The Year In Kotaku

Illustration for article titled The Year In emKotaku/em

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.

Advertisement

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.

Advertisement

The Most Beautiful Sunsets in Video Games


The Video Game Roger Ebert Loved


Illustration for article titled The Year In emKotaku/em
Advertisement

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


Illustration for article titled The Year In emKotaku/em
Advertisement

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


Illustration for article titled The Year In emKotaku/em
Advertisement

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


Illustration for article titled The Year In emKotaku/em
Advertisement

Banned From Making Money, These YouTubers Share Their Stories


Illustration for article titled The Year In emKotaku/em
Advertisement

How Diablo III Told Me My Marriage Was Over


Illustration for article titled The Year In emKotaku/em
Advertisement

The Herd Outsider's Guide to the Brony Phenomenon


Illustration for article titled The Year In emKotaku/em
Advertisement

Wii U: The Kotaku Review


Illustration for article titled The Year In emKotaku/em
Advertisement

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


Illustration for article titled The Year In emKotaku/em
Advertisement

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


Illustration for article titled The Year In emKotaku/em
Advertisement

Kotaku Timeline: Grand Theft Auto V


Illustration for article titled The Year In emKotaku/em
Advertisement

Why Video Game Characters Say Such Ridiculous Things


Illustration for article titled The Year In emKotaku/em
Advertisement

Geek Rap Star Kicks Fan Out Of Concert Over Tweet


Illustration for article titled The Year In emKotaku/em
Advertisement

Gameplay and Story Are Exactly Like Music and Lyrics


Illustration for article titled The Year In emKotaku/em
Advertisement

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


Illustration for article titled The Year In emKotaku/em
Advertisement

Mass Effect 3's Musical Secret


Illustration for article titled The Year In emKotaku/em
Advertisement

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


Illustration for article titled The Year In emKotaku/em
Advertisement

Who Is Stealing Halo 4?


Illustration for article titled The Year In emKotaku/em
Advertisement

Confessions Of A Teenage Xbox Hacker


Illustration for article titled The Year In emKotaku/em
Advertisement

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


Illustration for article titled The Year In emKotaku/em
Advertisement

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

Illustration for article titled The Year In emKotaku/em
Advertisement

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


Illustration for article titled The Year In emKotaku/em
Advertisement

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


Illustration for article titled The Year In emKotaku/em
Advertisement

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


Illustration for article titled The Year In emKotaku/em
Advertisement

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


Illustration for article titled The Year In emKotaku/em
Advertisement

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


Illustration for article titled The Year In emKotaku/em
Advertisement

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


Illustration for article titled The Year In emKotaku/em
Advertisement

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


Illustration for article titled The Year In emKotaku/em
Advertisement

Cracking the Vita: A Hacker Speaks


Illustration for article titled The Year In emKotaku/em
Advertisement

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


Advertisement

The Most Badass Weapons in Borderlands 2


Illustration for article titled The Year In emKotaku/em
Advertisement

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


Illustration for article titled The Year In emKotaku/em
Advertisement

Why I was Pokemon's Greatest Villain


Illustration for article titled The Year In emKotaku/em
Advertisement

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


Illustration for article titled The Year In emKotaku/em
Advertisement

An Old Xbox Reveals the Secret Lives of a Good Friend


Illustration for article titled The Year In emKotaku/em
Advertisement

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


Illustration for article titled The Year In emKotaku/em
Advertisement

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


Illustration for article titled The Year In emKotaku/em
Advertisement

HG Wells Practically Invented Modern Tabletop Wargaming


Illustration for article titled The Year In emKotaku/em
Advertisement

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


Illustration for article titled The Year In emKotaku/em
Advertisement

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


Illustration for article titled The Year In emKotaku/em
Advertisement

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


Illustration for article titled The Year In emKotaku/em
Advertisement

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


Illustration for article titled The Year In emKotaku/em
Advertisement

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


Illustration for article titled The Year In emKotaku/em
Advertisement

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


Illustration for article titled The Year In emKotaku/em
Advertisement

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


Illustration for article titled The Year In emKotaku/em
Advertisement

Why Robin Makes Batman Better


Illustration for article titled The Year In emKotaku/em
Advertisement

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


Illustration for article titled The Year In emKotaku/em
Advertisement

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


Illustration for article titled The Year In emKotaku/em
Advertisement

Truly 'Adult' Video Games


Illustration for article titled The Year In emKotaku/em
Advertisement

Second Thoughts About Gaming's Most Hated Company


Illustration for article titled The Year In emKotaku/em
Advertisement

How To Get Into Comics


Illustration for article titled The Year In emKotaku/em
Advertisement

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


Illustration for article titled The Year In emKotaku/em
Advertisement

How To Buy Video Games


Illustration for article titled The Year In emKotaku/em
Advertisement

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


Illustration for article titled The Year In emKotaku/em
Advertisement

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


Illustration for article titled The Year In emKotaku/em
Advertisement

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


Illustration for article titled The Year In emKotaku/em
Advertisement

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


Illustration for article titled The Year In emKotaku/em
Advertisement

OK, Tensions Between China and Japan Are Getting Serious


Illustration for article titled The Year In emKotaku/em
Advertisement

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


Illustration for article titled The Year In emKotaku/em
Advertisement

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


Illustration for article titled The Year In emKotaku/em
Advertisement

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


Illustration for article titled The Year In emKotaku/em
Advertisement

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


Illustration for article titled The Year In emKotaku/em
Advertisement

The Life Of A Mass Murderer In World of Warcraft


Illustration for article titled The Year In emKotaku/em
Advertisement

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


Illustration for article titled The Year In emKotaku/em
Advertisement

The Next Xbox is Code-Named...Durango


Illustration for article titled The Year In emKotaku/em
Advertisement

One Assassin's Creed III Debate To Rule Them All


Illustration for article titled The Year In emKotaku/em
Advertisement

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


Illustration for article titled The Year In emKotaku/em
Advertisement

Cinnabon's Pizzabon: The Snacktaku Hideous Abomination Review


Illustration for article titled The Year In emKotaku/em
Advertisement

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey: The Kotaku Review


Advertisement

The Nintendo 3DS XL: The Kotaku Review


Illustration for article titled The Year In emKotaku/em
Advertisement

Kotaku Reviews All Of This Year's Biggest Games


Illustration for article titled The Year In emKotaku/em
Advertisement

The Best Video Games, According to Kotaku

Share This Story

Get our newsletter

DISCUSSION

diggin' the superbrothers art of some of my favorite video game characters at the top!