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C Blogs of 12/31/13 + Wrenchisms from the past!

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Happy New Years everyone! I'm late!

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.

* - Strider's GOTY list is a goddamn work of art. Injustice-bros represent!

* - 5 of the best and the worst moments of 2013.

* - Stupid sexy ninjas. I kind of want to play Metal Gear: Revengence.

* - RenaudB90 wraps up his list of the best 8 games of the last 8 years with a pretty solid pick.

* - Patrick's list is very PC heavy. I can dig it.

P - This episode of Communitoid brought to you by Andy's ghost.

P - A new episode of Zerocool, get it while its hot! (Get it, hot? Cause the name of the podcast is ZeroCOOL? Oh forget it.)

A - I'm keeping an eye out for SSFIV: Ultra too. Wonder if Capcom can really breath new life in the old dog at this point.

A - Some interesting picks in this Good, Bad, and Ugly list.

S - The latest instalment in Zombie Orwell's epic series.

P - Another podcast! Our ears will be stuffed for days.

A - Pixie might not have completed the Etrian series, but she wrote some cool blogs this year. So it all balances out!


T - Sometimes, a game is best left to fond memories. On the plus side, Devil May Cry 3 is still amazing.

T - A look back at F-Zero GX. For some reason I remember this one being a real train wreck, but Terry seems to like it.

T - Lostleader wasn't too impressed with Viewtiful Joe. Although I have to admit, I'd lose my shit if they ever actually release a "Viewtiful Joe: Straight to DLC".


S - Hackers should have taken down this "blog" instead.

S - Rare footage of BF4 not crashing. Also glorified spam.

S - More spam.


-Wrenchfarm

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