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!
#5: Sleeping Dogs
Once known as True Crime: Hong Kong, this game was almost lost to us forever when Activision pulled the plug on production. Square Enix released it this year, and I couldn’t have been happier. Playing as Wei Shen, using the intense melee system to beat down thugs, hacking video cameras, dating ladies… it was one of the most fun gaming experiences I’d had in a very long time. It will make you laugh, it will make you cry, it will make you forget what day it is when you’re playing it.
#4: Smithsonian exhibit on Video Games as Art
The Smithsonian American Art Museum had an exhibit this year on Video Games as Art, featuring stations where you could actually play some games, including Pac-Man, Super Mario Bros., Flower, Myst, and The Secret of Monkey Island. I went down opening weekend, when they held GameFest, three awesome days filled with panels and activities. I met Kellee Santiago from thatgamecompany, touched Hideo Kojima, and even got to cozy up to Nolan Bushnell. It was one of the coolest weekends I’ve ever had.
#3: Saga by Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples
It’s been a good year for comics, and the best one by far is the new space opera penned by Brian K. Vaughn with artwork by Fiona Staples. You’re introduced immediately to your sweet little narrator, baby Hazel, who was born to two soldiers on opposite sides of an intergalactic war. From alien bounty hunters to ghosts of children who were killed in the war, Saga has brilliant writing, beautiful art, and a story that will make you wish more than just one volume was out.
#2: Board game night at Redcap’s Corner on Tuesday nights
Every Tuesday night, my friends and I head to 3617 Lancaster Avenue in Philadelphia to a little board game store called Redcap’s Corner. At first, it was very small, mostly just my boyfriend Anthony and I with a few board game regulars. But over the last 12 months, more and more people have started coming there, including a few Meetup groups. It’s where we met our friend, Jason Crognale, who runs www.play-board-games.com, and his friends James and Meredith. It’s been a great year to meet great people… and play great games, of course!
#1: Cards Against Humanity
PAX East 2012 was another great weekend for me. It’s where I met the Perpetual Geek Machine crew, thanks to a little black box with the words “Cards Against Humanity” written across it. It was fate that brought us together, and since then, I’ve had an amazing year at PGM, and I’ve played Cards Against Humanity a heck of a lot. First, I printed up my own copy; then, I finally got a real set. I’ve seen so many great combinations, like “An Oedipus Complex” for “Kid tested: mother approved,” or the best haiku Anthony has ever made: “Kanye West/Eating the last known bison/Fancy Feast.” It’s brought outrageous hours of laughter and fun… and we haven’t even opened the holiday set yet.