Whether you're into gaming, tech, comics, or some combination of the three, 2012 was a Hell of a year to be a geek.
All Access has selected a dozen moments that highlight the Year in Geek, in no particular order.
The iPhone 5 Release
Granted anything that Apple does is going to make this list, including many of the other announcements that came with this release. Yet as big as the announcement and release was, the iPhone 5 is likely only going to move what it's expected to move and given the reaction to the announcement isn't going to exceed anyone's expectations. If anything there was a backlash against the company for its elimination of Google Maps in iOs 6 in lieu of a flawed Apple Maps. They eventually reversed it and the man behind the move was dumped by the company, but they didn't move quickly enough to undo the sting consumers felt. And so as big as the iPhone 5 and iOs 6 were, perhaps the bigger story is what Apple didn't
do in 2012: conquer and dominate the market. Which leads us to…
Google's Nexus 7 / Microsoft's Surface tablet
Perhaps we could even expand this item and just call it "companies that aren't Apple make things and see some success." This year saw Microsoft announce it was entering the hardware business, breaking wildly from its specific focus on software development. 2012 was the year that Microsoft, Google, and even Samsung stopped just throwing their hands in the air whenever Apple put out another product announcement and made strides of their own. Granted, there was some stumbling, but it was forward movement none the less. We also think in the long run it'll be good news for Apple devotees, as the company desperately needs some competition to awaken it from its complacency.
The Dark Knight Rises
Anybody who was around during the 90s and especially those who read "Knightfall" and subsequent Bane stories were justifiably skeptical of using him as the main antagonist for the third installment of Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy. Arguably the best treatment of the character was done by Gail Simone in Secret Six
, but given the tone of the Nolan films they weren't likely to incorporate that. Yet they somehow still managed to make him interesting in this film, and it turned out to be a sound and logical choice for this "grounded" version of Batman. It wasn't as good as "The Dark Knight," but that's not a fair comparison since few if any superhero films would be. It was fine in its own right, but more importantly it provided a satisfying conclusion to Nolan's story.
MoMA adds Video Games
It's silly to say that video games need mainstream acceptance. Hardcore gamers may feel at times that they're in a corner by themselves, but video games as a whole have been in wide acceptance since a tiny pixilated character ate mushrooms, flattened goombas, and broke blocks with his fist. Yet the announcement that the Museum of Modern Art would introduce a permanent video game exhibit
this March is still a milestone. Not that this brings an end to the debate over whether or not video games can be considered art, but it does at least acknowledge their influence in
art and modern culture as a whole.
R.I.P. Nintendo Power
Okay, it wasn't exactly the New York Times
for video games, but when Nintendo announced it was ceasing publication of Nintendo Power
, it was still a reminder of our lost youth. I mean, who DIDN'T pick up that issue with Super Mario Bros. 3 on the cover?