To developers: please delay the release of your awesome game.

Well, after reading this, Call of Duty 4 has now been added to my Christmas list as well. There are so many good games coming out, it’s a little daunting and worrisome. When will I have the time to enjoy them all?

This month I am getting Assassin’s Creed and Mass Effect. I am very excited about both, but especially Mass Effect. I’ve been waiting for it for a while now and it looks simply amazing.

The percentage of recent and upcoming quality releases which are first-person shooters is significantly higher than it has been in the past. I don’t own a single first-person shooter from the past console generation, but now I have Halo 3, and The Orange Box and Call of Duty 4 are on my list. Army of Two (thankfully delayed until next year) is threatening to turn out pretty good, and Haze has great promise. Five good first-person shooters? And first-person shooters are not the only good games being released.

On Wii, there are Super Mario Galaxy and Super Smash Bros. Brawl (thankfully pushed back to February 2008). I already want Zack & Wiki: Quest for Barbados Treasure and eagerly await the collective verdict on Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games. Also, is Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn is a must-have? This I will know, ere long.

Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction is reportedly outstanding, but as I have yet to finish Up Your Arsenal (and I do intend to), its appeal for me is limited. With all that Tycho has been raving about The Eye of Judgment, it sounds cool and fun to me but I have no illusions that (even if I had a PS3) the presence of a card table in front of my TV would ever be sustainable. Very young children, I suspect, make the indefinite placement of a camera peripheral on an unsteady card table in the middle of a living room a rather undesirable prospect. Not to mention life in general with limited living space.

Warhammer 40K: Squad Command is going to be very fun if the demo is any indicator, so that’s been added to the list, and Overlord and Odin Sphere are still on there.

Truly, I never thought there would be a day when I would be grateful to hear about release delays for quality games, but that day has arrived. High quality standards for what games to play are no longer enough to protect against this dire predicament.

It’s enough to make me consider the harrowing possibility that I may never catch up, and down that path of reasoning lies despair.

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