It’s been three days since the last GW2 patch dropped and I haven’t even set foot in the story chapter or the new map yet.
- Beyond suffering a mild, low-level crisis of the faith in terms of where my life priorities are going;
- being distracted anticipating the upcoming Breach League in Path of Exile (launching Dec 2-ish);
- and gleefully indulging in a spur of the moment Steam sale purchase of Hitman;
I took up starting a new Expert Mode world in Terraria last week to try out version 1.3+.
I can quite confidently state that it deserves the following:
As proof, I submit my Hours Played as recorded by Steam:
Beyond noting that I spent a lot of time on simple but fun grindy mini-MMOs and idle breeding games, nothing even comes -close- to the hours spent in Terraria. Not idling, I assure you.
Next up, an oldie but a goodie:
Honorable mention: Blackwell Epiphany (It’s the last game in the Blackwell series, which I rhapsodized about. When you play five games with a set of characters, it hits you in the feels when it comes to an end.)
I went for something completely different for the next one:
Eh, everybody’s going to vote some version of Civilization anyway, right?
Alpha Centauri wasn’t on the Steam menu. Looking at my played time, the -honest- answer would probably also be Terraria, but apparently you can’t vote a game for multiple categories. So I went for the game of the moment.
Bought three days ago, and already at 11 played hours…
My rationale is to highlight this strange oddity of a stealth sandbox game that -encourages- you to wait globs of time doing nothing (ie. waiting for NPCs to move into position or to the next part of their pattern so that you can act) and get the entire multiple part mission -complete- before you quit for the night… which is easier said than done when something goes wrong and multiple save/reloads come into play.
Well, yes, theoretically one could just save and come back the next night where one left off… but, who does that, really, when there’s an outstanding target to be headshot/garrotted/poisoned/otherwise offed in an entertaining manner.
A really broad interpretation is possible for the next:
I have a strange sensation that proponents of the “hard, painful, masochistic mindblowing challenge” school of thought will set a Dark Souls game on the throne.
But you know, I read “crazy plot twist” and I’m going the “whoaaaaaaa, this started awesome and unique but what did we suddenly just smoke, my mind is expaaaaanding far out, duuudde…”route.
Honorable mention: Her Story is also pretty mind-expanding.
This one took a while to figure out – I apparently don’t play that many games with outstanding villains:
The Batman: Arkham variants were briefly considered, for their rogues’ gallery full of villains, but ultimately… the Joker man just wants to watch the world burn. He doesn’t need a hug. He’s villainous through and through. Sorta like Sephiroth.
Shadow of Mordor, though… ha. Sauron, The Bright Lord, you, the orcs, everybody needs a hug.
Honorable mention: The Masked Kidnapper from Tales from the Borderlands. He needs a hug too. Cos…reasons. (That you will know, if you finish the game.)
I -was- planning on voting Batman: Arkham City in, to reflect all the time I’ve spent chasing one Enigma achievement or side challenge or another. I -was- going to mention Skyrim’s many mods as an honorable mention.
Then out of the blue, while clicking on the voting button, this lil classic came to mind.
Nobody plays Magicka to be wannabe wizards defeating the dark lord of darkity dark. It’s all about the ARSE mines and murdering your friends.
I remember when it was being Greenlit, nyah. So yeah, I totally found it first. And don’t you ever forget it.
(Everybody’s just gonna go vote ARK: Survival Evolved, I’m sure.)
If Goat Simulator doesn’t win this category, I’m going to be very very surprised.
Hell, even it was the game that first came to mind for me, though I’ve never bothered to buy it or try it.
But you know me, I can’t do things easy. I was going to think of something completely different. Preferably from a Steam game that I own, and love enough to recommend.
One word. “Pig.”
I couldn’t think of a funny ha-ha category. So I went for something safe that still served the purpose of showcasing some of the most played games on my Steam list.
Mind you, it’s also the Best Game That Doesn’t Exist Anymore, because they’ve apparently replaced it with a “Definitive” edition, while I made it a point to vote for the original version.
Aesthetically, the original has a dramatic vividness of color contrast that got obliterated by overzealous reality-recreation of Hong Kong fog. In my opinion, anyway. See for yourself and decide:
So those are my Steam Award nominations for this year.
What are yours?