The beautiful world of Columbia from BioShock Infinite.

VentureBeat’s 12 most popular stories from 2013

From superpopular video game franchises to really obscure indie games, from the ancient Apple vs. Android battle to brand-new programming languages, from kids acting awesome to grownups acting completely childish, this year had a little bit of everything.

Ken Cho, cofounder and chief executive of People Pattern. Cho opted to give the company's head shots some life, to be different and humorous, he said.

Funding Daily: New Year’s Eve party edition

Personality — that’s what we’ve got. And we’ve also got three of the last funding deals to be announced in 2013. Read on for a quick overview of who’s raising what and then head out for your New Year’s Eve festivities.

Rebecca Black, Friday

We need a Black Friday for enterprise technology

If you work in enterprise technology, you’re probably in the middle of a furious “race to the finish” of sales right about now. Here’s a modest proposal to fix the Q4 crunch.

Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and Gale Hawthorne (Liam Hemsworth) in The Hunger Games.

Introducing… the HealthCare.gov Hunger Games

How best to solve the problems with HealthCare.gov? Let’s create a Hunger Games-style competition where startups have to compete to build a working site.

Tesla's Model S is rated for a top speed of 130 mph.

Watch this Tesla Model S hit 132 mph on the Autobahn (video)

A few weeks back at the opening of a Tesla Motors service center in Munich, Elon Musk told a room full of fans and journalists that Tesla would offer a special tuning package for high-speed Model S driving.

Signing a contract

How to avoid legal pitfalls when setting up a company

It’s critical that founders determine key relationships before they get started — both with each other and with other consultants and advisors that may assist them — so it’s clear what everyone expects from each other and who gets what rights.