Coint & Plick VOTING thread - best games of 2020 (also campaign here) DEADLINE EXTENDED TO 21st MARCH

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HELLO. AND WELCOME TO VOTING FOR VIDEO GAMES. It is time to start voting for the best games of 2020!

You get 100 points -- spend them wisely. Pick as many games as you can and give them as few as 1 or as many as 30 points for the nominations! (or something you write in because you forgot to nominate it).

Use this handy ballot helper to put together your picks. Then copy-paste the TEXT from the right column into an e-mail to ps2ilx at When you make a google sheets copy and share it, there's often permission problems, and I uninstalled Excel this year, so... this is really the best option!

I've added a couple of categories this year! One for the best video game content creators -- videos, essays, streamers, podcasts, fanfic, fanart, tweets, cosplay, tv shows, whatever! You can use your imagination.

Also I'm announcing a little change to "console of the year" -- we're going to change it to PLATFORM of the year, which makes it slightly different -- for closed consoles (switch, ps4, etc) it's the same but for PC and Mac, think more like -- are you voting for Steam? Gamepass? GOG? Epic?

"Not from 2020 game of the year" is still there. I also added "I Love Games Post/Thread of the Year" which will not be ranked but will give me some fun stuff to pepper in as we go, feel free to acknowledge funny or enlightening or otherwise great posts from last year! Vote in as many side polls as you heart desires.

Did I miss anything? Probably. I hope not! Thanks, vote, bye!

Kompakt Total Landscaping (Will M.), Saturday, 20 February 2021 22:54 (seven months ago) link

damn don't all post at once lmao

Kompakt Total Landscaping (Will M.), Tuesday, 23 February 2021 04:41 (seven months ago) link


That's not really my scene (I'm 41) (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 23 February 2021 04:51 (seven months ago) link

Appreciate the form, as always I will wait until the last second to submit ballot

Nhex, Tuesday, 23 February 2021 05:00 (seven months ago) link

I think I will vote in this, but I've not got much campaigning in me. I am in the middle of playing Kentucky Route Zero as I saw it was eligible this year and have wanted to try it for ages - very cool so far.

emil.y, Tuesday, 23 February 2021 05:03 (seven months ago) link

Currently playing Control and loving it, lol

Zach_TBD (Karl Malone), Tuesday, 23 February 2021 05:23 (seven months ago) link

I'm excited to about the auxiliary poll for content creators!

RZA Minnelli (Leee), Tuesday, 23 February 2021 06:50 (seven months ago) link

This blog post made me buy A Monster's Expedition and nominate it. I still haven't gotten very far in the game yet.

wasdnuos (abanana), Wednesday, 24 February 2021 05:09 (six months ago) link

Nominated games that I own/have gamepass access too/etc but haven't played yet and plan to at least try before I vote:

Doom Eternal
Ghost of Tsushima
Mario 3D All Stars

JimD, Wednesday, 24 February 2021 13:18 (six months ago) link

too? urgh

JimD, Wednesday, 24 February 2021 13:19 (six months ago) link


ufo, Thursday, 25 February 2021 10:10 (six months ago) link

hi, questions:

do we have to use all 100 points?

are we supposed to write blurbs/comments/mini reviews about our selections when we send the ballots?

salsa shark, Friday, 5 March 2021 21:23 (six months ago) link

you do not have to use all 100 points! and no need for blurbs -- you can post em during the rollout :)

Kompakt Total Landscaping (Will M.), Saturday, 6 March 2021 20:38 (six months ago) link

a week to go! sorry everyone i've completely dropped the ball on, uh, beign on ilx lately. as such we only have... 5 ballots. yikes.

Kompakt Total Landscaping (Will M.), Sunday, 7 March 2021 00:24 (six months ago) link

I have my ballot started, just need to allocate the points!

RZA Minnelli (Leee), Sunday, 7 March 2021 07:31 (six months ago) link

Just sent mine. I really thought I'd played more 2020 games, but it turns out I was just playing a lot of 2019 games during 2020. I wish I'd voted in the 2019 poll - what a year that was! Baba is You, Dicey Dungeons, Disco Elysium, Dragon Quest 11, Dragon Quest Builders 2 (which in any normal year I would've given max 30 points, but not in 2019, when it would squeeze out everything else), Yakuza Judgment, Control, Luigi's Mansion, Pokemon, Link's Awakening remake, Marvel Ultimate Alliance, Untitled Goose Game...

I don't even know if I could choose among them for my 'non-2020 goty' vote. I think Judgment, Disco Elysium, Control, and Marvel Ultimate Alliance were all ones I played in 2020 rather than 2019. Gun to my head it's Disco Elysium, but with a pang of guilt for shunning Judgment.

salsa shark, Sunday, 7 March 2021 15:35 (six months ago) link

I think I will have to... Extend voting? We aren't even close to old numbers :(

Kompakt Total Landscaping (Will M.), Friday, 12 March 2021 18:22 (six months ago) link

Oh shit, sorry, I never got round to this. Even though I'm probably not voting for much I'm p busy this weekend with other stuff, so if you could extend the deadline to after that I'll definitely put in a ballot.

emil.y, Friday, 12 March 2021 18:24 (six months ago) link

I will make sure I put a vote in as well!

Zach_TBD (Karl Malone), Friday, 12 March 2021 19:13 (six months ago) link

I was planning on doing my ballot this weekend but an extension wouldn't hurt.

Judi Dench's Human Hand (methanietanner), Friday, 12 March 2021 19:14 (six months ago) link

i'll throw another week on, next week would be hell for me to do a rollout anyway so it works out!

Kompakt Total Landscaping (Will M.), Friday, 12 March 2021 19:31 (six months ago) link

i'm going to work on my vote now!

Zach_TBD (Karl Malone), Friday, 12 March 2021 20:12 (six months ago) link

Do the side polls (e.g. fave media) need any particular kind of formatting or can we just put whatever into the email?

Eleanor of Accutane (Leee), Friday, 12 March 2021 21:49 (six months ago) link

anything is okay! i'll decide what to do with em after :)

Kompakt Total Landscaping (Will M.), Saturday, 13 March 2021 04:02 (six months ago) link

ballot mailed

Nhex, Monday, 15 March 2021 00:49 (six months ago) link

that puts us at 11! which is half of what we had last year. i could run it with 11 but it'll be a very short rollout, prob 1-2 days

Kompakt Total Landscaping (Will M.), Monday, 15 March 2021 19:42 (six months ago) link

i'm totally fine with a short rollout honestly
though it is surprising more of us didn't go ham on video games last year

Nhex, Monday, 15 March 2021 19:44 (six months ago) link

I definitely did, but I’m often playing games from 2-3 years ago

Zach_TBD (Karl Malone), Monday, 15 March 2021 19:53 (six months ago) link

oh wait, I thought we got an extra week to get our votes in. I can submit a ballot tomorrow (or tonight) if needed.

Judi Dench's Human Hand (methanietanner), Monday, 15 March 2021 20:05 (six months ago) link

Just emailed my ballot in.

Judi Dench's Human Hand (methanietanner), Monday, 15 March 2021 21:45 (six months ago) link

Agh, I thought the extra week was going to happen too - I can get one done tonight if you'll wait for me.

emil.y, Tuesday, 16 March 2021 15:00 (six months ago) link

I have sent mine in but not formatted in any good way or anything, please let it count plz plz

emil.y, Wednesday, 17 March 2021 19:49 (six months ago) link

oh yes the extra week is happening sorry! was just saying it was not a lot of entries. anything submitted til sunday (the 21) counts! (by which i mean prob monday the 22)

Kompakt Total Landscaping (Will M.), Thursday, 18 March 2021 20:58 (six months ago) link

Ah cool. I've just updated the thread title to reflect that in case it encourages anyone else to send one in. Did you get mine and was it okay to be counted?

emil.y, Thursday, 18 March 2021 21:03 (six months ago) link

got it and counted it and forgot to reply :D

Kompakt Total Landscaping (Will M.), Thursday, 18 March 2021 21:09 (six months ago) link

i just voted. hoped i made it in time.

wasdnuos (abanana), Sunday, 21 March 2021 15:33 (six months ago) link

you did! adding it to the list now. probably the last vote unless someone chimes in here in the next, let's say... 18 hours?

Kompakt Total Landscaping (Will M.), Sunday, 21 March 2021 18:58 (six months ago) link

is there anyone i should publicly harass? to vote, i mean? just give me the orders, boss, i'm ready to "increase participation" in our "poll" here, just give me the word

Zach_TBD (Karl Malone), Sunday, 21 March 2021 19:09 (six months ago) link

let's just say they have 18 hours until it's coytinz

Zach_TBD (Karl Malone), Sunday, 21 March 2021 19:09 (six months ago) link

i'm trying to imagine how polite and kind a karl malone brand public harassment would be and smiling to myself

Kompakt Total Landscaping (Will M.), Sunday, 21 March 2021 19:10 (six months ago) link

oh, you have no idea, seriously! in the last week alone i've picked online fights with aphex twin, beeple (who seemed confused by my anger), horde of classist #crypto teens, and some #NFT "climate advisor" who is actually a "#crypto advocate" trying to "build a tool to measure something related to the Paris Accords"

it's getting ugly out there.

but no worries, i will keep it inside ilx and only twist arms that deserve it

Zach_TBD (Karl Malone), Sunday, 21 March 2021 19:14 (six months ago) link

alright, i absolutely tore into them on the whatchu playing thread, probably scared some sense into a few of them. i just hate when people act like they're gamers and they clearly aren't. could fix that by just voting in this poll, but whatever i guess

Zach_TBD (Karl Malone), Sunday, 21 March 2021 19:18 (six months ago) link

xp dang u did the gauntlet :O

honestly after this past year tho i don't hold it against anyone if they couldn't get it together, i could barely get it together to post enough to keep this poll running!

now that ive read the xpost tho i'm excited for blood to run thru the fora

Kompakt Total Landscaping (Will M.), Sunday, 21 March 2021 19:26 (six months ago) link

one of these days i'll play a single game in the year it was released and be able to contribute

, Sunday, 21 March 2021 21:56 (six months ago) link

i still think it would be cool to take a year off (like 2021, for next year) and do some polls of older eras where there are many more games that we all know. then, we could come back to coint and plick in 2023 to cover 2021 games, with a bit more of a gap built in. maybe that's weird

Zach_TBD (Karl Malone), Sunday, 21 March 2021 22:30 (six months ago) link

waiting until march is tbh already pretty generous in giving people time to catch up

i sorta wish we had year-long threads for people to post about games that just came out, instead of sprinkling them into every other thread where people are also talking about games from 3 years ago

, Sunday, 21 March 2021 22:49 (six months ago) link

I have a hard enough time remembering what came out in the last year, if you were asking me to remember the year before that I'd be sunk.

emil.y, Sunday, 21 March 2021 22:51 (six months ago) link

OK! I think I have counted every ballot (and responded to each one just now, just to be sure) -- if i didn't respond to you, let me know, otherwise i have the final tallies and will get to work on the images tomorrow! rollout COULD begin wednesday if work doesn't delay me!

Kompakt Total Landscaping (Will M.), Monday, 22 March 2021 20:30 (six months ago) link

how many ballots did we get, and by that i mean, how many people is it going to be curtains for?

Zach_TBD (Karl Malone), Monday, 22 March 2021 21:46 (six months ago) link

15 ballots total! and, site says 59 logged in users active in the past five minutes so i guess that's a wrap on 44 of ya

Kompakt Total Landscaping (Will M.), Monday, 22 March 2021 21:47 (six months ago) link

15 is exactly half of the standard for a significant sample size, 30. rounding up to 30/30 (#onethread), that makes this poll exactly significant enough to set the standard. well done voters!

the rest of you, though. if there were justice in this world, you'd have to game your way back into being a gamer, through some sort of tournament. as it is, i suppose some of these so-called "gamers" will probably just go on about their lives as if nothing weird had happened at all, if past is prologue

Zach_TBD (Karl Malone), Monday, 22 March 2021 21:51 (six months ago) link

wanted to but then I realized that I only played one of the games on the 2020 list, so I didn't. somehow seemed even more uncool than not voting :/

(⊙_⊙?) (original bgm), Monday, 22 March 2021 22:47 (six months ago) link


i'm like the guy at best buy at 5am on black friday

Zach_TBD (Karl Malone), Wednesday, 24 March 2021 16:24 (five months ago) link

I stayed up super late last night finishing the images because once I started I was like "if I save the rest for later I'll hat emyself tomorrow"

Well, now I haven't slept well and am hating myself tomorrow

Anyway, I'll start soon

Kompakt Total Landscaping (Will M.), Wednesday, 24 March 2021 16:41 (five months ago) link

haha, i'm sorry! no rush at all, for real. i just wanted to show some excitement. also i'm unemployed so

Zach_TBD (Karl Malone), Wednesday, 24 March 2021 16:43 (five months ago) link

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