The Joystiq New Year: January 1, 2007

In case you haven't flamed us for it already, the Joystiq staff picked the short-but-sweet Gears of War as the top pick for 2006. Don't forget to check our own personal picks for the more unique titles and check out the highlights for this holiday weekend:

Games of the Year and the best of the rest ...
James, Alex, Justin,
Kevin, Ross, Zack,
and Ludwig

Bankshot Billiards 2 - free for one reader
Happy New Year!
Nominate game systems in the 2006 Engadget Awards
Pets get confused by video games
Quarter gobblers are broken on XBLA
Today's hottest game video: World of Wiimote
Today's hottest game video: WarioWare
Weekly Webcomic Wrapup: Fill-in-your-own Edition

$150 PlayStation 3 discount
$99 for Xbox 360 HD-DVD add-on
Top 20 XBLA titles purchased in 2006
XFPS reviewed: Not ready for prime time
Lieberman takes video game industry money
Best Buy selling hoarded PS3s tomorrow morning
Game Tunnel: Independent games of the year
XXX-Madden gag spoils kid's Xmas
Merc reporter on 2007: PCs bounce back
Hoping for better in-game stories next year
Improve PS2 game graphics on PS3
Sega still publishing for PS2
Guitar Hero-esque Frets on Fire working on Mac OS X
New games this week (lousy new year edition)
Weapon of mass distraction (Halo 3) spotted in Iraq
1UP likes Gran Turismo HD's teaser skills

Rumors & Speculation
Crysis crisis averted: heading to Xbox 360?

Culture connects Mii lovers
vNES has 575 games: Demo and consider future VC titles
Girlfriend's gift to boyfriend: Mario Bros hoodie
XBL microtransaction tracker '06 edition
Game Boy Advance at the lowest point on earth

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