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The decade's most memorable moments in gaming

Wii Fit Girl | May 2008

Or, the greatest internet viral campaign that Nintendo never had the nous to make. No - it'd rather advertise Wii Fit with news footage of middle-aged women in frumpy tracksuits getting a bead on.

Lauren Bernat inadvertently became one of the Internet's new breed of YouTube celebrities after her boyfriend secretly filmed her shaking her li'l booty while playing Wii Fit. She was pissed for a few minutes, before realising her gyrating tush had made her more famous than any Pop Idol reject could ever hope for.



The resulting ripple effect caught the attention of global newspapers, TV chat shows and websites and made doubly sure Wii Fit was a total sell out. Bernat was later employed by EA to help launch their Wii exercise offering, EA SPORTS Active, and now has her own personal exercise blog where unsurprisingly she talks a lot about being a meme and, horror of horrors, that she and her boyfriend (who filmed the original video) both work for an internet advertising agency.

Jack Thompson loses last life | July 2008

The man that liked to make a lot of negative noise about games had a busy decade, rallying against such morally questionable titles as Bully, Mortal Kombat, The Sims and, of course, Grand Theft Auto. He also managed to find links between video games and various violent murders, such as the Beltway sniper attacks (Halo) and the Virginia Tech massacre (Counter-Strike).

 
Above: Gamers made cake

However, Thompson's game was finally over in 2008 when the Florida Supreme Court disbarred him for not really behaving in a manner befitting of a practicing attorney. So he was out the door. Gone. For good. Permanently. And, lo, gamers did rejoice as their greatest nemesis did fall silent...

EGM shuts down | January 2009

Some video game magazines have a reputation for being a little bit more than just a video game magazine. They hold a special place in the hearts of its readers. EGM was one of those mags. So it was understandable that the news Electronic Gaming Monthly was shutting down prompted an outpouring of collective sadness from its US readership. Around since 1989, EGM truly was an institution and its loss meant more than just a little extra room on store shelves. Many of GamesRadar's writers were inspired by EGM to get into the business of making words about games, so our own homage to the publication felt like a fitting tribute.

 

But that wasn't the end of the story. Shortly after EGM hit the lights for the last time, original EGM founder Steve Harris announced that he'd be re-launching Electronic Gaming Monthly. The first issue has yet to appear from the ashes, although it's recently been revealed that some of the old-school EGM crew are back on board, including Sean 'Seanbaby' Reiley and former editor-in-chief, Dan Hsu. It lives again!

RIP Midway Games | February 2009

What a spectacular fall from grace Midway Games had. The gaming stalwart, with 100s of titles such as Mortal Kombat, suffered the unthinkable in February 2009 when they filed for bankruptcy. Development studios were either sold or closed to ease crippling debts as Warner Bros swooped in like a greedy vulture for MK, Wheelman and, bizarrely, Joust, amongst many others.


Above: If MK vs DC Universe had raised around $300,000,000, it might have rescued Midway from its own fatality 

The signs of their demise could be seen from miles away. Their Gamers’ Day (like a mini-E3 but just for Midway) was held in lavish locations such as Las Vegas – sticking us stinking journalists in plush hotels at a massive cost. It made sense for a while with the coverage they generated but gradually these extravagant showpieces started to resemble a sad clown – all painted up for fun times but underneath reaching for a swig of Drano to wash away the bad ones. This man spoke up about the problems behind the scenes and was promptly fired.

The franchises will live on, but the end of the road for Midway sparked a realisation amongst other publishers that this could happen to them. Goodnight, sweet Midway. Sleep well.

Bam! Bottom of an avatar's shoe | June 2009

Live demonstrations of new technology are amazing, aren't they? As if Microsoft's infamous Vista voice recognition debacle wasn't warning enough, Kudo Tsunoda's demonstration of the new motion control of Project Natal at this year's E3 proved that live demonstrations in front of internet journalists is a very bad idea. One small mishap and BAM! You've got your very own internet meme. Grats.


December 31, 2009 

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44 comments

  • Spybreak8 - January 5, 2011 1:16 a.m.

    Word
  • YoungZer0 - January 4, 2011 11:17 p.m.

    Excuse me, but can the person who wrote the part about the Gerstmann Gate Affair please step forward and apologize? So let me get this straight. "Although it’s never been proven, it was widely suggested" So you don't have proof but you just keep on bashing this ridiculous conspiracy theory? Since when has a publisher the power to decide which Game "Journalist" (I wouldn't call someone like Gerstmann a Journalist) can or can not keep his job? By your logic it must have worked this way: K&L gets positive previews from Gamespot. Eidos pays Gamespot for Advertisement on their website. K&L gets released. Gerstmann releases a poorly written troll-like review. Eidos is pissed, does not want to pay Gamespot for the ads any more. Ads are taken down. Gerstmann gets fired. It's all Eidos fault. How in the world has Eidos so much power to tell CNET to fire someone? What's to gain? Nothing, nothing at all. The review is out. The Advertisement Deal is off. Nothing to gain. If there really is someone to blame it's CNET. Or Gamespot. But Eidos? You blame Eidos for being pissed? What's more interesting is the review itself; which only focuses on the first three level of the game. Video footage in the background of the video review, doesn't even show the fourth level. Gerstmann's 360 Account shows that he never finished the fourth level. My Conclusion: He didn't do his job. You can get fired for that. He got fired. Still, Eidos fault, i guess. Articles like that show that Game Journalism is still a joke.
  • DJxDAxNAME615 - April 7, 2010 5:24 p.m.

    im so glad i grew up during this era. unforgetable
  • CH3BURASHKA - January 4, 2010 1:06 a.m.

    Wait a minute... I thought ISLAM was the light...
  • noobeater - January 4, 2010 1:03 a.m.

    honestly next decade will see nintendo finally collapse and although i hate the wii nintendo have always been great. and thus i depart as my laptop has like 2 mins of juice left bring on the 10's
  • matt588 - January 2, 2010 5:23 a.m.

    still find the sexbox clip funny/infuriating, but seriously, I am worried about the next 10 years, can we have a meeting before we get the virtual reality chips embedded in our heads?
  • Samael - January 2, 2010 4:56 a.m.

    Wow, this was just an incredibly fun article to read. I'd forgotten about most of these (The 2006 Sony press conference is always hilarious) and I'd never heard of some of them (Holy shitcakes, there's no way that Nu-Allard is the same as the old one. They had to have replaced him). You'll have to do another in 2020...if you're still around.
  • Marvelfan13 - January 2, 2010 1:08 a.m.

    I got a subscription to EGM for my birthday RIGHT BEFORE IT SHUT DOWN! I was really mad.
  • ZombieAmmy - January 1, 2010 10:13 p.m.

    Ridge racer, giant enemy crab and hit its weak point for massive damage are why better then Bam! There it is could ever be
  • boondocks50 - January 1, 2010 9:14 p.m.

    the ps3 conference video slayed me, "the stages of the game will be based on actual battles that took place in japan... so heres this giant enemy crab" hahahaha
  • Silvermech - January 1, 2010 8:49 p.m.

    BAM! Shakalakashakalakashakalaka.
  • Conman93 - January 1, 2010 3:55 p.m.

    Pretty great decade. I wonder is there any other style nintendo could have for Zelda. They have done 2d, cartoony, realistic, whats left. Hopefully it will be revealed in the next decade Oh and happy 2010 to everyone!!
  • Heyexclamationpoint - January 1, 2010 3:45 p.m.

    I thought Duke Nukem Forever being put out of its misery warranted a mention.
  • Logan2911 - January 1, 2010 2:46 p.m.

    U missed one thing (pandemic studios) shut down:(
  • Logan2911 - January 1, 2010 2:44 p.m.

    Fox news got me all excited to see that sex scene in mass effect. and I was very disappointed when I saw that scene it showed nothing. Thanks a lot fox
  • Dill - January 1, 2010 10:55 a.m.

    And I thought it was Nintendo's conference where they did the "Ridge Racer! ... Riiidddge, RACER! .. Remember that?" not Sony
  • Dill - January 1, 2010 10:53 a.m.

    I remember you guys talking about the Mass Effect controversy on Talk Radar a long time ago, but that chick in the blue shirt at the end really got me riled up. It got me raged up. I commented the boobs off that Youtube video. How did I not see that until now? Great article, makes me feel bad for missing so much shit
  • Cwf2008 - January 1, 2010 10:20 a.m.

    RIP old EGM. And Fox "news", i hope your "reporters" have a special place in hell. Preferably next to jack thompson
  • cigero - January 1, 2010 9:03 a.m.

    I was impressed how you guys decided not to publish that Jade Raymond video on the web. I assure you that most people would make that video go viral... its ironic considering that gamers have always been known as the ice cold would-be seriel killer stereotypes the media has made us out to be! Good job GR!
  • cigero - January 1, 2010 8:45 a.m.

    I remember when the xbox came out... it was just as suprising as apple making a console (which, now looking back at history, would not be suprising, the only difference bieng apple would EPIC FAIL).

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