Giant Bomb Community Game of the Year 2011 Overall Winners

Giant Bomb Community Game of the Year 2011 Winners

The 2011's 2010 Game of the Year - Starcraft 2

Best New Character - Cave Johnson (Portal 2)

Best New Song - Sons of Skyrim

Best Debut - Bastion

Best Downloadable Game - Bastion

Best Downloadable Add On - Peer Review (Portal 2)

Best Competitive Multiplayer - Battlefield 3

Best Cooperative Multiplayer - Portal 2

Best Story - Portal 2

Best Ending - Portal 2

The Unsung Game of the Year - Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective

Most Disappointing Game - Dragon Age II

Giant Bomb Video of the Year - Skyrim Marathon

I want to thank everyone who voted for the Game of the Year categories. This was a long and difficult process but one that I truly enjoyed. It was great to see everyone's nominations and there were some very interesting and varied choices. It is why I love the Giant Bomb community is that we are a group that has a great taste in games but also we have very different opinions and tastes. This process also introduced me to games that were not on my radar before. I thought that this was a great year in gaming and I look forward to coming back next year. Thank you everyone.

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Sonic & Criterion

So I was watching the xboxalypse and while I was watching Ryan playing Burnout 3 I had a thought: I think one way to really revitalize the Sonic series would be to give it to Criterion. Sonic games are racing games in more ways than they are platformers (this was particularly evident when i was playing the 2 player racing modes in Sonic 2). Criterion is a company that knows how to make good racing games. Watching Burnout 3 last night and playing it I remembered that there was a great sense of speed and also a loss of control as you raced. I think this could really be implemented for the Sonic games really well. What are your thoughts?

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Zelda Timeline Introduction

 Hey guys I just finished my finals and I am really looking forward to my long weekend before my next term starts. As promised I am going to be giving my own theory on the long disputed Zelda timeline. Now the way I’m going to do this is that I am going to introduce 3 to 4 games at a time over the next few days. This way I can give as much information about each game and why it belongs where it does and still be able to go out and enjoy my well deserved break. Before I start though there are a few things I want to point out:

-First off this is my theory. This is not absolute. So whatever comments you make are more than welcome but don’t go blatantly dismissing my theory as shit because all that does is waste comment space.

-When making this timeline I tried to introduce as many elements from each game as possible including things such as the location of the Triforce, the status of Ganondorf at the end of the game, the layout of Hyrule, etc.

-There are some aspects of the timeline that have been confirmed by Nintendo and are pretty much set in stone. One of them is the idea of a split timeline. This was pretty much confirmed by the developers to have occurred during the Ocarina of Time. Also Zelda II is a direct sequel of Zelda I, Majora’s mask is a direct sequel to the child timeline of Ocarina of Time, Twilight Princess is a sequel to Ocarina of Time taking place 100 years later in the child timeline and Wind Waker is taking place 100 years later in the adult timeline. Also Phantom Hourglass is a direct sequel of Wind Waker. These games and their sequels are thought of as story arcs and while their relationship to each other is sturdy it’s the connection between these arcs that is up for debate.

-There are 14 Zelda games that I am including in this timeline (Zelda I, II, A Link to the Past,  Link’s Awakening, Ocarina of Time, Majora’s Mask, Wind Waker, Oracle of Ages/Seasons, Minish Cap, Four Swords, Four Swords Adventures, Twilight Princess, Minish Cap, and Phantom Hourglass). The rest I consider to be non-canonical. Now of these games I have yet to play Link’s Awakening, Four Swords, and Four Swords Adventures so my placement of these games is based on whatever information I could gather. If I find out new information or if I get around to playing these games then I will update my timeline appropriately if need be.

Aside from that enjoy my timeline and please feel free to give me as much feedback as possible. Tune in tomorrow for the following:

Minish Cap, Four Swords, Ocarina of Time, Wind Waker, Phantom Hourglass

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I hate med school (also a Zelda timeline update)

Hey guys. It's been a while since I've been on this site but med school is a bitch that won't let me play any games. Oh well. I do hope to create my own Zelda timeline in the future however. I know that we've all seen thousands and thousands of them but I wanted to post my own theory. I have been holding off on releasing it but some things have happened over the last few weeks that made me change my mind. The first was E3. With the announcement of Spirit Tracks and the interview with Miyamoto-san about the next Zelda Wii game. Those two events got me pumped up again about Zelda. The second was a youtube video that someone made regarding their own theory. It was so popular that person sent it in to Nintendo and they responded saying that there is no timeline. While that may be considered a big shock to many, I personally think that they are bullshitting and saying that to keep up the mystery of this fantastic universe. Time and time again the developers and even Miyamoto-san himself have supported the idea of a timeline. So I think that whoever at Nintendo wrote that letter was some fucking PR asshole looking to piss us off. I wanted to show off my theory to show to Nintendo and to all Zelda fans that there can be an overarching story. While Zelda will always be enjoyed one game at a time, the cult following and epic fanbase derives from a belief that Zelda is not just a series of games but a single universe that is woven together quite beautifully. So tune in soon. I will hopefully try to put up my theory before my August term starts up. Until then. Peace!

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