Not about the good games of 2011, there's already a thread for that.
What news, events, and trends have caught your eye in the last 12 months? To start
Indies getting more time in the spotlight - Not just the increasing amount of bundles, including Valve using the potato sack of 13 games to cross promote with Portal2, but with the increased exposure indies seem to be more professional and the quality of their games is great too.
Various game networks getting hacked - PSN and the steam forums are the headliners.
Developers still getting the whip cracked for months of crunch time before a game is released, or years in the case of LA Noire.
Origin - It's not yet a joy to use, and integration with EA's own games is sketchy. I hope EA bring it up to a higher standard.