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I couldn’t very well let this day pass without mentioning that it’s my birthday, although I think vanity is finally going to prevent me from disclosing what number I’ve now hit (not that a quick search won’t reveal that anyway).
Every year on this day I tend to look at where I am with things. It’s certainly been an interesting, and very productive, year. I made the move to full-time freelance writer, and there’s been no regret on that decision. The big change for me right now, starting Monday, is that my role at Wired’s Game|Life is going to increase to what amounts to pretty much a full-time gig. This continued move into the world of game journalism is one I’m quite happy with, and that I embrace fully. That’s not to say that my links to design are getting cut, but it’s turning into an interesting expansion of my activities. Even better, I finally have an excuse for my wife when she asks about my excessive, maybe even obsessive, game playing: “It’s research, honey…”
I posted the other day about Tokyolife: Art and Design, and I’m also incredibly excited about the game book you all know I’ve been working on for Kodansha since last year. I think a lot of people are going to be very surprised by how good this thing is going to be — and that it will be of interest even to those who don’t really consider themselves to have an interest in gaming — and I can’t wait to see everyone get access to it.
So today, I’m taking things easy. I think we’ll get lunch at Rigoletto in the Shin-Marunouchi Building — I love their pizza — and then tonight it will probably be a feast at home, courtesy of Seibu’s depa-chika. Here’s looking forward to the start of another great year!