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.
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.
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.
'Battlefront II' may have been the most explosive moment, but it was hardly the only instance of loot boxes this year.
Everyone's (least) favorite know-it-all from 'Nier: Automata' learns a lesson.
Forza, GT, and Project Cars all imagined different versions of the "car collector" fantasy, but it's hard to tell if this is the start of a golden age or the moment where everything breaks.
The games of 2017 cast us in some odd roles: sibling, space salvager, survivor, and... mortician?