Merry Christmas, dear readers. Don’t worry, I won’t ask for your attention for very long today.

Around OnlySP:

Yet another slow week around these parts this week, but with the industry going into holiday hibernation and many of our writers busy with family, work, and study commitments, that was unavoidable. The highlights were Luis Magalhaes’s final review, wherein he covered Phoenix Wright: Spirit of Justice and DJ Arruda’s interesting discussion on the player’s role within Dishonored 2. Next week, unfortunately, will be another slow week, though we will be pushing out the last of our content for the year, including a number of reviews, ahead of a few changes that will be ushered in alongside the new year. As a hint of one of those changes, you may have noticed that our review policy has been locked. We have big plans for the new year, and although we are a little behind schedule, most of our early articles should make their deadlines. Keep an eye out. I’m looking to take OnlySP to new heights in 2017, and those efforts begin in earnest on January 1.

Personal Update:

Being in Australia, my Christmas is over. It felt very long and very stressful, which is par for the course and probably why I’ve never enjoyed the holiday much. Too many people go insane this time of year. Oh well… Speaking of, no gaming gifts for me this year; it was all very utilitarian, but that’s probably a good thing. I already have far, far more games than my time allows me to play. Beyond Christmas, I had quite a pleasant week. I finished The Tale of Shikanoko; it was a decent, though flawed, effort. A great setting and interesting main characters, but let down by too many ancillary characters and deus ex machina plot resolutions. I’ve moved on to another book that I will discuss in a little more detail next week after I get a bit further through it.

If, like me, Christmas has got you down a bit, enjoy the Australian version of a Christmas tree:

Merry Christmas 2016

(It’s actually a termite mound. We’re a bit weird down here.)

Merry Christmas everyone. Let us know all about your day and gifts in the comments. Talk to you next week!

Damien Lawardorn
Damien Lawardorn is an aspiring novelist, journalist, and essayist. His goal in writing is to inspire readers to engage and think, rather than simply consume and enjoy. With broad interests ranging from literature and video games to fringe science and social movements, his work tends to touch on the unexpected. Damien is the former Editor-in-Chief of OnlySP. More of his work can be found at

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