|74th Hunger Games|
|Arena||Piles of rocks|
|Winning District||District 4|
|Preceeded by||72nd Hunger Games|
|Followed by||74th Hunger Games|
The 73rd Hunger Games was considered, at least by Capitol standards, one of the more boring Arenas staged in recent years. Unfortunately, it was considered "boring", even unpopular, for many reasons. The biggest reason was that many Tributes died due to exposure to the elements, as opposed to in close combat or even any combat. As a result, the Capitol instituted new changes in the rule of the Games, which required the supplying of firewood and other fire-starting supplies in the Arena for the Tributes' use by the Gamemakers.
Ironically, the winner of the games, Eridan Ampora, almost died, but not because of exposure, as he'd managed to grab a fur coat which protected him from the cold elements. Rather, it was due to being eviscerated by his final opponent, a girl from District 8. Eridan won due to being quickly brought out of the Arena after his life-threatening injury and treated before he could die, whereas his opponent died immediately from her wounds inflicted by Eridan. That dramatic moment, combined with the victor's other two kills, were considered part of a somewhat satisfying coda to an otherwise uneventful Games.
According to Katniss in canon, it took place in a winter setting. In fact it took place in the ruins of a rock-cut city surrounded by barren mountains, with the cathedral square hosting the Cornucopia. There was little shelter from the bitter cold and snow, as most of the buildings were collapsed or simply closed off to Tributes; those buildings that were accessible had holes in them which prevented proper insulation. There was little in the ways of food and water; it was too cold to heat anything without fire-making supplies in order to turn snow and ice into water, for example. Even the muttations were largely aerial, bat-like creatures that fared slightly better in the elements than the Tributes. Most of the supplies at the Cornucopia were apparently weapons or winter apparel.
The already-high rate of quick deaths among the Tributes, as well as the difficulty of the terrain outside of the city and the temperature making it impossible to go far outside of the city, likely made this year's Games relatively short, perhaps even less that a week to ten days. Another hint that this was a short competition was that there were no stated Gamemaker-engineered ploys used in the Arena on the final Tributes, unlike in the Games in the year before or the year after.
- Had the Capitol not intervened when they did, the 73rd Hunger Games would have been the first Hunger Games without a Victor. It would be the first time direct Capitol intervention prevented this Pyrrhic scenario; it would not be the last.
- Eridan Ampora's behavior and victory in the Arena would be considered unusual in that he came from a Career District, but didn't participate in a Career alliance, as expected of a Career Tribute. He is certainly first known Career Victor who didn't participate in a Career alliance.