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Justin McElroy's Top 10 Games of 2012

Managing Editor! Podcastist! KEEPER OF THE TIME BELT!!!

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Justin McElroy is the managing editor of Polygon, co-brother of advice podcast My Brother, My Brother and Me and winner of the 2008 Shorty Award for video game centric tweets.

Yes, OK, fine, he's also the star of the The Time Belt, an educational sci-fi adventure about the history of West Virginia.

Dragon's Dogma

I should have hated this game. It's loaded with player-hostile choices and the story is largely garbage. But I don't know, it got in there. It got in there and it crawled around and made a little house and that's where it lives now.

FTL: Faster Than Light

By boiling star combat down to its base systems, FTL reminds us of all the unexplored territory still out there in game design. It's like nothing else out there and it's completely new.

The Walking Dead

Like watching Kane Hodder in Friday the 13th and then watching Kane Hodder sell his autograph for $5 at the Mid-Ohio Comic Con, first Walking Dead is scary, and then it's sad.

XCOM: Enemy Unknown

Another one I should have hated, XCOM inexplicably was able to make turn-based combat feel as thrilling as any first-person shooter.

Call of Duty: Black Ops II

I don't know, man, I just like shooting dudes sometimes. It's got lots of, you know, guns and stuff and I just really like shooting guys with them. I don't know what to tell you.


Saints be praised, someone finally managed to make a stealth game that doesn't make me feel like a dickhead when I get spotted and have to murder a few dudes.

Tales From Space: Mutant Blobs Attack

Surprise, the Vita's best game cost like six dollars and was made by one and a half dudes. Bad for Sony, good for you!

Super Hexagon

Milestones in Super Hexagon are the most fulfilling meaningless things you'll ever achieve.

Frog Fractions

One of the only games I can recall you can play for 45 minutes and have no idea what its about. Abstract and fantastic.

You Don't Know Jack

I'm often stunned by modern convenience, but the idea that I have a seemingly unending stream of YDKJ being pumped into Facebook is still a little much for me to handle.