Weekend Playlist, Thanksgiving 2009 Edition
Troy Goodfellow: This Thanksgiving I'll be alone. My wife is going to a wedding in her hometown, and I get to spend a long weekend without the stress of cooking a turkey or having the usual sweet potato debate (do we or don't we?), and watching as much football as I want.
So yes, there will be gaming. I'm in the middle of a PBEM game of Solium Infernum (it may move Demigod off my pick as best multiplayer strategy game of the year) and I really hope to get another one going as well. With no family pressures whatsoever, I hope to also get through my backlog a little more. It has been such a good year of gaming that my shelf is stacked with things I haven't really cracked. Batman: Arkham Asylum is, I suppose, the top game on that list.
Chris Buecheler: My wife and I will be celebrating Thanksgiving by ourselves this year. We're making rabbit with wild-rice-and-mushroom stuffing, veggies, delicious desserts and cranberry cocktails! We're also celebrating our first wedding anniversary on Saturday. Aww! When we're not spending time at the local coffee shop working on NaNoWriMo, stuffing our faces, or having romantic evenings together, there will be time for some gaming. I'm continuing to play NBA 2K10 and Torchlight. Every time I think I must be getting close to beating the latter, I end up unlocking new quests and side missions. It's holding my interest though, so that's a good thing!
Ryan Kuo: I'm heading up to Flushing, New York for duck, bean sprouts and pork buns, a traditional Taiwanese autumn meal (not really). After writing up Bangai-O Spirits for Games That Time Forgot, I've regained interest in my DS. I'll probably return to Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars and do some Animal Crossing: Wild World housekeeping. Weird: I've been through so much in the year since I put Animal Crossing away that I don't know if I can bear starting it up again.
If I can reach some personal deadlines by the start of the weekend, I plan to blow up more buildings in Red Faction: Guerrilla and finally sink deep into Left 4 Dead 2. Let me know if anything is planned.
Scott Jones: Thanksgiving has passed in Canada, because we do everything earlier here, so Thursday is just Thursday here. I do, however, plan on consuming massive quantities of games over the next four to five days.
See? I have brought shame on my house yet again. I'm also playing a build of Bayonetta, which I can't play in the company of other people, because sometimes the game causes inexplicable stains on the front of my pants.
I will also consume massive quantities of "Friday Night Lights." Lyla Garrity I LUV YOUUUUUUUUUUUUU.
Harold Goldberg: I'm addicted to NHL 10 from EA. I'm playing through the season as the Rangers because it clears my stunned head after 14 hours of writing and researching (which I hope will be back to a reasonable eight or nine by late February). So I'll probably be playing that, although I'm annoyed that all the games through November have been low-scoring affairs. I'm also annoyed that they made the December 6 game with Detroit impossible for the Rangers to win under any defensive or offensive scheme I try. Anyway, I'll probably finish a few more games between now and the end of the holidays.
Jason McMaster: My father-in-law passed away last week so we've been going through the crazy issues involved with a close relative's death. He had been disabled for many years and couldn't get around; thus he had a love for videogames. This weekend I'll be playing Rogue Galaxy, BioShock and Dark Cloud 2, his favorite games, in memory of him. Otherwise I'll be playing around with NCAA Basketball 10 and Left 4 Dead 2 for a review.
Gus Mastrapa: I've been playing way too much Left 4 Dead 2 and Battlefield: Bad Company 2. So tomorrow and Thursday when my wife is off of work I'm going to try to step away from the consoles and just hang out. We'll see how well that works.
Paul Semel: Having just started Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time last night, I expect to be playing that during the days this weekend, and COD multiplayer at night after the kids go to sleep (and by "kids" I mean the annoying brats online who disparage my lack of skills with homophobic and racist slurs).
William Abner: This weekend ? let?s see. Most likely I will continue my romp through Left 4 Dead 2 and finish up King?s Bounty: Armored Princess. What an awful title for such a fun little game. As an aside I finally met up with Gus, Russ and their crew for some Versus mode and had a great time, even though it was proven without a shadow of a doubt that I suck at console shooters, and if the zombies ever do come, I will be one of the first to die.
John Teti: I have been waiting to play Demon's Souls until I had a stretch of time where I can really savor it. Since I only have a PS3 at my family's New Hampshire home (I got it for them ostensibly so they could play Blu-rays), this holiday weekend seems like the perfect time.
Evan Narcisse: I was away last week when Left 4 Dead 2 came out, so I'm gonna try and link up with Mastrapa's SurvivorsTM and get up to speed. I have Assassin's Creed II on dec, too, and hope to get some of that in to shake off the turkey coma. I'll also be putting in serious time with James Cameron's Avatar: The Game for a review.
What's on your own playlist this weekend? Inquiring Game Trusters want to know. Leave a comment below.