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GOTY? Why You Gotta Lie?


Guys, I'll be honest--I hate Game of the Year Editions of games. I understand why they exist, it's a great way to bring new life to a game that isn't selling as well as it once was, and they come with all kinds of DLC and special rewards to add to it as an added incentive for people to jump on board. I'm not going to sit here and say that I haven't bought a few of these myself. Overall, I think it's a great idea, but I take exception with the term "Game of the Year." That term should be reserved for games that legitimately won a top game award from a major games publication or website.

I recently started playing the first Dead Island, and other than the fact that the game is a glitch-factory and crashes at least once every time I sit down to play, I'm really enjoying it thus far. It reminds me a lot of Borderlands, and if you have my kind of affection for the vault hunter's adventures, then that's definitely a good thing, but Dead Island is far from being a "Game of the Year" contender, and yes, it does have a Game of the Year Edition. 


It's fine if Deep Silver wishes to re-release the game to try to squeeze a few more dollars out of people that didn't take the initial plunge, but slapping a GOTY on the cover is very deceptive. Speaking of Borderlands, even though it was my personal favorite game of 2009, I'm not going to lie and say that it deserved to be released again in 2010 with the title. The game was the most fun I had had in quite some time, but it was definitely not without it's flaws.

Having a GOTY implies that the game is the best of the best of that year. If the game didn't receive that amount or type of praise, then don't lie to gamers. Fallout 3 has a GOTY Edition, and I hated that game, but it was one of those games that you couldn't go a day without hearing or reading about, so I understand why it exists. Same deal with Red Dead Redemption, I played for about 4 hours and realized how much I didn't care about what I was playing, but the praise that was bestowed on that game made it more than easy to swallow when it was given new life.

Videogames are subjective, so who's to say what the best game of the year actually is? If I were to name a terrible game my personal favorite game of the year as a joke, does that mean that Ride to Hell: Retribution will come out next year with a GOTY? Why wouldn't it? A no-name dude who writes community blogs on a major site said it was game of the year. Champion! There's no sanctioning body to determine which game should actually win Game of the Year. I know the Video Game Awards on SpikeTV are the closest thing we have to the videogame Academy Awards, but that's like saying I'm a singer because I farted into a microphone.

Transformers films, VGAs, Linkin Park makes everything legitimate.

I have no problem with games that prefer to go a different route. For instance, when Mortal Kombat released a newer version with all the new characters, they went with "The Komplete Edition," because misspelling is still kool. Saints Row the Third has "The Full Package," because references to balls are still funny. Skyrim now has the "Legendary Edition," because...because Skyrim, that's why. All of these examples are fitting and unoffensive. 

Of course, I'm not being completely serious. I don't really get offended when a game has an undeserving title, but I do feel that throwing out a Game of the Year Edition is implying to uninformed gamers that the game is of the highest quality, and when someone picks that game up expecting to be blown away, and they're not, it's only doing damage to the industry.

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About TheDustinThomasone of us since 9:12 PM on 09.17.2009

Twitter: @TheDustinThomas

Greetings and salutations.

TheDustinThomas here, you probably don't know me, but I write things here on Destructoid from time to time. Occasionally I get on the front page:

The Most Inexplicably-Often Rented Games At Blockbuster

The Top 10 Videogame Pro Wrestlers

A Retrospective of Pro Wrestling Videogames from the Perspective of a Pro Wrestler

I'm also the host of a pretty sexy gaming podcast that I do with a couple buddies of mine. You can download and subscribe to it here. You should totally do that.

All of my games writing you can find on DToid, but I also write about other things on my personal blog. Here's my top 5 most read blogs:

Let Me Tell You About My $250 T-Shirts

Tempting of the Doon

5 Ways Getting in Shape Has Messed with my Head

Tim Lambesis: A Fan's Struggle to Understand

Why I Already Dislike Planet Fitness

You may notice that most of those blogs are somehow related to pro wrestling. Why? Because I spent 10 years as a professional wrestler before retiring in October 2013 due to back injuries. I actually wasn't too bad.

A bit about me? Well, obviously I love to write. It's not a paying gig yet, but I'm certainly trying to make that happen.

I'm a happily married man, and my wife is smokin' hot.

I have a huge, manly beard.

God comes first in my life above all else. I'm a leader at my church, as well as the head of our media department.

I've been a metalhead pretty much my entire life.

I'm also a die hard fan of The Simpsons.

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