By Kevin Kelly

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"Destiny" has been one of the worst-kept secrets in the game industry, what with the Bungie/Activision contract leaking amidst the "Call of Duty" court case last May, the story/art leak in November, and Bungie itself even teased the game deep inside of "Halo 3: ODST". But those were all just small pieces of the puzzle, and now we’ve finally been able to sit down with the studio and officially take a look at the game.

Well, at least we’ve seen pieces of the game. It’s a bit like Leonardo da Vinci showing you a palette, some paints, a brush, and a canvas, and then saying, “Here’s what I’ll be using to paint the Mona Lisa.” Because this was a first look at their new creation, it was very top-level, explaining the story, and blasting us with a lot of concept art.  There were some brief glimpses of in-game footage, but not nearly enough to satisfy us. After all, we are gamers, and every time we see a new game teased, our trigger fingers immediately start itching as we want to try it out.

But you probably want to know what we found out. So here’s a handy guide to what Destiny is all about…. so far.

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You think your Valentine's Day is crappy, keep in mind there are plenty of video game characters out there who have it worse. From creepy, unrequited interspecies love, to a disturbing pile of dead wives and girlfriends, here are some characters who probably wouldn't like a card today.

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With around 80,000 tweets, many of them one or two-word smackdowns of curious fans who've deigned to ask him to same question for the hundredth or thousandth time, Platinum Games' designer/director Hideki Kamiya, (PG_Kamiya) may not be the meanest man on Twitter, but he's in the running.

So if you want to know how to chat at the prickly (and also brilliant) game designer behind "Resident Evil 2," the original "Devil May Cry," "Bayonetta," and "Viewtiful Joe," you might want to follow these handy tips.

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It's that time of year where we celebrate the memorable games from the last year. The best, the best-looking, the one's that kept us on the edge of our seat, and the ones that nearly had us tossing the controller in frustration. Be sure to check out the other MTV Multiplayer Best of 2012 lists!

After considering the best across the three major platforms (we're sorry PC, we'll do you justice next year), it's time to look back at the absolute best gaming had to offer in 2012. Will "The Walking Dead" take home yet another Best of award? Or maybe a dark horse contender like "Hitman: Absolution" just caused us to throw up our hands, declare it a masterpiece, and opt to get on with 2013.

You'll just have to find out after the jump.

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It's that time of year where we celebrate the memorable games from the last year. The best, the best-looking, the one's that kept us on the edge of our seat, and the ones that nearly had us tossing the controller in frustration. Be sure to check out the other MTV Multiplayer Best of 2012 lists!

We've been celebrating some of the great gaming moments of 2012, but what about those not-so-great bits? The games (or companies) that failed spectacularly? A ridiculous piece of communication from a zealous producer or marketing flack that almost doomed the game from the beginning?

Let's looks back on the worst gaming moments of last year before celebrating the absolutely positively best that it had to offer.

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It's that time of year where we celebrate the memorable games from the last year. The best, the best-looking, the one's that kept us on the edge of our seat, and the ones that nearly had us tossing the controller in frustration. Be sure to check out the other MTV Multiplayer Best of 2012 lists!

When preparing this list, MTV Multiplayer Clint Mize rejected the category title "Best-looking," or "prettiest game." It makes sense--making the case that a game is simply "pretty" ignores the careful assembly of elements--from lighting, to object placement, to overall style, to how it animates and looks in motion--that go into defining a game's art direction.

These are the games that put it all together, that one's that shouldn't be hung up as works of art because we're too busy playing them.

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It's that time of year where we celebrate the memorable games from the last year. The best, the best-looking, the one's that kept us on the edge of our seat, and the ones that nearly had us tossing the controller in frustration. Be sure to check out the other MTV Multiplayer Best of 2012 lists!

Editor's Note: This list is pretty much a plagiarization of Jason's fantastic "Five Wii U Games You Should Be Playing At Launch" post.

I mean really, Nintendo's quirky mix of tablet and console has only been out a short while, so I haven't got to play that many games yet. That being said, my experiences with the few I have had the pleasure to jump into have more or less sold me on a future for Nintendo. Also, take note that this is a truncated list compared to Charles' top 10 games of Xbox 360 and PS3. As making a list of the best offerings for any console is difficult enough (especially for one who plays internal mind games of Devil's advocate), there's a little ease in the pressure dispite a decently sized launch lineup. So without further ado, here are the best games of 2012 for the Wii U!

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It's that time of year where we celebrate the memorable games from the last year. The best, the best-looking, the one's that kept us on the edge of our seat, and the ones that nearly had us tossing the controller in frustration. Be sure to check out the other MTV Multiplayer Best of 2012 lists!

In 2012, we taken a closer look at some of the soundtracks gracing the games we liked throughout the year--from the orchestral, Hollywood-style scores by award-winning composers to curated collections featuring indie and underground hits.

So what sounded good in games in 2012?

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It's that time of year where we celebrate the memorable games from the last year. The best, the best-looking, the one's that kept us on the edge of our seat, and the ones that nearly had us tossing the controller in frustration. Be sure to check out the other MTV Multiplayer Best of 2012 lists!

When you're spending six to 60 hours in a game, the characters you play and the characters around you need to be a little dangerous, a little scary, a little vulnerable--but maybe not all in the same person.

So which character stuck with us the most even after the game was over? Maybe they scared us a little; maybe we we afraid what would happen to them once the credits started to roll; maybe we hoped we could play as them again in the future.

These are our picks for the best characters of 2012.

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It's that time of year where we celebrate the memorable games from the last year. The best, the best-looking, the one's that kept us on the edge of our seat, and the ones that nearly had us tossing the controller in frustration. Be sure to check out the other MTV Multiplayer Best of 2012 lists!

Let's celebrate the PS3 and Sony--because after the rocky patch they had in 2012, the publisher and software giant needs it. If I had trouble picking 360 exclusives to focus on in yesterday's post, it's the opposite here--Sony's raft of PS3-exclusives provided a ridiculous number of thoughtful, funny, strange, and ultimately killer games this year (at least digitally--first party AAA titles were another story).

Let's look back at the excellent games that made their way to the PS3 in 2012.

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