Analogue: A Hate Story was part of the IndieCade booth at E3 this year, but sadly Christine Love wasn't in attendance. I would have loved to chat with her about the game (since I liked it and reviewed it positively), maybe do a brief interview and, of course, snap a photo with her.
Either way, this was a good year for visual novels and graphic adventures. Analogue, Cinders, VLR, Hakuoki, Chains of Satinav, Deponia, etc.
And like with Mickey, I always liked reading the staff picks. Even before I was on staff and was just a reader, I always preferred reading the staff lists to the sitewide ones, because someone would choose something obscure.