2012 is a year when unique and independent titles really grabbed me. Not just in personal gameplay enjoyment, but from even the simple entertainment of watching someone else play them. Since 2011, I have increasingly turned to watching streams of people playing the latest games, and these titles left a big impact on me. While I appreciated these games on their own, streaming of such titles as XCOM, FTL, or the PC version of Dark Souls cemented them as true gems of gaming. On their own, each game is fantastic and unique, but through the prism of playing along with a broader community, many of these titles truly shined. These are my games of the year in 2012.