From profit-hungry corporations to technocratic kingdoms to, yes, Nazis, games were filled with systemic villainy this year.
Armed with our virtual cameras in our virtual worlds, we can create the images we want to believe in.
The first omens came in the form of horse armor over a decade ago. Now, the lootboxes (and the discourse) have truly arrived.
This year, games refined old ideas and introduced brand new ones. They also provided the fuel needed to power through the murk of 2017.
The gods are Extremely Online, and we are their playthings.
In 2017, we confronted death, shared secretes, sought comfort, fought for justice, and did our best to look absolutely incredible.
Just as soon as we catch up on all the games from 2017, of course.
From Crash Bandicoot to Kingdom Hearts to LA Noire, this year brought a host of remakes and re-releases.
With metal beasts roaming the land, the Keepers of Sun and Moon—Aloy and Thorn—must rise together to face them.
2017 was a year of playing games for—and with—other people.
Sometimes laughing, crying, and singing karaoke with your sworn brother are the best medicine for a terrible year.
This year, players found secrets, sought redemption, experimented with everything... oh, and played what might be the best non-BioShock BioShock game ever.