today. I've been reading his work since the days of VideoGames & Computer Entertainment. Andy is a major reason why I've been able to make money writing about games. He's one of the reasons gamers have so many different places to read about games and expand on their hobby.
There have been times when Andy hasn't been given the respect he has earned and deserves. I've known certain PR flaks that have taken him off of their mailing lists. To me, that's absolutely deplorable and amazingly disrespectful. It shows a lack of class and/or an ignorance of the history of game reporting. When the matter came up in conversation, Andy always shrugged it off; I always felt that I got more pissed off about it than he did. Anyway, lets' get back to the positive....
There's a misconception out there that Andy is a grumpy old man. This stems from him being a critic and...well...being an old man. The reality is that he's really funny and very warm. He's always one of my favorite people to see at industry events. He knows more than I do and he's fun to hang out with -- you can't beat that combination (except for hanging out with sexy people like Zoe Flower). To sum up, even though I always joke about Andy writing about games back when they still used stone tablets, I'm thankful that Andy Eddy has made it possible for me to write about games for a living and equally thankful that I know him.
Now, what are you thankful about in gaming???