eGamer Looks Back To 2013, In A More Personal Manner
With eGamer’s official awards out of the way for 2013, we decided that it would be equally as interesting for some of the staff to note their own favourite moments of the year. After all, each person perceives and enjoys things differently. This article could also be a way for you to connect with the writers. Your opinions might be the same, after all.
That being said, let’s get down to what everyone felt throughout the 2013 gaming year.
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Azhar said: My favourite moment of the gaming year, outside of a particular game, has to be “The Red E3”, where Sony quite literally spent an E3 showing off some cool looking games, but mostly saying “Hey! All that TV SPORTS MUSIC SPORTS SPORTSY SPORTS you got Microsoft? We got that too! (Much to our horror). But then, they unleashed the mother of all nut shots to Microsoft, and moment by moment, as gamers around the world and in the stadium cheered, destroyed everything the DRM Xbox One stood for.
It may be a distant memory that’s not very relevant anymore (discounting the rippling effect it has had on Microsoft), but in the moment it was simply epic, and after quite some time of being afraid of DRM measures and the end of ownership, it was as much a relief as it was magical to be a gamer that night. Let it be said that Jack Tretton went from likable creature to God in a single night.
AG said: 2013 was a year that will be remembered by many, myself included, as the prologue to the new generation of gaming, above that it was filled moments of immense outrage from gamers (too many to name) and moments of utter euphoria such as the crowd reaction to Jack Tretton’s E3 announcement of no console DRM on PS4.
However, the most memorable moment for me was in fact a very personal period of introspection. After five and a half great years of service, my PS3 died. Weep for me. It was a sad moment for me but no, I’m not the kind who gets off on being depressed. At least not most of the time. This was my favourite moment because up until that point, I had taken my console and the facility to play games for granted. I know what you’re thinking, this is going to turn into a preachy life lesson. Well tough shit, suck it up. I was without a console for a number of months and this turned out to be my favourite moment of the gaming year because it made me infinitely more appreciative of my favourite past-time.
Above and beyond this, it made me consciously realise what an incredibly huge part of my life gaming is, feeling the vacuum it left in my life, I hope it never leaves me again or I might cry.
Caveshen said: My favourite gaming moment of this year was that point in time immediately after completing BioShock: Infinite, the first time. I have never felt so intellectually stimulated in a game before, or at least not for a long time. It helps that I understood everything that went on in that ending without needing to watch various videos explaining it. That feel was borderline orgasmic, in fact, I would actually liken it to sex. But for the brain. Brain sex, then. A videogame actually went there. It actually dared to make me use my brain and think about it. Holy fucking shit.
Marko said: The highlight of this year, for me, has to be the release of both BioShock Infinite and The Last Of Us. I love a great story and a story filled with genuine emotion is all the more better. Before these games released, I was sort of longing for a narrative experience to just clean my palate of all the gung-ho military shooters and pseudo-narrative experiences that I’ve played. I was so captivated in both these stories that the memory of playing them is still embedded in my subconscious. The feelings I’ve felt and the thoughts I’ve experienced is something that I wouldn’t trade for the world. It truly was a great year for narrative games.
Adam said: My favourite memory of 2013 had to be reviewing BioShock: Infinite. I remember that weekend of gaming so succinctly, albeit a joyous and stressful experience. Well, we were originally going to receive a retail copy of BioShock: Infinite for console, but Dean told me that a Steam code was available for the game. I agreed to download the review copy of the game, not realising that the game was something like 14GBs in size. When I started the download, my internet account stopped working properly, for whatever reason, and I had to resort to using various trial ADSL accounts. This delayed me somewhat as I could only start playing BioShock: Infinite on Saturday, and the review was to be out on Monday. I played BioShock: Infinite for over 20 glorious hours in a compact amount of time. I then wrote the actual review on Monday and published it on the same day. It was a stressful and fun experience, and was definitely my favourite gaming-related memory of 2013.
Rudolf said: 2013 was a year filled with amazing games. From DmC to LEGO Marvel Super Heroes and every title in between. However, that one moment that surpassed all other moments was when I started up BioShock: Infinite and first set foot on the floating sky-city of Columbia. Everything the game consisted of felt as if it was made specifically for me. It still carries a sense of wonder for me after all these months and it will remain etched in my mind forever. The story was brilliantly written and never before in my life have I been so speechless about a game’s story as a whole or indeed the ending. The bewitching world begged to be explored and the gameplay had a jocular feel to it. This is the game I played through the most times this year and that in itself certainly has to say something. Yes, it is a game worth marrying.
Alessandro said: My favourite part of this gaming year came during rAge. We had the PS4 there, the Xbox One and loads of next-generation titles. But despite all of that the one thing people could not stop talking about, especially in the media room, was all the games at the MakeGamesSA stand, and how incredible all these locally developed games were. It opened a lot of people’s eyes to an industry they thought didn’t exist locally, and was able to show up hundreds of other AAA titles. It was great to see, and something that made this year’s rAge the most memorable yet. AG also somehow got injured at a gaming expo, so that was funny too.
Marco said: My greatest moment this year for gaming, personally? Not so much in terms of actual games, but gaming culture significance to me was going to rAge for the first time and seeing all the hardware and peripherals I’ve only ever seen through a PC screen. Best thing to happen for PC gaming? Has to be when AMD released the R9 290.