It's a week (and by all indications a month) to go through and whittle away at the pile of games you've been meaning to get around to playing. It's going to be a little while before there's a big game back on the list to talk about.
Mr. Sands says he lives in Minnesota, but that's actually a clever cover for his seasonal gig further north. (C'mon, tell me you're surprised. How long have we been talking about his beard?) Anyway, he didn't file a Week Ahead due either to that or to the fact that nothing's really coming out this week. So you're stuck with my humbuggery.
If you live in the United States, then this Monday has two significant meanings for you. The first is that the refrigerator is becoming critically low of leftover turkey and stuffing, assuming either remain at all. The second is that it is Cyber Monday, a day in which work hours are spent scouring various websites for online deals and cut prices.
Don't get too excited by the long release list this week. It may be wide, but it's about as deep as a pothole. This is what I always think of as "stocking stuffer" week, time where companies shovel out a great volume of stuff to stock store shelves both real and virtual.
You could spend a couple of hundred dollars on games this week and still not have picked up everything potentially worth playing off the new release list. Though Dragon Age: Inquisition is going to take the top spot on my list, and by extension the Game of the Week title, it's just scratching the surface of games released this week.
I am so very sorely tempted to make World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor the Game of the Week, because for me it very much is. I'm back on that WoW tip, as the kids apparently say if video game streamers and podcasts are to be trusted, which arguably they are not.
I am well aware that Call of Duty: Creepy Plastic Kevin Spacey Edition is coming out this week. I can't — I won't! — name it as Game of the Week. I assume my contempt virtually ensures that it will make 3 billion dollars for Activision.
I know a lot of people probably think I'm crazy, but the morning after an 800 mile, 14 hour car trip, I feel pretty good. I'm not saying I want to, but I could turn around and drive all the way back today and it wouldn't be that bad.