At Washington DC's MAGFest, Sega's Flash Beats bathes players in an otherworldly glow, as they bounce ever-quickening lights back and forth down five parallel tubes.
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The stereotypical image of a gamer is of someone sitting alone in a dark basement, staring at a screen for hours on end. Forget that! Ars Technica's gaming coverage got off the couch plenty this year, visiting events from Washington state to Washington DC, and from Paris, France to Cologne, Germany. In those travels we saw thousands of gamers willing to leave the house and commune with their own kind in crowded convention center hallways, arenas, and trade shows.
Through all that travel, we had our cameras at the ready, set to document the state of gaming culture around the world and share it with you on this very site. As 2015 winds to a close, here's a quick look back at some of the most memorable imagery from the hundreds of photos we took at gaming events this year.