The 2011 Video Game Year In Review

The 2011 Video Game Year In Review

We love video games here at Kotaku. We love them so much. We think they had a good year in 2011, although it was a pretty weird year. We had the PlayStation Network going down. We got a 3DS and, at least in Japan, a Vita. We got Minecraft and Duke Nukem Forever and even the first brand-new Assassin’s Creed game in… wow, how long was it?

Much happened in video games in 2011, though less happened than will occur in 2012, since 2012 is one day longer.

Here’s a lot of what 2011 was about:


Portal 2 Takes Kotaku’s 2011 Game of the Year Award for Science, You Monster

After several weeks of debate, discussion, and deliberation, Kotaku‘s 2011 Game of the Year Award came down to a simple vote, and the majority voted for science. More »


And the Winners of the First Annual Speak Up Video Game Awards Are…

Commenter GiantBoyDetective has posted the winners of the 2011 Speakys, the unofficial video game awards of our Speak Up forum community. Now all that’s left to do is vote for Game of the Year. More »


Kotaku‘s Most-Read Stories of 2011

In two hours, the year 2011 will have run its course. To video games, it was a year of scandal, of disappointment, of surprise and of achievement.

Traveling to all parts of the globe, with staff writers on three continents, serving an audience of more than 3 million unique visitors each month,… More »


2011: The Year in Pleasant Surprises

2011 saw its share of disappointments, but it was also a year that contained a good number of nice surprises. Some were games we just didn’t see coming-they snuck up on us and grabbed us with their excellence. More »


2011, a Year In Disappointment

Throughout 2011, we’ve been blessed with some extraordinary games and some memorable events. But life is not all ups. For every up there must be a down, or in this case, a downer.

These are, according to us at least, 2011’s biggest video gaming disappointments. More »


The (Actual) Best Game Music of 2011: Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP

And so we come to the end of our “Best Game Music of 2011” series, where tradition dictates we crown a victor. I’m only half-serious, of course; it’s all but impossible to say what the best anything is, and that’s doubly true of something as ephemeral and subjective as music. More »


The Best Game Music of 2011: Readers’ Choice

We’ve already recognised a whole bunch of the best game soundtracks of 2011. But of course, there are only so many hours in the day-only so much time to play games, and one can only write about so many game soundtracks.

Fortunately, you guys were up to the task of nominating outstanding… More »


The Best Video Game Trailers Of 2011

With an onus on spectacle and selling you on a mood, instead of a stage or actual footage, video game trailers have become an artform unto themselves. More »


A Year in NSFW

2011 is coming to an end. Best of lists and worst of lists, it’s time to look back at the year that was.

Not all of 2011 was something you could enjoy with polite company-and especially not at work. More »


My Top 10 Moving Moments in Gaming 2011

This year has been good to gaming. Hold on, let me restate that. This year has been amazing to gaming.

To me, it feels like this year was this generation’s swan song, the last push of gaming before all the developers go find some foxhole to hide in while they develop games for the PS43 or the… More »

(Top photo: Kevork Djansezian | Getty Images)


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