A SLICE OF THE VIDEO GAME'S ZODIAC
This year we’re going to be doing the dog and pony show a little differently. Rather than award games by category – Best [Fill in the Blank] – we’re going to focus on those games responsible for marking the big trends in the video game industry this year. What makes 2012 unique? What happened this year to alter the industry’s trajectory? What stood out and really deserves an accolade?
If a collection of, say, mediocre platformers all happen to be released in 2012, is it still necessary to crown one of them despite the lack of quality in the grand scheme of things? Would such a game deserve to then land on a larger list of best platformers by year and stand next to the other giants on that list? It’s just silly comparing the competition of 2009’s New Super Mario Bros Wii, Ratchet and Clank Future: A Crack in Time etc and 1996’s Super Mario 64, Earthworm Jim 2, the original Rayman, and Vectorman 2.
Instead we’re taking a page from the old school Lalande Prize in Astronomy, which was awarded to scientific advances in the field when a breakthrough was achieved. No major contribution to Astronomy, no award.
YEAR OF THE WARY GAMER
YEAR OF HALF BAKED RPG ELEMENTS
YEAR OF THE COLORFUL VILLAIN
YEAR OF THE LAST DOWNLOADABLE GAME
YEAR OF GAMEPLAY SURPRISES
YEAR OF BELATED POTENTIAL
YEAR OF THE HIGH POWERED PAPERWEIGHT
YEAR OF THE TECHNICALLY HAMPERED FINALIST
YEAR OF THE LACKLUSTER RPG
2012′S GAME OF THE YEAR