We published a lot of stories this year. You loved some. You hated others. Some were great. Some were arrows.
Our finest tech people have crunched the numbers and provided me with a list of our top traffic-getters. Below, you can see the 25 stories that drew the most new readers to our site, which, internally, is how we measure statistical success.
Thank you to all of our readers who read these stories. Apologies to all of our writers whose stories next week will be ineligible for acclaim, since we're acting like the year is over right now.
On with it...
#1 (which, like several other pieces on this list, was actually published in 2011!)
Paintball has never been quite as exciting as it is seen through the eyes of director Saman Keshavarz in this video, which you'll want to watch at least three times. More »
Hey, look! A sleek computer with a piece of fruit embossed on it. Did you splurge for a Mac Pro or save money and get the totally capable iMac. Either way, good move, those things just work. More »
My copy of Skyrim would usually fall over once I started running more than, say, 8-10 mods at once. So I've got no idea how modder Unreal has managed to get around 100 mods running at once. More »
Stop watching movies on your iPad. Stop browsing the web.
Your iPad can play some great games.
iPad games that shine use the extra screen space and sharper resolution to deliver touch gaming that captivates. More »
#5 (Another 2011 interloper)
When Sony announced their "Long Live Play" campaign a few weeks back, the entire interwebs lit up with buzz as to what it would herald. A PlayStation Home re-launch? More »
What if, say, Modern Warfare creators Infinity Ward were given the keys to Super Mario Bros.? Brandon Laatsch, friend of Freddie Wong, lets us see the NES classic from Mario's perspective, injecting Call of Duty gameplay shenanigans into Nintendo's blocky platformer... More »
Mexican gymnast Elsa Garcia Rodriguez Blancas did her Olympic qualification routine to an arrangement of music from The Legend of Zelda. Specifically, an arrangement by violinist Lindsey Stirling. More »
Today marks the long-anticipated release of Bethesda's excellent role-playing adventure The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. It's a massive game, a true epic-hundreds of hours of exploration, adventure, magic and mayhem.
But before you can get to all of that, you've got to start the game... More »
Well, this is interesting. A Best Buy worker just emailed us two images snapped from their employee news section. One shows that Ubisoft will be unveiling Assassin's Creed III on March 5, and that there'll be pre-order bonuses to be had. More »
Poor Aussie Diablo III fans who pre-ordered the game then lost their money (and game!) when retailer GAME went into administration yesterday, you're suddenly in luck. More »
While the official reveal of Sony's next home console could still be months away, if not longer, Kotaku has today learned some important details concerning the PlayStation 3's successor.
For one, the console's name-or at least its codename/working title-is apparently Orbis. More »
Let us never underestimate the internet's ability to come up with freaky crap. The vast reach of the web creates mysteries as often as it dispels them, and sometimes those mysteries are truly scary. More »
I don't like most gamer clothing. They're usually tacky, or have a huge, ugly logo plastered everywhere. Plus, personally, they're usually all too large. More »
Jason Craft recently purchased a Portal Gun from Aperture Laboratories. Not a toy. A real one. You can see it in action in this video, where he tests it out with a few friends.
Sure, it might look like fun and games in the game, but in the real world? More »
We've been promised substantial downloadable content for last year's blockbuster Skyrim, but it sounds like Bethesda is thinking really big.
"For Fallout 3 we did five DLCs," Howard told me during an interview last week at the DICE Summit. More »
The Poké Ball, the device which catches and holds Pocket Monsters, comes in various types. There are twenty-six variations, all different. Sadly, they're not real (neither are Pocket Monsters!). More »
PC gamers have reason to crow, since they get often the best of both worlds. Quirky and cheap smaller titles? Yup. The shiniest, most impressive versions of AAA multiplatform games? More »
You've got yourself an iPhone and you want to play some games on it. You might not want to just plunge into the App store. It's a jungle, and it is full of bad games.
Let us help you. More »
Borderlands 2 Has A Ridiculous Number Of Hidden Secrets. Here Are All The Ones We Know About. [Update: More Stuff!]
Borderlands 2 is a game that will keep you happily busy for some time. But if you want to experience all the game has to offer, you'll have to hunt after all the easter eggs and hidden secrets. More »
It's been, what, only a few weeks since Slooshi was caught jerking off on camera after a League of Legends livestream event? Well, looks like somebody—and by somebody, I mean World of Warcraft player murdaralph—didn't learn their lesson. More »
I want to tell you a story.
A few years ago, I was dating a girl who was decidedly not nerd curious. She tolerated my geeky interests with a certain bemused air but definitely didn't participate in ‘em… not even setting foot inside a comic store on new comic day. More »
A rarity this E3: a brand new game. Not a sequel, not a reboot, but a brand new game based on brand new IP. And it looks amazing.
Taking place in an open-world city (so, think Grand Theft Auto), players in Watch Dog will have the power to control an entire city's infrastructure... More »