It's been 27 years since the Nintendo Entertainment System hit store shelves, and somehow things keep happening. As if accompanied by a black and white reel of spinning newspapers, gaming news saw stocks plummeting, studios closing, execs moaning about old consoles, and developers putting out damn good games anyway.
2012's nearly over, and it was one heck of a year to care about the art, business, and experience of games. For every gloomy headline about retail sales riding the struggle bus, a new fundraising campaign from veteran designers with promising ideas warmed our hearts. What made the last 365 days (give or take) such a weird, wonderful, frightening, depressing, infuriating, and inspiring trip? Read on as we take a stroll down our cultural memory lane.