I was cleaning out some of the 900 photos and movies on my iPhone when I realized, "Hey, these kind of tell the story of my year of playing, reporting and writing about video games." These might be fun to share.

I didn't use my iPhone to take photos of things I wanted to publish. I used it more as a notebook, snapping a quick photo or making a video or screencap to document something I wanted to remember. Most of the time, the camera wasn't taking good enough photos for what I'd need for the site, but sometimes, it had to suffice.

January 2: Screencap of the first game I played all year: Hundreds.

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January 6: I took a screencap of one of the final screens in The Walking Dead, showing the choices I made. I'm hiding this one behind a link, for, you know, spoilers' sake.


January 23: I thought we might have had our hands on developer documentation for the then unannounced PS4 and needed to ask around to make sure. Turns out that we did.

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We were obsessed with the game.


February 7: The annual DICE convention and a speech by Gabe Newell. Happily, we had it covered. There was a great speech about the "graying of gaming" by Warren Spector, too.


February 12: Two things. First, a taxi ad for Metro Last Light, a game that was in limbo at the time. This ad still bore the logo of the defunct THQ. On the same day, I snapped another photo of Fire Emblem, either to remark about the missing feet or the apparent reference to the old Commodore 64 game Impossible Mission.




March 12: For the first time in my decade of covering video games, I had a live (video conferenced) interview with people in Nintendo's HQ in Kyoto. The interview was about the then-forthcoming Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon. The Nintendo Japan guys were in the bottom left. Members of the Canadian team were in the top left, but were in San Francisco. A translator from Nintendo's Washington State offices was in the top right. I was in New York. The interview went well.
















November 18: Here's an odd one. I was watching live TV (for once) and an Xbox One commercial ran. My cable signal was passing through my Xbox One. Wouldn't you know it... when the announcer in the commercial said, "Xbox One," my console snapped to attention. I rewound my DVR and tried to make it happen again. In four more tries, it only happened once. Weird. I did catch it on video, which is what you can see here. It didn't happen consistently enough to seem like a story.



Bonus: Vines from E3 and beyond... (click the videos if you want audio)


Share any of your own pictures from your gaming year below. And take it away, Parappa!

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