Here is a nice surprise:
It was neat to know that my comments made it back to the author, and even better to get comments in return. It’s nice to know when game authors and designers read and respond to feedback. I know it isn’t always possible, but it is always appreciated.
One more thing to note is that Virtual Villagers is up for â€˜Best Casual Sim' at Gamezebo. Cute Knight is also up for Best Strategy Game”, which is cool. Virtual Villagers and Cute Knight are both indie games, and it was nice to see them in the list. I’m going to reveal my elitist nature here and say that the other games have a certain… assembly-line feel to them. Many of them are clones of existing game types, or of each other. Some of them are sequels of clones of each other. This is not a bad thing, and many people play and love those games, but I really admire games like Virtual Villagers and Cute Knight, because they attempt to do something totally different. Those games are both more work and higher risk, so it’s good to see them doing well. I hope both of them grab some awards.
Side note: This is yet another poll that will allow games from different platforms to compete against one another. This still makes no sense to me, because the audience size is going to be different. I think Lumines is a fine game, but to my knowledge it’s a PSP-only title. This means it is at a great disadvantage in this poll and on this site, which looks to be aimed firmly at casual PC gamers.
Another note on the goofy poll: You must vote in each category? Hello? What if I didn’t play any of the listed games? Man, I’m beginning to suspect that these polls of fixed options which are voted on by random strangers on the internet might not be accurate or fair! I must be getting cynical.
The Best of 2012
My picks for what was important, awesome, or worth talking about in 2012.
There's a wonderful way to balance difficulty in RPGs, and designers try to prevent it. For some reason.
DM of the Rings
Both a celebration and an evisceration of tabletop roleplaying games, by twisting the Lord of the Rings films into a D&D game.
PC Gaming Golden Age
It's not a legend. It was real. There was a time before DLC. Before DRM. Before crappy ports. It was glorious.
What did web browsers look like 20 years ago, and what kind of crazy features did they have?