Christmas 2011: We’ve called it

Friday, 23rd December 2011 07:10 GMT By Patrick Garratt

If you have a merrily on high, it’s time for the ding dong. We’re stopping the full-time news here, but we’ll have any major stories and monthly retrospective features every day throughout the Christmas break.

Here we are again. Johnny and Brenna have both finished for the Christmas holidays, and Steph’s got one last shift which she’ll probably spend typing obscenities through a sherry haze, so I’m calling Christmas. A few things first, though.

Brenna’s worked herself into a revisionist frenzy compiling daily features for the holiday, each one looking back at a month in 2011. Together, they give you a complete picture of a vintage year in games news, from PSN-Gate to Wii U, from Xbox 720 to the Japanese earthquake, from Skyrim to Saints Row, from Modern Warfare 3 to Battlefield 3. It’s all there. Come back every day for 2011′s full story. We’ll be putting the January feature live later today.

We’re only going to be updating major news stories between now and our full return in January, so if someone tells someone else that something may or may not be cancelled, you’ll have to read it somewhere else for a little while. Sorry.

The news team will be back full-time on January 2. This means Brenna will begin updating from Australia on the night of January 1 European time, to be followed by myself and Johnny the following day.

And that’s this year done. VG247 is nearly four years old. In 2011 we’ve doubled our traffic, and we hope to be announcing audience figures very soon. We now run one of the most updated video games websites on earth. This year we published nearly 13,800 articles, and we’re one of only very few games sites in existence with a 24 service focused directly at news.

I want to say thank you to Steph, Johnny and Brenna, VG247′s central news team. I’ve worked in games editorial a long time, but it’ll always delight me to see passionate people apply themselves completely to writing jobs, and I feel extremely lucky with our team. Every member works incredibly hard and constantly strives to be better, to produce better work, and to serve our readers to the best of their ability. They travel all over the world to see games and cover events, but their ability to maintain constant pressure in the face of the grind of daily games news is amazing. This is not an normal job, and VG247 is staffed by extraordinary individuals. To see people fight to improve both themselves and our site is a joy, and watching people respond to training and develop their skills is one of the main reasons I still do what I do. I’m proud of them all.

I’d also like to thank you, the reader. There are more of you visiting VG247 now than ever, and the development plans we have for the site in 2012 will increase our audience further. Without you there is no VG247, and the fact you return day in, day out for our content makes us very happy indeed. Thank you.

So Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Come back every day to read Brenna’s news wrap features. Open some presents. Don’t get pissed and set fire to the Christmas tree. I hope you get what you wanted this holiday. And thanks again; have a great break.

Patrick Garratt
December 23, 2011




  1. Chockster

    Merry Christmas to you all, and thanks for all your hard work this year.

    Have a great holiday, and all the best for the new year!

    Chris x

    #1 3 years ago
  2. The_Red

    Merry Christmas to the wonderful team of VG247. Thanks for this great year and looking forward to everyone’s return in 2012 :)

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Johnny Cullen

    No word of a lie, I nearly choked up because of the sense of relief that struck me in a “we made it” type fashion. But this year’s been incredible to us, as Pat’s already touched upon in the story, and for me personally speaking. Big highlight wasn’t Utah for the pre-E3 Bethesda trip – my first stateside visit too – it wasn’t gamescom, but rather Eurogamer Expo. As well as – selfishly, it must be said – it being amazing to me on a personal level, I got to see countless VG247 readers who genuinely love the site. If I seen you, you came up and said thanks, I’m gonna say thanks too for you reading. Always much appreciated.

    Have a great Christmas and see you on January 2 (in no way am I throwing a huff that I have to come back on my birthday right now)

    #3 3 years ago
  4. Telepathic.Geometry

    Yeah, merry Christmas and a happy new year gang. VG24/7′s been like a constant companion this year, looking forward to more of the same in the new year. ^-^


    #4 3 years ago
  5. Dralen

    Merry Christmas guys and girls! You’ve earned this break. I hope you all have a great Christmas.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. Andrew Groen

    I’ve had the distinct pleasure of working with VG247 on a freelance basis, covering Steph’s shift whenever she gets a break or goes on a business trip (you may have seen me around the last two weeks, and periodically over the past six months.) I’d just like to say that VG247 really is an amazing community of readers and gamers, they’re not just flattering you.

    I’ve written for dozens of sites and too many of them are full of jerks who will rip you at any opportunity just so they can look smart in front of the Internet. But at VG247 I’ve found the community to be incredibly respectful and understanding. I still make mistakes from time to time (I wrote a few hundred of those 13,800 stories Pat mentioned, so mistakes happen) but when it happens I never hear “lol bloody idiot.” I hear people helping me out by drawing my attention to something that needs to be corrected; I hear from smart, sharp gamers who are as passionate as we are about getting the story right.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. Razor

    Great site, great bloggers, great community.

    Happy health, happy holidays, have a great Christmas and New Year, and see you all in 2012 :)

    #7 3 years ago
  8. Yoshi

    Sounds like it would be pretty amazing to work for you guys :) Got a very good community feel within the staff, not to mention the actual VG247 community itself.

    Merrry Christmass to all and all a good night. Have a lovely New Year <3

    #8 3 years ago
  9. Golden

    Merry Crimbo dudes and dudettes.
    Its been a fun year, heres to the next

    #9 3 years ago
  10. Matthew7

    Thank you all, VG 24/7, you’re the best! Wish you a Merry Christmas and great New Year holidays!

    #10 3 years ago
  11. Patrick Garratt

    I’m so broken. Hope you all have a good break.

    #11 3 years ago
  12. Peetry

    Happy Christmas everyone, here’s to another year of checking vg247 every few hours

    #12 3 years ago
  13. JonFE

    Merry Christmas everybody and -especially to the vg247 crew- enjoy your well-deserved rest; you’ve earned it!

    #13 3 years ago
  14. Joe Anderson

    Merry Xmas guys, good job this year as always :)

    #14 3 years ago
  15. Hell-Raiser-85

    Merry Christmas to you all and see you in 2012

    #15 3 years ago
  16. Talkar

    Merry christmas, happy new year, and also a very happy wintersolstice! xD

    #16 3 years ago
  17. mojo

    thanks vg247 for yet another great year.
    Great articles, news, reports. but also great community and especialy the connection between staff and community is awesome.
    easily one of my favourite games related sites and easily the best site regarding gaming news.
    keep it up!
    merry christmas and have a nice holiday!

    #17 3 years ago
  18. Alex Donaldson

    Merry Christmas all! I just wanted to mirror what Andrew said above and say that I’m always incredibly impressed by both the staff and readership of this place and I count myself as incredibly lucky to have been able to work with the staff and write content for you lot in any capacity at all.

    I have no hesitation in saying this is the news site I love the most on the internet for both its content and community. I know that the staff and the community can be really trusted, and that says a lot.

    Here’s to another great year!

    #18 3 years ago
  19. sonny

    I do not post very often, but I have to say that I really love this site and its community! Loving the comments as much as the articles ;)
    Merry Christmas to Pat, Steph, Johnny, Brenna, Nathan, Keza, Martin and the whole community!

    #19 3 years ago
  20. AHA-Lambda

    thanks for the great year in games guys ^_^

    and a merry xmas to all of you! =D

    #20 3 years ago
  21. minxamo

    Merry christmas, and thanks for the ridiculously good gaming news coverage.

    #21 3 years ago
  22. Dirk_Dexter

    VG247 and NeoGAF are my two favorite sites. Thanks for the excellent gaming coverage. Merry Christmas :-)

    #22 3 years ago
  23. Cozzy

    Thanks to the staff for all your hard work this year. Have a great Christmas and New Year everyone! :D

    #23 3 years ago
  24. Colin Gallacher

    A big thank you to everyone at VG247 for an excellent 2011 and for making my year something special for a change. :)

    #24 3 years ago
  25. Lewis247

    Merry Christmas everyone! One of my favorite websites in general, visit it pretty much daily! Always great posts and the comments are always full of surprises! :) All the best everyone!

    #25 3 years ago
  26. RayEMTFF

    Thank you for another great year and all the hard work you guys have done. Merry Christmas everyone and Have a happy New Year!!!!

    #26 3 years ago
  27. viralshag



    To all of the VG247 crew and community, I want to say thanks. It’s been a blast reading all the fantastic articles you guys put out and the conversations that follow.

    I hope everyone has a lovely holiday and happy new year!

    #27 3 years ago
  28. Debabrata Nath

    Ho Ho Ho! Wishing all dear readers and the VG247 team a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. Have a blast folks!

    #28 3 years ago
  29. reask

    Merry Christmas all. :)

    #29 3 years ago
  30. wishdokta

    Happy, Merry and so on to the vg247-guys !

    #30 3 years ago
  31. deathgaze

    I suppose you’re lucky that the name of the site isn’t VG24/7/365, eh?

    Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Holidays, etc. Thanks for a great year!

    #31 3 years ago
  32. Erthazus

    Merry Christmas to everyone. Wishing everyone here great holidays and great games for the next year for Everyone. Have a good time… Nope. Have a Great time everyone.

    #32 3 years ago
  33. Blerk

    Merry Xmas all! I’ve not been able to post as much in the last few months, but I do still keep an eye on you all. So I know who’s been naughty.

    #33 3 years ago
  34. DaMan

    Merry Xmas and thanks for the great news coverage, guys.

    #34 3 years ago
  35. TD_Monstrous69

    I’d like to wish the staff and editors of VG247 a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. The moment I found this site for news on games, it made it hard for me to go back to other games sites (mainly because by the time I read any news here, it was over a few hours old on G4 or IGN [a lot of the times] when they were just breaking it, though I guess you benefit from a time zone difference). I look forward to reading more info about games come 2012 from your site, as well as your insights on games. Now I only hope that come Chrsitmas day, that I shall be journeying through the Northmost region of Tamriel, as well as fighting WWIII through many remote regions of the globe (though not simultaneously). Until then, I shall be fighting my way through many opposing forces on the Battlefield, as well as trying to shoot some Warhawks out of the sky within the Starhawk private beta.

    #35 3 years ago
  36. fearmonkey

    Merry Christmas everyone :)

    #36 3 years ago
  37. Charlie Sheen

    Merry Christmas you little fuckers, more trolling next year, hope i hear alot of cool storys and make you mad bro!

    #37 3 years ago
  38. mathare92

    You more than deserve the break guys. Looking forward to some more top class news coverage next year :).

    #38 3 years ago
  39. szu

    Merry Christmas and enjoy your holidays! All the best!

    #39 3 years ago
  40. KrazyKraut

    Merry X-Mas and Happy Holidays you krazy horses!
    Thank you for giving us news and reports all the year!

    #40 3 years ago
  41. monkeygourmet

    Merry Christmas everyone and thanks for the great game coverage VG247!!! :)

    My Xmas ritual has now begun:

    Skyward Sword
    Batman Arkham City
    Child of Eden (kinect)
    Trine 2

    Kung Fu Panda 2
    Family Guy Star Wars Trilogy
    National Lampoons Chirstmas Vacation
    Planes Trains and Automobiles

    Plus Morgans spiced rum, coke, FIsh eye Cabernet Sauvignon and as much cheese as its possible to eat!!! :)

    #41 3 years ago
  42. KrazyKraut

    A bottle Corona
    A pocket station “Doko demo” Edition
    Skyward Sword Limited
    Xenoblade Chronicles Limited
    Alone in the Dark 4 for Dreamcast
    Ralph Lauren Sport Shower Gel
    U2 Achtung Baby Remastered Edition

    #42 3 years ago
  43. Len

    Happy Christmas to all. A great site that just gets better.

    Enjoy… :)

    #43 3 years ago
  44. Dimaco

    Merry Christmas, everyone! Thanks VG247, and see you all in 2012!!!

    #44 3 years ago

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