Merry Horacemas Readers: We Love You!

Ho flipping ho, readers, it’s CHRISTMAS! Team RPS are currently all frantically tearing the hides off their bucket of gifts from Horace, preparing themselves for the Great Slaughter. We hope you’re enjoying the holidays in whatever godforsaken way you celebrate them, whether it’s a traditional British burning of a scallywag, a big ol’ American family game of Slops, or Lithuanian laser fights. Perhaps there are other countries too – we haven’t looked. But wherever you are, however tall you are, we wish you the very best glad tidings and other seasonal merriment.

While we weave elaborate cutaneous cocoons about ourselves, in preparation for our re-emerging on the 4th Jan as even more beautiful ultroflies, RPS shall not be quiet. We’ve a wealth of posts coming your way over the next week and a half, ensuring your continued obligatory loyalty and Google Analytics upkeep. And we’d also like to wish you a very enormous thank you.


RPS is not exactly the same as other gaming sites, and we know that’s reflected in our readers being not exactly the same as other humans. A better, smarter sort. And we mean it – we’re incredibly grateful to the community that’s gathered around us over the years, and it’s one that’s growing ever faster. November saw our biggest traffic ever, and 2015 saw us grow an enormous amount. All that means we can get more writers, more features, and more articles on subjects we don’t think you’ll read anywhere else – all alongside the essential gaming coverage you demand from us no matter how much we cry.

As we grow, we’ve fought against doing the scummy tactics normal in other sites. You’ll not see paid-for articles (“advertorial”) on our site, ever. You’ll never have adverts that leap out and obscure the screen, or slide shouting videos from the middle of the text you were just reading. We know many people don’t like any ads and will complain about them whatever we do, but know that we turn away megabucks not to make the site as frustrating to read as perhaps some of our rivals will. In return, we ask that you consider whitelisting us if you’re the sort that blocks ads. And as ever, we super-dooper encourage you to join the RPS Supporter Programme, where for a small amount you’ll get access to brand new hidden articles every day, as well as free gifts, first dibs on giveaways, and most importantly, help fund more writing and video stuff for the site. If you’ve enjoyed, say, Marsh’s extraordinary Fail Forward series, know that it was paid for by Supporters for everyone to enjoy.

So very happy holidays, seasonal greetings, merry Christmasses and bloody good hugs to you all.


  1. Awesomeclaw says:

    Merry Horacemas RPS!

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    Lexx87 says:

    Ho Ho Horacemas everyone.

    Thank you RPS for another great year, may you continue to grow and grow until you burst like a beautiful christmas pustule into the shining butterfly you deserve to be.

  3. Sin Vega says:

    Hurrah! More RPS goodness for all next year*. As for me, I’m going to bed, but I hope you all have a lovely time**.

    * except for Colin. That git.

    ** 2-0, Col.

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    Hodge says:

    Happy Horacemas all – may your good times be as endless as he.

  5. Rao Dao Zao says:

    Have a proper crimbo, everyone!

  6. Isometric says:

    Merry Christmas to all and to all an endless bear x

  7. SuicideKing says:

    Merry Christmas to the Hivemind and the community!

  8. RobinOttens says:

    Merry no horacemas dear hivemind. And happy assorted holidays to the rest of the internet also ^,^/

    • RobinOttens says:

      I hope santa left me an edit function under the tree. Idk where that ‘no’ came from but it makes my comment look 1% more Japanese

      • guygodbois00 says:

        Herro ando Merry-no horacemassu furomu Nippon(not really).

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        FhnuZoag says:

        Right now I feel like not having an edit button, and having people complain about it is basically a RPS tradition.

  9. Lakshmi says:

    Merry Christmas to RPS and thanks to Google analytics for ensuring that there’s the odd article to read.

    • mgardner says:

      Followed closely by the RPS tradition of accidentally replying to the wrong thread! Happy Holidays, everyone!

  10. Hmm-Hmm. says:

    Merry Christmas to everyone! May there be happiness wher’er you go.

  11. caff says:

    Merry Christmas to everyone at RPS, and all the other readers! I love you lot.

  12. Cardinal says:

    Love you too

  13. Anthile says:

    Peace among worlds, everybody.

  14. Romeric says:

    Merry Horacemas, to all at RPS. One of my self-imposed gifts will be to join the Supporter program this next day or two – Marsh’s fantastic YouTube series has finally pushed me to do it!

    I love this site. It’s one of the few I have unblocked by AdBlock and I feel like it’s the only place on all the internets where a news article isn’t just a news article. Every article has a real craft behind it. All the best to all from the RPS hivemind :-) RIP Michael Radiatin.

  15. dangermouse76 says:

    About to start prep for the pheasant and apricot ham. A small glass of champagne with obligatory bacon and haggis roll has bin eaten. All whilst running The Snowman and Elf in the background.

    Have a great few days guys. Can’t wait to hear fallout 4 in my new desktop speakers.
    Xxxxxx xxxxxx xxxxxx xxxxxx xxxxxx xxxxxx xxxxxx xxxxxx xxxxxx

  16. boredandstupid says:

    Merry Christmas! Just became a supporter to thank you for so many years of excellent free content.

  17. quietone says:

    So, we readers are a 7/10 or what?

    Oh, yes and mery Christmas. Google is my homepage, but RPS is my home page.

  18. Hyena Grin says:

    Hopefully it says something that this is the first site I checked on my phone on Christmas morning, between obligatory family blood-rituals.


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    kfix says:

    Thanks and happy crimbo John and the team, and all the lovely supporters and commenters!

  20. thedosbox says:

    Merry Christmas RPS!

    Am I the only one disturbed that Horace has turned into a layer cake? And appears to have had slices taken out of him.

  21. Vandelay says:

    A merry Christmas to you all, as well as a merry Horacemas to the people of the bearish faith.

  22. celticdr says:

    We love you too Horace and team RPS – looking forward to another year of good old fashioned PC game news and reviews! Bring on the year that is known as 2016!

  23. GWOP says:

    Live long, and prosper.

  24. Guy Montag says:

    Murray Horacemas. The only gaming site I’m dedicated to, which, since you don’t cover everything, means I’ve probably missed a lot. Also, since I’m from across the ocean, some joke bounce off my skull. I tend to utter ‘Ow.’ and continue reading. It’s probably fine. I’ll stick with you.

  25. MajorManiac says:

    Oh how I do love to wake to the smell of burning scallywags.

    Merry Christmas RPS and all who read this (as you’re obviously the best if you do).

  26. mcwizardry says:

    Merry Horacemas everyone!

  27. Dorga says:

    Happy horacemas!

  28. Cross says:

    Happy holidays to all the RPS crew from me. You make my life a little richer every single day, and i am happy to support you in doing it.

  29. Wobsey says:

    Merry Christmas all! I’m not part of the better, smarter set but I come here anyway. Dumbies for RPS!

  30. DelrueOfDetroit says:

    Merry Horacemas to all! May your frames be 60+ and your frags be plenty!

  31. Mr Coot says:

    Merry Christmas RPS and fellow readers. I noticed the little red supporter tag had dropped off. Tis a good time to new it then.

  32. Zeroebbasta says:

    Merry Christmas RPS!
    I discovered this site two years ago, thanks to Kieron’s comics, and checked it everyday since then. Thank you for introducing me to the world of game jams and obscure indie games, never stop being awesome.

  33. Zekiel says:

    Happy Christmas one and all! Love you all. Thanks for another year of fantastic, thoughtful, funny articles!

  34. Shoconn says:

    Happy Horacemas to one and all. I too would echo the thought that RPS brings a few cheeky smiles on a regular basis and makes the world a little more tolerable, so thanks very much from a small component of the hivemind!!

  35. Cosmo D says:

    I propose more pieces from Sin Vega. I dig his mind.

  36. bonuswavepilot says:

    Yuletide thingumies, one and all! Keep up the good work RPS-folks! (If you were stuck for a gift, the readers have ‘edit function’ pretty high on our wishlist)

  37. cpt_freakout says:

    Feliz Horaciodad, Piedra, Papel, Escopeta!

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    Bluerps says:

    I’m three days late and no one will probably read this, but still: Merry Christmas to all RPS people. I hope you all have a nice holiday!

  39. Uninteresting Curse File Implement says:

    I’d whitelisted and unblocked all ads on RPS, all except one horrid thing on the right side, from Eurogamer I think, that was autoplaying some video with orks. Opened in a few tabs simultaneously, it brought my weak-ish reading PC to a screeching halt.