We here at Perpetual Geek Machine think life as a nerd has been pretty spectacular in 2012. Great movies, games, tv shows and more. We’ve made friends with Nicole Kline, and then put her to work writing here! Rich got engaged, Dan bought a house. There’s a good chance Ryan and/or Bryan did something adorably Canadian. Kevin spent most of the year brewing beer and Adam made it through the latest Mayan apocalypse mostly unscathed!
Just like last year to celebrate the end of this trip round the sun we got together to run down our top 5 favorite things of the year. We then presented those during part 1 of our spectacular year end podcast. In part 2 of that podcast we whittle out lists down to a Top 5 to represent the site as a whole, and then 1 singular item that is Perpetual Geek Machine’s favorite thing of 2012. Last year The Muppets was our winner. What will take the crown this year? Listen to the podcast to find out!
In addition to fighting it out on the podcast we’re also each presenting our lists here on the site. Please join us to run down Kevin Alexander’s top 5 things of 2012!
No other video game this year made an impact on me quite the way that Journey did. Between the visuals, music and simple interaction it all came together as a definitive mood that should be experienced in a single session. Do yourself a favor, set aside a couple of hours and take this journey for yourself.
4. PAX East 2012
The third edition of this all-around geekfest makes my list not so much for the show itself but because of what it became this year for me. It’s a gathering of friends, the ones I only see there and the ones I’ve yet to meet. Whether it’s sippin’ some Bourbon with Jon, talking for hours with Ryan or meeting awesome new people like Nicole, it’s an experience I don’t want to miss each year.
3. Wreck It Ralph
I was really, really worried that this movie was going to end up being something that tried to cram as many “typical” video game references in as possible. Luckily, we were treated to a great story that was set in a fabricated video game world that felt so alive that I never wanted the “game over” screen to ever appear.
2. Cards Against Humanity
What’s left to be said about Cards Against Humanity? The game is hysterical and addictive. The design is flawless and the people who make it are awesome. Every time you introduce someone to it they always ask “where can I get this?” 2012 has been a huge breakout year for “Cards” and it’s much-deserved.
1. Mars Curiosity Rover
This is amazing in the truest definition of the word. A group of people designed the most incredibly remote controlled car ever built then programmed it to fly to fucking MARS by itself and go through the most intense and complicated automated landing ever conceived. And guess what? IT WORKED. People are starting to realize once again that space is really, really cool and that’s the best thing they’ll accomplish.
Here’s some things that just barely missed my list:
Lords of Waterdeep
Being the only person in the world who loved Prometheus
The Dark Knight Rises
Psy – Gangam Style
Gary Clark, Jr. – Blak and Blue
Jack Huston as Richard Harrow on Boardwalk Empire