Okey, so the year 2007 is soon at an end. And I thought it was time to summarize the year. I believe its been a good year, its always hard to judge. A lot of things have happened, and where do I begin?
To get it out of the way I can start with the music album of the year, namely Armamentearium with the German group Neaera. The same group who’s responsible for last years best album too. One can only hope they continue to make great albums! Overall, this year was great when it comes to new music. Even if I discovered many, to me, new acts that necessarily didn’t release any new album this year. Great groups like Feast for the Crows, August Burns Red, …. .
2007 is also the year I meet Emma, my girlfriend since April. She is studying at the University of Gotland, which is hard cause I’m in Stockholm and she still in Visby. But we have spent much time with each other now during Christmas.
If we look at the gaming side of this year, its been a really good one. But thats what we expected when you look at the line up. Never before have I bout so many games in one year. Not to mention, 2 new consoles. First the Nintendo Wii and then Playstation 3. And I have to say that I spend most time with the big beast, PS3.
And now the really difficult question, game of the year 2007 for ME. First we can look at the lineup and the games I bout and played this year. Ill probably miss one or two.
Games of 2007: God of War 2, Okami, Final Fantasy 12, Guitar Hero 3, Call of Duty 4, Legends of Zelda: Twilight Princess, Super Paper Mario, Motorstorm, Resistance: Fall of Man, The Darkness, Assassins Creed, Warhawk, Callin All Cars, Final Fantasy 3 DS and Children of Mana DS, Half Life 2 Episode 2 and Portal.
And the winner is….. Warhawk! Its been a great year filled with really good games, but Warhawk is the game that surprised me the most, and stoles maybe to much of my gaming time! My expectations was zero, and it came and swept me of my feet’s.
Other games I wanna highlight is God of War 2, Okami and Call of Duty 4 that really delivered on the skyhigh expectations.
The biggest disepointment this years was unfortunately Final Fantasy 12… sad, but true.
This year have been a really good book year too! I don’t recall ever reading this many books in one year. And not to mention, buy to read (eventually) when I get time. Amongst the book I read and want to recommend is:
- The New Rules of Marketing And PR – David Meerman Scott
- Videogame Marketing and PR – Scott Steinberg
- The Secret of the Game Business – François Dominic Laramée
- The Long Tail – Chris Anderson
- JPod – Douglas Coupland
Of cause, all these books weren’t released this year, but I read them and recommend them either way.
Other things I wanna highlight is the fact that I started a blog (this one, or at least what became this blog, I have had problems deciding on a final platform and place to host it). And not to forget, all the travel I’ve been doing. Both for work and for personal reasons.
Inside Sweden its been trips to Malmö (Nordic Games 2007), Gothenburg (TUR-Convention), Östersund (Storsjöyran 2007), Karlstad (party!) and of cause the regularly trips back and forth between Gotland and Stockholm. Outside Sweden I’ve been to Austria (work), Denmark (family vacation) and Japan (vacation). Hope 2008 will be equal good!
I ended my job as Information Technology and Web Manager at Gotlands Toursist Association, and started as Traffic and Content Producer for Yahoo/Kelkoo. And with it, moved back to Stockholm. Currently I’m living home with my family, but if we’re lucky, me and a friend from Gotland gonna split a apartment in January next year.
All in all its been a really good year! Can’t say I have anything to complain about. But one can always work and hope towards improvement for 2008!
And I only have one New Years
promise resolution, to blog even more!!