When you look back on all that's happened in the gaming world—games released, scandals unveiled and surprises unleashed—it's been a long, long year. Let's take a look back at what that year has been like for Kotaku.

Pretty soon after I was hired here at Kotaku, I started doing weekly round-ups of our best content. So now I'm going to round up our best work from over the entire year, including the gorgeous pixel artwork you see above that Michael Myers made for us. Hopefully I didn't exclude anything.

The Most Beautiful Sunsets in Video Games


The Video Game Roger Ebert Loved


Valve Is Bringing Steam To Your TV Today. Watch Out, Consoles.


The Knights of New Vegas: How Obsidian Survived Countless Catastrophes And Made Some Of The Coolest Role-Playing Games Ever


Is Tic-Tac-Toe a Great Game? I Battled Some of the World's Best Video Game Creators To Find Out.


Banned From Making Money, These YouTubers Share Their Stories


How Diablo III Told Me My Marriage Was Over


The Herd Outsider's Guide to the Brony Phenomenon


Wii U: The Kotaku Review


The Contemptible Games Journalist: Why So Many People Don't Trust The Gaming Press (And Why They're Sometimes Wrong)


As Fans Say StarCraft Is Dying, Blizzard Plans Some Big Changes


Kotaku Timeline: Grand Theft Auto V


Why Video Game Characters Say Such Ridiculous Things


Geek Rap Star Kicks Fan Out Of Concert Over Tweet


Gameplay and Story Are Exactly Like Music and Lyrics


I Can Predict The Entire Halo 4 Plot, Using Only The Halo 4 Soundtrack


Mass Effect 3's Musical Secret


An Insider From One Of Those Cold, Calculating Mega-Publishers Is Back To Answer Your Questions Again [UPDATE: Interview Over]


Who Is Stealing Halo 4?


Confessions Of A Teenage Xbox Hacker


Borderlands 2 Has A Ridiculous Number Of Hidden Secrets. Here Are All The Ones We Know About. [Update: More Stuff!]


See The Room That Ate Ms. Pac-Man and Three Other One-of-a-Kind Video Game Experiences Right Here

The New Super-Slim PS3 Looks Great Compared To All Our Other Modern Consoles


Man Loses Xbox Account To Thief, Confronts Thief On Internet Forum


I've Seen the Future of Virtual Reality, and It Is Terrifying


Dota Dispatch: Watching People Play Video Games For $1.6 Million


The Extraordinary Quest to Put All the Super Mario Games On One Timeline


Pissed Off 'Employees' Bash Pretty Much Every Major Video Game Company


PC Gaming Studio Said She Ruined Their Game, But Only After She Sued The Boss For Sexual Harassment [UPDATE]


Cracking the Vita: A Hacker Speaks


A Team Of Seven Is Making A Game That 'Shouldn't Be Possible'


The Most Badass Weapons in Borderlands 2


Why Is Skyrim's World Better Than Amalur's? (And Other Burning RPG Questions)


Why I was Pokemon's Greatest Villain


Gold Vs. Plus: How Sony Is Making a Mockery Of Xbox Live


An Old Xbox Reveals the Secret Lives of a Good Friend


It Sounds Like Nintendo Wants to Make A Gamer's Version of Facebook


Mr. Awesome, the Greatest Video Game Player Who Ever Lived


HG Wells Practically Invented Modern Tabletop Wargaming


I'm Surprised By How "Black" Assassin's Creed Liberation Feels


The Real Problem With BioShock Infinite's Box Art: Poor Trigger Finger Discipline


I'm Sick of the Disturbingly Neat Lives Video Games Expect Us To Enjoy


My Awesome Sister is the Zelda Gymnast and Yes, She's a Lifelong Gamer


What In The World Is Final Fantasy? A Beginner's Guide To The Biggest RPG Series On The Planet


Here's Where Gangnam Style Didn't Hit It Big


Eight Men In: Cheating Tarnishes Everyone in 2K Sports' Million-Dollar Scandal


Why Robin Makes Batman Better


One Year after DC Comics' New 52 Reboot, The Same Old Problems Linger


1PP: Should We Worry About Preserving The Retro Games We Love?


Truly 'Adult' Video Games


Second Thoughts About Gaming's Most Hated Company


How To Get Into Comics


Athene, The 'Best Gamer In The World,' Is Taking Your Questions Right Now


How To Buy Video Games


How Sony Is Turning into a Ghost in Japan and Around the World


An All-Star Plan to Build a New $99 Hackable Video Game Console Requires $950,000 Of Your Money [UPDATE]


What Went Wrong With Silicon Knights' X-Men: Destiny?


One Shot, One Kill, No Skill: Why a Regular Gamer Started Paying to Cheat at Video Games


OK, Tensions Between China and Japan Are Getting Serious


Final Fantasy X Gave Me Control, After Spinal Surgery Took It Away


Three Words I Said to the Man I Defeated in Gears of War That I'll Never Say Again


Report: How Scammers Are Stealing Xbox Live Accounts, and the Few Things You Can Do to Protect Yourself [Update]


Another Day, Another Death Threat From Gamers to The People Who Make Video Games


The Life Of A Mass Murderer In World of Warcraft


The Next PlayStation is Called Orbis, Sources Say. Here are the Details.


The Next Xbox is Code-Named...Durango


One Assassin's Creed III Debate To Rule Them All


There Are Reasons I Don't Talk About Video Game Violence Much


Cinnabon's Pizzabon: The Snacktaku Hideous Abomination Review


The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey: The Kotaku Review


The Nintendo 3DS XL: The Kotaku Review


Kotaku Reviews All Of This Year's Biggest Games


The Best Video Games, According to Kotaku