Every day, countless gaming-related videos and livestreams flood the Internet. It can be hard to keep up with just a mere fraction of them, let alone seek out all the quality productions. We’ve rounded up some of our favorites from 2012 in case you missed them.
And in case we missed any other great videos, feel free to add your personal favorite(s) in the comments below!
The Legend of Zelda: Pot smasher
Viral video maker Freddie Wong teamed up with viral video maker Lindsey Stirling (whose dubstep violin video was ranked among YouTube’s Top 10 for 2012) for this real-world re-creation of an iconic moment in pretty much any Zelda game. Link, as we all know, is extremely materialistic and will partake in copious amounts of property damage to find every last Rupee in Hyrule. What we didn’t know until now is that he (Lindsey) can also look damn cute while doing it.
Video Game High School: Season 1, Episode 1
Speaking of Freddie Wong, his Kickstarter-funded tribute to all things gaming launched this year. Video Game High School is an episodic webseries with tons of in-jokes, viral video celeb cameos, and excellent visual effects. It’s also pretty damn funny, and it gives high hopes for what season two may bring next year.
Assassin’s Creed III meets parkour in real life
Ronnie Shalvis does an extremely convincing job showing us what Connor’s free-running exploits would like in real life. The gravity-defying stunts are coupled with beautiful forest and mountain backdrops, but unfortunately, there is distinct lack of beaver-assassinating in this video. And to watch Altair take to the city, check out Ronnie’s urban exploits in the original AC IRL video.
Assassin’s Creed Kinect
You know when people tell you “Don’t perform these stunts at home”? This is pretty much why.
Conan: Clueless Gamer: Hitman: Absolution review
Conan O’Brian will be the first to tell you that he’s not good at games, nor does he even really like games. Yet companies keep sending him games to review, often with much hilarity (and frequent perviness) ensuing. For someone so clueless about gaming, I wonder if Conan realizes just how perfectly he’s parodying the cluster that is actual game reviews.
Halo: Forward Unto Dawn
Microsoft has ridiculous amounts of money. To prove it, it threw a ton at Machinima and Sorority Row director Stewart Mendler to make a big-budget, live-action miniseries in the Halo universe. The episodic YouTube content coincided with the release of Halo 4, and it potentially heralds a new era for multimedia entertainment franchises.
Dark Souls half-hour speedrun
Dark Souls is notoriously difficult, but that didn’t stop Fred “Thanatos” Vasquez from beating it in less than a half hour. You can read our detailed interview with Guinness World Record-holder Vasquez for more tips and analysis on this impressive feat.
A multipart live-action parody of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Skyrim 2012 takes many of the game’s ridiculous A.I. behaviors and gameplay mechanics and applies them to a modern-day scenario.
Mortal Kombat, Gangnam Style
Gangnam Style dominated the Internet in 2012, becoming YouTube’s most viewed video of all-time as it races towards 1B views. The catchy beat and even catchier moves were not lost on the geek culture, with surprisingly good Gangnam Style parodies seemingly popping up every other day. This Mortal Kombat dance-off is pretty epic, but I have to say that Deadpool is still my favorite.
Mass Effect 3 rainbow ending collection
Remember Mass Effect 3? Do you remember why everyone hated it? If not, here’s one of the better videos collecting the “variety” of endings you could earn after three games and five long years of buildup, before the world made BioWare do it right.
Teens react to Slender
What is Slender, you may be asking? It’s a game that people like to play while filming their facial reactions, apparently. This video collects a bunch of teens up to experience what many are calling this year’s scariest game. Look at us put all our marvelous technology to good use!
The Walkenthrough: Dishonored
Christopher Walken impersonations never get old, and the series of Walken-throughs have the thespian playing and narrating his time with various popular games. The episode below focuses on Bethesda’s Dishonored, where the almost-convincing Walken impersonator spends most of his time trying to toss dead bodies over a balcony onto a guard far below.
One of countless memes to pop out of the Mass Effect 3 controversy, “Marauder Shields” was the name given to the final enemy of the game by “fans.” But don’t take my word for it: Marauder Shields has his own Tumblr tribute page, an official topic on the BioWare forums, and an illustrated backstory on DeviantArt. He may have perished trying to shield us all from Mass Effect 3’s shitty endings, but his legend will forever live on!
Call of Duty: Black Ops II “Surprise” live-action trailer
Say what you will about Treyarch and Activision’s money train, but at least it has a cool live-action trailer. Directed by Sherlock Holmes’ Guy Ritchie, the “Surprise” trailer features tons of cameos, including Robert Downey Jr., and plenty of action showcasing Call of Duty’s signature feature of getting shot in the back every five seconds.
R. O. B. the Robot: Angry Video Game Nerd episode 100
The Angry Video Game Nerd celebrated his 100th episode this year and reminded us that the Power Glove wasn’t the only stupid peripheral for the original NES.
Tropes vs. Zombies (vs. Aliens vs. Predator)
A tongue-in-cheek parody of the controversial Tropes vs. Women Kickstarter, narrated with the most perfectly smug British accent I’ve ever heard.
Mega64: Scribblenauts Unlimited
It’s actually pretty difficult to pick just one Mega64 video for this feature. In this entry, the viral video funnymen show just how awful the power of Scribblenauts would truly be if unleashed upon the world.
Secret Nintendo rave party (Comic-Con)
And last but also probably least, a video I personally shot at San Diego Comic-Con of an underground Nintendo rave party. It definitely doesn’t have the production values (or views) that all the above videos do, but the dancing Kirby still amuses me.