There's a special holiday gamers all over the world always look forward to celebrate at the end of January, one that most lay people may have never heard of.
Called Winter-Een-Mas, or "The Gamer Holiday," this special celebration of all things video games (and more) takes place between Jan. 25 and Jan. 31 (SO IT'S STARTING RIGHT NOW). 'Tis the season when gamers usually stock up on snacks and energy drinks to prepare to "get their game on" for an entire glorious week.
The whole concept started back in 2003 in a webcomic (and later webseries) titled Ctrl+Alt+Del created by Tim Buckley which, of course, relates to the world of gaming. In the comic, Winter-Een-Mas was actually the brainchild of Ethan, the protagonist of Ctrl+Alt+Del, who is a die-hard video game fan who even crowned himself the king of the holiday he created.
The stories of Ctrl+Alt+Del follow Ethan and his roommate Lucas, who provides the voice of reason of the story, which Ethan usually ignores. It also features Lucas' wife Lilah. CAD (as it is lovingly called) is a treasure trove of pop culture references and gaming-related puns which also uses well-known game titles and consoles in its storylines.
A funny thing happened in 2004 when some of the readers of CAD also began to celebrate Winter-Een-Mas. The cool concept snowballed into something bigger and bigger as each year passed and players added their own spin to the holiday, which now includes all manners of gaming, as you'll see below.
For those unfamiliar with the whole thing, SYFY WIRE has everything you need to know about the gaming holiday. So fix yourself a cup of hot cocoa with little marshmallows floating on top, sit back, relax and dive into the origins of Winder-Een-Mas...
Do you celebrate Winter-Een-Mas? If so, chime in via the comments below and let us know how you celebrate.
Additional material by Nathalie Caron.