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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!
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!
And while you’re here, feel free to listen to a couple morning jams: