The Third Annual Coint and Plick Poll: ILG’s Best Video Games of 2009 - Part One: #77 through #93

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2009 was an odd and wonderful year for video games. There was a veritable flood of software for the 360 and PS3 as both systems came of age; the DS continued to reign but the iPhone has begun making headway as the portable system of choice; the Wii, ignored by the hardcore, offered some of the year's most critically acclaimed and financially disastrous titles; even PC gaming saw a blitz of high-profile exclusives and thousands of single-creator, overly-addictive casual flash games. While there was no clear and overwhelming GAME OF THE YEAR, few would argue that ’09 was not a very, very good year for gamers. Except maybe Mordy.

Coint and Plick offers a peek into the mind of a cross-section of Joe Average gamers; thirty-one guys (mostly) and gals from their teens into their forties who still enjoy a good orc rampage/brick busting/mecha flight/historical sim/plastic guitar concert. More than giving the reader a definitive "top ten", Coint and Plick is meant as opportunity for the busy gamer to acquaint him/herself with some potential missed highlights. After all, everything on here is SOMEONE'S game of the year, so everything must have something going for it.

The poll was taken in Pazz and Jop style vote/point format: all voters had 100 points to divide among any ten games released in 2009. The maximum number of points each entry could receive was no more than thirty. In the end, ninety-three games were nominated. Rather than just peel off the top half, I’ve opted to list everything that got a vote here, along with a few links, images and YouTubes of note. In case of a tie breaker, I went by number of people who voted for a game first and number of people who listed the game as their #1 of the year second.

Last year’s poll taxed ILX’s capacity to handle multiple images and media on one thread; with that in mind, I strongly suggest mods on this board log out to see the poll properly displayed. I’ll be starting a new thread for every twenty five or so entries and interlink the threads.

Bear in mind that not every voter used the full amount of points they had at their disposal, so the numbers don’t crunch exactly. In cases where a game was available on multiple systems, I listed only the systems that voters specified they played the game on. User comments for these games come from individual ballots as well as from past ILG posts; I’ve done a bit of editing to streamline but I’ve made every effort to maintain your meaning. My apologies if you feel misquoted; feel free to correct me on this thread.

I’ll be trying to list about roughly five entries per day over the next three weeks. So, to kick it off: here’s the low man on the totem pole.

forksclovetofu, Tuesday, 26 January 2010 06:05 (nine years ago) link

#92: HALO 3 ODST – 360 – 3 pts – 1 vote
Official Game Site

http://newtech.aurum3.com/images/game-halo3-odst1.jpg

Metacritic

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=59P6mN1JSsE

Game Informer Post Mortem

BNW: I liked the atmosphere of the city campaign part, especially the ambient jazz music. There's a nice side story that they offer via audio clips that could have done more in terms of the player seeing the evidence of that tale in your surroundings. A big hearty fuck you to Bungie for not giving us matchmaking on XBLA though. WTF at expecting me to have friends.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bhl0Hni8WpE
http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Technology/Pix/pictures/2009/7/24/1248453927889/Halo-3-ODST-001.jpg
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aLkVrydpiKs
http://reviewmole.com/wp-content/uploads/halo3-odst_johnson-firefight-3rdp-01.jpg

The (god help us) “Halo-pedia”

forksclovetofu, Tuesday, 26 January 2010 06:15 (nine years ago) link

big <3<3<3 fuck you

bnw, Tuesday, 26 January 2010 06:21 (nine years ago) link

#91: Colin McRae’s Dirt 2 – 360 – 4 pts – 1 vote
Official Game Site

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C-natlO0-HE
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2484/3915989624_74cd1ef11d_o.jpg

Metacritic

http://xbox360media.ign.com/xbox360/image/article/931/931790/dirt-2-20081119063817194_640w.jpg

"The game's promotional site presents visitors with a pair of animated assets to put one's ink on."
http://www.blogcdn.com/www.joystiq.com/media/2009/09/dirt2tattoo580.jpg

JeffLevine: Amazing graphics and a fun and unique feel to the racing and great online options, but not enough tracks and an annoying x-games atmosphere and buddy system that gets on one's nerves the more you play. The first Dirt had better tracks and I really missed the hill climbs, but this game has better racing.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z3obxPwn6QE

Ste: I'm struggling with this so far; I have to put it on easy just so I can win some cash. There's certainly lots here, even if some of it is just silly add-ons like winning new dashboard toys and horn sounds. Control of the cars seems a bit too slippy, and sometimes I feel the connection between road and tires is lost. This isn't a problem with in-car view, of course. But hey: what's with the unskippable video clips and bollocks chatter?!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=REoUFG376rM
http://g-ecx.images-amazon.com/images/G/01/videogames/detail-page/dirt2-ng.03.lg.jpg

forksclovetofu, Tuesday, 26 January 2010 06:21 (nine years ago) link

And so we reach our first log-jam. Five points and one vote means somebody liked it enough to mention it, but no one else did.
So here's a fourteen-way tie for #77.
In no particular order:

forksclovetofu, Tuesday, 26 January 2010 06:25 (nine years ago) link

are you going to be pulling quotes from threads like last year? I feel like a shit for being incapable of writing anything this year but I was juggling roughly nine thousand jobs during the polling time.

/no cobo (jamescobo), Tuesday, 26 January 2010 06:33 (nine years ago) link

#77: 50 Cent, Blood On The Sand – 360 – 5 pts – 1 vote
Official Game Site

Metacritic

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dMNSxhKOogc

Zero Punctuation review

http://www.dasgamer.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/04/50-cent-blood-on-the-sand.jpg

Gamasutra Audio Postmortem

http://www.game-boyz.com/content/files/50%20Cent-Blood%20on%20the%20Sand%20%28Xbox%20360%29%20pic%204.JPG

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Eazv9RFGsA

Jjjusten: OK, let’s get this out of the way first: this game is stupid. Like idiotic, forehead- smacking, MST3K-level dumb. It's also so easy that there is little or no sense of accomplishment for the gamer at any point. Despite all this, it is howlingly (maybe intentionally?) hilarious. If all of 50's self-aggrandizing bullshit was this fun, I'd be buying that nasty-tasting vitamin water by the case just to fund another opportunity to play through the next glorious mess of a game he comes up with.

http://images.quickblogcast.com/101455-94893/50_3.jpg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WZa0eC4HQU8

http://art.penny-arcade.com/photos/481218233_vtvpk-L-2.jpg

50 Cent Honors Michael Jackson with Diamond Encrusted Skull

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g49gGKV7Epc

forksclovetofu, Tuesday, 26 January 2010 06:42 (nine years ago) link

That'll do it for day one. More one-hit wonders on the way Wednesday.

forksclovetofu, Tuesday, 26 January 2010 06:44 (nine years ago) link

WHOOOOOOHOOO FREE YAYO

HI DERE gave me a substitution abuse problem (jjjusten), Tuesday, 26 January 2010 06:47 (nine years ago) link

nobody told me there was free yayo included with this game. that explains HI DERE's enthusiasm

antexit, Tuesday, 26 January 2010 11:03 (nine years ago) link

I saw 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand in Sainsbury's for £10, and was unsure about it. But if it's good enough for an ILGers top 10...

CraigG, Tuesday, 26 January 2010 11:11 (nine years ago) link

"the Wii, ignored by the hardcore"

the tru hardcore are on the wii imo; what niche exclusives does the 360 have that are worth any cop? EDF and wartech senko no ronde? u cd argue for rez HD (not exclusive) or shadow complex (not niche). meanwhile the wii is basically an emulator for the niche reaches of the ps2 catalogue

I think ur a probotector (cozen), Tuesday, 26 January 2010 11:15 (nine years ago) link

i think what he means is that there aren't enough tits in wii games

antexit, Tuesday, 26 January 2010 11:37 (nine years ago) link

'hardcore' is a bullshit moveable feast term which means different things to different people. these days for some reason a lot of people use it to mean DudeBro Gunz Gamer who buys the latest Hollywood aping epic for full price day one, finishes the 6 hour single player in one or two sittings and then plays the multiplayer maps for a few hours until its overrun with bots. and then does the same the next week when the next shiny thing comes along. (lol cynical me :p)

zappi, Tuesday, 26 January 2010 11:44 (nine years ago) link

And no casual games and no Japanese games allowed. i.e. a 14-year-old on XBL

antexit, Tuesday, 26 January 2010 11:51 (nine years ago) link

I would just like to point out that that particular iteration of HI DERE is jjjusten

man, all of my life doppelgangers are stalking me

in the name of the purple and gold (HI DERE), Tuesday, 26 January 2010 14:45 (nine years ago) link

yeah right and why should we believe you

HI DERE gave me a substitution abuse problem (jjjusten), Tuesday, 26 January 2010 16:10 (nine years ago) link

I saw 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand in Sainsbury's for £10, and was unsure about it. But if it's good enough for an ILGers top 10...

― CraigG, Tuesday, January 26, 2010 11:11 AM (4 hours ago)

i take no responsibility for the experiences of others, but in a game year without a whole bunch of "fun" it was refreshing

HI DERE gave me a substitution abuse problem (jjjusten), Tuesday, 26 January 2010 16:19 (nine years ago) link

wow fast turnaround forx!!!

I'm FINNISH!!!! (s1ocki), Tuesday, 26 January 2010 17:27 (nine years ago) link

I've been prepping!
What I meant by "hardcore gamers" is serious hobbyists. "Hardcore" in my mind doesn't mean someone with a modded system or who imports or only plays MMO FPS stuff; I consider hardcore to refer to those who 1)are knowledgeable about the field and 2)who consistently put in ten plus hours of gaming a week. I think a lot of serious gamers have mostly written off the wii as anything but a retroware/gimmick console with a very few (madworld/new smb/metroid) exceptions. Just as a for instance: we received no votes for Little King's Story, which received universal online praise.

forksclovetofu, Wednesday, 27 January 2010 00:25 (nine years ago) link

I am having remorse about not including Borderlands and VVVVVV. :( :( :( :( :( :(

antexit, Wednesday, 27 January 2010 03:00 (nine years ago) link

vvvvv is a 2010 release

Jeff LeVine, Wednesday, 27 January 2010 03:16 (nine years ago) link

Ste - I meant to respond a long time ago to your slippy cars in Dirt 2 comment, because I think you're off the mark. The game feels pretty right to me (though arcade, right). You're driving on loose dirt most of the time, really fast, and it should be slippery - that's the whole point. For the tracks that have pavement sections, it's extra slippery, because you're driving on pavement with tires designed for being driven on dirt. Now, this kind of racing is not to everybodies taste, and that's fine, but the actual feel of it in game is pretty damn close to what it should be for a game called Dirt.

Jeff LeVine, Wednesday, 27 January 2010 03:23 (nine years ago) link

#77: Red Faction: Guerilla – 360 – 5 pts – 1 vote
Official Game Site

http://www.platformnation.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/06/red_faction_guerrilla.jpg

Metacritic

Don’t miss the video for the catchy, game-explaining RF:G sandbox ballad ‘Space Asshole’!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IcUBI-YVRY8

Zero Punctuation Review

Nhex: The best game in the world would be mixing the destructo enviro of this with GTAIV.

http://jag.lcc.gatech.edu/blog/red-faction-guerrilla-review-2.jpg

Proceduralizing Terror?

http://www.perezstart.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/06/red-faction-guerrilla-review-6.jpg

Accidental Symbolism in RF:G

Jjjusten: Tons and tons of fun for about the first four hours and then it gets really hard to give a shit anymore. Driving kind of sucks, third person combat kind of sucks, lots and lots and lots of sand to look at. Honestly, this and Prototype were vying for one of my last place spots, but I give the nod to Red Faction because of the building demolition, which is a funtime throwback to crash mode on whichever Burnout that was. Unfortunately, there is a meandering game surrounding the smash-it-up that you have to muddle through, but when you get there it is pretty great.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HvCFIt6CzIs

GM: I enjoyed Red Faction: Guerrilla over either Prototype or Infamous myself. Hammering a radio tower into oblivion on Mars may not be as purely awesome as elbow-dropping a tank from the top of the Empire State building, but at least you don't have to sit through increasingly humorless cartoons every ten minutes.

DL the ‘Space Asshole’ MP3

forksclovetofu, Wednesday, 27 January 2010 04:50 (nine years ago) link

#77: House of the Dead: Overkill – Wii – 5 pts – 1 vote
Official Game Site

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=67UI_zF___Y

http://blogs.mirror.co.uk/techno-techno-techno/css/House%20of%20The%20Dead%20Overkill.jpg

British Gaming’s ‘Making of The Game’

http://joerayw.files.wordpress.com/2009/12/783015-house_of_the_dead__overkill_nintendo_wiiscreenshots15523overkill_hospital3_311008_super.jpg

Metacritic

Jjjusten: I needed another light gun game like I needed a hole in the head, but the splatter aesthetic here is too good to ignore. Willfully insensitive and dumb, House of the Dead achieves what other like-minded gutter lurking titles (WET for example) failed at: being crass AND funny AND playable. It doesn't hurt that you can tell that the dudes who made this are taking it as unseriously as you are.

189 Fucks? Sign me on!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r-oVQhJhI0g

Zero Punctuation Review

forksclovetofu, Wednesday, 27 January 2010 04:55 (nine years ago) link

#77: Muramasa: The Demon Blade – Wii – 5 pts – 1 vote
Official Game Site

http://www.sidequesting.com/wp-content/uploads/muramasa-1.jpg

Joystiq Vanillaware Interview

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ejKvr_JSaiE

http://www.sidequesting.com/wp-content/uploads/muramasa-4.jpg

Likely not gonna be a sequel

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DxGu-VUJvaQ

Forksclovetofu: Shitty sales rendered Muramasa a financial failure stateside and I share some of that blame. The game looks like a beautiful Wii recreation of the awesome Odin Sphere and the music is by Final Fantasy Tactics/Ogre Battle vet Hitoshi Sakimoto, so this looks tailor made for me… but I have to admit I’ve somewhat written off the Wii as a game machine. It’s a definite clearance must-buy for ’10 though; these YouTube clips are awe-inspiring.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZE8h71o3Emw

http://dorkshelf.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/muramasa-the-demon-blade.jpg

Metacritic

Jjjusten: Fuckers keep managing to give me a reason not to sell my Wii, then by the time my hopes are dashed something else pops up on the horizon.

forksclovetofu, Wednesday, 27 January 2010 05:03 (nine years ago) link

i am OWNING the bottom tier of this poll!

Shower to the sheeple! (jjjusten), Wednesday, 27 January 2010 05:05 (nine years ago) link

More 77's tomorrow

forksclovetofu, Wednesday, 27 January 2010 05:05 (nine years ago) link

one of you jerks should have also voted for house of the dead btw

Shower to the sheeple! (jjjusten), Wednesday, 27 January 2010 05:06 (nine years ago) link

i am OWNING the bottom tier of this poll!

lol only two of my picks so far - kinda interested to see how much of my list will be get only my vote. thinkin 8/10 atm

b( ۠·_۠·)b (Lamp), Wednesday, 27 January 2010 05:28 (nine years ago) link

Btw, on RFG that was bnw who said that, not me - I haven't played the game. Glad you put up the space asshole vid, though!

Nhex, Wednesday, 27 January 2010 05:42 (nine years ago) link

iPhone Rock Band almost got a vote from me too. Wifi linkup play = FUNTIMES.

JimD, Wednesday, 27 January 2010 09:39 (nine years ago) link

(although lag in a music game = UNFUN TIMES, so it didn't make my final ten)

JimD, Wednesday, 27 January 2010 09:39 (nine years ago) link

only one vote for PJ Shooter!

antexit, Wednesday, 27 January 2010 10:12 (nine years ago) link

that was me! bit surprised i'm the only one to be honest.

zappi, Wednesday, 27 January 2010 10:18 (nine years ago) link

at yourself?

scent of a wolfman (s1ocki), Wednesday, 27 January 2010 13:30 (nine years ago) link

oh you

zappi, Wednesday, 27 January 2010 14:53 (nine years ago) link

sorry i was up too early this morning.

i liked PJ shooter but it left me a little cold... something about it got a little annoying.

scent of a wolfman (s1ocki), Wednesday, 27 January 2010 14:54 (nine years ago) link

wasn't long enough to get annoying!

zappi, Wednesday, 27 January 2010 14:55 (nine years ago) link

i didn't like the shooting mechanic, i think

scent of a wolfman (s1ocki), Wednesday, 27 January 2010 14:57 (nine years ago) link

you know that PJ shooter is actually a video game and it's not just a euphemism for when you woke up this morning and discovered you took a whiz in your pyjamas... no wonder it left you cold tho

antexit, Wednesday, 27 January 2010 17:10 (nine years ago) link

RF:G is way too low.

real bears playing hockey (polyphonic), Wednesday, 27 January 2010 17:19 (nine years ago) link

yeah i did not expect to be the only vote for that, thought people were pretty into it

Shower to the sheeple! (jjjusten), Wednesday, 27 January 2010 17:30 (nine years ago) link

lol I am guessing all of my votes were for super mainstream games since I do nothing but play WoW all day/night

also sorry in advance for pushing WoW:WotLK so high in the standings with my overinflated vote

struck through in my prime (HI DERE), Wednesday, 27 January 2010 17:32 (nine years ago) link

i am thinking im going to get 5 of my 10 votes here at position 77. i already have 3!

Shower to the sheeple! (jjjusten), Wednesday, 27 January 2010 17:33 (nine years ago) link

#77: Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2010 – Wii – 5 pts – 1 vote
Official Game Site

http://www.teamteabag.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/tiger-woods-pga-tour-10-wii-040.jpg

Metacritic

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yWUdsy2kGUc

http://insideblog.easports.com/cfs-filesystemfile.ashx/__key/CommunityServer.Blogs.Components.WeblogFiles/inside_5F00_ea/wmp2.bmp

Jeff LeVine: I've never played real golf, so I was surprised on my first playthrough with MotionPlus (using Tiger play now) that I ended up at only +5 through eighteen holes. It's cool that the MotionPlus makes you do a real swing motion and I think that makes the game a lot more fun than the ps2 and 360 versions I'd played the hell out of years ago, but it's also still pretty fake and a lot less "sim" than I would have thought. You still swing on a fixed plane and no matter what you can't completely miss or even really flub the swing. Since I'd never even swung a real golf club in my life, I expected to do pretty awful with 1:1 controls but after a couple of minutes, using Tiger of course, I could tee off for monster 320 yard drives.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ViNoY8DTBto

http://media.mlive.com/auto_impact/photo/tiger-woods-buick-enclavejpg-4ca36a74e9241abf.jpg

"I want to shed some light on why EA SPORTS has decided to continue with Tiger on the masthead of this game."

http://media.nj.com/golf/photo/tiger-woods-car-crash-ae8e58dccdeece13_large.jpg

ZS: I'm quickly getting a lot better and shooting even par instead of 15 over. Part of the improvement may come from buying better clubs but a lot of it is probably because this time I'm not drunk while I'm playing.

forksclovetofu, Thursday, 28 January 2010 00:28 (nine years ago) link

#77: Forza Motorsport 3 – 360 – 5 pts – 1 vote
Official Game Site

http://www.vgchartz.com/games/pics/8600222aaa.jpg

Metacritic

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VWXx4-gKi9M

JeffLevine: There’s so much content here that you could find new stuff to do for years. Sometimes Forza feels a little dry but overall it's just very solid, especially once they improved the online play.

http://www.vgchartz.com/games/pics/4655436aaa.jpg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I58jmG5NnDc

Obsessive Suspension Tuning Calculator Spreadsheets

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EO6Yg4ovJIM

Eurogamer Interview

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kd35dTTwKSM

Goole: This is fairly amazing. My initial reaction is that everything is one full step better that FM2: looks better, sounds better, drives better, the menu interface is better. All the details make more sense.

http://www.blogcdn.com/www.autoblog.com/media/2009/06/fm3lemans001_opt.jpg

forksclovetofu, Thursday, 28 January 2010 00:31 (nine years ago) link

#77: Need For Speed: Shift – 360 – 5 pts – 1 vote
Official Game Site

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GD14zWvdATY

http://www.islandcrisis.net/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/need_for_speed.jpg

Ste: The steering is the best I've ever felt in any racing game, very responsive. I’m not sure if this is just an in-car-view thing, as i usually play external view on other racing games. The external view on Shift is a bit crap but who cares when the cockpit view is so damn fun. I loved Grid, but Shift is tons better.

Producer Interview

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EErfROk_r2c

JeffLevine: Looks like a sim but plays like an arcade game. Lots of fun and truly great presentation along with the best cockpit view in a game ever. My main disappointment was the absurd number of bugs that EA released this with. It took months to patch out.

http://www.slightlymadstudios.com/site_sms/wp-content/uploads/2009/01/nfsshift413screentw3.jpg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0pd8ZPQL7LE

forksclovetofu, Thursday, 28 January 2010 00:34 (nine years ago) link

#77: DeathSmiles – 360 – 5 pts – 1 vote
Official Game Site

http://xbox360media.ign.com/xbox360/image/article/936/936211/deathsmiles-20081205022209484_640w.jpg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TcChaLM-QPs

JeffLevine: The second Cave shooter on my list. Would be higher if the superior Mushihimesama Futari hadn't come out in the same year. It probably has the most balanced difficulty curve of any Cave STG I've played.

http://cache.gawker.com/assets/images/kotaku/2008/10/deathsmiles_hd_01.jpg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oabKnWro1Pk

forksclovetofu, Thursday, 28 January 2010 00:40 (nine years ago) link

#77: NHL 2010 – PS3 – 5 pts – 1 vote
Official Game Site

http://www.endsights.com/wp-admin/images/nhl09.jpg

Metacritic

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l29B4HcfukE

EZ Snappin: Slight improvements - particularly board play - make this the most polished NHL game ever.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PoXAKsd9Jm8

http://xbox360media.ign.com/xbox360/image/article/900/900404/nhl-09-20080820013913542_640w.jpg

forksclovetofu, Thursday, 28 January 2010 00:41 (nine years ago) link

#77: Droplitz - XBLA – 5 pts – 1 vote
Official Game Site

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NazO7L89CKw

http://images.quickblogcast.com/101455-94893/droplitz_screens_xbla_03.jpg

Metacritic

Will M: I figured that all of the good puzzle game ideas, just like all of the good books, had already been made so there was no room for any new, non-lame, non-derivative ones. Droplitz proved me wrong. Unfortunately, it's so addictive that it's prevented me from reading, so now I can't be sure that there are still good books.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fn7ln_3eef8

http://images.quickblogcast.com/101455-94893/droplitz_screens_xbla_03.jpg

Gamasutra Post Mortem

forksclovetofu, Thursday, 28 January 2010 00:46 (nine years ago) link

Okay, that's it for the #77s. I'll start a new thread on Friday for 77-51. Until then, any thoughts on the poll thus far? Surprises? New games you'll want to check out?

forksclovetofu, Thursday, 28 January 2010 00:46 (nine years ago) link

Those Muramasa screenshots look great, but I kind of hated Odin Sphere.

abanana, Thursday, 28 January 2010 00:49 (nine years ago) link

I just realized - I thought the minimum # of points you could assign to a game was five?

Don't think I even realized Virtual On was ported - what a weird choice for 2009! Surprised they just didn't create a new downloadable game instead. Otherwise I'm not too surprised by the early results.

Also I totally forgot about the megathreadILXboardDEATH these posts cause lol

Nhex, Thursday, 28 January 2010 01:05 (nine years ago) link

Yeah it was supposed to be a five point minimum, but I kinda gave up. I need to reinforce that rule next year. It would make my life a lot easier.

The new thread every 25 posts approach is explicitly to help alleviate the megathreadILXboardDEATH syndrome.

forksclovetofu, Thursday, 28 January 2010 01:10 (nine years ago) link

my main surprises were that ODST and Red Faction scored so low.

forksclovetofu, Thursday, 28 January 2010 01:14 (nine years ago) link

Yeah, totally for the best. It's funny to see Site New Answers completely freak out!

I was a little surprised at RFG being so under the radar in general when it came out, but I think that franchise has lost it's buzz in the past couple of installments. Not surprised about ODST either for similar reasons, though obviously Halo is still huge - but nobody here really talked about it? Seemed kind of lukewarm on the internet, though for all I know it probably sold millions.

Nhex, Thursday, 28 January 2010 01:22 (nine years ago) link

i think the initial "ODST will be a budget release" statements falling by the wayside and it going out at $60 def hurt its impact, also how much more goddamn halo do we all need really?

Shower to the sheeple! (jjjusten), Thursday, 28 January 2010 03:29 (nine years ago) link

oops i thought red faction guerilla was just the dlc add on thing

bnw, Thursday, 28 January 2010 03:43 (nine years ago) link

man this is some loooooong tail shit

scent of a wolfman (s1ocki), Thursday, 28 January 2010 05:51 (nine years ago) link

"loooooong tail"?

forksclovetofu, Thursday, 28 January 2010 06:05 (nine years ago) link

Surprised to see Forza already. And NFS Shift, for that matter. I seem to remember quite a lot of us playing and enjoying one or both of them, according to the individual threads.

JimD, Thursday, 28 January 2010 11:13 (nine years ago) link

Yup, that's what I was thinking reading the latest bunch, didn't expect to see Forza 3 so low, and with only one vote. I mean, I've not played it and didn't vote but I thought it would be higher.

In other news I bought 50 Cent Blood on the Sand and think it deserved more than one vote. It handles a little clunky compared to others in the genre like Gears of War, but something about it feels solidly arcade-shooter, like when I used to play Devastators at the arcade as a kid. It's pretty good fun.

So far there are a couple of games I haven't even heard of (pixeljunk shooter, critter crunch, death smiles) that I'm interested to check out now too...

CraigG, Thursday, 28 January 2010 11:43 (nine years ago) link

"loooooong tail"?

― forksclovetofu, Thursday, January 28, 2010 1:05 AM (11 hours ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

The Long Tail or long tail is a retailing concept describing the niche strategy of selling a large number of unique items in relatively small quantities – usually in addition to selling fewer popular items in large quantities.

scent of a wolfman (s1ocki), Thursday, 28 January 2010 17:14 (nine years ago) link

i.e. you coulda set a score cutoff so that shit that gets one vote doesn't show in the results.

bnw, Thursday, 28 January 2010 18:27 (nine years ago) link

Ah, but part of the fun of this is seeing those danglers that you probably hadn't heard of or completely forgot about.

Nhex, Thursday, 28 January 2010 18:28 (nine years ago) link

i understand the concept, just didn't see how it applies.
and yes, the idea is to try to have a yearly representation of all the games we play

forksclovetofu, Thursday, 28 January 2010 18:35 (nine years ago) link

lady if u have to ask

scent of a wolfman (s1ocki), Thursday, 28 January 2010 18:36 (nine years ago) link

that's what the show your ballots aftermath is for. xposts its your show, bro. just making suggestions

bnw, Thursday, 28 January 2010 18:37 (nine years ago) link

eh, i like having a concordance

forksclovetofu, Thursday, 28 January 2010 18:38 (nine years ago) link

Eh, I don't that show your ballots stuff afterward, I mean we had thirty votes here. Also easier to talk about this way, before we get to the heavy hitters.

In unrelated news, this thread is the first real test I've had to see the difference in heavy page loading between Firefox and Chrome, and wow. Immense. I'm just keeping a tab open in Chrome for this now.

Nhex, Thursday, 28 January 2010 18:44 (nine years ago) link

which did u vote for

scent of a wolfman (s1ocki), Thursday, 28 January 2010 18:47 (nine years ago) link

I'm also thinking of the last poll thread I was in, that '00s TV thread, where after the results were done it totally devolved into people just listing their votes and stopped being fun or readable.

Nhex, Thursday, 28 January 2010 18:52 (nine years ago) link

i think the thing neogaf does well (i know, i know) is present a thread with a ton of back information on games so you can see/read/hear everything about them before you take the plunge. I'm not saying we need to do a lot more of that, but a once a year taking-of-stock seems appropriate. As I said, more than an arbitrary THESE ARE _YOUR_ TOP TEN list, I like the idea of coint and plick as a 365 day signpost for a state of the hobby/art panorama. Constricting that in any way strikes me as not serving the final purpose.
Also: aspies

forksclovetofu, Thursday, 28 January 2010 18:54 (nine years ago) link

i dig getting the one vote stuff! i mean theres a shit ton of stuff released every year and im willing to sift out stuff on the basis of one vote rather than by metacritic score

Shower to the sheeple! (jjjusten), Thursday, 28 January 2010 18:59 (nine years ago) link

plus then i know who to angrily shake my fist at if it sucks

Shower to the sheeple! (jjjusten), Thursday, 28 January 2010 19:00 (nine years ago) link

yeah, including the one vote things, in a poll this small, is great!

Euler, Thursday, 28 January 2010 19:01 (nine years ago) link

you are all wrong and stupid

bnw, Thursday, 28 January 2010 19:37 (nine years ago) link

Fuck tha haters, Forks. It's good reading through all the stuff about games that (in many cases) didn't even occur to me. Plus, y'know, every vote means something. Also with it being split over a few threads, if you aren't interested in the 1-voters; wait for the next thread(s) before getting all butt hurt that we're not at the top ten yet.

CraigG, Thursday, 28 January 2010 20:59 (nine years ago) link

looking forward (srsly) to the logjam of 10 point single vote getters

srsly? im a fucking unicorn you douchebags (jjjusten), Friday, 29 January 2010 02:51 (nine years ago) link


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