Doug's Top 5 Games of 2013
2013 has been a year of consistent turmoil and change for the industry we love. Most visibly, we’ve seen the clash of new consoles and the foundations for a new generation of in home play; and, online play. Less advertised, are the changes those like myself are most excited for. In that, I mean the changes to how representation, communication and feedback should be handled on the internet. In the combined efforts of marginalized individuals within the industry to oppose and illuminate the industry’s own oppressive atmosphere; in the growing demand for comment and feedback sections that were not a minefield for that very marginalization; and within the games themselves, whether they be pleading for change and recognition or representing the very thing being fought against - change was the talk of the year. For the first time since its inception, games are being challenged to mature; and, it is the start of something wonderful.
Kyle's Top 5 Games of 2013
By the time I’ve finished up a review for Risk of Rain, I’ll have reviewed…not a lot of games this year. I spent most of the fall, easily the most plentiful of gaming season this year, doing school work and catching up with friends. As a result, there is an inordinate amount of handheld games and oddities on this list. I played games in cramped positions on buses, in dorm rooms seeking an escape, and maybe after a bright, sunny day of exploring outside. It’s worth evaluating how and why you play games, and I found myself doing that even more often this year. Thanks, 2013; I had one hell of a time playing you.