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Winter wrap-up, winter wrap-up!

...*ahem* Sorry. Yeah, this post is a little premature, but I'm declaring this year of blogging done for me!

This year I verifiably finished (meaning I remember finishing/documented finishing) 35 games, which is kind of a major accomplishment for me. Part of the reason I started the whole Hat Project thing was to bolster myself. For a few years now I've felt like I was constitutionally incapable of actually finishing ANYTHING, to the point where I'd feel seriously depressed and wonder if something was genuinely wrong with me. This year in July, I decided to stand up and put my money where my blog was. I started writing about games I was playing, and playing one at a time until I won.

If I was going to fail, I would document why and hopefully learn something about myself, and if I was going to succeed, I would document that too and have something to look back on and feel proud about. This also kept me writing, which has been... really important to me for a long time, and which I keep swearing off and going back to. In a way this entire thing is therapy of a sort, and it's therapy where I get to play all that crap I spent money on and have been too depressed to touch. So it's double-therapy. My self-esteem is higher, and my moods are brighter. I'm feeling better than I have in a long time.

By the way, you folk have been really, really supportive even though I've been relentlessly clogging your Livejournal feed with derpery for the last six months. Thank you, again thank you, and I salute you. Hopefully I am at least a little bit entertaining.

So where do I go from here? Damn fine question. Next year I'm going to keep up the Hat Project, and I have a big ol' list of JRPGs I'm going to be salting the pot with, including every single game you folk have rec'd for me to play. I'm no longer afraid to tackle a long game for fear I'll get bored and wander off, so there will be a number more of these long-form writeups coming. I guess that's either a warning or encouragement to keep reading, depending! There will also be more Nancy Drew and George Fayne and Bess Marvin, that lovable trio of crimefighting awesomehood. There will be minigames and music and magic.

We might solve a mystery, or rewrite history. I'm not ruling out anything here.

Anyway, we're at the end of the year, and that means I should polish up and pass some awards out for the games I played this year!

Best Soundtrack: Jet Set Radio
Best Skating: Jet Set Radio
Best Spraypainting: Jet Set Radio
Best World Design: Jet Set Radio
Special Award For Being Jet Set Radio: Jet Set Radio

Most Creative First Person Shooter: Xotic
Least Creative First Person Shooter: Crysis
Most Awesome Gimmick in a First Person Shooter: The Crysis Nanosuit
Least Awesome Shooting in a First Person Shooter: Xotic
First Person Game of the Year: Dear Esther

Least Clearly Conveyed Message: Alice: Madness Returns
Most Jumping Around While Twirling: Alice: Madness Returns
Best Thinly Veiled Masturbation Using A Flower: Alice: Madness Returns
Best Game About Stabbing People With A Butcher Knife: Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood

Best Metatextual Statement About Itself: Driver: San Francisco
Best Metatextual Statement About Its Genre: Alan Wake
Best Game That Does Not Know What Metatext Even Is: Beyond Good And Evil

Best Game About Shooting Robots In The Face: Transformers: War for Cybertron
Best Game About Kicking People In The Face: Sleeping Dogs
Best Game About Shooting Aliens Anywhere But The Face: Dead Space
Best Game About Being Shot By Italian Fighter Pilots: Wings of Prey

Best Collect-a-thon Platformer... Thing... With Music and Plants And Visuals: Pixeljunk Eden
Best Game That Is Nothing Like Its Screenshots Led Me To Believe: Aquaria
Best Fishing Minigame That Came With A Whole Other Dungeon Crawler Attached For Some Reason: Chantelise's Fairy Fishing

Best Supporting Cast: Tomb Raider: Legend
Best Platforming Mechanics: Tomb Raider: Anniversary
Best Game Utilizing Norse Mythology And Involving Jumping Around With Two-Gun Combat: Max Payne
Best Max Payne: Alan Wake

Best Screensaver: Evil Genius
Game Most Likely To Cause Eaten Keyboard Syndrome: VVVVVV
Hardest Game To Remember How To Spell: VVVVVV

Most Tedious Landscapes: Borderlands
Least Tedious Landscapes And Also Everything Else Was Pretty Awesome Too: Borderlands 2

Nanciest Drew: Nancy Drew: Haunting of Castle Malloy
Most Irritating Puzzle: Sliding Rotating Two-Headed Polychromatic Otter Box
Best Band Name: Sliding Rotating Two-Headed Polychromatic Otter Box

Best Leading Man: Balthier, Final Fantasy 12
Best Leading Boy: Raz, Psychonauts
Best Leading Woman: Jade, Beyond Good And Evil
Best Leading Girl: Nancy Drew, Nancy Drew Series
Best Princess: Ashelia B'nargin Dalmasca, Final Fantasy 12

Worst Princess Name: Ashelia B'nargin Dalmasca, Final Fantasy 12
Worst Name Not Belonging To A Princess: Daniel Cross, Assassin's Cre-- HIS NAME IS PRACTICALLY "DOUBLE CROSSING TEMPLAR AGENT" WHAT THE FUCK SERIOUSLY?!

Most Irritating Industry Trend: Putting Colons Everywhere

Special 'You Tried' Award For Showing Up: Rise of the Argonauts
No Awards Whatsoever: Sonic 2006

See you all next year. I'm gonna rest, relax, and spend the next couple days lazing around aimlessly.

Date: 2012-12-28 07:59 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] electrickeet
And with the exception of FF12 – sorry, I could not possibly sit through that, you're made of sterner stuff than I – I sat through every bit and loved it. Thank you for sharing!

Date: 2012-12-28 02:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] read-alicia.livejournal.com
I hope I speak for everyone when I say...

Long, long ago, there were a man who try to make his skill ultimate. Because of his bloody life, it's no accident that he was involved in the troubles.

I mean... uh...

Date: 2012-12-28 06:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] xyzzysqrl.livejournal.com
If there's one major accomplishment in my life, it's earning the Samurai Shodown 2 intro monologue.

Date: 2012-12-28 05:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] relee.livejournal.com
Hee hee, you give the funnest awards, Gordy. <3

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