It happened. We made it to (and through) our sophomore year. And it’s not as if that second year was an apocalypse where men (and women) had to fight other men (and women) to the death for the last remaining scraps of food, either: it’s been a pretty good year here at The Verge.
In fact, it’s been a spectacular year for us. We’ve expanded not just our team, but also the types of things we cover – we now have dedicated sections for topics as varied as culture, world news, and design. We also launched a giant, dedicated science section, headed up by editor Katie Drummond.
In the past year, we’ve expanded our videos to include a multitude of original series including Small Empires with Alexis Ohanian, which provides a never-before-seen look at rising New York City startups, and Top Shelf, a show that takes a deeper dive into the products and experiences that shape our lives.
We’ve also published hundreds of features and longform pieces that we’re incredibly proud of. Here's a look back at 20 (or so) of our favorites. Onward.
Of mic3 and men: deadmau5 and the rise of trancepop
November 7, 2012
A brief history of the long and winding emotional journey between Fleetwood Mac, Aphex Twin, and Deadmau5
Escape to Earthship: building a home for the end of days
November 29, 2012
Constructing utopia in Taos, one tire at a time
The End: a journey through America's doomsday obsession
December 17, 2012
A five-part guide to the end of the world
For Amusement Only: the life and death of the American arcade
January 16, 2013
The defining feature of a “real” arcade is that there aren’t really any left.
Seduced by ‘perfect’ pitch: how Auto-Tune conquered pop music
February 27, 2013
What happens when we bet on the robot? Will we start to hate the sound of our own voices?
I used Google Glass: the future, but with monthly updates
February 22, 2013
Up close and personal with Google's visionary new computer
How Emoji Conquered the World
March 4, 2013
The story of the smiley face from the man who invented it
Inside TED: the smartest bubble in the world
March 5, 2013
A week-long journey into a temporary utopia
Greed is Groupon: can anyone save the company from itself?
March 13, 2013
How the daily deals company botched its future
First Person Shooter: Taser's new cop-cam takes aim at perps and privacy
April 5, 2013
The stun-gun company wants 'COPS' on steroids, but whom does it serve?
I’m still here: back online after a year without the internet
May 1, 2013
Paul Miller reflects on his year without the internet.
Who am I? Data and DNA answer one of life’s big questions
May 7, 2013
The eternal search for our ancestors is reaching its end game
Body Message: GI Joe and the invention of the viral video
May 9, 2013
From dorky inside jokes about porkchop sandwiches to 'Tim and Eric'
Beyond recognition: the incredible story of a face transplant
June 4, 2013
Since 2005, an estimated 30 patients worldwide have undergone experimental face transplant surgeries - extensive procedures that replace one's skin, muscle, nerve and bone with that of a donor.
John Wilkes Booth killed Lincoln… but who killed John Wilkes Booth?
July 31, 2013
Did America's most infamous assassin escape justice?
The war inside: fighting depression in Palestine
August 20, 2013
Here's how a group of idealistic Palestinians brought neuroscience to their people.
Curses! The birth of the bleep and modern American censorship
August 27, 2013
Maria Bustillos digs into the history and importance of the bleep
Machine language: how Siri found its voice
September 17 ,2013
Inside the art of making computers talk
Second Life's Strange Second Life
September 24, 2013
In Linden Lab's vast experiment, the end has no end