Soon, outlets big and small — our site likely included — will share with you some thoughts on what the games of the year were. It’s not exactly a methodical thing, or consistent, or even particularly meaningful, but it can be fun to revisit and relive some of the best moments in games over the year, and 2012 will have its fair share. Game of the Year will be handed out. Spike TV will put on an abysmal television broadcast. Awards will grace shelves, and all will be as it ever is.
But 2012 also brought a lot of movement and change within the industry itself, sometimes defining moments and sometimes sweeping trends that carried throughout the year. What is in some ways more interesting to me is what 2012 has brought to consumers, developers and publishers as the business of gaming inches ever forward, evolving year after year.
Here then, are a few of my thoughts on the defining issues and moments of 2012 in video gaming.