Archives for December 2005

2005 Awards

All the gaming sites have their “Best Of” awards each, as do many blogs. Here I’ll be aggregating the various best-of lists I find in the gaming-sphere. I’m also planning the Buttonmashing awards up after Christmas (you can read my 2004 picks here). Until then, here’s what others think:

Uberblog Guardian Unlimited Gamesblog has listed their Best Games of 2005 here.

Troy has posted takes a look back at 2005’s strategy games and doles out the awards here.

Singe has posted his awards here and here. You can get at them from his Awards Category, too.

Vanhemlock, connoisseur of all things MMO, breaks down 2005 here, month by month, concluding with a report on all his characters.

Jared Rea (a member of the 1Up staff) has a blog at 1Up which I found via GameSetWatch and he also has a couple 2005 lists, the regular awards and the not-so-regular ones.

Mike mentioned in the comments he’d be posting his Top 5 of ’05 lists and he just posted his Top 5 Games. Additionally, you can see his Top 5 for Music, television, movies, and Events. Mike’s got good taste!

Joystiq’s staff has posted their 2005 picks here.

The ever hilarious Geek on Stun has some great picks for 2005, including the Game From 2005 That We Haven’t Gotten Around To Quite Yet, But Will Definitely Make An Effort To Soon. I’ll have to give that one a try, too.

Not to toot my own horn, but you can find my list here.

GameSetWatch has a few links to their 2005 picks. You can find them all here.

MattG from Press the Buttons lists his picks here. Interesting to see that RE4 only made it to #3 in his list.

Mike Nowak’s Top 5 list of games does not include RE4 (gasp!) but is another great list.

Game Girl Advance has the Top 5 Trends of 2005. Another great read. #2 is wireless online gaming, something I’m also a big proponent of.

But sometimes it’s nice to have a system which I can just pull out while on my lunch break and play a quick online match. The portable systems have provided that and blazed a very profitable trail.

And you thought we were done updating this thread. Never! Here are a few more.

Broken Toys has his Top Ten list.

Bill at Dubious Quality hooks us up with his list of the games he enjoyed the most.

Tom at G-pinions gives us the top 2004 games he didn’t play until 2005. I think I’m gonna give Ribbit King a try!

Update: I changed the time stamp so this would rise back to the top as more people’s list are surfacing. My own list is almost finished done.

Update (1/6/06): Added a few more lists to the list.

Buckeye Blogging, et cetera.

A few tidbits leading up to the Fiesta Bowl.

  • Notre Dame has not won a Bowl game in over ten years
  • Bobby Carpenter has been practicing (no contact) with the team but no decision has been made yet. I’d love to see him out there Monday, but not to the detriment of his NFL career. Hopefully he’ll make the right choice.
  • AJ Hawk is dating Brady Quinn’s older sister, Laura. Is Charlie Weis up to something? AJ Hawk is not attractive. Laura Quinn is. How did this happen?
  • OSU has the most All Academic Big Ten football players this year (18) in the conference. This is now the fourth straight year OSU has led the Big Ten. Four years? Jim Tressel started coaching the Buckeyes in 2001. 2002 would have been his freshmen recruiting class. Hmmm…
  • AJ Hawk is the National Defensive Player of the Year. Why did he not win the Butkus award again?

Update: Thanks to BM reader Bryan, I’ve added a link to Laura Quinn’s picture, which currently seems to be what everyone is looking for. I still stand by my assertion, though — compared to A.J., Laura is quite the looker.

Bloglines quirk?

I seem to have an issue with Bloglines and the two Weblogs, Inc. feeds I subscribe to (Joystiq and Engadget). Every item in their feeds is repeated three or four times. Has anyone else who’s subscribed to their feeds notice this? Is it from the ads they insert into th feed? It’s getting a little frustrating. I really enjoy reading both blogs but it’s almost to the point where it’s not worth it.

Is this a Bloglines issue or a feed isssue?

King Kong – WOW

Just got back from the theater. Saw a little movie, you might have heard of it — King Kong. Wow.

Wow, was that movie visceral and intense!

Wow, was the action amazing (once it got started).

Wow, was that movie long.

Wow, was Jack Black out of his league.

Wow, were some of those sequences both breathtaking and heartbreaking.

Wow, was that an excellent movie!

Parenting is good!

I should start a running tally of bad vs. good portrayals of gaming in the media. Sure, the ratio would be 20 to 1 but it sure seems like the good ones are really good ones. The latest to go on the “Good Pile” is from the Washington Post, by Sebastian Mallaby, titled, “My son and I, Game to Learn.” (hat tip to BM reader Bobster).

The article starts off with everything we’ve heard before – studies can’t prove a link between violence and video games (even though they’re trying their darndest!) and all the benefits of playing games – better problem solving, you know the drill. But there’s more to it than that. It gets good when he starts talking about his son’s passion for RuneScape. I’ve never played RuneScape, but after reading this article, I’m intrigued. A little clip:

But the game’s main attraction lies in its business challenge. My son has been buying logs, making longbows and selling them at a profit; he says the margins in the bow business fluctuate around 10 percent. Lately he’s moved into buying magic herbs in bulk and retailing them individually. This is a dicier business, but the risk is balanced by reward. Herb-trading margins can be 100 percent or fatter.

Sounds fun. As a big fan of crafting, this sounds right up my alley. But the article is more than just the fluctuating markets of RuneScape. It’s about history and Age of Empires 3 and medicine and America’s Army.

All this coming from a confessed non-gamer. Keep the good publicity rolling!

Update: Joystiq has linked buttonmashing.com with this story. Thanks! Even with the wonky feed issue, I still dig the Joystiq crew.