Coint and Plick 2014 - The Seventh Annual ILX Video Game Poll

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Let's begin with a few general comments, and then proceed to the games that received the lowest possible points and votes ... the five point club.

This was the year when I kinda stopped paying attention to REAL GAMING as everyone and their mother scrambled to shiny new black boxes of varying sizes and shapes that did exactly what their old dusty black boxes of varying sizes and shapes do, only with less software to do it. I have no interest in most console games these days and not enough time to play anything that demands my attention for a weekend, so that's PC out as well. That leaves me with an iPad and the subway and not much else. It's sad. - forksclovetofu

its difficult to communicate emotional truth, and in some ways more difficult to communicate how having emotional truths conveyed to you feels. 2013 was - maybe, kinda, sorta - the year of THE FEELS a shorthand for the complicated mix of nostalgia, longing, understanding and loss that certain types of media invoke in their audience. gone home makes me think about people who say things like THE FEELS, about the way that shorthand can condense and simplify these snarled emotional states, about the duality of signs. - Lamp

My biggest achievement of the year was probably stopping playing pocket planes, and successfully resisting pocket trains. I still play my stupid iphone games. But at least the ones I'm playing now have actual gameplay to go with their time management.

Biggest difference between this and last year -- all these tiny iGames have plenty of retro elements. But they aren't really about the pixel art and the chiptunes. Some have them, but its a secondary design choice to the novel gameplay mechanics each explores. Almost every one of them gives something actually new, or at least in a new combination. The key is that they have short gameplay, a mix of mechanics, a focus on one goal at a time, and then they flesh it out with a wide variety of meta- goals that persist across runs. There's so much creativity out there, and I don't see it drying up anytime soon. - s.clover

My ballot is informed by my lack of a console or a decent video card ... as well as the neglect into which my favorite genre, the Black Isle-style isometric RPG, has fallen. (In the next year or two, I'm holding out hope for the finished versions of Wasteland 2, Tides of Numenera, Pillars of Eternity, Divinity: Original Sin, Underrail, and Age of Decadence.) - one way street

I struggled to even get to 10 this year. - if

video games are p cool. - polyphonic

polyphonic, Monday, 10 February 2014 16:29 (five years ago) link

Honorable Mention: Black Crown Project – Browser – 5 pts – 1 vote

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Website | Guardian | Verge | Trailer

The Black Crown Project is disgusting. It made me gag, squirm, and walk away from my computer screen at various points, which is impressive for a game that is based almost entirely on text and multiple choice questions. The surreal horror game written by Rob Sherman is unusual in a number of ways, though. Not quite a novel but also not quite a text adventure, The Black Crown Project is a fascinating experiment in storytelling that captures the richness of goth writers like Clive Barker while also letting the reader carve their own path through the game.

Black Crown also experiments with books and video games as businesses. Characters in the game’s fictional Widsith Institute only advance in station—and through the story—as diseases ravage their body over time. Unlike real diseases, you can pay the publisher, Random House, to speed the process along in your playthrough. Even the marketing of the work is playful. For instance, the Amazon.com listing for Lincoln’s Bedsheet, a short story released as a tie-in to Black Crown, drops only vague hints of the larger project. - Anthony John Agnello, Gameological

polyphonic, Monday, 10 February 2014 16:32 (five years ago) link

Oh, okay, this was my vote - for the writing I probably would have given it way more points, but it uses the StoryNexus format in a way that I found far more frustrating than its progenitor Echo Bazaar (or Fallen London, actually, it is now). Elongated waiting times, grinding actions, and storylets blocked off to those who won't or can't pay; all of these things made me give it only the cursory number of points. HOWEVER, I will say that if the description from Gameological appeals to you, at least play through the 'character building' stage - it really is fantastic horror writing.

emil.y, Monday, 10 February 2014 17:05 (five years ago) link

(Actually, full disclosure: I soured on it when in a hungover state I clicked a paid-for storylet option by mistake, and it took credits I had very slowly gained from playing Fallen London and hoarding for a couple of years. My mistake so I never expected them back, but it pissed me off so much I basically stopped playing.)

emil.y, Monday, 10 February 2014 17:07 (five years ago) link

oh hey, sent my rant via email poly, sorry i didnt get it in in time, use it if you want.

Corpsepaint Counterpaint (jjjusten), Monday, 10 February 2014 17:13 (five years ago) link

I tried to play all the games that were free on the noms list, Black Crown Project had a really cool premise + writing but yeah I balked at the idea of being locked out of certain storylines unless I paid. Playing just the beginning was still worth it, though!

reddening, Monday, 10 February 2014 17:29 (five years ago) link

Here's jjjusten's rant, minus specifics about games we'll be seeing later. If anyone else has general state-of-gaming blurbs this would probably be a good time for them. You can just post them in the thread at this point.

2013 for me is the year that I finally boiled over with rage about the love affair slobberfest about downloadable and indie games. SO much ink spent on half-assed stuff simply because it was some dude doing his ill-conceived art project that really means something maaaaaaan that i just couldnt take it anymore. This isn't to say this stuff all sucks or anything, i am glad we get things like fez and limbo, but this seemed to be the year that any mawkishly sentimental bore-fest or ugly as sin minimalist crap was going to get gold awards across the board.

...

idk if this whole nightmare is thanks to dorks clinging to games as art, or some attempt by game bloggers to have credibility because they are so deep u know, but this shit has to stop. did we learn nothing from the heaping of praise on Braid, which led to lots of us paying that dumb dick money to discover that "oh wait this game sucks"? if people want to put a bullet in the head of indie games, this circle jerk of racing to laud the lowest common denominator and rewarding the poor or non-existent game design will do it faster than any draconian moves by the console companies. -jjjusten

polyphonic, Monday, 10 February 2014 18:01 (five years ago) link

just spent a couple minutes browsing for the bomb.gif that accurately illustrates that post but i couldn't find one that was exactly right

Roberto Spiralli, Monday, 10 February 2014 18:09 (five years ago) link

i want jjj to list off specific examples until everyone has at least one game they can be angry on behalf of

Roberto Spiralli, Monday, 10 February 2014 18:10 (five years ago) link

i wanna know what games jjjusten is complaining about in particular, but i guess we'll see as the results unfold

eric banana (s.clover), Monday, 10 February 2014 18:10 (five years ago) link

i mean i think there was one great indie artfest game this year, but outside of that i was keen on a whole bunch of indie-ish titles that i don't _think_ fit that bill?

eric banana (s.clover), Monday, 10 February 2014 18:11 (five years ago) link

I know one of them because we ranted at each other about it. Such bullshit.

EZ Snappin, Monday, 10 February 2014 18:11 (five years ago) link

Honorable Mention: Fiz: The Brewery Management Game – iOS/Android – 5 pts – 1 vote

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Website | Metacritic | Touch Arcade | New School | Trailer

i can confirm that Fiz is a lot of fun! for those of you who enjoyed a kairosoft game or five (game dev story, dungeon village, grand prix story) but wish that they would do something new, this is the game for you. here are a few elements from the game, just to give a feel for it.

once you get going, the game has a nice flow to it. while your team (all of whom you've give names that would make your mother disown you, of course) are making your brew, you're looking at the available markets for a future brew. every market has different preferences. there are dive bars where you can send your cheapass lager, there supermarkets with lots of customer (and lots of competition), and there are fancy places where the customers expect high-end expensive shit. there are also seasonal places where you can reliably unload a ton of brew during certain months. in addition to looking into what the customers like, and their affluence, you can also research your competitors offerings at the same market.

once you've sold beer at a certain market, you have good data to plan your next brew that you'll send there. you can take a look at the history of your sales there, particularly at the quality of the batch that was sold, the price that you sold it at, and how quickly it sold. each batch of beer has an expiration date (usually around 2 months, to start with). you want to set your price at the magic spot where it just barely sells out just before the expiration date. if the price is too high, you won't sell out and some of the beer will expire. if the price is too low, then you'll sell out but your profits won't be as high as they could have been. the magic price point is different every time you make a shipment, because a) the quality of your beer will be different than the last time, and b) the competition may have changed up their offerings at the same market.

there's also all the stuff you'd expect, like being able to upgrade equipment, events (i.e., make at least 85 units of a 700 quality beer by October in order to unlock a new character that you can hire; beer tasting competitions), unlockable recipes, etc etc.

bottom line: kairosoft just got out kairosofted by a mile. - Karl Malone

polyphonic, Monday, 10 February 2014 18:13 (five years ago) link

i quit playing it 2 days later btw

;_;

Karl Malone, Monday, 10 February 2014 18:15 (five years ago) link

lol polyphonic, did you animate that one just for me? <3

Karl Malone, Monday, 10 February 2014 18:49 (five years ago) link

lol karlz

Nhex, Monday, 10 February 2014 18:50 (five years ago) link

i don't know if Fiz is still a dollar, but if it is, it's totally worth it imo. you're not going to look back on it in a few years with nostalgic teary eyes, but it is genuinely entertaining for several hours. if i went to the arcade as a kid and was able to play a game for 5-6 hours on 4 quarters, i'd probably be pretty happy!

Karl Malone, Monday, 10 February 2014 18:52 (five years ago) link

not hard to guess what game(s) jjj is referring to, but i avidly await their reveal. i should probably try to play one/them before it appears, haha

Nhex, Monday, 10 February 2014 18:52 (five years ago) link

yeah I dl'd Fiz after hearing about it on here, and played it for a couple of days and then haven't gone back. I don't know why, it was fun, but I dunno...

Euler, Monday, 10 February 2014 18:53 (five years ago) link

that's just how i felt about beating 100000000 a few days ago, it's over and done, no regrets. hyped for YOU MUST BUILD A BOAT.

Nhex, Monday, 10 February 2014 18:53 (five years ago) link

lol polyphonic, did you animate that one just for me? <3

There will be some caveman-level gifs from time to time to mix it up.

Sorry for the general shittiness of the overlays. I really need a Wacom.

polyphonic, Monday, 10 February 2014 19:23 (five years ago) link

Honorable Mention: The Swapper – PC – 5 pts – 1 vote

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Website | Metacritic | Destructoid | Edge | Trailer

One-by-one, area-after-area, new elements pile on. Various types of light prevent aspects of the Swapper device from functioning, transport beams whip you and/or your clones from place-to-place at spine-compacting speed, gravity gets turned on its head, and crates need pushing. That’s just a light sampling of all the wrenches Swapper tosses into your well-oiled puzzle-solving machine, and it’s quite good at layering them on top of each other. One moment, I was synchronizing clones such that’d they walk opposite directions onto switches, and the next I was doing something similar while upside-down, unable to swap into other bodies, and seconds away from splatting into hair-and-skin-flavored space jelly. - Nathan Grayson, Rock Paper Shotgun, apparent hyphen addict

The Swapper has interesting world-building and truly challenging puzzles, the latter of which have been missing from too many adventure games of late. - one way street

polyphonic, Monday, 10 February 2014 19:25 (five years ago) link

the images look great dude

Roberto Spiralli, Monday, 10 February 2014 19:37 (five years ago) link

At this point, if iPhone games keep me entertained for a week's worth of flights, I'm satisfied.

President Frankenstein (kingfish), Monday, 10 February 2014 19:38 (five years ago) link

poly, please hit me up if writing for any of the games i nominated is nonexistent. i will justify.

PSY talks The Nut Job (forksclovetofu), Monday, 10 February 2014 19:38 (five years ago) link

poly, please hit me up if writing for any of the games i nominated is nonexistent. i will justify.

A good rule of thumb is that if you think it doesn't have a blurb it probably doesn't.

polyphonic, Monday, 10 February 2014 19:49 (five years ago) link

2013 for me is the year that I finally boiled over with rage about the love affair slobberfest about downloadable and indie games. SO much ink spent on half-assed stuff simply because it was some dude doing his ill-conceived art project that really means something maaaaaaan that i just couldnt take it anymore. This isn't to say this stuff all sucks or anything, i am glad we get things like fez and limbo, but this seemed to be the year that any mawkishly sentimental bore-fest or ugly as sin minimalist crap was going to get gold awards across the board.

so gutted that you're alread married

the undersea world of jacques kernow (Noodle Vague), Monday, 10 February 2014 19:52 (five years ago) link

mawkishly sentimental bore-fest

surely this is critical darling gone home

Mordy , Monday, 10 February 2014 19:59 (five years ago) link

ngl I think what jjj is railing against describes my entire ballot. the only new PC game I paid money for this year was Gone Home :P

reddening, Monday, 10 February 2014 20:41 (five years ago) link

Swapper looks cool. I got it but haven't been able to play much. The ease to which you can clone and destroy your clones puts some spooky existentialism into it.

bnw, Monday, 10 February 2014 20:46 (five years ago) link

i've definitely gotten less interested in narrative as i've gotten older and more interested in rawer/ludic/mechanical elements of a game. there was a time when i was like 12 and could play a jrpg w/ 100 hours of cutscenes + be mollified.

Mordy , Monday, 10 February 2014 20:57 (five years ago) link

Honorable Mention: Borderlands 2: Tiny Tina's Assault on Dragon Keep DLC – PS3/X360/PC/Mac – 5 pts – 1 vote

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Website | Metacritic | Eurogamer | Washington Post | Trailer

first things first, the borderlands team is as good at DLC as anybody our there, the only competitor MAYBE being both fallout games. this is no exception, but where it really shines is watching a bunch of behind the scenes dork let their tabletop freak flag fly. great writing, hard as hell, brilliant execution in wrapping the core game in some totally different vibe without breaking anything, and tons of in jokes and easter eggs that fly by so fast you will miss half of them the first time out. basically, if you like the game and you are plenty leveled up, you have no excuse to skip this. bonus points for making a DLC that will fucking pwn you if you just try to roll into it to test the waters, its crazy hard. - jjjusten

Tiny Tina may be the best post-release DLC I've played for anything. - Telephone Thing

It's more fun than the main game imo. - gbx

polyphonic, Monday, 10 February 2014 21:16 (five years ago) link

Wow I own that as part of the season pass and never even got around to installing it because I'd burnt out on the other DLCs before it got released. Will give it a go.

JimD, Monday, 10 February 2014 21:32 (five years ago) link

Honorable Mention: People – Browser – 5 pts – 1 vote

http://i.imgur.com/TtSQe4c.gif

Website | Developer's Blog

Arrow keys or WASD to move. Please make sure you can hear the game since the sound is an important part of it. Also be sure to play through to the end, it's worth it. - BenW, creator

I am like a rolling thundercloud of stormy love! - KevinZuhn, May 4, 2013 @ 1:56pm

polyphonic, Monday, 10 February 2014 22:46 (five years ago) link

love the gif. good game w minimal gameplay, moody aesthetics, doesn't overstay it's welcome; more arty indie games should be like it- short evocative & sweet.

Mordy , Monday, 10 February 2014 22:49 (five years ago) link

Should I keep going?

polyphonic, Monday, 10 February 2014 22:52 (five years ago) link

Sure! I'm following along by zing. Comments on other honorable mentions: fiz fizzled out quickly for me, borderlands 2 was fun but since I never finished it I didn't bother w the expansions. Haven't tried the other 2 yet- looking forward

Mordy , Monday, 10 February 2014 22:54 (five years ago) link

with people, i never heard the mission statement and i assumed the game was about saving the little black guys from being snagged up! just played it with the opposite impetus in mind and "beat it"
what does it say about me that i've seen enough limboesque sad guy games that i assumed this one was about protecting your friends from being snapped up rather than helping be a matchmaker

PSY talks The Nut Job (forksclovetofu), Monday, 10 February 2014 22:56 (five years ago) link

yeah, keep going!

Karl Malone, Monday, 10 February 2014 23:15 (five years ago) link

glad someone voted for "people", it was the last thing to fall off my ballot. i also panicked at first when my little guys got siphoned off, it went against my hoarder's instinct.

reddening, Monday, 10 February 2014 23:19 (five years ago) link

also, loving the rollout format, polyphonic!

reddening, Monday, 10 February 2014 23:21 (five years ago) link

also following this with a mix of enjoyment and shame, having forgotten to vote :(

a chance to cross is a chance to score (anonanon), Monday, 10 February 2014 23:31 (five years ago) link

imgur is being a dick at the moment

polyphonic, Monday, 10 February 2014 23:33 (five years ago) link

Honorable Mention: Year Walk – iOS/PC – 5 pts – 1 vote

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Website | Metacritic | 148 Apps | Slide to Play | Trailer

The super old school gameplay wasn't frustrating because it added to the oppressive creepy atmosphere so effectively. - if

Spooky 2D/3D adventure game Year Walk, based on Swedish folklore, came out this week. I'm liking the Contre Jour aesthetics. - Sanpaku

Year walk is frustrating. Memorising sequences and revisiting old areas of the map to see if anything's changed are the dudliest of dud game mechanics. - ledge

polyphonic, Monday, 10 February 2014 23:53 (five years ago) link

i really want to play year walk

Corpsepaint Counterpaint (jjjusten), Monday, 10 February 2014 23:56 (five years ago) link

Honorable Mention: Resogun – PS4 – 5 pts – 1 vote | Top PS4 Exclusive

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Website | Metacritic | Polygon | Gaming Age | Trailer

Resogun's DNA comes from Defender and Robotron: hulking, high-scoring chasing 80s arcade cabinets from Williams that placed skill front and centre as your lone spaceship cut swathes through patterns of flitting bad guys. That is Resogun in a nutshell, retaining that purity of gunning down alien invaders in a scrolling siege. But don't be fooled, the heart of its gameplay may be timeless but there is modern fizz to its makeup.

It is beautiful for a start; sparkly, glitzy laser fire exchanged over the neon wreckage of the last human cities, enemies exploding in a shower of voxels. It is busy but eminently readable, with distinct colours and patterns keeping your eye fixed between your ship and your foe. Resogun is a side scrolling shoot 'em up, but its levels are cylindrical, wrapping around a central point like a carousel. - Tom Hoggins, The Telegraph

I had forgotten how much I enjoy side-scrolly shooters before I started playing this. Super simple, super fun. -DJP

polyphonic, Tuesday, 11 February 2014 00:14 (five years ago) link

Top PS4 exclusive! Yeah this is why it's more fun keeping this poll insular.

JimD, Tuesday, 11 February 2014 00:28 (five years ago) link

Honorable Mention: Lone Survivor: The Director's Cut – PS3/Vita – 5 pts – 1 vote

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Website | About the Director's Cut | Metacritic | The Digital Fix | Gaming Age | Trailer

Lone Survivor is Jasper Byrne's psychological survival adventure game that allows players to choose the method of their madness: Shoot everything that goes bump in the dark or sneak around quietly to escape the ravaged city; stay healthy with food or pills; seek out other survivors or go it alone. Jessica Conditt, Joystiq

Lone Survivor hearkens back to the classic Team Silent installments of Silent Hill, and shows how expressive pixel art not strictly tied to evoking nostalgia can be. - one way street

polyphonic, Tuesday, 11 February 2014 00:42 (five years ago) link

lone survivor was pretty good. i can't remember why i stopped playing it, i think i forgot about it. so maybe not that good...

Roberto Spiralli, Tuesday, 11 February 2014 01:02 (five years ago) link

Will M Ballot:

20: Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch
15: Gone Home
10: Grand Theft Auto V
10: Antichamber
10: State of Decay
10: The Stanley Parable
10: Rogue Legacy
5: Ridiculous Fishing - A Tale of Redemption
5: Marvel Puzzle Quest: Dark Reign
5: Papers, Please

^ I still feel really weird aobut this ballot but i can't think of anything I'd change :S

Sam Malone, no relation (Will M.), Tuesday, 11 March 2014 20:09 (five years ago) link

01) 30 points - Drive on Moscow (iOS)
02) 15 points - Europa Universalis IV (PC/Mac/Linux)
03) 15 points - 868-HACK (iOS)
04) 10 points - Agricola (iOS)
05) 5 points - Rogue Legacy (PS3/PS4/Vita/PC/Mac/Linux)
06) 5 points - Fiz: The Brewery Management Game (iOS)
07) 5 points - Papers, Please (PC/Mac)
08) 5 points - Candy Box(Browser)
09) 5 points - Rymdkapsel (iOS/Android/Vita)
10) 5 points - Grand Theft Auto V (X360)

Karl Malone, Tuesday, 11 March 2014 20:11 (five years ago) link

good work polyphonic! I'm going to give MPQ another go...

Angkor Waht (Neil S), Tuesday, 11 March 2014 20:11 (five years ago) link

i am part of the problem

Card Hunter (Browser)
Cookie Clicker (Browser)
Device 6 (iOS)
Paint it Back (iOS)
Plants vs. Zombies 2: It's About Time (iOS/Android)
Marvel Puzzle Quest: Dark Reign (iOS/Android/PC)
Ridiculous Fishing - A Tale of Redemption (iOS/Android)
Spaceteam (iOS/Android)
The Room Two (iOS/Android)
Knightmare Tower (iOS)

PSY talks The Nut Job (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 11 March 2014 20:12 (five years ago) link

xposts yeah, you're probably right about that!

Karl Malone, Tuesday, 11 March 2014 20:12 (five years ago) link

Gone Home seems to fail at all the things that video games are uniquely good at (telling a story through gameplay, letting you inhabit a character/world and feel involved, fun) and instead gives you a bad story made even worse by putting it in a game-like structure.

festival culture (Jordan), Tuesday, 11 March 2014 20:16 (five years ago) link

my ballot

Spaceteam 10 GOTY
Ni No Kuni 10
GTA V 10
Ridiculous Fishing 10
A Dark Room 10
Icarus Proudbottom 10
The Last of Us 10
Clockwork Cat 10
Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons 10
Impossible Road 10

polyphonic, Tuesday, 11 March 2014 20:16 (five years ago) link

My ballot:

Counterfeit Monkey (Interactive Fiction) - 30
Ollie Ollie Oxen Free (Interactive Fiction) - 20
Cursed Treasure 2 (Browser) - 10
No One Has to Die (Browser) - 10
A Dark Room (Browser) - 5
Black Crown Project (Browser) - 5
Candy Box (Browser) - 5
Clockwork Cat (Browser) - 5
Cookie Clicker (Browser) - 5
Doctor Who: Legacy (iOS/Android) - 5

emil.y, Tuesday, 11 March 2014 20:17 (five years ago) link

Gone Home just sounds boring. No qualms w the Marvel game at #1, that game is damn fun. Sometimes I am glad for the free-to-play mechanics because when I run out of revives and free health kits, I can just call it a day.

Emperor Cos Dashit (Adam Bruneau), Tuesday, 11 March 2014 20:40 (five years ago) link

I think I'm just irritated at Marvel because my gf has been addicted to another free-to-play match 3 game (Candy Crush....sigh.....) for months and i want her to either pay more attention to me or play a better game

Karl Malone, Tuesday, 11 March 2014 20:59 (five years ago) link

NEEERRRRRRRRRRRRDDDDDS

Corpsepaint Counterpaint (jjjusten), Tuesday, 11 March 2014 21:02 (five years ago) link

post yr ballots yall!

Karl Malone, Tuesday, 11 March 2014 21:06 (five years ago) link

868-HACK (iOS)
Batman: Arkham Origins (PS3/X360/WiiU/PC)
Diablo III (PS3/X360)
Far Cry 3 - Blood Dragon (PS3/X360/PC)
Papers, Please (PC/Mac)
Pocket Mine (iOS/Android)
Remember Me (PS3/X360/PC)
XCOM: Enemy Within (PS3/X360/PC/Mac)
Fez (PC/Mac/Linux)
The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (3DS)

Angkor Waht (Neil S), Tuesday, 11 March 2014 21:18 (five years ago) link

1. Marvel Puzzle Quest: Dark Reign (iOS) - 20
2. Bubsy 3D (Browser) - 13
3. Ni No Kuni (PS3) - 12
4. Fish Out of Water (iOS) - 11
5. Pocket Mine (iOS) - 10
6. Time Surfer (iOS) - 9
7. Knights of Pen and Paper (iOS/PC) - 8
8. Ridiculous Fishing (iOS) - 7
9. Quadropus Rampage (iOS) - 5
10. Type:Rider (iOS) - 5

guess my primary gaming platform

eric banana (s.clover), Tuesday, 11 March 2014 21:27 (five years ago) link

01 gone home - 30 points
02 rayman legends - 20 points
03 shin megami tensei iv - 10 points
04 the stanley parable - 8 points
05 fire emblem: awakening - 7 points
06 ni no kuni: wrath of white witch - 5 points
07 brothers: a tale of two suns - 5 points
08 papers please - 5 points
09 europa universalis IV - 5 points
10 pokemon X/Y - 5 points

no war but glass war (Lamp), Tuesday, 11 March 2014 21:27 (five years ago) link

emil.y's ballot is awesome btw

eric banana (s.clover), Tuesday, 11 March 2014 21:28 (five years ago) link

Marvel Puzzle Quest: Dark Reign (iOS/Android/PC)

Nimble Quest (iOS/Android/PC/Ouya)
Scurvy Scallywags (iOS)

Cookie Clicker (Browser)
Candy Box 2 (Browser)
Dungeon Plunder (iOS)

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes (PS3/PS4/Vita/X360/Xbone/WiiU/3DS/DS/PC)

Let’s Play: Ancient Greek Geometry (Browser)

A Dark Room (Browser)

TownCraft (iOS)

Euler, Tuesday, 11 March 2014 21:31 (five years ago) link

This is the list of a group that largely plays games on the bus or in a second window imo

― polyphonic, Tuesday, March 11, 2014 2:55 PM (1 hour ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Add the toilet & you got me

Euler, Tuesday, 11 March 2014 21:32 (five years ago) link

All 10pts:
Animal Crossing: New Leaf (3DS) (top game)
Euro Truck Simulator 2 (PC)
Gone Home (PC)
Hotline Miami (Vita)
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes (360)
Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch (PS3)
Super Mario 3D World (WiiU)
Tearaway (Vita)
The Last of Us (PS3)
The Stanley Parable (PC)

Gratz Will, THANKS Poly. I know I had a rant about iOS games that don't work offline but at least that stopped me playing MPQ for more than a day or two.

JimD, Tuesday, 11 March 2014 21:37 (five years ago) link

thanks poly!!

♛ LIL UNIT ♛ (thomp), Tuesday, 11 March 2014 21:47 (five years ago) link

my boring ballot:

1) Dishonored DLC (Xbox 360) - 30 pts
2) The Cave (Xbox 360) - 30 pts
3) Tomb Raider (Xbox 360) - 10 pts
4) Batman - Arkham Origins (Xbox 360)- 10 pts
5) Flower (PS4) - 5 pts
6) Candy Box - 5 pts
7) The Stanley Parable (PC) - 5 pts
8) The Wolf Among Us - Episode 1 (Xbox 360) - 5 pts

festival culture (Jordan), Tuesday, 11 March 2014 21:49 (five years ago) link

emil.y told me privately that her 11th place game was Call of Duty Black Ops 2 in case you were wondering

polyphonic, Tuesday, 11 March 2014 21:50 (five years ago) link

Hahaha.

emil.y, Tuesday, 11 March 2014 21:51 (five years ago) link

Maybe we should've been talking about making an ilx FPS instead of an RPG.

emil.y, Tuesday, 11 March 2014 21:53 (five years ago) link

Top 20 best selling games:

1. Grand Theft Auto V (Rockstar)
2. FIFA 14 (EA)
3. Call Of Duty: Ghosts (Activision)
4. Battlefield 4 (EA)
5. Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag (Ubisoft)
6. Tomb Raider (Square Enix)
7. FIFA 13 (EA)
8. Lego Marvel Super Heroes (WB Games)
9. Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition (Microsoft)
10. The Last Of Us (Sony)
11. Batman: Arkham Origins (WB Games)
12. Call Of Duty: Black Ops II (Activision)
13. Just Dance 2014 (Ubisoft)
14. Far Cry 3 (Ubisoft)
15. Saints Row IV (Deep Silver)
16. BioShock Infinite (2K Games)
17. Killzone: Shadow Fall (Sony)
18. Need for Speed: Rivals (EA)
19. Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes (WB Games)
20. Skylanders: Swap Force (Activision)

polyphonic, Tuesday, 11 March 2014 22:02 (five years ago) link

(oh, that's just uk)

polyphonic, Tuesday, 11 March 2014 22:02 (five years ago) link

Top ten US:

Grand Theft Auto V
Call Of Duty: Ghosts
Madden NFL 25
Battlefield 4
Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag
NBA 2K14
Call of Duty: Black Ops II
Just Dance 2014
Minecraft
Disney Infinity

polyphonic, Tuesday, 11 March 2014 22:04 (five years ago) link

i have played zero of those this year

PSY talks The Nut Job (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 11 March 2014 22:13 (five years ago) link

nice work polyp. well done to the academy too, adorably ilxish results.

Roberto Spiralli, Tuesday, 11 March 2014 22:28 (five years ago) link

i hate when people call me polyp but thanks

polyphonic, Tuesday, 11 March 2014 22:29 (five years ago) link

http://cdn0.dailydot.com/uploaded/images/original/2012/5/20/Herc_is_Disappointed.gif

2014 Biggest Disappointment: Bioshock Infinite

i was pretty excited for this game tbh. just garbage. like it was designed by people who heard about the first game but never played it. much much less absorbing setting and much much more boring gameplay. i made myself play it for a while and then just quit and never thought about it again. - Roberto Spiralli

I like that everyone else is kinda catching on to the fact that Bioshock is dumb and bullshit and not fun and not clever. Well, not everyone. Legit facepalms all throughout the game on account of how bad the "gameplay" AND how bad the "story" are but these were SOMEWHAT redeemed by the LEGIT LOLS at how AWFUL the ending of the story is. Unbelievably garbage, like if Christopher Nolan got a concussion and tried to make a movie with Dreamworks. InSHREKtion. God this game was dumb. It'd be less annoying if it didn't, like, stand in close proximity to a good story though? Like it was irredeemably bad but given the setting and themes it wouldn't have even been hard for this game's story to be good. Cyndi Lauper was the best part of this game. Fuck this game. – Will M.

Others receiving votes:

Deadly Premonition:

The PC port of Deadly Premonition was my greatest disappointment of the year: unplayable on release, with a strange text glitch that rendered all UI text and subtitles as unintelligible symbols. It's true that the game did live up to its uncanny reputation in that regard, but I couldn't play for more than five minutes out of fear that my laptop would melt and congeal into an eldritch mass or begin emitting messages from the Black Lodge. – one way street

The Stanley Parable:

... which said all it had to say in about a minute and then just got endlessly clumsy, not helped by being able to get endings in an order which further ruined the experience (e.g. I got the museum one first) - if

Tiny Death Star:

the stores update too quickly! too many notifications! and the food stores are boring: shoulda been like "Ewok Barbecue" and "Yoda's Yogurt". shoulda been funnier. - Euler

Pokemon X & Y:

I guess I didn't like this series as much as I thought I did – diamonddave85

Nimble Quest

polyphonic, Tuesday, 11 March 2014 22:52 (five years ago) link

Ducktales: Remastered was just a nice shining turd of everything wrong w modern gaming. NES for idiots.

Emperor Cos Dashit (Adam Bruneau), Tuesday, 11 March 2014 22:57 (five years ago) link

my ballot:

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (3DS)
Batman Arkham Origins (360)
Luigi's Mansion 2 (3DS)
Steamworld Dig (3DS)
Tomb Raider (360)
Lego Marvel (PS4)
Pokemon X/Y (3DS)
Rayman Legends (Vita)
Doki Doki Universe (PS4)
The Cave (360)

salsa shark, Tuesday, 11 March 2014 23:11 (five years ago) link

nimble quest was my biggest disappointment, forgot to blurb it.

All the other nimblebit games have been stupid but addictive. This was just a dull as rocks ios also ran, all grind and no gusto. and hardly any charm.

eric banana (s.clover), Tuesday, 11 March 2014 23:38 (five years ago) link

I didn't feel right voting for Ni No Kuni higher b/c I've barely played it, much tho I love Level-5 and Studio Ghibli.

Limiting my voting to games I actually played(and mostly beat) makes an interesting contrast for the usual top-10 lists that incorporate all games on all systems.

I like the graphic used for the #1 pick.

President Frankenstein (kingfish), Wednesday, 12 March 2014 01:14 (five years ago) link

1. 868-HACK - 20
2. Saints Row IV - 15
3. Papers, Please - 15
4. State of Decay - 10
5. Spaceteam - 10
6. Ridiculous Fishing - 10
7. Rogue Legacy - 5
8. People - 5
9. Stanley Parable - 5
10. Card Hunter - 5

Mordy , Wednesday, 12 March 2014 01:20 (five years ago) link

yes bagman in the fight is key

eric banana (s.clover), Wednesday, 12 March 2014 01:33 (five years ago) link

1. Gone home - 20
2. Gunpoint - 20
3. Assassins Creed IV -10
4. Lego Marvel SH -10
5. Tomb Raider -10
6. Thomas was Alone -10
7. Saints Row IV
8. Stanley Parable
9. Shadowrun Returns
10. Guacamelee

President Frankenstein (kingfish), Wednesday, 12 March 2014 01:48 (five years ago) link

Papa Louie 2: When Burgers Attack! (Browser) - 20
Cookie Clicker (Browser) - 10
Icarus Proudbottom Teaches Typing (Browser) - 10
Bubsy 3D: Bubsy Visits the James Turrell Retrospective (Browser) - 10
Pom Gets Wi-Fi (PC) - 10
Gone Home (PC/Mac/Linux) - 10
The Last Door: Chapter 1 - The Letter (iOS/PC) - 10
Paint it Back (iOS) - 10
A Dark Room (Browser) - 5
No One Has to Die (Browser) - 5

looking over it now, i see my ballot is split between shortish games whose concept/writing/humor i enjoyed, and more grind-y games that i fixated on for a month or two and then abandoned. that's probably due to low finances steering me toward games that are cheap or free. i'm interested in checking out some of the longer PC games on the rollout once they start showing up in bundles.

reddening, Wednesday, 12 March 2014 01:54 (five years ago) link

thanks poly

Batman: Arkham Origins (PC) - 5
BioShock Infinite (PC) - 30
League of Legends (PC) - 5
Marvel Puzzle Quest: Dark Reign (Android/iOS) - 20
Tomb Raider (PC) - 10
XCOM: Enemy Within (PC) - 5
Pikmin 3 (Wii U) - 10

from what i played since I'd give Rayman Legends at least 15-20 pts

bnw, Wednesday, 12 March 2014 02:01 (five years ago) link

Well hey I've started ni no kuni and hey this is goddamn depressing

Corpsepaint Counterpaint (jjjusten), Wednesday, 12 March 2014 03:33 (five years ago) link

game takes basically forever to ramp up but hey thats a jrpg for you

eric banana (s.clover), Wednesday, 12 March 2014 03:46 (five years ago) link

Ok and now it is tremendously charming

Corpsepaint Counterpaint (jjjusten), Wednesday, 12 March 2014 03:52 (five years ago) link

someday i wanna go back to it when i have no job

PSY talks The Nut Job (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 12 March 2014 04:30 (five years ago) link

cool list, thanks polyphonic and everyone who voted

goole, Wednesday, 12 March 2014 20:09 (five years ago) link

'gone home' is 8 bucks on steam today, fyi. even though i voted for it, i think it counts as my 'disappointment' of the year; it just didn't quite live up to what i was anticipating. the ability to pick up objects was pretty pointless, no traditional puzzles, and i guess i just wanted more of a creepy/scare factor. i think if it had been a flash game i would've been supremely impressed by it, but as a downloadable title i just expected there to be more.

reddening, Wednesday, 12 March 2014 20:43 (five years ago) link

someday i wanna go back to it when i have no job

This is what I tell myself about every game

Vinnie, Thursday, 13 March 2014 13:06 (five years ago) link

Yeah I mostly agree on Gone Home, the main flaw for me was the fact it gave me a specific character to play then didn't really let me play that character realistically. If the set up had been "you are just some dude exploring an abandoned house" then spending ages rifling through drawers and cupboards reading old receipts etc would've felt fine, but telling me I'm a sister who's home from college to find my family missing spoilt that, because I wanted to be calling the cops, not wandering down to the basement to search for old newspaper clippings about the previous owner of the house etc (or spending the first 15 minutes going around turning all the lights on ffs). Didn't feel like it needed a scare factor, but did think it was a bit cheap of them to imply early on that it was going to have one when it ultimately didn't.

Still voted though because once I'd got past all that I really really enjoyed the period detail, I'm the right age now to have been around the same age as the main characters at the time the game's set, and they just got a lot of the "being a late teen in the mid 90s" stuff dead right.

JimD, Thursday, 13 March 2014 14:23 (five years ago) link

Where's my family? I know! I'll sift through my dad's vinyl to find out.

Mordy , Thursday, 13 March 2014 14:33 (five years ago) link

'gone home to vibe out'

no war but glass war (Lamp), Thursday, 13 March 2014 17:28 (five years ago) link


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