Thanksgiving is traditionally a time for families to get together, sharing a meal, and reflecting on what they are most thankful for. Some families will go around the dinner table, before or after the meal, and let each person say what they are thankful for. Other families will have a quiet reflection period before the meal to silently give their thanks.
One reflection, that I have started to recently use, is looking back at the current year and giving my thanks for gaming releases or newsworthy items. Being part of a gaming community and recently joining the great staff here at Platform Nation, has given me the spark to spread this idea to others. As the year is winding down and the rush of the holidays increases, it would be nice to step back and say what I’m most thankful for this year, from a gaming perspective.
One of my more pleasant surprises this year, and the game I am thankful for, was a refreshing game developed by Rocksteady Studios, Batman: Arkham Asylum. Video games based on comics or movies have traditionally been sub-par and lacking in so many ways. I was skeptical of the hype surrounding this game but decided to take the plunge thanks to a sale at Toys-R-Us that offered $30 if you purchased the game on release day. From the opening cinematic, I knew that this game was going to be different and not just another lame comic book based video game. Focusing the story in one location in the Batman mythos really helped to strengthen the gameplay and allowed for a fully developed environment. The voice acting and re-imaging of many characters from the comics were all well done and really added to the experience. I hope that other game developers take note of that Arkham Asylum did and raise the bar on future comic book based games. If is because of this game that I am thankful for renewed hope in future video game comic book adaptations. Sure, this may be just an exception and not become the norm, but one can hope.
I hope you’ll join me in this and take some time to give your thanks. Feel free to share your thoughts by leaving a comment. I look forward to reading what you have to give thanks for.