I have been fighting on behalf of the Sith Empire for a week now, and in that time I have come to appreciate certain things. Without wanting to catch too much backlash for this, I have to say that those things almost all fall into the "I am glad this isn't like WoW", or "I am glad this is the same as WoW" categories.
As a result of impending festivity, I (albeit at the request of my mum) have been considering what kind of digital entertainment I want to receive on this most jolly occasion. Here are my top five Christmas game wishes.
One of the reasons why I wish I liked computer games is that I have currently lost my partner to one. Well, not lost. I know where he is. He's in his room, killing people in order to steal their souls and sell them so he can buy soft furnishings for his house.
Ian Livingstone is the President of Eidos, and also co-author of the Next Gen report, a study that stresses the importance of the digital economy and the role teaching Computer Science in schools plays in its growth.
Those who share an interest in politics and video games appear to inhabit the exclusive centre of a venn diagram. While political stories dominate our news media and our television screens, that there has not been a successful political video game. Developers, it's time.
You know that the Olympics are around the corner when you've seen your 4657475th Cadburys and Lloyds TSB advert.
You'd be forgiven, looking at this holiday season's blockbuster line-up, that the video games industry is suffering from the worst kind of content-churn.
Anyone who thinks video games are a niche industry is totally out of date. This is an industry that has grown to rival any entertainment business.
The average spend on the other half this year will be £61, and almost one in six will be choosing not to buy their partner a present, while another 6% of people will be shopping for a gift that is under £10. This is going to be a very austere Christmas, as the cuts will find us looking to even save the pennies in the Christmas Pudding.
If you pre-ordered the new Assassin's Creed game with Amazon you got a nifty download cloak for your Xbox avatar - but for only if you are a guy.
On the Xbox 360, for example, there are around 800 games available. Of these, according to Co-Optimus.com, only 61 allow for split screen co-operative play of the main game campaign. And out of these, only seven permit four players simultaneously. Seven out of 800. That is less than 1%. And most of those were Guitar Hero / Rock Band games.
Today, game developers are pushed to find increasingly inventive ways to give this extreme breed of gamer something to work towards. The latest weapon in the developer's arsenal is the concept of "achievements".
Mode7, makers of Frozen Synapse announced last month that they're working on a port of the game for the iPad. At the recent Explay Festival held I was able to snatch a brief chat with one of the studio's co-founders Paul Taylor.
It is finally time for EA's Battlefield 3 (BF3) to go head to head with Activision's Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (MW3) the most anticipated shooter...
My first deployment was on a three seat sofa in Melbourne from which, green as grass and with an itchy trigger finger, I picked up the trail of a group of ne'er-do-wells and swore to bring them to justice. I followed the threat wherever it took me and in 2008 I was transferred to a uncomfortable futon lounge at a secure location in London.
A lot has happened already this month, if I also include the release of AAA shooter Battlefield 3 into the mix, however the Twitter trending Grand Theft Auto 5 announcement and trailer seems to be garnering the most stares.