I see this as lining up for more GOTY nominations. Much easier to remember a game from September than May. The shine has not worn off yet for that.
It's not like people would have forgotten a GTA game by then. They really don't need to pull those kinds of stunts and it's not like GOTY awards from random websites pay their bills.
People (Brad), completely forgot about Diablo 3 last year and it has a similar hype and publicity train behind it.
What makes you think he forgot it, rather than he just liked 10 other games more? A five star review doesn't guarantee it end of the year consideration, especially when he had a bunch of 5 star games in his list already. It's about the games that stuck with him as being overly special or memorable, not it's review score. D3 was a great game, but there were plenty of great games last year
I enjoyed Diablo 3 when it came out, then I quickly forgot it even existed a few months after that.
He was raving on it for months and he didn't mention it at ALL during deliberations. It was just strange to me that he was so freely throwing out a 5-star, glowing review, but nobody talked about it during the millions of hours of podcasts that happened late last year. It was just suspect, is all.
I think a lot (not all, a lot) of people who played Diablo III got bored of the grind and while they enjoyed the game immensely for a while, they did not go back for more. I haven't played it personally, but I have a friend who played it like 15 hrs a day for about three months, then just completely quit. Became a grind-fest for him.
Man, this was the first ever online RPG I played. When I started, there were about ten people playing, and only one town. It's still going. My friend sodl his account for 800 euro about three years ago, he had a lvl 63 paladin.