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SGamers.org's Game of the Year 2012: Results

Postby scuzzybum » Mon Jan 14, 2013 11:59 pm

Hi all, the results are in :D

Guess it does not come as a surprise that Borderlands 2 takes the inaugural SGamer's GOTY!

2nd place is Sleeping Dogs, while Black Ops 2 came in 3rd.

For a more presentable read, please visit: http://blog.sgamers.org/2013/01/sgamers ... year-2012/

But leave your comments here as blog doesn't have comments activated :D

Edit: Making use of iFrame to show blog here :D

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Re: SGamers.org's Game of the Year 2012: Results

Postby arcana75 » Tue Jan 15, 2013 10:14 am

All deserving winners!
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Re: SGamers.org's Game of the Year 2012: Results

Postby Jayson » Tue Jan 15, 2013 10:04 pm

My Game of the Year 2012 will be none other that....

JOURNEY
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From most sites, their GOTY winners have one thing in common; guns. This one however doesn't.

Wait; it's not like I hate violence. But I do respect a well created art of work like the animation of the fighters in BlazBlue and the colours of all the cars in Gran Turismo series.

JOURNEY is the rare game that exists as a coherent whole, a fully-realized work in which each fifteen-minute chunk of its two-hour runtime is equally important. Because of that, it's a rare game that needs to be taken and digested as a single entity.

Many good games can be stripped for parts, analyzed afterwards as a series of excellent, good, and bad levels. The train sequence in Uncharted 2; the Chernobyl level in Modern Warfare; the final escape scene in Mass Effect 2 Arrival. Most video games are collections of discrete ideas that have been unified, with varying degrees of success, by an overarching narrative.

But not Journey.


Sure, the game has separate sections: Anyone who's played it will remember the underground seaweed-platforming, the sandstorm towers, the great carpet-whale, and the terrifying mechanical hunters. And they'll remember surfing the sand alongside red dolphins, the radiant sun melting into the desert in the distance...OMG......

But those moments pass into one another so quickly and seamlessly that the game demands to be taken as a whole. And so it wasn't until I drew near the close of my second journey (which, I'll note, I did in one rapt sitting) that I really "saw" the game. Climbing the snowy mountain, pushing forward against the wind and the ice, I realized that my scarf was gone. I hadn't noticed its departure; somewhere along the way, it had simply dissolved. I could no longer jump, let alone fly. All that was left was a brutal push forward toward a cold, lonely death. Believe it or not I ACTUALLY CRIED AT THAT PART!

I thought back to that sunset, when I'd been so free and full of life; when my scarf had been so long, and my whole journey before me. I'm 32 now, and while some part of me still thinks I'll be young forever, I'm more aware of my mortality than ever. My fingers hurt. I feel hungry, yet I told myself I'm not. I see pictures of myself and notice wrinkles around my eyes. I consumed more water than I should.

And I know how it happens, I can picture it: The moment when I'll finally realize I've well and truly become older, weaker, slower. The moment when I'll realize that my scarf is gone, and I didn't even see it leave.

So… um, Journey. The story of a scarf. Game of the year, right?

It's not just metaphorical mumbo-jumbo that makes Journey special. It's an immaculately constructed game, as well. Its visual wonders are unmatched by any game released this year. Its beauty is almost matter-of-fact at times; the billowing sands, the calls of the flying carpets, the fade-to-white as you come face to face with your elders. The way it moves, even the jumping connects on an emotional level.

And the music…. sigh, the music. I really don't know what else to say about it. How else can I dance about this particular architecture? Composer Austin Wintory's work is essential. Like the game it accompanies, its themes unite into a single vision that is greater than the sum of its already-great parts.

The third time I played Journey, I thought I understood it. It was a couple of weeks ago, and I decided to give the game another run in order to confirm that yes, I wanted to write this very article defending it as a nominee for Kotaku's Game of the Year award. It had been several months since I last played, and during that time I'd played a bunch of other great games. Would Journey hold up?

Turns out it didn't just hold up; it surprised me all over again. More accurately, it allowed some other people to surprise me. Now that the game has been in the wild for months, there are scores of people still playing it, benevolent strangers swooping in and out of one another's games like so many controller-holding sand-dolphins. Midway into my third journey, a so-called "white robe" joined my game. This player, who had collected every glyph in the game and therefore had the longest, most amazing scarf I'd ever seen, was determined to help me get my own white cloak.

Shortly after we met, I came upon a glyph I just couldn't reach. It was on a high shelf, and my scarf wasn't long enough to get me to it. And so my white-robed companion and I set about getting me to the glyph. We didn't explicitly decide to undertake this endeavor—after all, you can't talk to one other in Journey, you can only issue one-note "calls." But still, we knew exactly what we were doing.

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Time and again we tried, and time and again we failed. It got to the point where I felt uncomfortable, like, "Okay, this person probably has to go, I should just give up, this is getting weird." And yet we kept trying. And then, finally, we coordinated our jumps just so, and I reached the shelf and collected the glyph.

I came soaring down from on high, jubilantly pressing the "call" button over and over. Rings of light radiated from my character's body as I landed next to my nameless helper, and at once he (or she) began to call back. For a minute we both just stood there, triumphant, calling out to one another.

I have no idea who this person was; maybe it was a man, maybe a woman; maybe a child, or a grandparent. Together, we moved onward toward the mountain, until all at once, I was alone again. Just like that.

Journey could have just as easily been called Journeys. It's a plurality of experiences wrapped into a single shell. The journey in the title is more than just the one we take the first time we set off across the sands, and more than the fifth. The title represents hundreds, thousands of journeys; men and women around the world pushing forward together, striving, climbing, falling, and getting back up.

Beautiful and sad, immaculately constructed and quietly assured, Journey is so confident in its ambitions that it almost seems ordinary. It is anything but ordinary. Journey is my Game of the Year.

Darren Franich@Entertaintment Weekly wrote:As the seventh generation of videogame consoles slouched toward its demise, one question dominated 2012: What will the videogames of the future look like? Maybe, if we're lucky, they'll look a lot like Journey. You play as a mysterious figure, trying to get to the top of a distant mountain. Along the way, you find ruins and strange creatures and maybe even a monster or two. If Journey were just a beautiful abstract adventure, it would have made this list. But the game stands above every other game released this year because indie developer thatgamecompany took the whole idea of online multiplayer — bastardized in a billion foulmouthed Call of Duty, Halo, and Gears of War deathmatches — and pushed it into the realm of pure art. Along your travels, you run into other characters. They're controlled by real people — but you can't talk to each other. All you can do is react. Maybe you'll follow their lead. Maybe you'll leave them behind. Or maybe you'll help them on their own journey.

Games are all about interactive experiences, but Journey is a game about interaction: You find yourself watching your companions, trying to understand the distant human personalities behind them. In our modern splintered digital multiverse, Journey infuses the simple joy of human connection with practically biblical grandeur. The result is an epic that makes the typical 70-hour mainstream game look puny by comparison.


Clarification: I played the game in December at a friend's place and only got the game early this month.

Game of the Year 2012 Winner as awarded by:

- IGN
- GAMESPOT
- Rev3Games
- Joystiq
- PlayStationlifestyle.net
- Cynical Brit (TotalBiscuit)
- GIGA.DE (Germany)
- Entertainment Weekly

Additional note: Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media - Nominated for Grammy 2013 (first game ever to be nominated for Grammy)
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Re: SGamers.org's Game of the Year 2012: Results

Postby Swordsman » Tue Jan 15, 2013 10:10 pm

voting goty also have to based on popularity.

in order to be popular, need to have marketing.
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Re: SGamers.org's Game of the Year 2012: Results

Postby Jayson » Tue Jan 15, 2013 11:33 pm

Swordsman wrote:voting goty also have to based on popularity.

in order to be popular, need to have marketing.

Or in most Microsoft Xbox 360 games; BRIBERY and PERSONAL ASSAULT.

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Re: SGamers.org's Game of the Year 2012: Results

Postby scuzzybum » Fri Jan 18, 2013 11:44 pm

United Front Games acknowledges their 2nd place!

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Re: SGamers.org's Game of the Year 2012: Results

Postby arcana75 » Sat Jan 19, 2013 1:19 am

Nice of UFG to drop a line :)
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Re: SGamers.org's Game of the Year 2012: Results

Postby scuzzybum » Sat Jan 19, 2013 1:37 am

Yea, if you noticed, the Sleeping Dog official game twitter also retweeted our last tweet.
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Re: SGamers.org's Game of the Year 2012: Results

Postby Swordsman » Sat Jan 19, 2013 10:45 am

ask them when they are releasing completed edition ? :D
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Re: SGamers.org's Game of the Year 2012: Results

Postby savarios999 » Sat Jan 19, 2013 11:23 am

Nice. Thats cool!
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Re: SGamers.org's Game of the Year 2012: Results

Postby scuzzybum » Sat Jan 26, 2013 3:07 am

Swordsman wrote:ask them when they are releasing completed edition ? :D


Dude help you ask liao, no announcement :(

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Re: SGamers.org's Game of the Year 2012: Results

Postby Swordsman » Sat Jan 26, 2013 5:30 am

They even bother to reply wor. :oops:
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