Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Link/List Round-Up of 2014

Tis' the season of unruly shoppers. I ran into one last night. Well, more like he nearly ran into me. I don't know why he felt it was necessary to get right against my personal space and breathe down my neck where there was 10 feet of space to his right wide open for his use.

People are jerks.

Today brings another link-round up for listings for your gaming enjoyment. Consider this an apology for yesterday. Unless something insane happens with the Take-Two/Rockstar lawsuit, I will not bring up those 'celebrity' names again. Because this blog needs class again, even if it's in the form of lists. :)

- Game Bias created a list of the 10 Worst Games of 2014. Feel free to give Jeff Pressgrove a lot of quizzical looks, because this list is scary. South Park: The Stick of Truth is on there, a game that makes up 25% of Ubisoft's digital sales. I'm confused about some of the choices, but the name of the blog is Game Bias. Obviously you're going in knowing it's going to be a one-sided, harsh opinion.

- The New Yorker, a publication that is infamous for it's high-brow commentary and satire, is taking a stab at video games as well with their 2014 Best Of list. It does take a few minutes to get through to the list as the majority of the introduction focuses on the "conflicts" the game industry has had this year, including #GamerGate. The list includes the heavy hitters, Mario Kart 8, Shadow of Mordor, Dark Souls II, but it also includes some mobile games like Threes!, a Tetris-esque puzzle game. You might find something new on this list to try out for the holidays.

- And as more of mainstream media jumps on board the gaming train, The International Business Times has their Top 5 Video Games of 2014. Look at that. Games are becoming the it news. Sadly, this one lacks the clout of The New Yorker. The list reads exactly as you expect it. In fact. Don't even click on the link. I'll tell you the results in descending order: The Last of Us: Remastered, DragonAge: Inquisition, Mario Kart 8, Destiny, and Shadow of Mordor. I think they borrowed the list from a generic gaming blog and put little other thought into it.

- The Guardian gives us the Top 25 Games of 2014. Well it's only 25-16, but let's see if there's anything new on this list. *starts scrolling* Yeah. Nope. About what you expect-Titanfall, Shadows of Mordor, with a mention of Fifa 15.

I wonder if these groups just copy/paste content from fan blogs. I don't see any reporting or reviewing going on with these sites.

- At least Kotaku is keeping it classy with their list of the Best Video Game Concept Art of 2014. And the art here runs the gambit. Platinum Games with Bayonetta 2 (still one of the best studios out there if you ever need reference photos for their characters), Aliens: Isolation, The Banner Saga, and even Thief makes it onto the podium. Those are some pretty art pieces...

- If you need more math and accounting on your lists, The Fiscal Times will aim to please you with their 10 Best-Selling Video Games of 2014 list. Unsurprisingly Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare ranked in at the top with 5.8 million units sold. GTA5's re-release for the PS4 and XBox One made it to slot number 3, but with over 3 million units out the door at a fraction of the time that AW was on the shelves, that's damn impressive - particularly from a game that made over a billion dollars in sales in 2013.

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