It's the end of the year, which means it's time to reflect on the events of 2008. This week, we fill the podcast to the brim, discussing our favorite games of the year, our favorite pieces of game writing, and a few news stories that didn't make the original cut. Check out the show notes for links to all of the games and articles we reference and be sure to weigh in with your favorite 2008 highlights.
Some discussion starters:
-What was your favorite game you played this year? How about your favorite "gaming moment?"
-Did any game writing or particular blogs make an impact on how you view the medium? What trends do you see forming in game writing?
-Which news stories caught your attention? Were there any important or quirky ones that were overlooked?
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Run time: 32m 59s
Our Favorite Games of the Year:
Jorge - Left4Dead
Scott - World of Goo
Our Favorite Game Writing of the Year:
Jorge - A discussion of rewarding flawed games, including (but not limited to):
Leigh Alexander, Ben Fritz, and N'Gai Croal
Scott - Mitch Krpata's "A New Taxonomy of Gamers"
Some Overlooked News Stories
-The DS-Purse Deal
-The Fanboy War on Metacritic
-Square-Enix Making a "Brain-Controlled" Game
-Red Ring of Death Class Action Lawsuit
-Fable II Officially a Stoner Game
Music provided by Brad Sucks