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


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The Video Game Roger Ebert Loved


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


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


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


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Banned From Making Money, These YouTubers Share Their Stories


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How Diablo III Told Me My Marriage Was Over


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The Herd Outsider's Guide to the Brony Phenomenon


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Wii U: The Kotaku Review


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


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


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Kotaku Timeline: Grand Theft Auto V


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Why Video Game Characters Say Such Ridiculous Things


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Geek Rap Star Kicks Fan Out Of Concert Over Tweet


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Gameplay and Story Are Exactly Like Music and Lyrics


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


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Mass Effect 3's Musical Secret


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


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Who Is Stealing Halo 4?


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Confessions Of A Teenage Xbox Hacker


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


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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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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Cracking the Vita: A Hacker Speaks


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


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The Most Badass Weapons in Borderlands 2


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


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Why I was Pokemon's Greatest Villain


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


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An Old Xbox Reveals the Secret Lives of a Good Friend


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


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


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HG Wells Practically Invented Modern Tabletop Wargaming


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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Why Robin Makes Batman Better


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


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


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Truly 'Adult' Video Games


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Second Thoughts About Gaming's Most Hated Company


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How To Get Into Comics


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


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How To Buy Video Games


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


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


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


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


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OK, Tensions Between China and Japan Are Getting Serious


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


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


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


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


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The Life Of A Mass Murderer In World of Warcraft


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


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The Next Xbox is Code-Named...Durango


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One Assassin's Creed III Debate To Rule Them All


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


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Cinnabon's Pizzabon: The Snacktaku Hideous Abomination Review


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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey: The Kotaku Review


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The Nintendo 3DS XL: The Kotaku Review


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Kotaku Reviews All Of This Year's Biggest Games


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The Best Video Games, According to Kotaku