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I’m Thankful for Wario64

The unsung hero of games Twitter is more than a silly picture of Kojima and Suda.

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Hey y’all and Happy Thanksgiving from me and the rest of the Ok Beast crew!

Today, families across the nation gather, bicker, catch up and more importantly consume food. Oh and there’s also the whole giving thanks part. I’ll soon be with my family enjoying some of my own mothers Nobel Peace Prize winning lasagna and I can only imagine what the others are whipping up.

It’s been a hell of a year and I think most of are just grateful we’ve survived to this point. For the people reading this, one of the things that likely let you take some time to breathe all year was a video game or two or three. Games as escapism has never been more popular than it is now and you know what, the industry is meeting and often exceeding the demands of the people this year. As I wrote earlier this year, 2017 has just been jam packed with absolutely way too many video games but with all that choice, there’s also been a welcome diversity. Everyone got a little something this year to tide them over and for the most part, it’s been fantastic. 2017 is truly a year to write home about.

However, sometimes it’s not enough for games and systems to just be available. Sometimes there needs to be a deal struck between both parties. One that is mutually beneficial like say B2G1(Buy 2, Get 1 Free) or even just price reductions in order to get rid of stock. When such a deal exists, there’s one person all of the gaming industry can turn to.

Today, I and likely many others, are eternally thankful for one Mr. Wario64, purveyor of online video game deals. Our hats are off to you sir. As I write this, it’s 4 in the morning on Thanksgiving Day and he’s tweeted out a million and one games on sale on Target right now. Earlier tonight he announced that Best Buy and Gamestop had launched their Black Friday deals. He announced that Nioh was on sale earlier this week, hence why I now own it. He did the same a week ago for Horizon. He’s the reason most of you probably have an SNES Classic and the only reason any of us know nearly as much about where to find cheap games for the next week as we do.

You’re a hero and a legend, Wario64, and though this is a day of rest, I come to you with one request: Never stop looking out for the little guy. It’s because of you that I’ve been able to afford this hobby and prospective career. You keep everyone’s system of choice on, filled with games, and spare them the money to make rent that month. For that, we are eternally thankful.

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