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Merry Christmas everyone!
Please do not take this as a return to making videos. I've had this run sitting on my hard drive for the past six months and it was time to share it. It was supposed to become a 1-Sissy for shmupemall.com but that isn't going to happen. If a member of the shmupemall team sees this video, you guys have my blessing to do your own commentary on it. I'll even give you the original file if you just ask.
This may well be my final video upload. A lot of things have changed in my life over the past year. Most notably, I started graduate school and have begun a line of research that I will most likely spend the rest of my life pursuing. I love it, and couldn't ask for a better position in my life right now. I also have new performance responsibilities (I'm an orchestral musician as well as an academic in "real" life).
But sadly, that means that gaming has taken a back seat. More than that, really. Since the summer began, I can count on one hand the number of times I've played video games.
I've heard a lot of people use the phrase "I'm growing up" when video games have faded out of their lives; I'm happy to say that I'm not growing up any time soon. But where I'm spending my time is definitely elsewhere.
To everyone I've met over these last 2 years (almost to the day, my first upload was December 26, 2010) - you guys have been awesome! I'm honored to count you all amongst my friends. I still watch all your videos, even if I don't comment as much as I used to. I'm also not closing my channel down. You can always get a hold of me by sending a PM.
So Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone! Enjoy the video.
If this is to be my last video, it's been a joy and a privilege to share my enthusiasm for shmups with you guys. I hope we can cross paths in more meaningful ways in the not-too-distant future. And keep making videos, I'll be watching!