Got to meet some of my peers for the first time. They all seemed pretty nice although noone really got past the exchange names part. I did exchange names with a nice persian girl who has the same name as my aunt...that's a first.
Things are shaping up for an incredibly exciting year...but i think I'll start out with my hands firmly around the safety bar, holding on for dear life.
Also, starting playing Soldier of Fortune II: Double Helix (props to any game that references DNA). This is not one for the kids. Insanely gruesome, and a little too realistic for a game where u kill people...at least they're bad guys. Aside from all that, first impressions are rather good. Raven seems to have a really good handle on Id's Quake engine. It will be difficult for them to top their previous effort, Star Wars: Jedi Knight II. we'll know soon enough.
and thanks to babyraver for the welcome.