I got caught up with all sorts of crazy business on Tuseday and Wednesday (mostly involving drinks and my GF) and missed the caps. Sorry! But on the plus side, I did finish up my big ol' Best of the Year list in case you all weren't sick of those! Take a look and tell me how wrong I am about videogames!
I've noticed a bit of Twitter snark over the past few days about GOTY round-ups and "Best Of" lists. I guess there is a pretty significant slice of the zeitgeist that is just OVER that shit. There are people out there who would rather staple their eyes to a dog's anus than read another "A Year in Review" article. I suppose that's fair, but personally, I always look forward to this season.
There are plenty of sites that use the GOTY thing to pad out content, I'm not going to deny that. And yes, the way the publishers have ran away with this stuff and use it to push out insane GOTY/Complete editions of their games 5 months after release is pretty disgusting. But when done right, I really enjoy a good GOTY article.
The gaming industry and news cycle is so forward geared. We're always looking towards the next launch, the next big release. It's a welcome change to take a look back and reflect on the last year. After all the hype, internet arguments, and fiascoes have died down, everyone can take a big calming breath, shift through the wreckage, and get ready to do it all again next year.
We've seen some great "End of the Year" blogs over the last week that were a real treat to read. Articles like Alasdar Duncan's Why Spelunky on PC Was My Real Game of the Year is just the kind of reflective and cheeky read I look forward to during the season. And Giantbomb's eight (!) hours of GOTY deliberation podcasts have kept me alternating entertained and infuriated at work.
2013 was a bizarre year in gaming, and it's worth a look back.