#1 Edited by MrGtD (462 posts) -

I had this idea while watching some of the personal lists earlier this week: what would it look like if Giant Bomb adopted a voting system akin to The AV Club, wherein each staff member has their own Top 10 list, the list is assigned points values, and the points are then totaled up and that decides the final list? I decided to add the numbers up myself, and this is the final result.

#1: XCOM: Enemy Unknown (56 points, 7 votes) / The Walking Dead (56 points, 6 votes)

#2: Journey (29 points, 6 votes)

#3: Mark of the Ninja (21 points, 3 votes)

#4: Fez (17 points, 2 votes) / Forza Horizon (17 points, 3 votes) / Hotline Miami (17 points, 3 votes) / Mass Effect 3 (17 points, 2 votes)

#5: FTL: Faster Than Light (16 points, 4 votes)

#6: Far Cry 3 (14 points, 2 votes)

#7: Spec Ops: The Line (11 points, 2 votes)

#8: Halo 4 (10 points, 1 vote) / Sleeping Dogs (10 points, 2 votes)

#9: Asura's Wrath (9 points, 3 votes) / Rhythm Heaven Fever (9 points, 2 votes)

#10: Diablo 3 (8 points, 1 vote) / Syndicate (8 points, 1 vote) / ZombiU (8 points, 1 vote)

It's not a perfect system, as you can see by the approximate six thousand ties, nor am I saying they should adopt this system. I just think it's some pretty interesting data, and it also allows to see what would happen if people like Alex or Drew got to be more involved in the decision.

Here's some other stuff I have from making that up:

The Rest

Binary Domain (6)

Dishonored (6)

Digital Combat Simulator (5)

Rock Band Blitz (5)

Sound Shapes (4)

The Book of Unwritten Tales (3)

Chivalry: Medieval Warfare (3)

Dust: An Elysian Tale (3)

Papo & Yo (3)

Persona 4 Arena (3)

Frog Fractions (2)

The Pinball Arcade (2)

Tiny and Big: Grandpa's Leftovers (2)

Alan Wake's American Nightmare (1)

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 (1)

Slender (1)

Trials Evolution (1)

The Ballots

Alex

The Walking Dead (10)

Journey (9)

Hotline Miami (8)

XCOM: Enemy Unknown (7)

Forza Horizon (6)

Rhythm Heaven Fever (5)

Sound Shapes (4)

FTL: Faster Than Light (3)

Sleeping Dogs (2)

Rock Band Blitz (1)

Brad

Mass Effect 3 (10)

The Walking Dead (9)

XCOM: Enemy Unknown (8)

Mark of the Ninja (7)

Journey (6)

Asura's Wrath (5)

Far Cry 3 (4)

Dust: An Elysian Tale (3)

Frog Fractions (2)

Trials Evolution (1)

Drew

Halo 4 (10)

The Walking Dead (9)

Diablo 3 (8)

Spec Ops: The Line (7)

Journey (6)

Digital Combat Simulator (5)

XCOM: Enemy Unknown (4)

Chivalry: Medieval Warfare (3)

FTL: Faster Than Light (2)

Hotline Miami (1)

Jeff

Far Cry 3 (10)

XCOM: Enemy Unknown (9)

Syndicate (8)

Fex (7)

Forza Horizon (6)

FTL: Faster Than Light (5)

Rhythym Heaven Fever (4)

Persona 4 Arena (3)

The Pinball Arcade (2)

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 (1)

Patrick

The Walking Dead (10)

XCOM: Enemy Unknown (9)

ZombiU (8)

Mark of the Ninja (7)

Dishonored (6)

Fez (5)

Journey (4)

Papo & Yo (3)

Asura's Wrath (2)

Slender (1)

Ryan

XCOM: Enemy Unknown (10)

The Walking Dead (9)

Hotline Miami (8)

Mark of the Ninja (7)

FTL: Faster Than Light (6)

Forza Horizon (5)

Rock Band Blitz (4)

Journey (3)

Asura's Wrath (2)

Alan Wake's American Nightmare (1)

Vinny

XCOM: Enemy Unknown (10)

The Walking Dead (9)

Sleeping Dogs (8)

Mass Effect 3 (7)

Binary Domain (6)

Fez (5)

Spec Ops: The Line (4)

The Book of Unwritten Tales (3)

Tiny and Big: Grandpa's Leftovers (2)

Journey (1)

#2 Posted by AlisterCat (5532 posts) -

I would rather have irrational and arbitrary choices from arguments than a mathematically precise summation of their personal lists.

#3 Posted by JZ (2125 posts) -

How about that? INDEED

#4 Posted by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -

@JZ said:

How about that? INDEED

How about what? Your post looks exactly the same as it did before.

#5 Posted by JordanaRama (181 posts) -

That is pretty interesting data. I enjoy the way they do it now, but that's more out of a selfish love for the annual GOTY podcasts. Your breakdown is cool though, and reveals some interesting things about the games in question and the guy's opinions.

#6 Posted by laserbolts (5317 posts) -

@JZ: What?

This is interesting and its nice to see that Mark of the Ninja is high on the list.

#7 Edited by pyromagnestir (4296 posts) -

I was hoping someone would do this. It's interesting to compare the differences.

Although I think keeping it to an actual list of ten would've been better rather than including ties. But I suppose it's not hard to figure it out from here.

#8 Posted by TheSouthernDandy (3855 posts) -

Nice work duder. Interesting to see some data. Joystiq I think does something similar there's some dark mathematics involved that nobody but Luddy understands.

#9 Posted by ZeForgotten (10397 posts) -

Ahg, Math. 
What are you trying to do to me before new years? There's no point trying to fill my brain with information for smart people mere days before drinking like a nutjob! 

#10 Posted by Ares42 (2621 posts) -

I might be wrong, but I believe X-Com actually would get 57 points.

#11 Posted by MrGtD (462 posts) -

I myself think it's super interesting that Walking Dead and XCOM are tied for Number 1, but XCOM has one more person voting for it.

#12 Posted by MrGtD (462 posts) -

@Ares42: Yeah, probably. I did this in the span of like 25 minutes + am pretty bad at basic math. I would not be surprised to find a couple mistakes in here.

#13 Posted by Leadcat (245 posts) -

Some more stats:

  • XCOM is the only game to appear on every list.
  • The Walking Dead/Journey both appear on every list except Jeff's.
  • The Walking Dead came first or second in every list it was on.
  • Syndicate/ZombiU make the top 10 despite being on only one list each.
  • Halo 4 came first in every list it was on. Unfortunately for it, it was only on Drew's.
  • FTL appeared on the most lists without making it on to the actual top 10 (4 lists).
#14 Edited by Pr1mus (3872 posts) -

Haha that first reply perfectly exemplify the spirit of Christmas.

On a more positive note, good job compiling that data. It's interesting to see. I still prefer the good ole "let me argument longer than all you assholes" podcast deliberations they have now. More entertaining that way.

#15 Edited by bvilleneuve (265 posts) -

That's some really interesting data. I don't know if anybody has done this yet, but you can resolve a lot of the ties by giving precedence to games that appeared on more lists:

#1: XCOM: Enemy Unknown (56 points, 7 votes)

#2: The Walking Dead (56 points, 6 votes)

#3: Journey (29 points, 6 votes)

#4: Mark of the Ninja (21 points, 3 votes)

#5: Fez (17 points, 3 votes) / Forza Horizon (17 points, 3 votes) / Hotline Miami (17 points, 3 votes)

#6: Mass Effect 3 (17 points, 2 votes)

#7: FTL: Faster Than Light (16 points, 4 votes)

#8: Far Cry 3 (14 points, 2 votes)

#9: Spec Ops: The Line (11 points, 2 votes)

#10: Sleeping Dogs (10 points, 2 votes)

You know what? I could totally live with that list. I have to say, though, I wouldn't want to replace the current setup. I love the bickering, I love the arguments, and I love the compromises. I feel like there's a certain raw realness to the proceedings.

#16 Posted by s10129107 (1183 posts) -

If that happened games that not all of them got to play would be unfairly penalized. They can't all play every game after all. If Brad, for example, wasn't able to play X-com (and therefore awarded it no points) would it be any less of a game?

#17 Posted by Colourful_Hippie (4338 posts) -

@AlisterCat said:

I would rather have irrational and arbitrary choices from arguments than a mathematically precise summation of their personal lists.

#18 Edited by Irvandus (2877 posts) -

Robots!

#19 Posted by Barrabas (326 posts) -

Eh, any method that produces that many ties is kind of silly. I'd prefer a top 10 games of the year list to have 10 games and not 18.

#20 Posted by shrinerr (137 posts) -

Sounds good, but I think the numbers should also be weighted. Some of the games were more passionately defended than others. How that weight should be distributed, I don't know, but it shouldn't be equal.

#21 Posted by pleasedaddyno (87 posts) -

@AlisterCat said:

I would rather have irrational and arbitrary choices from arguments than a mathematically precise summation of their personal lists.

haha.

also, it's obvious the current individual "votes" = entirely too dependent on what is or is not poised to make the overall GOTY. consolation awards, and the like. i'm guessing the numbers will look a little different if the crew were told there would be no overall GOTY deliberations at all, and instead, it will only be sweet democracy and maths.

#22 Posted by Bourbon_Warrior (4523 posts) -

Wasn't enough arguing for number 1 this year, was hoping for a blood bath between XCOM and Walking Dead, story vs gameplay.

#23 Edited by CornBREDX (5100 posts) -

If Giant Bomb Decided GOTY A Different Way 


 
They would have had different opinions.
#24 Posted by musclerider (589 posts) -

Just do it like they do on the Besties. Create a bracket and then no one's favorite game wins.

#25 Posted by Skytylz (4031 posts) -

How far did Jeff get in the walking dead? He's never talked like he got very far into it, if he didn't it's interesting that it made top 2 for everyone that did play through it.

#26 Posted by T0mF5 (928 posts) -

@bvilleneuve: @bvilleneuve: That is a pretty good list except that Fez has 3 votes while Mass Effect 3 has 2.

#27 Posted by Milkman (16660 posts) -

It's a good system but the problem is that there simply isn't enough data and you end up with all these ties like you see here. It would work for a place like GameSpot where there's tons of people that work there.

#28 Posted by JordanK85 (140 posts) -

Ties or not, if you just take the top 10 scoring games, it's interesting to note that Syndicate, Zombie U and Sleeping Dogs, three games that made the actual top 10, don't make it here.

The idea of a bracket system actually sounds like the most fun. Seeding, bickering over the match-ups, and lot of hurt feelings leads to great entertainment. A lot of people on the forums would flip their lids but maybe they'd realize that the top 10's should never be taken seriously anyways.

#29 Posted by Empirepaintball (1393 posts) -

It's interesting though I do appreciate the crazy personal lists separate from the overall GoTY stuff.

#30 Posted by Vinny_Says (5700 posts) -

How dare you bring science into this. GOTY is god's work boy....

#31 Posted by wefwefasdf (6729 posts) -

@musclerider said:

Just do it like they do on the Besties. Create a bracket and then no one's favorite game wins.

That was both hilarious and frustrating to watch.

#32 Posted by Animasta (14673 posts) -

@JordanK85 said:

Ties or not, if you just take the top 10 scoring games, it's interesting to note that Syndicate, Zombie U and Sleeping Dogs, three games that made the actual top 10, don't make it here.

The idea of a bracket system actually sounds like the most fun. Seeding, bickering over the match-ups, and lot of hurt feelings leads to great entertainment. A lot of people on the forums would flip their lids but maybe they'd realize that the top 10's should never be taken seriously anyways.

yeah that honestly sounds pretty fun.

if only because it'd be funny to see the walking dead vs. frog fractions or somethin silly like that.

#33 Posted by bvilleneuve (265 posts) -

@T0mF5 said:

@bvilleneuve: That is a pretty good list except that Fez has 3 votes while Mass Effect 3 has 2.

Right you are. I was just pulling the data from the main list in the OP.

@Animasta said:

@JordanK85 said:

Ties or not, if you just take the top 10 scoring games, it's interesting to note that Syndicate, Zombie U and Sleeping Dogs, three games that made the actual top 10, don't make it here.

The idea of a bracket system actually sounds like the most fun. Seeding, bickering over the match-ups, and lot of hurt feelings leads to great entertainment. A lot of people on the forums would flip their lids but maybe they'd realize that the top 10's should never be taken seriously anyways.

yeah that honestly sounds pretty fun.

if only because it'd be funny to see the walking dead vs. frog fractions or somethin silly like that.

Oh my god, I honestly don't know what would happen in my mind if I were asked to choose between Frog Fractions and The Walking Dead. I like both of those games so much.

...

You know what? Actually, I do know. I'm going to stop denying it: I think Frog Fractions is a little bit better than The Walking Dead.

#34 Posted by dropabombonit (1490 posts) -

I like this idea because it would mean that Syndicate and ZombiU weren't on the list. I'm not saying they are bad games but nowhere near top 10 of the year