Well, here's my GOTY 2012 list. There are a few notable games that aren't here because I haven't gotten around to playing them yet. I've only completed the first episode of the Walking Dead and I'm certain that the moment I finish it this list will receive some hasty edits. I still want to play Tokyo Jungle and Papo y Yo as well. As it is, here's my (admittedly wordy) top ten list. Enjoy!
Incidentally, I've got a few more things to put here:
2012's 2011 Game of the Year: Dead Space 2 - I liked the first Dead Space but felt like it was overly reliant on the jump scare effect (god, what a stupid ending). The sequel managed to create a serious atmosphere of dread that didn't repel me. There's a sequence near the end involving running away from a nigh-indestructible monster that was probably the most intense ten minutes I've ever played in a game. Really, really solid.
2012's 2010 Game of the Year: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors - I picked this up after a chance encounter with a glowing review on Destructoid, and found it on the cheap. Holy crap, if you have a DS just play this game right the hell now. I'm not going to say any more.
2012's Best Exercise in Futility: It's a three-way tie! Between Diablo 3, Torchlight 2, and Borderlands 2. All of these games started off super-rad, but then I realized that they didn't amount to much more than slowly watching a set of numbers increase. Borderlands 2 is pretty much the same game as Diablo and Torchlight, except that it trades in carpal tunnel for dick jokes.