It's that time again! Actually, it's past time. It's almost the middle of the month, and we haven't saluted our best and brightest from August yet! That one's on me, guys. (I blame PAX Prime. And football season.)
Luckily, y'all have been pumping out the good stuff in the meantime. We've got a great Big 10 for you this month, including a Bitmob first: a marriage proposal! Special congrats to the happy couple, and well done to everyone.
Here are the most-read community stories for August 2012:
10. Fan-made media is great, but let's leave it at that by Jordan McCollam
9. The 10 funniest songs from video games by Taylor Stein
8. Music, context, and Mass Effect's Mission Complete screen by Steven Lauterwasser
7. Is the Wii U really a next-gen game console? by Antony Wanjala
6. Does Duke Nukem deserve to exist? by Nathaniel Dziomba
5. A bad Internet connection can make you a great Halo player by Jordan McCollam
4. Smashing your partner's game console is not a solution by Tyffany Davis
3. The Tetris effect: How a game can alter the way you look at life by Ethan Clevenger
2. Gaming and relationships: A pixelated love story by William Harrison
1. 50 games in 2012: #15, Forza Motorsport 4 by Bryden Keks
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