A lot can happen in 10 years. And it has. As part of this week's post-mortem of the last decade in gaming, we now present for you some of the weirdest, depressing, arousing, significant, entertaining and amusing events, happenings and milestones that have occurred in the wonderful world of games during the soon-to-be-expired Noughties.
The last decade was an absolutely amazing one, at least where videogames were concerned. The new technologies of the past two console generations have enabled the medium to soar to incredible new heights, introducing entirely new types of experiences and – perhaps more notably – delivering the sexy better than ever before
In the second day of our 'Decade in gaming' mega-feature, we're looking at the most downright abominable gaming moments of the last 10 years.
As any sports fan will tell you, nothing legitimizes a pastime like a tall glass of booze. So, strictly as a public service, we drafted a real mixologist to lead us in a little game of ModNation: Alcohol and created our own videogame-inspired alcoholic beverages just in time to ring in the New Year.
Pac-Man and Mario owned the 1980s. Sonic, Lara and Snake took over for the 1990s. Their games are considered classics. Their names are timeless and iconic. Their images are burned into the memory of every gamer, even those who were born after the characters themselves.
Now we have another ten years worth of heroes, villains, sidekicks and love interests to occupy our imagination. Which, however, will remain there?
When you look back over the past ten years, what will you remember? The sparkly new consoles? The fantastic new franchises? The exciting, unforgettable moments that made you proud to be a gamer?
Yeah, we’ll certainly reminisce about those over the coming week of decade-themed features. We’ll pick the best characters, the sexiest stars, the most memorable moments and the important-est games.
It’s good to be a nerd in Tokyo. In addition to the Tokyo Game Show, Japan’s gamers also get to attend Jump Festa, a popular convention that celebrates the latest and greatest in anime, manga, and of course, videogames. It’s the one time of the year when giant Chocobo floats, Naruto cosplayers, and Yu-Gi-Oh tournaments collide - and we were there to capture every momentous moment on film for you to enjoy
A guide to guides: it’s like a wiki for a dictionary, or GPS for a map. Think of this as more of a best of the best for GamesRadar’s 2009 guides, cheats and hints. Here, you’ll find help for everything from collecting feathers while assassinating Renaissance-era noblemen, to lugging around dozens of laptops while murdering a small platoon of Russians.Don’t see what you want? We have a hoard of guides, codes and cheats over on CheatPlanet
So, we're all in agreement, 2009 has been a standout year for games. But what about the game babes? How have they stacked up? Allow us to jog your memories with a rundown of some of the year's hottest promotional ladies.
Holiday cards really don’t know anything about video games. Oh, don’t get us wrong – we support images of cheerful fat men in bright clothes, manger scenes, or even polar bears guzzling soft drinks. But none of that stuff says “gamer”. So, we got the GR brain trust together, knocked back far too many shots of eggnog, and knocked together these custom crafted beauties. Print ‘em up, send ‘em out, and remind your loved ones that you may wish them well, but if you see them online playing Modern Warfare 2, it’s headshot time