We publish a lot of stories, and we're very lucky to have you all as readers. But you like reading some pieces more than others. So as part of a look back on 2016, here are your favourite stories from the year.
For reference, there's no particular order to the stories below.
The Star Wars juggernaught rolled on, but nothing will make Jedi Arena good.
Hayley wrote a lot of great reports in 2016, and her breakdown of cosplayers working for free was perhaps one of her best. You also really enjoying reading about a video game sex machine, to which I will make no comment.
I love that so, so many of you cared about Jackie Chan.
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Pokemon GO is kind of a given, as is anything that becomes such a massive social phenomenon. But even early on people really cared about the DOOM reboot, even if most people really disliked that first beta.
Graphics cards were a big deal this year. Everyone likes JB reviews, of course, but nothing inspired as much passion as DOOM.
It really makes me wonder what would have happened if Bethesda lead with a demo for the singleplayer or something first.
The reaction to SUPERHOT's exclusivity was swift and sharp, although it didn't change anything in the end (and the game is one of the best showcases for the Oculus Touch controllers right now). Games still got refused classification in 2016, and the divisive debate around the Safe Schools entered the gaming and convention stratosphere.
Take a guess.
Not much of a surprise here. Pokemon GO was let out into the wild in July, and wild is exactly how people went.
Pokemon GO still had tens of millions of active users, although people were just as curious about No Man's Sky. (And then just as, if not more, disappointed.) It's also really fitting that Mark's last story as editor was one of your favourites; there's something very touching about that.
Even JB got in on the act.
You found out what the NX was, and you loved it. (And the name's not bad, either.)
Apart from Nintendo's dockable console, people really wanted to get their hands on Battlefield 1. GTA Online continued to be fascinating throughout the whole year as well, in part because of Mt Chiliad and in part because of the excellent DLC Rockstar kept producing.
And after the Switch came the Mini NES, which would have probably been a bigger hit for Nintendo were there more units available. The PS4 Pro got plenty of attention from readers, some of whom I'd wager are still a little unsure as to what they'll get from their home setup (if they don't have a 4K/HDR capable TV, anyway). And Mark's almost-year long investigation into Halfbrick got everybody talking, if only because we finally had some answers.
Enter Hideo Kojima. It's going to be a little sad to talk about Death Stranding once we actually see it in action, instead of all the weird, crazy cut scenes that we've got right now. And speaking of crazy, the Dota 2 7.00 patch changed everything. It's like learning a whole new game.
So those are the stories that most captured your attention, enraged, delighted or surprised you this year. It's fun going back and seeing what everyone liked and read. Were there any surprises, or did you expect any stories or games to be bigger than they were?