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Reply #245 on: May 02, 2019, 11:04:23 AM

Yikes, I played one game on that entire list, and it wasn't very good. Guess that's what happens when you don't own a PS4 or Nintendo device.

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Reply #246 on: May 02, 2019, 11:53:02 AM

It was clearly the best game of the year, so that shouldn't be a surprise.

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Reply #247 on: May 02, 2019, 11:58:48 AM

If you'll note, I didn't even vote.
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Reply #248 on: May 02, 2019, 12:11:47 PM

This is where things stand:

1985: Oregon Trail (Apple IIE)
1986: Bubble Bobble (Arcade)
1987: Mike Tyson's Punch Out!! (NES)
1988: Zelda II: Adventures of Link (NES)
1989: Mega Man 2 (NES)
1990: Super Mario Bros. 3 (NES)
1991: Final Fantasy IV / II (SNES)
1992: The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (SNES)
1993: Doom (PC)
1994: Final Fantasy VI / III (SNES)
1995: Earthbound / Mother (SNES)
1996: Diablo (PC)
1997: Castlevania: Symphony of the Night (PSX)
1998: Final Fantasy: Tactics (PSX)
1999: Planescape: Torment (PC)
2000: Diablo 2 (PC)
2001: Grand Theft Auto III (PS2)
2002: Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos (PC)
2003: Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (PC)
2004: Half-Life 2 (PC)
2005: Civilization 4 (PC)
2006: Titan Quest (PC)
2007: Portal (PC)
2008: Mount & Blade (PC)
2009: Demon's Souls (PS3)
2010: Fallout: New Vegas (PC)
2011: Portal 2 (PC)
2012: Borderlands 2 (PC)
2013: Path of Exile (PC)
2014: Shadow Run: Dragon Fall (PC)
2015: The Witcher III (PC)
2016: Darkest Dungeon (PC)
2017: Persona 5 (PS4)
2018:
2019: Slay the Spire (PC)

Anyone know of a site i can make brackets on that allow voting via bracket? Thanks.

also, slay the spire is winning 2019 don't @ me
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Reply #249 on: May 02, 2019, 09:19:32 PM

I even like Zelda II but it is a crazy outlier on this list once you see them all at once.  Does this mean 1988 was the worst year for video games?
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Reply #250 on: May 02, 2019, 09:44:21 PM

Zelda II was a good game winning a weak year. 2013 had a not good game winning a weak year. 2005 had an ok but not even close to being the best game beat a much better game.
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Reply #251 on: May 02, 2019, 09:53:20 PM

2005 is a fucking embarassment
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Reply #252 on: May 02, 2019, 10:02:03 PM

Zelda II was a good game winning a weak year. 2013 had a not good game winning a weak year. 2005 had an ok but not even close to being the best game beat a much better game.

Good point, POE is terrible, but at least it has the virtue of being a coherent and focused realization of its deranged and miserable vision of what a video-game should be. Zelda II is good, but it's kind of a mishmash. 
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Reply #253 on: May 02, 2019, 10:04:08 PM

Tried three times now to play Shadow of Colossus, and it just can't hold my attention.  Killed the first 4 bosses, and its just not a very fun game.  Does the entire world and game play change drastically at some point?

And Zelda II probably only made it because it was a weak year, but the game is legit.  I just loaded it back up on my NES classic after that poll and couldn't stop playing till I beat it.

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Reply #254 on: May 02, 2019, 10:18:09 PM

Tried three times now to play Shadow of Colossus, and it just can't hold my attention.  Killed the first 4 bosses, and its just not a very fun game.  Does the entire world and game play change drastically at some point?

And Zelda II probably only made it because it was a weak year, but the game is legit.  I just loaded it back up on my NES classic after that poll and couldn't stop playing till I beat it.

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Reply #255 on: May 02, 2019, 11:28:59 PM

Figured you'd like the contrast.   awesome, for real

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Reply #256 on: May 03, 2019, 12:04:13 AM

So what you're saying is that I should eventually try Persona 5.  I consider BotW to be a unique accomplishment and a standout, and yet it came in second place or something.  Interesting.

And something called Slay the Spire for 2019.  Seems pre-mature, but that may be because I literally have no idea what that is.

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Reply #257 on: May 03, 2019, 01:08:08 AM

So what you're saying is that I should eventually try Persona 5.  I consider BotW to be a unique accomplishment and a standout, and yet it came in second place or something.  Interesting.

And something called Slay the Spire for 2019.  Seems pre-mature, but that may be because I literally have no idea what that is.

A lot of us played Slay the Spire a ton last year but it's "official" release wasn't until January of this year. If you were in Discord you'd have heard us talk about it more (there was a small thread here though). Never played Persona 5 but I'm pretty sure BotW is the better game. BotW is on the WiiU and Switch though which means less people here played it. As you can see by the results, for the purposes of these polls PC > Playstation> Any other post-SNES consoles. Hence Civ IV beating Resident Evil 4 (which launched on the GameCube).
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Reply #258 on: May 03, 2019, 01:35:39 AM

Yeah, I think I have stated before that there is a bit of a bias towards PC titles winning where out in the "real world" most people wouldn't even know what they are.  But that's okay.  I doubt P5 would be considered the better game by most of the planet, but I suppose that is not the point of all this.  What is the point of all this?

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Reply #259 on: May 03, 2019, 08:05:52 AM

2005 is a fucking embarassment

Wow, just noticed that. So the worst iteration of Civ is the only one that somehow made our list. That year must have been horrible.

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Reply #260 on: May 03, 2019, 08:41:45 AM

It won because of the Fall from Heaven mod.   awesome, for real

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Reply #261 on: May 03, 2019, 10:21:03 AM

Hey thats my gag (and it's true, jokes on you if you didn't play it)

Anyway, Horizon Zero Dawn was pretty amazing on a couple levels, so I'm also almost interested in P5 except for how everything about it is repulsive.

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Reply #262 on: May 05, 2019, 05:19:12 AM

As the main contest is winding down now, thought it would be interesting to look back and see what all the 2nd place winners were for each year.  We had a lot of really hard fought years where games won by only 1 or 2 votes, and when everybody was really into this for the first half, several years that had to jump to new tie breaker votes.  As obviously we can't force tie breakers on 2nd place winners, there are a bunch of ties (and in some cases 3 or 4 way ties) for certain years, so more games on this one.  Also, boy, 1999 to 2004 you can tell what what genre this sad community was deep into.   why so serious?

Also, calling 2018 right now for Conan Exiles (so Deadcells gets 2nd) since everybody seems to have voted.  Unless Schild moves it to a tie breaker vote, that's it.  And of course handing 2019 to Slay the Spire since we can't vote on an incomplete year and its obviously better than anything else.  


1985:  Bard’s Tale (PC)
1986:  Rampage (Arcade)
1987:  NetHack (PC)
1988:  (Tie) – Phantasy Star, Pool of Radiance, Ghouls ‘N Ghosts
1989:  Sim City (PC)
1990:  (Tie) – Final Fantasy (NES), Smash TV (Arcade)
1991:  Street Fighter II (Arcade)
1992:  Wolfenstein 3D (PC)
1993:  SimCity 2000 (PC)
1994:  X-COM: UFO Defense (PC)
1995:  Chrono Trigger (SNES)
1996:  Civilization 2 (PC)
1997:  (Tie) – Fallout (PC), Final Fantasy VII (PSX)
1998:  Baldur’s Gate (PC)
1999:  (Tie) – Everquest (PC), Sid Meier’s Alpha Centauri (PC), Quake III (PC)
2000:  Deus Ex (PC)
2001:  Dark Age of Camelot (PC)
2002:  Battlefield 1942 (PC)
2003:  Star Wars: Galaxies (PC)
2004:  World of Warcraft (PC)
2005:  (Tie) - Guitar Hero (PS2), Shadow of the Colossus (PS2)
2006:  (Tie) – Gears of War, Guitar Hero II, Neverwinter Nights 2, Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
2007:  Team Fortress 2 (PC)
2008:  (Tie) - Fallout 3 (Cross), Left 4 Dead (PC)
2009:  (Tie) – Dragon Age: Origins (Cross), League of Legends (PC)
2010:  Mass Effect 2 (Cross)
2011:  Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (PC)
2012:  X-Com: Enemy Unknown (PC)
2013:  Papers Please (PC)
2014:  Middle-Earth:  Shadows of Mordor
2015:  (Tie) – Bloodborne, Rocket League
2016:  (Tie) – Grim Dawn, XCom 2
2017:  (Tie) – Horizon: Zero Dawn, Player Unknown: Battlegrounds
2018:  Deadcells
2019:  Slay the Spire
« Last Edit: May 06, 2019, 05:42:23 AM by Teleku »

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Reply #263 on: May 05, 2019, 12:12:56 PM

Diablo 2 is maybe the only game in the history of gaming that can beat Deus Ex and not make me sad.
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Reply #264 on: May 20, 2019, 11:59:57 PM



I gave this year a long enough amount of time for people to buy Dead Cells and not vote like fools.

But here we are.

Conan Exiles.

We're an embarrassment.

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Reply #265 on: May 21, 2019, 12:02:03 AM

1985: Oregon Trail (Apple IIE)
1986: Bubble Bobble (Arcade)
1987: Mike Tyson's Punch Out!! (NES)
1988: Zelda II: Adventures of Link (NES)
1989: Mega Man 2 (NES)
1990: Super Mario Bros. 3 (NES)
1991: Final Fantasy IV / II (SNES)
1992: The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (SNES)
1993: Doom (PC)
1994: Final Fantasy VI / III (SNES)
1995: Earthbound / Mother (SNES)
1996: Diablo (PC)
1997: Castlevania: Symphony of the Night (PSX)
1998: Final Fantasy: Tactics (PSX)
1999: Planescape: Torment (PC)
2000: Diablo 2 (PC)
2001: Grand Theft Auto III (PS2)
2002: Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos (PC)
2003: Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (PC)
2004: Half-Life 2 (PC)
2005: Civilization 4 (PC)
2006: Titan Quest (PC)
2007: Portal (PC)
2008: Mount & Blade (PC)
2009: Demon's Souls (PS3)
2010: Fallout: New Vegas (PC)
2011: Portal 2 (PC)
2012: Borderlands 2 (PC)
2013: Path of Exile (PC)
2014: Shadow Run: Dragon Fall (PC)
2015: The Witcher III (PC)
2016: Darkest Dungeon (PC)
2017: Persona 5 (PS4)
2018: Conan Exiles (PC)
2019: Slay the Spire (PC)

I have no idea how I want to narrow this down further. So we may move on to movies so you motherfuckers can vote even more poorly based on exposure and nostalgia rather than quality of film.
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Reply #266 on: May 21, 2019, 12:20:14 AM

I have no idea how I want to narrow this down further. So we may move on to movies so you motherfuckers can vote even more poorly based on exposure and nostalgia rather than quality of film.
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« Last Edit: May 27, 2019, 10:47:44 PM by Teleku »

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Reply #267 on: May 27, 2019, 04:24:57 PM

1998 was perhaps the toughest year for me personally, but I cannot be upset with either of the top two games from that year winning - I've easily put hundreds, if not thousands, of hours into both games collectively.

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