QuakeCon is a free convention held annually in the Dallas, TX area. Thousands of computer gamers from all over the world make the pilgrimage to play with their friends on a giant gaming network, see the latest cool technology, and compete in world-class tournaments.
A huge party for every sort of gamer, from the hobbyist to the hardcore, QuakeCon is an event not to be missed.
I beat Metro: Last Light on and got the "good" ending on the first playthrough, Ranger difficulty. Like Metro 2033 before it, MLL takes a good, subtle look at morality and behavior, and makes you think about it. But it does so in a way without spoon-feeding it to you. It's very much a cerebral game, despite the FPS genre it's bound to.
Mind you, I loved the first game and read the book because of it. Glukhovsky knows how to pen a fantastic story, and the one he custom wrote for the 4A devs with Last Light (to be fleshed out as Metro 2035) certainly holds up to their pedigree if not surpassing them at times. True, the stealth mechanics of the game have been dumbed down a bit since 2033 and there are a few nudity scenes that just should have been omitted since they just don't add to the story. (Well, mostly). That said, this is easily game-of-the-year material for 2013. Easily.
And yes, you should play the first game before this. Not that you *need* to, but you should. The combination of plot, gameplay, truly haunting atmosphere (not cliche boogymen) and OMFG GRAPHICS DETAIL make both titles very memorable experiences unlike any other run-of-the-mill FPS. Replays are practially guaranteed.
There's no way to describe this game sufficiently. It's short (<20m), easy to play, has beautiful graphics, and the soundtrack has Nine Inch Nails. The ending, however, is what makes this game so damn important; it leaves a very strong impression from a valuable lesson that was left out of our history books.
The game is free, and you probably have twenty minutes to spare since you're reading this. You owe it to yourself to play this.
A wonderful platformer with plenty of humor, good gameplay mechanics, and a very fulfilling ending that works because you actually care about the characters. Make no mistake, this is not a game for children.