Tue. May 30th, 2023

Properly, nicely. Look what simply rolled into the store. It is the planet Earth, which has efficiently made one more journey across the solar, added one other 584 million miles to its odometer, and is in critical want of an oil change.

As we wrap up one other 12 months of PC gaming it is all the time worthwhile having a look again on the previous three hundred and sixty five days to see what actually stands out. Take into account this an invite to affix us as we reminisce in regards to the issues that shocked, shocked, aggravated, and/or baffled us within the 12 months of 2022. The perfect path to discovering these stunning moments is not by looking our recollections—remembering stuff together with your mind is soooo final century—however by looking PC Gamer’s Slack channel historical past to see what number of instances we typed “holy shit” over the previous twelve months, after which recording what it was we stated “holy shit” about.

Typically our holy shits are about video games, sport trailers, or gaming information, however there are many different issues we are saying holy shit about, like pies, fakes popes, an AI depiction of Jay Leno dressed as Geralt of Rivia, the upcoming menace of whole nuclear annihilation, and Korean BBQ.

It is change into a vacation custom: We stated holy shit 62 instances in 2020 (opens in new tab), and 91 instances in 2021 (opens in new tab). Here is the 69 issues (good!) that made us say “holy shit” in 2022.

January 5

Tim kicked off the brand new 12 months by not solely swearing however italicizing, after seeing an image of Evan in fencing gear: “Holy shit it is the lead character in a From Software program French fencing sport I by no means knew i wished.” We’re off to a promising begin!

January 11

Mollie is fast to observe a number of days later, issuing a “holy shit” after Andy receives a press launch about Canine the Bounty Hunter signing a deal to develop a number of video games primarily based on his persona. Name me a pessimist however I do not suppose these video games are gonna get made, and if they’re, they will be crammed with NFTs.

January 14

Morgan says “holy shit, that is a freaking title” when studying in regards to the sport WARNO (opens in new tab). He’s right. That may be a freaking title.

January 18

A giant day with three distinct “holy shits.” My favourite holy shitter on the PC Gamer workers is Andy, who usually provides some aptitude. “Holy canine shit” he says after studying Microsoft was buying Activision Blizzard.

A dialogue of Korean BBQ leads Mollie to state “holy shit paying to prepare dinner your individual meals should not style that good.”

And Jacob drops a HS bomb when studying the Velocity Micro Raptor Z55 gaming PC is $5000. (“$5000 is the brand new $2000” Alan provides.)

(Picture credit score: Slack)

January 28

Imogen: “holy shit the man who places minecraft movies on pornhub has received again to me.” The issues we do for journalism (opens in new tab).

“Holy shit, beer o’clock” Andy says at quitting time. He then continues to work for what seems to be one other 2.5 hours.

January 31

“Can we put “holy shit” earlier than this one?” Imogen suggests when Sony proclaims it’s shopping for Bungie. We didn’t put a holy shit within the headline (opens in new tab). We must always have.

That was a complete 9 holy shits simply in January. We have now 11 months to go. Brace your self.

February 14

Alan says “holy shit” after seeing an commercial on social media (now deleted, and I will not repost it right here) by a sport retailer which was in astoundingly poor style. “Holy shit that is a nasty advert” agrees Jacob. 

February 16

In additional unhealthy style information, a PR blast for a sport I will not title accommodates some insensitive language I additionally will not repeat right here. Graeme reacts: “holy shit”

(Picture credit score: Slack)

February 18

“Holy shit” Imogen says as a result of Storm Eunice was ripping up the O2 Dome in London. We had been all watching planes land in excessive winds that day, bear in mind (opens in new tab)? However that wasn’t Imogen’s greatest holy shit of the day.

“NEOPET MERCH” she declares in our first all-caps entry of the 12 months: “HOLY SHIT.”

February 23

It is the day Elden Ring evaluation scores arrived! “there are such a lot of good scores holy shit” Mollie says.

Jody says “holy shit” upon seeing a (doctored) picture of The Beatles carrying sweaters that spell out JRPG (opens in new tab). “John completely insists Closing Fantasy 6 is the most effective one and Paul is primary for liking Closing Fantasy 7 extra.”

March 2

Katie makes her first look on the listing, saying “holy shit” upon studying EA was eradicating Russia from FIFA 22.

(Picture credit score: Ubisoft)

March 8

Context for Jacob’s “holy shit” on at the present time—some media retailers coated a narrative about somebody paying a cam lady $20,000 to play Elden Ring with him, a narrative which (naturally) turned out to be pretend.

March 9

One other triple at present. Mollie: “holy shit they put ff14’s sastasha in ff origin (opens in new tab).” 

Andy delivers one other headline suggestion: “Holy shit, Cranium and Bones is definitely searching for testers.” We went with “Consider it or not (opens in new tab)” for the headline as a substitute. One other missed alternative to get our favourite phrase in print.

Jorge watching Sony’s State of Play showcase: “holy shit that t-rex ate that man.” I am afraid I’m not certain which sport, which t-rex, or which man he was referring to.

March 11

Mollie says “holy shit” when Nat reveals Itch.io’s Bundle for Ukraine generated $4 million in gross sales. 

March 14

“holy shit, how??” Sarah, upon seeing {that a} speedrunner beat Elden Ring in beneath half-hour.

(Picture credit score: Slack)

March 18

“holy shit no approach” Jacob says seeing the Bundle for Ukraine was now as much as $6 million. Slava Ukrani!

March 29

“holy shit is that you just, nice british baking present?” Lauren M. says upon seeing a 3D mannequin of a pie (opens in new tab).

April 6

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Imogen tells us she shook arms with Tim Schafer. “Holy shit (edited)” says Andy. Sadly there is no such thing as a approach to know what was edited, the holy or the shit. It’s misplaced to time.

April 8

“holy shit, I am again” says Sarah after an web outage. An animated emoji titled “partyblob” accompanies the announcement. The emoji is a blob that’s attending a celebration.

Could 3

Mollie: “holy shit spotify can really go fuck itself” after some type of convoluted Spotify/Roblox obtain scenario I might in all probability clarify however will not.

All the time good to see a freelancer contribute to the trigger: Philip Palmer says “holy shit sure” when Jorge asks if anybody is within the Blade Runner tabletop sport.

Could 13

Nat says “holy shit lmaoooo” when reminiscing in regards to the Halo TV present’s intercourse scene (opens in new tab).

June 1

Brace your self for an enormous month, which begins with a “holy shit lmao” from Natalie after watching the beans scene (opens in new tab) from Life is Unusual. “He actually was consuming these beans.”

June 8

Jorge understandably says “Holy shit” upon seeing this Sonic keyboard, mouse, and headset combo (opens in new tab).

(Picture credit score: Dall-E)

June 9

Nat presents one other “holy shit” when Mollie reveals us what an AI-art program did with “hitman agent 47 at butlins” which is a few type of UK resort, so far as I can inform.

On the identical day, Mollie holy shits at Edge Journal’s candy June cowl (opens in new tab), which options Cuphead.

Moments later, Wes drops a holy shit at an AI depiction of “jay leno cosplaying as Geralt.”

(Picture credit score: Dall-E)

June 10

It takes till June, however the man who compiles this holy shit listing yearly (that is me, Chris, hey) lastly provides to his workload by saying “holy shit I someway missed a sport about being an animal therapist.” (The sport is san Zoolin (opens in new tab), which is not out but.)

June 12

Mollie delivers an uncommon one, saying “holy SHIT” over the visuals in a Forza trailer. We do not sometimes see half the phrase lowercase and half-capitalized. I prefer it.

June 14

Natalie says “holy shit” after watching a video of Amongst Us characters invading Mass Impact.

June 15

Tim says “holy shit” once we see a picture of the man who claimed his AI was sentient (opens in new tab). 

June 16

Philip Palmer provides Jorge a “holy shit” over the superb headline: This Sonic the Hedgehog-themed ‘gaming package’ has gotta go quick into the trash (opens in new tab). (After all he purchased it).

(Picture credit score: Sakar)

June 23-28

To shut out an especially holy shitty month, Mollie delivers a number of “holy shits” over the span of per week: one in regards to the warmth, one about Nonary Video games being 60% off, and one about three Persona video games coming to PC. She’s on a roll!

July 11

Andy: “Holy shit, had been they operating a blue gentle particular on the Lens Flare Retailer?” after seeing Doom 3 in Unreal Engine 5 (opens in new tab).

July 12

A very comprehensible “holy” shit from Imogen as we see pictures from the Webb telescope of the Southern Ring nebula (opens in new tab). A couple of minutes later she says it once more, this time in regards to the Cosmic Cliffs (opens in new tab).

The identical day, Andy says it once more after we study New York Metropolis Emergency Administration apparently aired a video about what to do after a nuclear assault (opens in new tab). A abstract: get inside and take a bathe. I really feel a lot safer already.

July 27

Roblox removes the “oof (opens in new tab)” sound. Mollie: “holy shit the tip of an period”

August 1

Bear in mind Multiversus? I sorta do. Mollie: “holy shit iron big has no proper being as enjoyable as he’s”

(Picture credit score: Slack)

August 4

Jorge regales us with a narrative about taking part in Misplaced Odyssey by way of Gamefly, a service that will mail you sport discs. “holy shit” says Ted (italics his).

August 5

One other from Ted, seeing a canopy of PC Gamer from 1995. “darkish forces and mortal kombat 2 in the identical subject holy shit”

August 11

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Andy will get extraordinarily enthusiastic about Home windows hotkeys.

September 9

Babylon’s Fall shut down after a mere 194 days (opens in new tab). “Holy shit” says Mollie, earlier than writing a information story about it that sadly didn’t comprise the phrases “holy shit.”

September 16

EVGA straight-up stops making GPUs (opens in new tab). Wow. Or, as Jorge put it: “holy shit”

September 27

Kiddie MMO Wizard101 received hacked (opens in new tab) and profane notifications (like “dick and balls”) had been added, leading to a “holy shit” from Ted.

October 7

Andy says “Holy shit that is enormous” to Ted concerning his glorious (and big) story a couple of third-party QA firm (opens in new tab).

October 13

“Holy shit this kinda rocks” Ted says of a tool that permits you to play Recreation Boy cartridges in your Steam Deck (opens in new tab).

(Picture credit score: Epilogue)

October 17

There was some vaguely game-related NFT announcement I will not specify as a result of I can not as a result of the tweet was deleted. However Tim declared “Holy shit it seems so fucking weak” which may truthfully be stated about nearly each vaguely game-related NFT announcement. 

October 21

We have now a “Meet the Group (opens in new tab)” web page on PC Gamer which individuals in all probability solely go to once they need to ship us hate mail, however for some motive the portraits of each Josh Lloyd and Joshua Wolens had been enormous, mainly taking on the whole width of the web page.

(Picture credit score: Future Publishing)

October 25

Mollie: “holy shit the bayo 3 opinions (opens in new tab)”

October 31

I can dimly recall a blessed time frame the place Elon Musk wasn’t the subject of every day chatter. I believe that is the place that period ended. “holy shit lmao” Ted says once we discovered Musk turned “sole director” of Twitter.

November 1

Large balls roll by way of London (opens in new tab), persevering with the pattern of bizarre shit taking place within the UK. “Holy shit” says Imogen, persevering with her pattern of reacting to bizarre shit taking place in London by saying “holy shit.”

November 3

I really like PC Gamer workers member lore, and I do not suppose any staffer has as a lot lore as Fraser. Immediately we study he labored for a cell telecom firm 20 years in the past however someway nonetheless will get a reduction on his telephone contract. “holy shit good” Mollie says.

November 10

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Andy, reacting to quite a few folks impersonating the Pope on Twitter because of the complete silly Twitter verified fiasco.

November 14

The bible launches on Steam (opens in new tab). Many jokes are made in Slack. “holy shit guys” says Katie. “y’all are going to hell.” Undoubtedly true.

November 28

“holy shit lol” says Morgan upon seeing the clusterfuck of a retailer web page Hitman 3 has on Steam (opens in new tab).

November 30

Andy holy shits as a result of Valve is gifting away one Steam Deck per minute throughout The Recreation Awards.

December 8

Evidently, our Slack was delighted by Al Pacino’s unending introduction and Christopher Decide’s even-more-never-ending speech at The Recreation Awards. There was just one “holy shit” although, by me (Chris once more, hey).

December 13

To shut out the 12 months, one final one from Mollie. Whereas I attempt to keep away from meta makes use of of “holy shit” (reminiscent of discussions of this text in Slack) I will embody this last one from Mollie, who stated merely “man i say holy shit so much wtf.”

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