The year of 2015 was the year of tests. It tested my patience, my intelligence and ultimately, almost broke me. However it was also a year of unyielding hard work with amazing results. As I look back on 2015, I'm astounded at what I managed to achieve and feel really good about moving into 2016.
First and foremost I completed my Honours in Games Design, and managed to graduate with First Class Honours. Never in all my dreams did I think that this was something I would achieve. Me, the girl who always felt her friends were smarter. Me, the girl who used to cry about her ‘bad’ results. Me, the girl who was teased for being slow because her medication used to slow her down. It just goes to show, as clichéd as this may sound, you really can achieve anything if you put your mind to it. While I came close to giving up, I'm pleased, proud and so grateful to all of those who supported and encouraged me to continue.
Secondly, 2015 was the first year I felt I was actually active in the Melbourne games community. I took part in the Global Game Jam, attended as many IGDAM events as possible, volunteered for Freeplay and Unite, and enjoyed the crazy ride that was Melbourne games week. Through this I managed to make some amazing new friends and maintain and develop some older friendships! I feel truly honoured that I have such an amazing group of people that I can call friends.
Of course with the good comes the bad. I don't think I've ever had a year where I've doubted myself so much. I doubted my career, my appearance and my choices. Doubt is something that will always follow me and that's fine. Because I'll keep moving past it, and in turn keep growing. And that excites me! I want to keep growing as a person. To push past my doubt is a great aim of mine for 2016, and I hope to get closer to achieving it.
And finally, to the games that I enjoyed the most this year. I'm a creature of habit, and tend to play what I know. However, this year I finally branched out and actually played my first Bioware game! Call me a convert because I am hooked! I'll not bore you with my endless fangirling of Dragon Age Inquisition (*cough* Cullen *cough*), but it has truly influenced how I think about games. I also played Undertale, 999 and countless visual novels and otome games, which I shall write about soon enough. While it was a slow year for new games for me, I hope to play catch up next year.
Overall, the turbulent experience of 2015 was a pretty great one. Thanks to my family and friends who continue to support me and are always encouraging me to be even better. I love you all! Here's to a happy new year and an amazing 2016!