This story appears in the December 2016 issue of Playboy. Subscribe

Whether you’re a casual button-masher or an e-sports fanatic, a VR believer or a Bulbasaur hunter, you undoubtedly felt the gaming world’s vertiginous highs and lows throughout 2016. Hotly anticipated games and technologies landed with a thud, while unheralded titles became cultural touchstones—to say nothing of underground-gambling or online-harassment scandals. Clearly the gaming world, like the world at large, is in a molten state. Join us as we revisit 10 of the year’s key moments.