2014 was a difficult year to love games. If you didn't already know as much, you've probably gathered it from the fact that just about every Game of the Year list is mentioning it. 2014 was a rough year all around in fact, but for those of us who use our hobby as a coping mechanism, a place to retreat to when things are getting a bit too dire elsewhere -- well, we were reminded again and again that our sanctuary is just as fragile as everything else around us.
2014 gave us a lot of baggage to deal with, and we won't be able to just drop it all at 2015's doorstep. But in spite of it all, 2014 also gave us some valuable gaming experiences, and some absolutely priceless escapes.