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I'm trying really hard not to get too caught up in the Game Of The Year discussion again.I have a feeling nobody appreciates me spraying my opinion everywhere like a feral tom. There were a lot of good games this year. A lot. To say that one is better than the others is fairly redundant. Starcraft 2 is an excellent game. (Opinion! See, I told you that you wouldn't like it.) I spent weeks playing Starcraft 2, watching tutorials, watching live GSL tournaments, learning build orders, the full deal. I was hooked, in a very real 5am kind of way. So, how does that stack up against Mass Effect 2, a game which, on arrival, I played for 18 hours without stopping except to eat and pee. Not at the same time... OK, maybe once at the same time. Have you ever tried eating a Mars Bar whilst taking a shit? It's harder than you might think...
Then there's Red Dead Redemption, a game which I didn't obsess over but can fully appreciate, in a pretentious kind of way. What about Halo Reach? That was a cool game, right? ....no? No, I didn't think so.
And the entire affair is completely underminedby the fact that the game I spent most time playing this year, despite my best efforts and intentions, is World Of Warcraft. Did you see that coming? Because I sure as fuck didn't.
Then there's the multitude of sneaky games that people forget about. When you remind them they will say things like "Oh, yeah, Enslaved... that was pretty cool..." and then that's the end of that. Enslaved is an example; Please substitute for "Gran Turismo 5", "Kirby's Epic Yarn", "Super Mario Galaxy 2", or "Need For Speed Hot Pursuit" as is appropriate. All great games, no doubt. And we haven't even got started on Indie games. Limbo? Super Meat Boy? Fuck, we could be here for weeks.
Oh, and Civilization V. I'm not speaking to Civilization V right now. That filthy whore.
So I decided not to get involved in Game Of The Year stuff. There are so many great games out this year that you should play, I don't think it's fair to push one out as some kind of "Winner". That would be like comparing Eagles and Triangles.
(Triangles are always better than Eagles. End of discussion.)
We all know which are the best games that have come out this year and we all know which ones would suit us best as individuals. I'm going to stop because this is starting to sound depressingly like a "WHY CAN'T WE ALL JUST GET ALONG?" blog. However I think it's important to point out that the best thing about Game Of The Year discussions are the discussions. The actual decision is pretty secondary. You want to stick up for Metro 2033? Good luck to you. You want to create a bullet-point list explaining why Poker Night At The Inventory is the best thing since sliced bread? My baguette disagrees!
Let's talk about it, giantbomb.You go first.
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