The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (pictured above) may very well be the only role-playing game you need for the next 365 days. Skyrim is a land of snow, stone, ice, and fire, with undead lurking the underground and dragons vying for airspace. It's gritty, gully, and gorgeous.
This is a Pixelated History of every video game in the series; a visual journey from Arena in 1994 to Skyrim here in 2011--a journey 17 years in the making. We even look at three games made for Java-enabled cell phones that the developers would rather not talk about, plus one that was canceled for the Sony PSP.