Update: I was unfortunately not aware of Shamus Young's severe criticism of Fallout 3 available here to link in the original piece and I regret that. It dovetails rather nicely with what I've written and it's much better executed than my piece. I strongly recommend anyone...
#5 USA Gets Club Nintendo– Japan always gets first dibs when it comes to Nintnedo gaming, collectables, and memorabilia. It used to be that if you wanted a Mario hat carrying case or Mario hat bookend for your DS and games, you had to import them or buy them on eBay. Now Club Nintendo has come to the states and Mario fanboys everywhere are rejoicing. Time to score that sweet Hanafuda card deck.
#4 New Xbox Experience– Microsoft took the Xbox 360 and made it into an even more fantastic all-around entertainment experience in November. They added streaming Netflix, the XNE community game network, and party chats, just to name a few of the improved features. And it actually works, unlike PSN Home.
#3 Independent Games – Truly, 2008 was the year for the indie developer. Great games like Braidand Castle Crashersshowed us that you don’t need a huge team of developers and a truck-load of cash to make something truly brilliant. They had deep plots, clever gameplay, and didn’t take a huge amount of your time. These games were so good that even GR started reviewing downloadable titles. Score one for the little guy.
#2 The Inner Party Podcast– The most epic, insightful, humorous, and radically awesome podcast about the video game industry you have ever heard. EVER. And starring the most handsome, charming, intelligent, and insightful gaming nerds in the world. Game Revolution took a step into the daring world of internet talk shows and we’ve been having a blast doing it. Whether we featured the folks from PopCap and EA, our undercover GameStop agents, or if it was just the GR Staff, you’ve come to know and love one thing is for sure: We were drunk while we were doing it.