The RPS OMG Advent Game-O-Calendar 2009

It’s only three and a half minutes until Christmas! Quick! Buy socks and walnuts! Quickly, or all shall be ruined! Those of you who have already adequately prepared may stay here, and enjoy our exclusive advent calendar, counting down the scant time until Non-Denominational Festive Holiday Day (on which we celebrate the infinity of Horace The Endless Bear) with a clutch of chipper writings about the PC games we’ve most admired this year. Give your heartfelt thanks to Horace for this warm word-bounty, and take it away by clicking on door the first…

John drew this. All glory to the Walkerman.

We shall be updating this daily with magic powers of doorian activation, by the way, so check back regularly.


  1. dartt says:

    It is now officially Christmas!

    • zak canard says:

      Nothing says Christmas like an unbearably long wait until the 24th.

  2. AndrewC says:

    How many feets does he have?

  3. Ploddish says:

    He still looks so sad. Is he still friendless?

    We’ll be your friend, Horace! Worry not :C

  4. TooNu says:

    This is a good christmas idea, bookmarked :) and can’t wait to see each day.

    • Pod says:

      i’VE SEVERLY dissapointed that you CUODLN’T COME UP WITH A NEW IDAE.

      Also: Is this a real Horace Calendar? Did someone make it for a RPS/PCG/John Walker in-joke? Amazing!

    • John Walker says:

      It’s my drawing, with Alec’s photoshopping, and Kieron’s coding. Jim shouted orders from his throne.

    • Lilliput King says:

      It’s excellent.

      I’m sure internally Jim was already busy raising questions as to the nature of Horace the endless bear.

      “If Horace is infinitely long, is it meaningful to say there is anything at the other end?”

      “Actually how does he have a face, how does that work?”

    • Anonymousity says:

      If Horace is endlessly long how does he poop in the woods?

  5. Ian says:

    But is there no chocolate behind yonder doors? Must we make our own OM NOM NOM noises? Or is that, like, so totally 2007?

    Mind you, Horace. He’s endless.

  6. Amqz says:

    Thats more like a brown-colored snake than a bear…

    • Psychopomp says:

      You shut your whore mouth >:(

    • AndrewC says:

      Or you’ll find out exactly where an infinite bear shits.

    • John Walker says:

      YOU draw better!

    • Scandalon says:

      Reply to AndrewC – really? If he’s infinite in one direction (clearly he has a head), then he has no bum. With no bum, how does he shit? (In the woods or otherwise…)

    • AndrewC says:

      If you’re so confident, Scandalon, insult John Walker’s drawing ability again and find out.

    • Pantsman says:

      I think you may be on to something very profound, Scandalon. Bears shit in the woods. Horace’s bum resides at infinity. Therefore, a forest must reside at infinity!

  7. Redd says:

    Clever system with the numbers.

  8. jsutcliffe says:

    Yay — I’ve been looking forward to the RPS end-of-year roundup stuff. I feel like 2009 was distinctly underwhelming for gaming, probably due to all the good games running away from MW2, the cowards!

    However, I’m sure there are gems I missed. Gems RPS didn’t miss. Gems RPS will tell me about.

    • The Sombrero Kid says:

      what were all these good games that ran away from modern warfare exactly, i’ve been playing the shit out of dragonadge (it’s better that way) and borderlands as well as other games! what games are coming out immediatly next year that weren’t supposed to, the only games i’m looking forward to are mass effect 2, avp and alpha protocol all of which have perfectly good reasons for not being out this year.

    • jsutcliffe says:

      I found Dragon Age and Borderlands both somewhat disappointing. Hence 2009 being distinctly underwhelming.

  9. Captain Bland says:

    Yaaay! I had given up hope of seeing one of these again-I’m sure they are very labour intensive.

  10. Stense says:

    Bears are always so much better when they are endless.

  11. James G says:

    Does the existence of Horace prove that the universe itself must be endless, so as to be able to contain him. (Or her I suppose, having no end makes it very difficult to check, but with a name like Horace you have to make some assumptions). Or does Horace fold space, such that he is able to be endless, while still taking up finite space (perhaps by containing himself.)

    • Lilliput King says:

      It’s possible and worthy of consideration that Horace is endless in the sense that;

      a) He has no end point in time – he is an unchanging constant, an abstract law of the universe. We can never truly ‘know’ Horace in the perceptive sense of knowledge, but rather manifestations of his existence are evident in everyday life.

      b)Horace exists in every possible instance in the infinity of parrallel universes.

    • AndrewC says:

      Yeah, Quantum Physicists are suggesting that all bears are actually cross-sectional emanations of the immanent Horace, but as usual they are probably talking bobbins.

      I reckon he just goes on a lot.

  12. WJonathan says:

    WTF is that?!? Mr Hanky after the rack?

  13. Scandalon says:

    Also, I missed the intro to the Horace, er, I hate to use the term “meme” for something as ineffable as the Endless Bear, er, thing. It just started appearing on here one day…

  14. fuggles says:

    You are presuming that endless bears have only one arse at the end and not endless arses every x metres.

  15. AndrewC says:

    In the beginning was the word, and the word was God, and then Horace said ‘Oh, Hullo, who are you? Would you like to be my friend?’

  16. Vinraith says:

    So, back to a game a day rather than the 12 games of Christmas from last year, eh? Is that because of it being a better year for PC games (and thus having more of them you wanted to talk about), or just a format preference, or… ?

    • John Walker says:

      The very idea that such levels of thought go into anything we do is, although misplaced, very complimentary.

    • jsutcliffe says:

      Yes, but when there’s all four of you, thinking at once, it’s entirely possible a small amount of reasoning might happen.

    • Vinraith says:

      You’re welcome. :)

      So you’re telling me you didn’t actually come up with the games you wanted to write about before choosing the format, instead you chose the format and will now try to dig up enough games to fill it in? That sounds suspiciously like something *I’d* do.

  17. bookworm8at says:

    This calendar is full of WoW-Gayness. I made Photoshop mockup to show how it’s done in the true spirit of the original Advent Game-O-Calendar.

  18. sinister agent says:

    What is this witchcraft

  19. Jeremy says:

    Can I get this as a Christmas card? Inside it should say, “Happy Non-Denominational Festive Holiday Day from Horace the Endless Bear”

  20. Jeremy says:

    Can I get this as a Xmas card? Inside it should say, “Happy Non-Denominational Festive Holiday Day from Horace the Endless Bear”.

  21. Kommissar Nicko says:

    Pardon me for saying, but I always thought of the Endless Bear as an infinite swirling recursion of Endless Bears, spinning inward to infinity.

  22. The Sombrero Kid says:

    isn’t the endless bear endless in the sense that you didn’t draw his end? he doesn’t have an arse or is it working under the laws of quantum mechanics and so exists in every state possible BECAUSE we can’t see it? answer quickly please i’m writing a thesis on it, show you’re working.

    • Rinox says:

      Schrödingers bear?

    • Dreamhacker says:

      RInox: No, since we can see that Horace is alive without opening any boxes, he is disqualified from being a Shrödingers bear.

      However, if everyone closes their eyes, we have no idea of knowing if Horace is dead or alive at the given time, during which he may be both dead and alive, which would make him a Shrödingers bear.

  23. Peg legged Barry says:

    Argggg… we pirates like are information, so ye better start talkin about the 9th, 10th an 11th days o gamin’ or we might be forced to be doin’ sumthin’… unpleasant.

  24. Quests says:

    Can i set the page to ignore this bear and calendars thing? :)
    I wanna read about videogames, i don’t wanna know about these… drawings… of some holiday… things.