The editorial staff and most regular contributors of TheSixthAxis have cast their votes. We’ll be telling you what we think is our Game of the Year for 2012 very soon. But every year, when we run our Game of the Year series on TSA, we want to include our community in some way. With the hectic end-of-year workload we have – making sure there’s fresh material on the website, even when game releases and news slow down – that hasn’t been possible. This year, we’ve made it possible.
The categories are the same as the ones we used for the staff vote and, while it’s impossible to perfectly define modern videogames into easily recognisable boxes, we think they’re fairly representative.
There’s a category for each of the genres that we felt were well represented this year and, because some genres don’t have a specific category (Fighting and Platform, for example, because there wasn’t a great wealth of games in those genres in 2012), there’s a category called “Genre Agnostic”. This is the place for games which weren’t easily deposited into any of the other categories, for whatever reason.
Some games may appear in more than one category. Uncharted: Golden Abyss was a great Action Adventure game which some of our staff felt should be included in that genre’s Game of the Year discussion but it’s also a great handheld game. Football Manager is a great Strategy game but it’s also a Sports game. As I said, genres in modern games are tricky to define so we had to just do our best.
Likewise, it’s worth mentioning the Mobile and Handheld categories. I think that this might be the last year they’re worth considering as separate categories, because of the great leaps forward mobile gaming is making and its immense popularity. But this year, it didn’t feel right to consider games like Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation alongside games like Super Hexagon. So we did our best with defining categories.
There’s a space for you to enter any game title you wish (please try to be accurate with spelling, it helps with collating results!) but there’s also a drop down menu, which will hopefully make it nice and easy for most to cast their votes. The contents of the drop-down menus show every game nominated by a member of TSA staff for each category, they show what we considered for our voting but every gamer is different so feel free to add your own.
We’ll close voting on Friday the 28th, so you have time to consider any games you get for Christmas and I still have time to collate all the results before we announce your winners.
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