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December 4, 2012

SideQuesting’s #12Games of Christmas

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Written by: Steven Strom
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12Games

It’s that particularly cheery time of year once again, and we here at the SideQuesting offices are just bursting with the requisite amounts of holiday juices.

For game journalists, December isn’t just about presents and the disappointment of our families regarding our career choices, though. It’s also home to the precious few moments between the Autumn release rush and the Spring release rush.

That gives us just enough time to hammer out our Game of the Year nominees, remind our families that we still exist and, of course, work through our ever-growing backlogs (before the become self-aware). We’ve tried to get a handle on our effin’ backlogs before, and have even provided tips on how you can do it yourself. However, real life has been getting in the way for a while now.

This year, SideQuesting is trying something a little bit different. Rather than fall into a pile of discs and downloads at random and try to survive the onslaught alone, we’ve decided to get organized.

This is the year of the #12Games of Christmas.

Between now and Jan. 1, a select group of SideQuesters [See our lists below] we’ll each be working through piles of 12 pre-selected games from our collective backlogs with the end goal of beating them before the 12:01 a.m. PST on the new year.

As we work through our colossal collections, we’ll document our thoughts and experiences literally as the credits roll at the end of each game and post them for you, our readers, in video form all throughout the month.

We’ll be dropping our thoughts as we go along, too. Using the hashtag #12Games, we’ll be posting our ongoing opinions on Twitter for up-to-the-tweet coverage of our hubris.

That’s where you readers can join in as well. If you’d like to join in on our little adventure, all you have to do is make your own #12Games list and post it in the comments. Use the hashtag on Twitter and let us know how your adventure is coming along. Each week, we’ll retweet some of our favorites through the official SideQuesting account for all to see.

Videos will go up as each game is completed, so the schedule is more-or-less out of our hands. Just keep checking SideQuesting.com and our official Twitter account for updates.

Happy Grinch hunting, everyone!

Our Lists

Dali Dimovski — Follow his progress on Twitter.

  • Call of Duty: MW3 (Xbox)
  • Pikmin 2 (Wii)
  • Journey (PS3)
  • Red Faction: Armageddon (Xbox)
  • 2010 FIFA World Cup (Xbox)
  • Kirby Mass Attack (DS)
  • Walking Dead (PC)
  • Rayman Origins (Xbox)
  • Metroid Other M (Wii)
  • Child of Eden (Xbox)
  • Sound Shapes (Vita)
  • Once Upon a Monster (Xbox)

Steven Strom – Follow his progress on Twitter.

  • Uncharted: Golden Abyss
  • Persona 4: The Golden
  • Catherine
  • Metro 2033
  • Spec Ops: The Line
  • Assassin’s Creed 3
  • Assassin’s Creed 3: Liberation
  • The Walking Dead
  • Kid Icarus: Uprising
  • Borderlands 2
  • Iron Brigade
  • Virtue’s Last Reward

Ryan Franklin – Follow his progress on Twitter.

  • World of Warcraft: Cataclysm/Pandaria
  • Journey
  • War of the Roses
  • Bulletstorm
  • Darksiders 2
  • Binary Domain
  • Alan Wake’s American Nightmare
  • Walking Dead 4/5
  • Far Cry 3
  • Baldur’s Gate: EE
  • Halo 4
  • Rise of the Argonauts

Dylan’s big ole list of Indies (and others)! – Follow his progress on Twitter.

  • Bastion
  • Limbo
  • Mark of the Ninja
  • Metro 2033
  • Puzzle Agent
  • Spec Ops: The Line
  • Superbrothers; Sword and Sworcery EP
  • Torchlight II
  • Rayman Origins
  • FTL: Faster than Light (with a goal of just beating it once. which I still haven’t done.)
  • Penny Arcade’s On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness 3
  • Wizorb

Tyler Colp’s “I Have a Capable PC Now” list (in order of when I will play them, hopefully.) – Follow his progress on Twitter.

  • Mark of the Ninja (Xbox 360)
  • Far Cry 3 (PC)
  • Real Lives 2010 (PC)
  • Hitman: Absolution (PC)
  • XCOM: Enemy Unknown (PC)
  • LEGO Lord of the Rings (PC or Xbox 360)
  • Dust: An Elysian Tale (Xbox 360)
  • Alan Wake’s American Nightmare (PC)
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 (PC or Xbox 360)
  • The Elder Scrolls IV: Skyrim (PC — Never really sank into this one, and I plan to do it right this time, mods and all.)

Asminott’s “If This Kills Me It’s All Your Fault, Steven” list — Follow his progress on Twitter

  • Resistance 1 (PS3)
  • Resistance 2 (PS3)
  • Resistance 3 (PS3)
  • Killzone 2 (PS3)
  • Killzone 3 (PS3)
  • Heavenly Sword (PS3)
  • Heavy Rain (PS3)
  • Walking Dead (PC)
  • Torchlight (PC)
  • Dawn of War 2: Chaos Rising (PC)
  • Bastion (PC)
  • Battlefield 3 (360)


About the Author

Steven Strom
Steven is a freelance journalist and editor for SideQuesting, as well as several newspapers. He is a podcast co-host for The Side Quest, Lonely TARDIS and Drunks and Dragons. His interests include comics, books, games you've never heard of and fettucini alfredo.




  • http://twitter.com/DtoidKyle Kyle MacGregor

  • http://twitter.com/dyeknom John K

    I’ll be joining in on this, set a goal of 12 games that I’ve previously started… but never finished. This will almost wipe out my partially completed backlog!

    1. Trine 2 (PS3)
    2. Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation (Vita)
    3 Oddworld Stranger’s Wrath (PS3)
    4. Tales from Space (Vita)
    5. Syndicate (PS3)
    6. Transformers: War For Cybertron (PS3)
    7. Neverdead (360)
    8 Sin & Punishment 2 (Wii)
    9. Darksiders 2 (PS3)
    10. Kid IcarusL Uprising (3ds)
    11. Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 (PS3)
    12. Farcry 3 (360)