Welcome to the Best of Kotaku, where I round up all of this week's best content.

You see that up there? That up there is what we call wishful thinking, also known as a potentially awesome video game realization of one of the best comics there is: Calvin & Hobbes. Unfortunately it's currently just a concept work done by Johan Vinet.

Why a Free iPad Game is Better Than Every Blockbuster Game Released in 2012

Tim Rogers' game of the year is Gasketball. More »

Take a Groovy, Animated Trip through One Man's Favorite Games of 2012

Zac Gorman shares his favorite games through his animated drawings. More »

Why Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward Should Be Game Of The Year

Jason Schreier explains why Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward is his game of the year. More »

Why Far Cry 3 Should Be Game of the Year

Mike Fahey makes a case for Far Cry 3 as the game of the year. More »

The Best Video Game Tips Of 2012

Kirk Hamilton rounds up our best pieces of advice for different games. More »

Hey, Game Developers: Please Steal These Ideas In 2013

Tina Amini shares the best little ideas video games used in 2012 that we want to see more of. More »

The Best Conversations We Had In 2012

Kirk rounds up our best conversation-style posts about different games in 2012. More »

The Creepiest Game You've Never Heard Of

Chris Person shows us the very strange The Dark Eye. More »

Why The Walking Dead Should Be Game Of The Year

Tina nominates the beautiful and depressing The Walking Dead for game of the year. More »

Misunderstood Bro Culture And Their Obnoxious First Person Shooter YouTube Videos

Patricia Hernandez explains the culture behind those montage first person shooter videos that glorify no-scope headshots, 420 and dubstep. More »

Why Journey Should Be Game Of The Year

Kirk puts his vote in for Journey as the game of the year. More »

Why Papo & Yo Should Be Game of the Year

Evan Narcisse nominates Papo & Yo as the best game of this year. More »

Why Spelunky Should Be Game of the Year

Patricia makes her case for Spelunky as the game of the year. More »

All My Life I've Been Told I Was Special. It Was A Lie.

Matthew Duhamel shares what it's like to grow up as part of the generation that was constantly told they were special, even if the only time that's true is in video games. More »

Why Crusader Kings II Should Be Game Of The Year

Luke Plunkett throws his nomination down on Crusader Kings II, a strategy game unlike many others. More »

Why Super Hexagon Should Be Game of The Year

Stephen Totilo makes a compelling case for Super Hexagon as his GOTY. More »

We Need The Greatest Generation of Gamers To Save The Future Of Gaming

Ralph Barbagallo is concerned about what free2play games might do to the future of gaming, and perhaps only The Greatest Generation can save it. More »

Why Boss Battles Matter

Jason explains the significance of boss battles in JRPGs. More »

Microsoft Cracks Down On Unauthorized Halo-Branded Bullets

Stephen tells us about the unauthorized Halo-branded bullets, and Microsoft's reaction to them. More »