Time to call it - the best thing of 2013
Some people look forward to travel. Some to the great milestones of life – an important birthday, a marriage, the purchase and renovation of a house. Perhaps the first car, or even a first new car. I have friends who start the year looking forward to special meals, in faraway places. Others look forward to a new job or maybe just the chance to do better in the one they have. Much more so than the resolutions of new year, which fall away within a week or so, the dreams and promises of a new year persist.
I suppose then it's a little shameful that the thing I'm most looking forward to this year is not a trip to Canada or Vietnam (both of them new worlds to me, but both of them for work), or my daughter starting high school, or the slim chance of finally paying off my last tax bill sometime in February when my US royalties arrive. (Although I'm sure the ATO is very much looking forward to that happy moment).
No, I am almost, almost ashamed to admit it, but the thing I am most looking forward to in 2013 is cracking the seal on my copy of Grand Theft Auto V when I finally lay hands on it in a couple of months.
Childish, I know, but shut up you. It's not even the reforms to censorship law which will finally let Australian gamers play the full, grown-up version of this and so many other titles. No, I'm just sitting here, barely able to control my pants-wetting squee of anticipatory delight because when Rockstar games release another chapter in the world's greatest videogame franchise – that's right, FPS nerds, I said the greatest! – it will bring the awesome in a way that would shame the mayor of Awesometown.
Sure, some of you might have prepared for eighteen months for That Very Special Day, you might've saved for years for the Trip of a Lifetime. But when this sucker drops into my Xbox sometime in autumn it will lay waste to my entire life for at least three months. What's not to love about that? What's not to look forward to?
I do recognise however, that not everybody can live La Dolce Vita, so please feel free to amuse me and console yourself in the comment thread below with details of what ever sad, little adventure you're most looking forward to this year. But it had better be good if you want to distract me from another play through of this arse kicking trailer.