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Moving on to our Best Of content this week, we kick things off as usual with a comment from the community.
Our favorite comment of this week comes to you from Troy Themed Gimmick Account: La Araña Discoteca, in response to Jason's role-playing text game:
Ooh, fun! I want to try!
Kotaku: Warhammer. Talk to me.
THQ: Mmmmmmaybe. *coy smile*
Kotaku: Dammit, PUT KNOWLEDGE IN ME.
THQ: To know if Warhammer is meant to be, first you must answer these riddles three...
Kotaku: Jason Schreier. To seek the Holy Scoop. Blue.
THQ: Did you hear about our Humble Bundle? Pretty cool, yeah?
Kotaku: Uhhh, yeah. A while ago. Warhammer me.
THQ: *singsong* There might be another Saints Roooooooow!
Kotaku: You don't say.
THQ: We cannot confirm or deny any rumors regarding the future of the Saints Row franchise. *click*
... Aaaaaand scene.
The Knights of New Vegas: How Obsidian Survived Countless Catastrophes And Made Some Of The Coolest Role-Playing Games Ever
Jason Schreier gives us a fascinating inside look at Obisidian's development history. More »
Stephen Totilo compares two very different reactions to the Sandy Hook shooting that were sent to him last weekend. More »
Evan Narcisse talks to Peter Molyneux about the realities of his new career at 22 Cans. More »
Patricia Hernandez gets in depth about Pokémon design over the years. More »
Holden Miller takes a look at EA's accomplishments this year. More »
Luke Plunkett rounds up this year's best trailers. More »
Chris Person shares his favorite GIFs of this year, with readers chiming in on their own. More »
Stephen already has the next generation console. It's his PC. More »
Stephen puts Activision's decisions in 2012 in perspective. More »
Kirk Hamilton shares some of his most notable stealth memories in video games released this year. More »
Holden takes a look at Ubisoft's decisions this year. More »
Jason gathers together every piece of news to come out of The War Z and its questionable state. More »
Rick Burford points out Borderlands 2's shortcomings. More »
Tina Amini plays a bunch of Sir Hammerlock's Big Game Hunt to preview the latest DLC for you before it comes out. More »
Luke reviews a wacky Wii U controller. More »
Jeremy Norman explains how violence has taken a personal toll on his life. More »
Kirk tallies up all of this year's biggest disappointments. More »
Ben Cousins explains the trend toward free-to-play. More »
Richard Eisenbeis makes us all jealous with the best Japan-only games of this year. More »
Matt Hawkins wasn't much of a Minecraft guy. Until he saw this documentary, that is. More »
The NRA's Absolutely Unhinged Response to Newtown Condemns Video Games as a 'Shadow Industry' that 'Sows Violence Against Its Own People'
Owen Good reports on the NRA conference where the executive VP attacked a bunch of video games. More »
Jason Schreier talks to the attendee of a crude game industry party. More »
Owen explains what each of the five games singled out by the NRA, and puts them into context. More »
Jason takes a look at what was good and what was bad about JRPGs this year. More »