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Ladies and gentleTAYers, welcome to another Tuesday edition of Open Forum! I’ll be your (first-time) host, Watfen64! Unimplied is currently taking a much needed break in Santa Fe, so I’ll be assuming hosting duties for this week.

So the end of the year is finally upon us, and with it comes a heaping dose of retrospection. Personally, 2015 has been one of the most important years in my entire life for various reasons: I went to a gaming convention for the first time (PAX East), got in touch with several well-renowned game designers (John Romero, Warren Spector, etc...), developed my first-ever visual novel (Make Love, Not Politics) and found my unique niche in the form of writing articles for Gamasutra and TAY, becoming a regular member of both communities in the process.

But 2015 also marked the year in which my Japanophilia, something that I kept to myself for nearly a decade, finally exploded and became one of my most prized passions. It became so intense, in fact, that I wrote about it in the form of a populaonline article on anime first-person shooters and an 83-page long research paper about Japanese influences in Western FPSs. Both of these colossal achievements resulted in me going from a “nobody” to a “somebody”, and I have my passion for Japan to thank for these achievements. In short, what was once a niche interest became a dominant and inseparable part of my identity that helped me get noticed.

So yeah, a lot of important things happened to me this past year, and they definitely changed me for the better. Now let’s hear it from you!

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Topics of the day:

  • What is your proudest achievement of all time? How did you share that endeavor with others, if at all?
  • Do you have a passion that grew stronger as time went on?
  • How was 2015 for you? Any exciting plans for 2016?
  • What was the most important year in your life, and why?

Not really digging the above topics? No hard feelings! Just say what’s on your mind and TALK AMONGST YOURSELVES!

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