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@xMEGADETHxSLY said:

Dust An elysian tail WAS SOOOOOO GOOD, enjoyed it better than Halo 4. and i'm a HUGE HALO Junkie

I finally bought Dust and I'm around the 50% mark and it really is as good as people say. The story keeps getting better and better and the whole package is made more amazing when you consider that amount of work a single dude put into it.

Posted by Thor_Molecules

Great list.

Posted by RenMcKormack

Great list. Great game. But all I could think about was the Smokey the Bear thing from the Bombcast. Damn you Gertsmann.

Posted by artofwar420

Excellent list of games. Will check out 100,00... that one.

Posted by Rox360

I admit, I freaked out about "prequel" as well... But it is not unimportant to correct things like these! If you let people run loose with misconceptions like that, things like "could careless" become commonplace! People start talking about how they "trolled" someone with a joke or prank! They have different words because they mean different things, and if you start using the new word to describe the old thing, soon enough they'll just have to invent yet another word to describe the thing the new word was supposed to be used for and everything becomes even more complicated...!

A prequel is a type of sequel. That's all there is to that.

Posted by dropabombonit

Kind of weird list but I guess like he said in the intro he didn't have much time to play games because he was crunching on his own game

Posted by Winternet

Hello 2011!

Posted by DystopiaX

Finally someone gave props to Torchlight II! Such a great game, sad that the GB crew isn't mentioning it for GOTY awards, at all. (although i have been too busy to check out today's awards so if it shows up on there, don't kill me)

Posted by AssInAss

This is an awesome list because most of these games I haven't tried (FTL, Double Fine Happy Action Theatre but I don't have younger siblings or kids, Spelunky, or 10 Million).

Just an interesting perspective.

Posted by KittyVonDoom

Surprised there weren't more furry games in the list tbh.

Posted by Tesla

I love this list. Totally different than mine, but I love it. Especially the reasoning behind DFHAT being number 1.

Posted by ZagZagovich

But Aliens: Infestation came out last year...

Posted by Bourbon_Warrior

@Ghostiet said:

To be fair, I'm not too far into FC3, and while it's less interesting than its prequel, mechanically

PREDECESSOR, for fuck's sake! PREQUEL is a SEQUEL that takes place before the events of its PREDECESSOR, which, in turn, is the PREVIOUS INSTALLMENT IN A FRANCHISE.

Goddammit. I'm sorry for going all Grammar Nazi here, but it's a mistake that for some reason makes me furious.

Posted by FesteringNeon

This guy seems like a pretty good shit.

Posted by MooseyMcMan

I just want to take this opportunity to say how great Dust is. 

Posted by Hunter5024

That's a really cool number one. The first part of the description reminds me of how I felt about Dust in a way.

Edited by Draxyle

Pretty interesting list! Happy Action Theatre is a surprise, but that's definitely a good reason to have it there.

Now get Dust on Steam, I'd love to play it.

Posted by CatsAkimbo

@Terjay said:

So uh... How exactly is 10mil a roguelike?

You do dungeon runs until you die, over and over? I dunno, it's a stretch to even call it a rogue-like-like.

Posted by MeatSim

This is a pretty well rounded list I would say.

Posted by Ghostiet

@Turambar said:

@Ghostiet said:

To be fair, I'm not too far into FC3, and while it's less interesting than its prequel, mechanically

PREDECESSOR, for fuck's sake! PREQUEL is a SEQUEL that takes place before the events of its PREDECESSOR, which, in turn, is the PREVIOUS INSTALLMENT IN A FRANCHISE.

Goddammit. I'm sorry for going all Grammar Nazi here, but it's a mistake that for some reason makes me furious.

Not to be a vocabulary Nazi, but grammar does not mean what you seem to think it means.

I've always interpreted the term "Grammar Nazi" to generally mean someone who bitches about proper use of English, but after checking the net for a bit it turns out I was mistaken, so my bad.

@stise: I agree it's a silly thing, it just riles me up for some reason. Probably it's the fact that I just don't like when words suddenly lose its original meaning due to misuse, which happened a lot in the Polish language. Also, admittedly the "mistake" in this context is innocent, but I can see how this can potentially create confusion if talking, let's say, about the Star Wars prequels (hypothetically).

English is my second language, so I'm not jumping on some high horse or anything. It's just that this particular thing makes me roll my eyes a bit too hard.

Posted by Noogy

@Brackynews: Thanks :) The demo was an interesting challenge. Since the full game starts slowly, it was recommended that I let the player sample the action at a more rapid pace. Also, there's a rule that you aren't allowed to save your progress in the trial experience, which sort of dictated some changes I had to make.

I can't tell you if it's a successful demo, but it was an interesting learning experience.

And yeah, Puzzle Craft is great (in small spurts). I just wish they had commissioned like... one more piece of music or something!

Edited by xMEGADETHxSLY

Dust An elysian tail WAS SOOOOOO GOOD, enjoyed it better than Halo 4. and i'm a HUGE HALO Junkie

Posted by MattyFTM

Really glad to see Happy Action Theatre top someone's list. Can't fault his reasoning, either.

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Posted by dr_mantas

Interesting list. Also bring Dust to the PC, pretty please.

Posted by Brackynews

Thanks Dean. I will give Puzzle Craft a try since Puzzle Quest 1 is among my favourite matching games along with ten-milly.

Also while your kudos for Dust is well deserved, I will add a special thanks for making the demo of Dust something special too. So many other games simply put a "paywall" after the first chapter break, and that just wasn't suitable for Dust. It makes me want to clap other XBLA developers sharply on the cheeks and paraphrase David Jaffe's team-motivating argument: "This guy fuckin' did it, I dunno why we can't..." ;)

Posted by Noogy

@GunstarRed: Yep, you're completely right, Infestation did come out in 2011 (total brain fail on my part). Oh well, at least I could give it props somehow!

Posted by GunstarRed

Someone else that liked Revelations as much as me. Love this list, Infestation is awesome (It totally came out last year though)

Edited by Bummey

@Terjay said:

So uh... How exactly is 10mil a roguelike?

It's a roguelike to people who don't actually play roguelikes. Just like how Demon's/Dark Souls are roguelikes and Spelunky and La Mulana and... other games that have been mislabeled as such. I'm one of "those guys" that still plays Nethack every day, but I've long since gotten over the seething nerd hatred that threatens to bubble up whenever someone misuses a word like that.

All y'all need to chill out about these video game words. It's all good.

Posted by ThievingJacob

@stise:You can use prequel in whatever annoying way you want to use it. Prequel refers to a subsequent work based chronologically before the original work. Dust would not be the prequel to what Dust's Sequel is.

Prequels are an annoying marketing entity and to further integrate it into language would give it a legitimacy that it does not deserve. Reboot is probably the worst in terms of annoying usages. AAA games too.

Posted by hollitz

Good to see 10000000 get some love. One of the very few iOS games I've really enjoyed. Bought Dust a few days ago. Looking forward to digging into it.

Posted by Terjay

So uh... How exactly is 10mil a roguelike?

Posted by Turambar

@Ghostiet said:

To be fair, I'm not too far into FC3, and while it's less interesting than its prequel, mechanically

PREDECESSOR, for fuck's sake! PREQUEL is a SEQUEL that takes place before the events of its PREDECESSOR, which, in turn, is the PREVIOUS INSTALLMENT IN A FRANCHISE.

Goddammit. I'm sorry for going all Grammar Nazi here, but it's a mistake that for some reason makes me furious.

Not to be a vocabulary Nazi, but grammar does not mean what you seem to think it means.

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Posted by Lukeweizer

Just wanted to let you know that I LOVED Dust.

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@Ghostiet said:

@Phatmac said:

@Ghostiet
To be fair, I'm not too far into FC3, and while it's less interesting than its prequel, mechanically

PREDECESSOR, for fuck's sake! PREQUEL is a SEQUEL that takes place before the events of its PREDECESSOR, which, in turn, is the PREVIOUS INSTALLMENT IN A FRANCHISE.

Goddammit. I'm sorry for going all Grammar Nazi here, but it's a mistake that for some reason makes me furious.

He made Dust so shut your pie hole.

Right, I hope he makes a great predecessor to that game.

Um, you can't make a predecessor to a game that's already out. I for one hope Dust ends up being the prequel to an excellent sequel.

I get what you're going for here, I just think it's extremely silly. Replacing 'prequel' with 'predecessor' interferes with comprehension, the inverse "error" does not. 'Prequel' has a nebulous semantic identity anyway. It was coined relatively recently by entertainment magazines as a silly-sounding portmanteau. You may as well get up in arms about the proper usage of 'frenemy' or 'bromance' ("Just because Mario and Bowser sometimes play tennis together does NOT make them frenemies!!"). If Z proceeds Y in a sequence of releases, and is therefore a sequel, doesn't it follow that if X precedes Y in a sequence of releases, X is a prequel? No, not "officially". But the word doesn't have much claim to officiality anyway. Intuitively, given the way the word is constructed, it makes sense. Which is why everyone still understands the meaning of sentences that make that "mistake".

I mean, technically you're being a Diction Nazi and not a Grammar Nazi, but I understood what you meant so whatever.

Posted by Pixeldemon

I bought Dust on the XBL sale, looking forward to playing it.

Posted by RoyCampbell

Love this list. It's refreshing and atypical of many lists I've seen so far.

Posted by beard_of_zeus

Probably my favorite list so far. It's pretty darn varied, and your thoughts about Happy Action Theater warm my heart on this Christmas morning. Sometimes we forget what games are all really about.

Glad to see someone else who really enjoyed Spelunky as well. There's a reason I have that game pinned to my home screen on the 360.

I had to double-check the wiki, but as people mentioned, apparently Aliens was a 2011 jam. Could have sworn it came out in February, though. Doesn't matter, an awesome game, still. As you said, the permadeath on your soldiers really did a great job of capturing the feel of the movies.

Excellent job on your own game, too, Dean. Was number 5 on my top 10 this year.

Posted by spankingaddict

This man created the true best video game this year . Thank you sir !

Posted by cooljammer00

@Ghostiet said:

To be fair, I'm not too far into FC3, and while it's less interesting than its prequel, mechanically

PREDECESSOR, for fuck's sake! PREQUEL is a SEQUEL that takes place before the events of its PREDECESSOR, which, in turn, is the PREVIOUS INSTALLMENT IN A FRANCHISE.

Goddammit. I'm sorry for going all Grammar Nazi here, but it's a mistake that for some reason makes me furious.

You don't know that Jack Carver didn't get stranded on that island before Jason Brody got stranded on this one.

Posted by csl316

Cool list. I'll support anything Dean does from here on out, even if it's just a top ten article.

Posted by SSully

@Ghostiet said:

@Phatmac said:

@Ghostiet
To be fair, I'm not too far into FC3, and while it's less interesting than its prequel, mechanically

PREDECESSOR, for fuck's sake! PREQUEL is a SEQUEL that takes place before the events of its PREDECESSOR, which, in turn, is the PREVIOUS INSTALLMENT IN A FRANCHISE.

Goddammit. I'm sorry for going all Grammar Nazi here, but it's a mistake that for some reason makes me furious.

He made Dust so shut your pie hole.

Right, I hope he makes a great predecessor to that game.

I am waiting for the sequel that takes place before the events of the fist game.

Posted by ThievingJacob

My favourite top 10 so far, I appreciate the RE: Revelaitons appreciation. I will probably try your game at some point. The furry handwaving stuff the GB crew was annoying. I'm sure the game doesn't have any deviant content, but as far as I can tell you self-identify as a furry, so it should be out and proud.

Posted by JoeyRavn

@Ghostiet said:

To be fair, I'm not too far into FC3, and while it's less interesting than its prequel, mechanically

PREDECESSOR, for fuck's sake! PREQUEL is a SEQUEL that takes place before the events of its PREDECESSOR, which, in turn, is the PREVIOUS INSTALLMENT IN A FRANCHISE.

Goddammit. I'm sorry for going all Grammar Nazi here, but it's a mistake that for some reason makes me furious.

Thank you for saying this. When I read the list, I noticed it immediately and wanted to correct it, but I didn't want to sound like a dick :)

And, also, yes: Bring Dust to PC.

Posted by Pop

Bring dust to PC! Great list by the way!

Posted by notdrew

Fine list. I'm playing through Dust right now; still hard to believe it was mostly made by one dude.

Posted by golguin

I still need to play Dust.

Posted by PolygonSlayer

@Ghostiet said:

To be fair, I'm not too far into FC3, and while it's less interesting than its prequel, mechanically

PREDECESSOR, for fuck's sake! PREQUEL is a SEQUEL that takes place before the events of its PREDECESSOR, which, in turn, is the PREVIOUS INSTALLMENT IN A FRANCHISE.

Goddammit. I'm sorry for going all Grammar Nazi here, but it's a mistake that for some reason makes me furious.

I feel the same when people overuse the word "remake". Example, Persona 4 Golden is not a remake, it's a port with added content. Tomb Raider Anniversary Edition is a remake, made from scratch with all new assets/areas etc.

The use of the word "prequel" can get to me as well on a bad day :P

Posted by Ghostiet

@Phatmac said:

@Ghostiet
To be fair, I'm not too far into FC3, and while it's less interesting than its prequel, mechanically

PREDECESSOR, for fuck's sake! PREQUEL is a SEQUEL that takes place before the events of its PREDECESSOR, which, in turn, is the PREVIOUS INSTALLMENT IN A FRANCHISE.

Goddammit. I'm sorry for going all Grammar Nazi here, but it's a mistake that for some reason makes me furious.

He made Dust so shut your pie hole.

Right, I hope he makes a great predecessor to that game.

Posted by slimepuppy

Great choice and justification for the number 1 pick. It's easy to forget why we started playing games and why we continue to play them. As someone who enjoys the more self-important and pretentious side of gaming, it's always a good reminder that games can and should be silly and fun too.

Posted by JeanLuc

I love the variety of people Ryan got to do top 10 lists. Its always interesting to see what developers have been playing. I'm also a huge fan of Dust.

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