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The Xbox 360 press conference at E3

We’ve given our readers a lot to mull over for 2012 (see our roundup). Our year-end stories include predictions about the game industry 2013, our take on the gaming trends of 2012, the best massively multiplayer online games of the year, and the biggest disappointments of 2012. But we haven’t yet reminded everyone about how 2012 looked to us. Here’s our retrospective on the year in gaming from a visual perspective. Check out the 54 pictures in the photo gallery below. Most of the pictures were taken by Dean Takahashi, but we also have a shot each from Tanya Takahashi and Rich Prugh.

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