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As a new year rolls in, most of us are probably left with that guilty feeling that we may have over-indulged ourselves in Christmas breakfasts, lunches, and dinners, and perhaps even come back home after the mad rush to relatives' houses thinking, "Next year, we do things differently!" You may even be guilty of attending a post-Christmas sale at your retailer of choice only to be knocked to the floor by a middle-aged woman with an overzealous desire for footwear and other apparel. You may have also weighed yourself on the scales a day or to into the new year and noticed you've added on a few more kilograms (okay, "pounds" for those still using the Imperial system) and made it one of your new year's resolutions to either: a) go to the gym more often; b) attain a gym membership and physically occupy the bounds of the gym more often; or c) use the gym equipment yourself rather than imagining what sweat feels like when watching other members of the gym use said equipment. But there's no need to feel ashamed if you have felt any of these feelings, because God knows we have all felt them, and you are rest-assured knowing that the errs of the previous year are magically wiped clean as we begin the cycle of the next 366 days (yes, it's a leap-year this year), unless of course you're a convicted felon; I imagine things might work a bit differently for you.
2008 is certainly going to be an exciting year for 'Age of Conan' fans, with the game's release just under three months away. But my job this fortnight is not discuss what we might see from Funcom in the months to come, no, that's only guess-work and to be quite frank clairvoyance or looking to the stars for answers was never my thing. All that we can do is to look forward to what we do know about, and that is this: the game is coming on March 25 this year.
A wise man once said, "A man should never know too much about his own future" Okay, it wasn't really a "wise man" per se, but I do hold the musings of Dr. Emmett Brown in very high esteem. I believe this is something that I have touched on in previous editions of Mitra's Method, but essentially what I'm talking about is speculation. It's awesome that the Funcom product managers and community representatives take the time out of their already busy schedules to share with us information about the game and its progress, but the problem is that we, the fans, have this uncanny ability to break-down every single word they utter and jump very quickly to our own conclusions. There's a soothsayer in every single one of us, it seems. Why can't we call a spade "a spade" these days?
Something that certainly does not help matters, are these individuals with amoeba-sized brains who post on the official forums claiming to have information about the 'Age of Conan' beta. I'm not going to cite examples, of course, but on analysis of this information it's quite apparent that their information is grossly inaccurate. But what measuring stick am I using? One of my favourite games to play as a youngster was Chinese Whispers, and I'm sure that as we get older we often find ourselves as unbeknownst participants in this game. We all know that the objective of Chinese Whispers is to rely on your acute sense of hearing and ensure the correct message makes its way from start to end, but due to people often mishearing things or in whispering words are muffled somewhat, the message changes, even by a word or two, but this has the ability to change the meaning of the phrase completely. The lesson Chinese Whispers tries to teach its participants, is that if you want a clear answer or effective communication, it's better to get the message straight from the source; to get it "straight from the horse's mouth", so to speak.