Also, while we’re on this subject, I had a chance to meet the both of them before Fish became Supreme Shithead of Gamedev on twitter.  It was at GDC in 2012, and Notch was supposedly having this party at some night club.  My friends and I went there to see what was going on, and you could see some of the IGA entrants and winners filtering in and going upstairs to this blocked-off section for people that were invited.  I bumped into Fish while picking up a checked coat and congratulated him on winning the Indie GOTY (or some equivalent) award for Fez.  He looked kinda dazed but did a little head nod and went upstairs.

We left not long after that because Notch throws really shitty parties, and we all bumped into Renaud outside of the club.  It’s kind of hilarious how different he was from Fish, though I wouldn’t really know it for a little while.  He was very friendly and talked with all of us about programming and game dev for a good 10 minutes while we waited for our cabs.  I really don’t know how the fuck he could have tolerated working with Fish for as long as he did.  Dude’s a saint.

My 2013 Games of the Year: Gone Home (PC / Mac)

Gone Home tasks you with exploring your family’s residence, but it’s not the place you grew up in. They’ve since moved into a large, old house, full of dark corridors, faulty wiring, and false spaces. Following in the tradition of 90s classics Myst and Riven, the game favors environmental exploration while dispensing with any of the convoluted puzzles or fantastic plots that complicated those games. Instead, Gone Home weaves a beautiful, human story that should not be missed.

By Alex Griendling / Blog / Twitter


We see a lot of interesting games at Alpha Beta Gamer, but Gorogoa is 15 minutes of the most unique, innovative and intelligent gameplay we’ve experienced this year.

Gameplay is spilt across four beautifully illustrated and animated panels that helped win it the IGF Excellence in Visual Arts Award.  These four panels can be moved around, zoomed in and out of and placed on top of each other to solve puzzles, allowing your character to continue his journey through the beautifully crafted world.  As you progress, the panels interact with each other in a variety of surprising and delightful ways, allowing for plenty of ‘wow that’s clever’ moments.

Gorogoa is targeted for release late in 2014 for PC & Mac, then subsequently mobile platforms.  With it’s beautiful animation (the GIFs above don’t do it justice), intelligent design and unique gameplay it’s bound to win more awards when it’s released.  Personally, it’s already my GOTY.  Highly Recommended.

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My 2013 Games of the Year: Papers Please (PC)

Papers Please puts you in the role of an immigration inspector at an Arstotzkan border checkpoint. The game is a brilliant bureaucracy simulator, as you are tasked with enforcing the Arstotzkan government’s reactionary rules while witnessing the impact of these rules at a very personal level. Helping someone in a dire situation that doesn’t have the proper paperwork may help you sleep at night and yield under-the-table bribes; however, doing so will result in a citation, which can mean a salary cut. Too many salary cuts will make it hard to pay the rent and feed your family, but maybe that loss can be offset by bribes? What will you do?

By Alex Griendling / Blog / Twitter


Spike VGA 2012 Winners

Game of the Year - The Walking Dead: The Game (Telltale Games)

  • Studio of the Year - Telltale Games
  • Best Xbox 360 Game - Halo 4 (Microsoft Studios/343 Industries)
  • Best PS3 Game - Journey (Sony Computer Entertainment/thatgamecompany)
  • Best Wii / Wii-U Game - New Super Mario Bros. U (Nintendo)
  • Best PC Game - XCOM: Enemy Unknown (2K Games/Firaxis Games)
  • Best Handheld / Mobile Game -Sound Shapes (Sony Computer Entertainment/Queasy Games)
  • Best Shooter - Borderlands 2 (2K Games/Gearbox Software)
  • Best Action Adventure Game - Dishonored (Bethesda Softworks/Arkane Studios)
  • Best RPG - Mass Effect 3 (Electronic Arts/BioWare)
  • Best Multi-Player Game - Borderlands 2 (2K Games/Gearbox Software)
  • Best Individual Sports Game - SSX (Electronic Arts/EA Canada)
  • Best Team Sports Game - NBA 2K13 (2K Sports/Visual Concepts)
  • Best Driving Game - Need For Speed Most Wanted (Electronic Arts/Criterion Games)
  • Best Fighting Game - Persona 4 Arena (Atlus/ARC System Works/Atlus)
  • Best Adapted Video Game - The Walking Dead: The Game (Telltale Games)
  • Best Independent Game - Journey (thatgamecompany)
  • Best Graphics - Halo 4 (Microsoft Studios/343 Industries)
  • Best Song in a Game - “Cities” by Beck (Sound Shapes)
  • Best Original Score - Journey (Sony Computer Entertainment/thatgamecompany)
  • Best Performance By a Human Male - Dameon Clarke as Handsome Jack (Borderlands 2)
  • Best Performance By a Human Female - Melissa Hutchison as Clementine (The Walking Dead: The Game)
  • Best Downloadable Game - The Walking Dead: The Game (Telltale Games)
  • Best Social Game - You Don’t Know Jack (Jellyvision Games)
  • Best DLC - Dawnguard – The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Bethesda Softworks/Bethesda Game Studios)
  • Most Anticipated Game - Grand Theft Auto V (Rockstar Games)