Ho Ho Ho-race: Merry Christmas Readers!

Oh my, it’s so close! Only a few hours until Horace dons his jingling hat and slithers simultaneously down the chimneys of all the good boys and girls. Remember to leave out the grisly remains of a slaughtered deer, if you want your stocking filled with gifts and guts!

And with the season, it is of course time for RPS’s writers to enter their collective hibernation, deep beneath the ground below Castle Shotgun, all wrapped up in straw.

But that doesn’t mean RPS won’t be bursting with wonderful stuff to read over the yuletide slumber. We’ve got a packed schedule coming up. Later on today we reveal our Bestest Best game of 2014! There’s our annual gobbling of the Christmas Leftovers – the rest of the best games of 2014 that didn’t quite scrape one of our coveted awards. We’ve got abundant brand new features going up, as well as some more bits and bobs previously kept behind the RPS Supporter portcullis.

There will also be our traditional Best Bits of 2014 collections, and whatever else we can find to throw at you. The point being, we may not be writing newsynews for the next week or so, but we’ll have so much goodness for you that you won’t be able to look away. You’ll miss something. No, don’t look at your families. No, don’t look away to eat your Christmas lunch! YOU’LL MISS SOMETHING.

So as we all curl up and prepare to recharge our cores for what will inevitably be our busiest year yet, we want to apply the very happiest of holidays to your face. Thank you, gorgeous reader. Thank you for being with us in 2014, and for helping make it RPS’s best year yet. You’re properly brill.


  1. Zekiel says:

    Happy Christmas to you too, glorious hivemind. May Horace bring you all you wish for.

  2. Rao Dao Zao says:

    A slaughtered deer? Yule have trouble sleeping with that stinking the house out.

    • Cross says:

      If everyone heeds their call, it’ll be a real christ-massacre of deer.

  3. zipdrive says:

    Happy whatever-you-celebrate to the RPS team and readership from me, too.
    Eat well, sleep well and game well!

  4. grom.5 says:

    Can’t…look…aside… Don’t want to… MISS SOMETHING.

    Happy Christmas hive-mind.

    • Azagthoth says:

      This reminds me… I do miss something: Nathan… Still hoping he will one day return to RPS. Haven’t been the same since he left

      • Paul B says:

        Yes, but looking on the bright side, we have Alice, Pip and Graham now. Time to raise a glass to those no longer with us (Quintin, Kieron, Nathan, Jim) but also to marvel in the Hivemind’s ability to regenerate itself. Merry Christmas and Horace bless you all!

  5. Spacewalk says:

    At least it’s not Early Access.

    • Geebs says:

      Christmas is the most Early Access of all holidays. When the Christmas rush started in October, I had to check a box to accept that I wanted to play Christmas at its current stage of development and that it might never have all of the promised features, like peace on earth and goodwill to all men.

      • znomorph says:

        Definitely looking forward to the 1.0 release!

        • BarneyL says:

          I imagine they’ll just skip to the sequel rumoured to be entitled “The second coming” . It’s been hyped for almost as long as Half-life 3.

  6. LionsPhil says:

    Horace is going to be finding pine needles in his fur for years.

  7. Stellar Duck says:

    Merry Christmas to the Hivemind and also to my fellow readers.

    It’s been an interesting year indeed and all of you have been a joy to be around. Except for Steve.

  8. Blackcompany says:

    Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all! Thanks for RPS, RPS.

  9. bonuswavepilot says:

    A felicitous yuletide to all you folk, hivemind and commenteer alike, whatever your local tradition calls for!

    Ordinarily I would be partaking in the usual Bloody Hot Christmas of Australia, but my current exile in Japan means Bloody Cold Christmas with inexplicable KFC associations instead.

  10. RedViv says:

    If only we could time his simultaneous chimney expansion to block all of them for Dreadful Father Axe. We could solve that awful problem within seconds!

  11. golem09 says:

    Good Merlinpeen to you all!

  12. Prolar Bear says:

    Very merry holidays to everybody! May the spirit of Horace rejuvenate you with ursine joy.

    Also, thank you for a year of decent games and great writing.

  13. Monggerel says:

    Merry Axmas for alls & Big Bosun sends his season’s enhanced greetings from Guantanamo Bay I guess
    im so alone

  14. Cross says:

    Happy holidays to both readers and writers of RPS. Thanks for making this place the finest gaming site on our teeny little world, and let’s make it even better in 2015.

  15. KalSkirata says:

    Happy Holidays to all the writers of RPS and my fellow readers. Greetings from Germany.

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    Hodge says:

    Hooray! All the best to everyone this holiday season.

    2014 was a terrific year for games (if not for the gaming community… ugh) and the next one’s looking just as good. Cheers to everyone here for being a part of that, it would be a lot less terrific without all of you <3.

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    phuzz says:

    Thanks Hivemind.

  18. Ben Barrett says:

    Cheers to the best commenters in the business

  19. FlopsyTheBloodGod says:

    I’d just like to thank the True Hero of Christmas.
    Horace bless you, RPS Content Management System.

  20. DrScuttles says:

    I bought Horace a Christmas tie to show I care. Problem is the tie’s length is finite and will look a bit silly on the old endless bear, like an awkward child dragged to their aunt’s third and most uncomfortable wedding.

  21. Kaeoschassis says:

    I can’t feel my fingers. Help.

    Regardless, have a great one, everybody. Love you all. <3

  22. DrollRemark says:

    Merry Christmas, you wonderful people.

  23. kdz says:

    Merry Christmas!

  24. Jac says:

    Merry christmas and a happy and healthy new year to all.

    And may I say the Horace tree is absolutely superb.
    Even more so if in fact he’s in the middle of a tree devouring infinite poo.

  25. Squirrelfanatic says:

    Merry holidays, y’all!

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  27. znomorph says:

    Merry Christmas everyone!

  28. Humble_Beest says:

    Cor Blimey! But this is jolly well the best gaming news website around, innit? (I’m from America. Am I doing it right???)

    Merry Christmas to all you amazing people, writers and readers!

  29. captain nemo says:

    Merry Christmas, to each and every one :)

  30. Cockie says:

    Merry solstice-related celebrations to the Hivemind and my fellow readers!

  31. caff says:

    Merry Christmas to everyone at RPS! Another year of great articles, news, reviews, freeware, stuff and other stuff. Keep up the good work.

  32. tobecooper says:

    Happy holidays everyone!

  33. theapeofnaples says:


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    Serrit says:

    Happy Horace-tide to you all, and in particular to Ian Videogames.

  35. Vandelay says:

    Merry Christmas to all of you too. Let us hope that the new year brings us many more exciting games to play and discuss.

  36. Blind Frank says:

    Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and joyous traditions to you all from the American South! Thank you RPS for being a bastion of light in the darkness of the internet.

  37. nillenille says:

    Yay! I’m 100% sure we’re getting a Meat Boy for Christmas.. Just look the gift wrap on the right.

    Happy Holidays!

  38. Barberetti says:

    Happy Hogswatch everyone!

  39. derbefrier says:

    My trackir came in the mail today best christmas ever!

    Mery christmas everyone!

  40. vecordae says:

    Thanks for being a fondly-remembered part of the past year!

  41. scannerbarkly says:

    Merry Christmas to all! As I was such a good boy this year I decided to use some of my cash monies to become an RPS supporter. It’s like a present for you guys and me!

    Hope all the writers and readers have a lovely time with friends, family or fiends, whomever your chosen company should be. :)

  42. thedosbox says:

    Merry Christmas to all at RPS. Thanks for continuing to offer your own unique voice.

  43. wyrm4701 says:

    Merry Christmas to all :)

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    Ninja Dodo says:

    Happy holidays to Hivemind and commenting collective. :)

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  46. Uninteresting Curse File Implement says:

    I must have missed the moment when “Horace” became a thing. What is this even referencing?

    Anyway, Merry Christmas to all december-christmas-celebrating heathens!

    • Cockie says:

      Horace the infinite bear has been the official RPS mascot for many years.
      Doesn’t reference anything afaik.