Against all the odds, we've finally made it past the Mayan apocalypse - it's 2013. If fiction held any truth (which annoyingly it tends not to) SkyNet would be active, and we would all be in concentration camps, shovelling corpses in furnace. But we're not. Instead, in a decidedly non-post-nuclear-world, we sit on our respective PCs, playing videogames and sneaking the odd glimpse at a pair of Internet boobies. Go on and admit, you totally do that.
So what does this year hold beyond the allure of simply existing? Well, as it happens these are the exciting times. With the Wii U settling into the gaming scene late last year, it only seems natural that both Sony and Microsoft are politely getting up from the hardware table, making their excuses, and eyeing the back door.
And while they won't admit it, we know that by the end of this year, there will be something that will obliterate our meagre savings by the time we sit down for Turkey and tinsel. The next-generation is coming - minus Patrick Stewart. And I predict that the systems will have at least one nice, shiny curved edge. Y'know, to make it look futuristic.
In the mean time, Nintendo have to pull out their finger fast and furiously and start labouring a connection with consumers and their latest console.
Having received the Wii U over the Holiday Season, I can admit to being a proud owner of the little box of wonder, but I have a lurching feeling in my stomach that this one might turn out more Dreamcast than PlayStation 2.
While it is undoubtedly a step forward, and not simply a Wii in HD (despite what comment sections will claim) Sony and Microsoft's biggest weapon now is over-steer. Rather than matching, the PS4 and Xbox 3 will undoubtedly run towards the heading labelled "technology arms race" thus obliterating Nintendo's chances to play catch-up on your average cross platform shooters.
Within a year, the Wii U has to come up with more reasons than New Super Mario Bros 2, Mass Effect 3, and Nintendo Land. Which is going to be a difficult task.
Or is it? If the Kyoto-based publisher had any sense, they'd start churning out HD re-releases like they were going out of fashion. A Zelda collection. A Mario Galaxy collection. A Metroid Collection. A Kirby Collection. A Mario Kart Collection. The list goes on.
Essentially Nintendo could recycle its back catalogue, snaring all those people that dismissed the Wii as something your Grandparents played on wet Sundays; not to mention the hidden gems such as Last Story and Xenoblade Chronicles, which at the time screamed for better visuals and received the muddy haze of SD.
So, it's going to be a pretty interesting year for gamers. The battle for the Wii U's survival is about to begin in earnest, and the first contact wars with the next set of Sony and Microsoft systems are looming in the near future. What are your predictions? Let us know in the comment box below.
Oh, and Happy New Year!