Only four or so months ago, GamerGate didn't even really exist. But at the end of 2014, it feels like that's all the year's been about.
You'd never want to actually golf in a desert, but Justin Smith's Desert Golfing is one of my most important game experiences of 2014.
Tradition dictates that you should play Monopoly for two hours, argue and give up. Playing video games is still a bit like that, only really futuristic and slightly less depressing.
Traditional broadcasting's downward spiral can't hold back the rise and rise of eSports.
So it's kind of annoying that you're expected to accomplish micro-challenges at the same time as exploring every inch of a truly spectacular gaming world.
The way games are now being made, with an eye on the competitive gaming community, the mega-shooter and its peers will ultimately steal the limelight from "real-world" sports stars.
I spoke to the developer Matt Gilgenbach, who channelled his own OCD into Neverending Nightmares.
Bar the whole "100 percent completion" thing, they really don't seem to serve any purpose whatsoever.
All previous attempts at a GoT game have been objectively shit. Iron from Ice is where that dismal streak ends.
Don't run. Don't shoot. Just look and listen, and wait a while.
And much of it is thanks to Silent Hill 2 and Silent Hill 4.
You play as a sentient piece of bread whose sole mission is to become toast.
It's one of the most fondly remembered games for the Super Nintendo, but, in all honesty, Donkey Kong Country was a bit shit.
Grand Theft Auto V and The Last of Us, both dug up from the previous gen, are the only 10/10 experiences available to 2014's gamers.
Sega's 16bit machine set a whole bunch of precedents that the games world is still following.
A round-up of the games VICE's video games writers have enjoyed most over the past few months.
In 1994, Sony came up with a system that managed to create its own market and wipe out all competitors.
Games are long and games are hard. Sometimes it's easy to think, 'why bother?'
Frontier's new Oculus Rift-enabled game blew my tiny mind.
But the good news is that its multiplayer mode is better than ever.
It's cute and cuddly, but it gives your brain a workout: LBP3 is an excellent addition to a well acclaimed series.
It's Nintendo's biggest release of 2014, so you'd better be ready.
To me, Sega's failed console will always be the best thing that ever happened to video games.
The Hampshire market town is being "celebrated" by a spooky shooter. Here are a few more British towns that could benefit from the video game treatment.