2011 Community GOTY Awards: I need your input

I like top 5 unranked and then tallied: Game X was liked by the most people. But if everyone wants ranked, then needs must as the Goodjers drive.

I also think Minecraft should count as a 2011 release: that's when its final 1.0 version was made available. It's a quirk of software, public alphas and betas and all that—but as a product, the finished game was released in 2011. That also means that, according to Clockwork's rules, the console version of ilomilo misses the boat for arriving on WP7 in 2010. Ports and updates are tricky things, and I understand the ruthless simplicity of cutting them out. On the other hand, it would be an interesting addition, like having a movie of the year and DVD release of the year. We should make another thread to vote on if we should start a thread discussing that.

Gravey wrote:

I like top 5 unranked and then tallied: Game X was liked by the most people. But if everyone wants ranked, then needs must as the Goodjers drive.

I also think Minecraft should count as a 2011 release: that's when its final 1.0 version was made available. It's a quirk of software, public alphas and betas and all that—but as a product, the finished game was released in 2011. That also means that, according to Clockwork's rules, the console version of ilomilo misses the boat for arriving on WP7 in 2010. Ports a tricky thing, and I understand the ruthless simplicity of cutting them out. On the other hand, it would be an interesting addition, like having a movie of the year and DVD release of the year. We should make another thread to vote on if we should start a thread discussing that.

So what about a game like King of Dragon Pass on iOS? That's a game that's beloved by many but decidedly old.

DSGamer wrote:
Gravey wrote:

I like top 5 unranked and then tallied: Game X was liked by the most people. But if everyone wants ranked, then needs must as the Goodjers drive.

I also think Minecraft should count as a 2011 release: that's when its final 1.0 version was made available. It's a quirk of software, public alphas and betas and all that—but as a product, the finished game was released in 2011. That also means that, according to Clockwork's rules, the console version of ilomilo misses the boat for arriving on WP7 in 2010. Ports a tricky thing, and I understand the ruthless simplicity of cutting them out. On the other hand, it would be an interesting addition, like having a movie of the year and DVD release of the year. We should make another thread to vote on if we should start a thread discussing that.

So what about a game like King of Dragon Pass on iOS? That's a game that's beloved by many but decidedly old.

Computer says no.

Gravey wrote:

I also think Minecraft should count as a 2011 release: that's when its final 1.0 version was made available. It's a quirk of software, public alphas and betas and all that—but as a product, the finished game was released in 2011. That also means that, according to Clockwork's rules, the console version of ilomilo misses the boat for arriving on WP7 in 2010. Ports and updates are tricky things, and I understand the ruthless simplicity of cutting them out. On the other hand, it would be an interesting addition, like having a movie of the year and DVD release of the year.

ilomilo is actually an interesting example, as the mobile and console versions are really quite different; different enough that they seemed to me when I played them like two different games rather than a port of a game between platforms. It's because of cases like that, Minecraft, and Return to Dragon Pass that I think it's fair to vote for anything that got an official release on the platform you played it on in 2011. However, since I expect that will be the minority of votes, I'll have a secondary tally for them as a "Best Reissue/Port of 2011." (Except for Minecraft which just gets to count as a new release, bizarre as that is.)

We should make another thread to vote on if we should start a thread discussing that.

I figure people will start whatever threads they want when it comes to talking about the "best port of 2011", "greatest game that only 3 people played", "or best iphone game to play when you nly have 43 seconds of gaming time available".

The (un?)official top tier list will most likely be filled with blockbusters and the occasional Frozen Synapse style dark horse.