We write a lot of features at TheGamer and (fun fact!) all of them are great. As we head into the end of 2022, it's a time to reflect back on the year we've just had, and remember the good times. For the last week of the year, and definitely not just because I'm running short of ideas with nothing happening in the industry, I've taken a look at the top ranked feature from each of our features editors, and decided what that tells us about them.
James Troughton – Obi-Wan Season 2 Needs To Explore His Sexuality
This tells us James' favourite thing in life is being yelled at by angry loners on the internet. Writing any Star Wars opinion on the internet is like wearing a raw steak necklace in a lion enclosure, but when you're adding queer discourse into the mix, you're slathering BBQ sauce on there. The crux of the article was that various Star Wars novels touched on Obi-Wan's bisexuality, and a show dedicated to filling in his backstory would have been richer with this acknowledged, but a decent proportion of readers didn't exactly care about the crux of the article.
Issy van der Velde – Farewell, Red Dead Online
Issy is a click whore. Red Dead Online being shut down? Players devastated? Hundreds of thousands of development hours and dollars wasted on a fruitless endeavour? Great news! Gimme dem clicks. Issy did, once upon a time, write our weekly Red Dead Online guide updates, but nobody was playing the game so we stopped. After years of trying, at least he eventually found a Red Dead readership, even if they were gathered at the funeral.
Andrew King – I'm Tired Of There Only Being One Joke In The MCU
Andrew's our movie guy, and I'm sure it stings just a little bit that he is represented here by an MCU article rather than a layered analysis of Tár. Still, if nothing else, it's at least an accurate reflection of the state of the movie business today – nobody is bigger than Marvel.
Ben Sledge – The Steam Deck Is Not Fit For Purpose
Possibly the most surprising article on the list here, so I'm going to play it safe and say it tells us Ben does not like the Steam Deck. That's a little less obvious than it sounds – when Steam Decks were sent out for review, the results were glowing, as console reviews often are. We're quite forgiving of teething problems with hardware as an industry, reviewing the product that might exist with the perfect improvements, rather than the product that exists. We took a more pragmatic line, to good effect, but I was expecting Ben's to be about Apex Legends getting a new grenade or something. He writes about the fucking game enough.
Eric Switzer – New Eeveelution Has Already Been Practically Confirmed By The Anime
This shows that Eric enjoys being wrong about things. So much so that he decided to be publicly and loudly wrong in what was TheGamer's most read feature all year. It's very fitting for Eric to be here for a Pokemon take, after he watched every Pokemon movie to re-review them, and has a recurring column about Pokemon gym leaders. In fairness, the Eevee thing was a solid theory that seems to be a clear bait and switch by Pokemon, an odd choice considering Eevee's popularity and the fact we're now two games overdue a new one, but still – Eric was wrong, a fact that has been immortalised forever.
Jade King – Final Fantasy 15's Altissia Is The Worst City I've Ever Seen In A JRPG
Jade is just a massive fucking weeb. Final Fantasy 15 takes in 2022? What's all that about? More to the point, why are so many of you reading them? I know it's technically the most recent Final Fantasy, but we've had FF7R and a revival to FF14 since then. Although Jade writes more than enough weeb nonsense about those too, so maybe I shouldn't encourage it.
Stacey Henley – Cyberpunk 2077's DLC Is Yet Another Anti-Consumer Move CDPR Is Getting Away With
I also enjoy being yelled at by angry loners on the internet. I tend to bounce between very silly features and 'this thing in the news is bad', and turns out there were a lot of things in the gaming world of 2022 that were bad, so I had a lot of fodder. I think it's unfair for Cyberpunk 2077 to launch on Xbox One and PS4 with the promise of massive DLC packs, then turn around and say we're only getting a single expansion, and it will only be available on Xbox Series X/S and PS5 – platforms Cyberpunk 2077 did not even launch on. Some of you agreed with me. Some others were angry, presumably because they own shares in CDPR, otherwise they'd be pretty stupid and spineless to defend a company that repeatedly ripped them off with no recourse.
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