Posted Tue, Dec 18, 2012 by Sardu
Looking back at the past twelve months in online gaming has become an annual holiday tradition for the team at Ten Ton Hammer. While many families gather to decorate trees, consume liberal amounts of eggnog, or squint sideways at one another, our family enjoys nothing more than busting out our time machines to take a virtual trip down memory lane.
At first glance, 2012 has been an offbeat, but nonetheless eclectic year for the gaming industry. The console world continues to hold its collective breath, waiting for next generation hardware to finally become a reality. As a result, indie gaming is once again on the rise, and the concept of online gaming has grown to encompass an even bigger chunk of the mobile market. And let's not forget the mountain of new gaming projects that continue popping up on Kickstarter at a steady pace.
When it comes to major MMO launches and expansions, 2012 has shown us that diversity can be a very good thing indeed. Settings, combat systems, and even business models have all gone under the microscope with many of the newest releases. The net result has been another stellar year for MMO gamers.
What follows are Ten Ton Hammer's top picks for 2012; those titles that sparkled so brightly as to be worthy of receiving one of our highly coveted Best of 2012 awards. You won't find any glad-handing here (yes, we're looking at you VGAs) -- each award was granted based on the knowledgeable opinions of our expert staff, most of whom have been deeply involved in the MMO industry since its initial inception.
So join us as we take a look back at the best of the best that online gaming has had to offer us over the past year. Not only do we look forward to hearing your opinions on our picks in the comments, but you can also make your voice heard in our poll for the Most Anticipated Game of 2013. And if you're feeling truly adventurous, be sure to check out our first annual Addon Awards, where we give props to the hard work done by some of the most dedicated gamers around.