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Gourmet Gaming’s rather personal GOTY list about games from 2012…

Best food:

Guild Wars 2

One of my favourite Gourmet Gaming posts of the year was the Guild Wars 2 Chocolate Omnomberry Cake!

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Worst food:

Dishonored

If there’s one place I wouldn’t want to live it would be the city of Dunwall. Jellied Eels and Brined Hagfish are just a few of the ’delicacies’ on offer.

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Best game to play while eating:

Halo 4

There are plenty of cutscenes which provide the perfect opportunity for face-stuffing. Play co-op to double these snack chances.

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Most unexpected food in a game:

Legend of Grimrock – Blueberry Pie

Lost somewhere in the endless labyrinth of stone tunnels there is a blueberry pie. How, why… what? At least it’s not a Baked Maggot.

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Character most likely to get diabetes:

Juliet Starling (Lollipop Chainsaw)

Sure, she’s fit now, but Juliet’s diet of lollipops and junk food wont be doing her any favours for the future.

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Best food and game partnership:

Hitman: Absolution and Rustlers

Came with a buy-one-get-one-free voucher for Rustlers’ microwave burgers in the UK; Zero to tasty in Agent 47 seconds. Apparently.

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Game that should have had food:

Borderlands 2

I love the Borderlands universe and the seemingly endless loot. But Gearbox, Y U NO randomly generate noms?!

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Most brutal rationing in a game:

The Walking Dead

There were few things emotionally harder this year than playing The Walking Dead and deciding who got what to eat.

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Most anticipated foods for 2013:

Grand Theft Auto V

GTA has always delivered on bizarrely awesome foods and in-game franchises. I’m hoping GTA:V is no exception.

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Ni No Kuni

The cutest ice-cream sundaes and curries have been spied…

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INTRODUCING IGN’S 2013 GAME OF THE YEAR: The Last of Us

Gourmet Gaming ‘Game of the Year’ 2014

Here at Gourmet Gaming we take a unique perspective on video games. Sometimes we’re more concerned with consumables and medkits than frame rate, and we’re proud of it. Tired of the same old games appearing on Game of the Year lists for the same old reasons? Then the Gourmet Gaming Game of the Year 2014 is for you! 

1. Best Food of 2014: I Am Bread

“Man shall not live by bread alone” my butt. Who doesn’t like bread? Seriously? I’m allergic to dairy, but if I had a problem with wheat or gluten I’m not sure I could go on. No bread, no pasta, no cakes - you guys are the real heroes.

2. Worst Food of 2014: Oddworld: New’n’Tasty

Gourmet Gaming does not advocate nor recommend the consumption of Mudokons or Mudokon by-products. Especially not in all new glorious HD.

3. Best in-game coffee chain: D4 - “Cafe Swery 65”

If there’s one thing we know about Swery, the creator of the incredible Deadly Premonition and D4, it’s that this man likes to eat. Follow him on Twitter or Instagram for endless food and drink pictures as Swery eats his way from gaming convention to gaming convention (while somehow remaining a perfectly normal size). 

We’d much rather visit the Cafe Swery 65 for our caffeine fix than a Starbucks any day. You could probably pick up a Sinner’s Sandwich while you’re there, or maybe even some The Pickles. 

4. Best “Seinfeld” episode: Alien:Isolation - “The Alien”

There’s no denying it. The ship in Alien: Isolation has a cereal collection Jerry Seinfeld would be jealous of. They’re even all contained in automatic cereal dispensers of the future (science finally got it’s priorities straight). In fact, one can’t help but feel the entire premise of Alien: Isolation is pretty much an episode of Seinfeld. There’s definitely a case of “Hello, Newman” any time that xenomorph shows it’s face.

Make sure to keep an eye out for a Superman Easter egg (we’re pretty sure you’ll find one). Totally.

5. Best chef: Trevor Philips - Grand Theft Auto V

Bet you thought I was going to make a meth joke - too bad! I’m here to applaud Trevor Philips for his inspired fusion culinary skills. Foreskins AND eyelids? In the same bowl?! The man is a genius. The employees at Trevor Philips Industries headquarters are certainly being spoiled, it’s like a Ferrero Roche advert in there. Leftovers? Save some for me.

6. Best game to play while eating: Super Smash Bros. Wii U

I literally can’t imagine anything more frustrating. I suck at Super Smash Bros., but at least when I lose (aka fall off the stage after struggling to jump for the last 10 minutes) I’ll have a cupcake at hand to smush in the face of my opponent before storming out of the room.

7. Best Free-gan: Booker DeWitt - Bioshock: Infinite Complete Edition

Did you know Bioshock: Infinite is actually the world’s first Free-gan simulator? 

Save the girl, wipe away the debt, yada-yada-yada - embrace the anti-consumerist ideology by picking up abandoned food throughout Columbia, foraging in bins for birthday cakes and beans. Booker DeWitt is a man of morals and morsels.

8. Best diet game: Dark Souls II

Looking to lose some weight? Forget to eat by getting entirely absorbed by the Dark Souls II diet system from From Software. Dark Souls II increases your chances of success by being a game you can’t pause, and allowing other players to invade your game at their very whim. Add a combat system that demands acute response time and involvement, with a detrimental penalty for death in cases of failure, and you’re sure to be in your size 000 pants in no time.

9. Best worst advertisement for an energy drink: Sunset Overdrive - Over Charge Delirium XT

A product that causes it’s consumers to turn into mindless, rage-filled creatures? Gaming allegory, anyone?

Games and energy drinks have long been intertwined. Is Sunset Overdrive the industry’s attempt to break gamers free from the shackles of the “gamer fuel” and “triangular corn snacks” identity? If so - give us a call.

10. Best use of food as positive reinforcement: Super Time Force

Rescuing fellow heroes, retrying over and over and over again, time travelling through TIME to save the world? I did it all for the cookie.

11. Most anticipated food of 2015: Bloodborne

“Blood Vials” and “Foul Smelling Pills” are the only two restorative items that populate the Bloodborne Wikia right now, but a combat system without blocking means there’s sure to be a wealth of consumables.

Batman: Arkham City GotY’s Box Art Is Atrocious, But Packed With Value

The image above is what happens when you try to pack too many good reviews onto the cover of your box art of a game that might be too highly recommended. Especially when one of the quotes is from a magazine that no longer exists.

The Batman: Arkham City Game of the Year Edition includes the Catwoman, Nightwing, and Robin DLC; the Arkham City skin and challenge map pack; a download voucher for the animated feature Batman: Year One; and the Harley Quinn’s Revenge content.

You’re going to get a lot of bang for your buck, but if they don’t change the look of that atrocious art (is the game called Batman: Arkham City or “10 OUT OF 10”?) then maybe it’s not worth it. 

The GotY is due late May.

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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)