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Working Title 12.30.11: The 2011 Working Title Awards - The Winners
Posted by Jordan Williams on 12.30.2011





I'm no longer allowed in Australia







Welcome to the #1 Column to ring the New Year with EXTREME PREJUDICE, WORKING TITLE. This is it folks, the final Working Title of the year and the second half of the Working Title Year End Awards. Instead of an over long intro I am going to keep it SUPER short this week and hop right into handing out the awards. Also be sure to look at the rest of the sight because damn near every zone is handing out year-end awards this week and we all know how much you love agreeing and disagreeing with us over them.



The 5th Annual Working Title Awards 2011: The Winners

In case anyone forgot the rules, here is a quick rundown.
The games in question had to have come out by the first week on December to be counted. Any games after that will roll over into next year's Halftime awards in July.

For the purposes of simplicity Capcom's re-releases will be counted as ONE GAME. For instance Marvel vs. Capcom 3 and Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 are the same game.

Also while I did avoid them in the nominations version of the column, I am not going to avoid them in the winners version so this is your official SPOILER WARNING. I may or may not spoil endings/plot points for some of the bigger games this year.

While the comment section could've been used for voting, the final say is all me. My opinions. So feel free to rip me to shreds if you don't like it. But remember the golden rule: Just because I don't like something doesn't mean you're not allowed to anymore.

With that being said…


Let's get manly.




The Duke Nukem Award for Manliness


A long time mainstay of these awards is essentially the award for the best male character this year. In years past we have seen many a name grace this title but the tradition is always the same—The winner gets his name added to the lexicon of Manliness and will be the name of the award for the next 6 months. This year we have a pretty impressive group lined up as well as someone who has actually won the award before. So who is up for the Mantle of Manliness this year?



Halftime Winner Duke Nukem

Duke took the award earlier in the year and he did so in the fashion we all know and love Duke for. He punched aliens in the face while chugging beer, fuckin' bitches, and doing steroids. Of course his game was completely shitty and disappointing but no one can deny that Duke Nukem was one of the manliest characters of the year...if not all time.



Clayton Carmine (Gears of War 3)

Clayton succeeded where his brothers failed. Not only is he the most competent Carmine brother the series has ever seen, he is also the only one to be played completely straight as a soldier. While the first two Carmines were seen as incompetent at worst and green at best, Clayton is able to step in and kick ass in his own right and fit right in.



Rocket Raccoon (Marvel vs. Capcom 3)

While he might not technically be a man, Rocket Raccoon is one of the manliest mammals ever made. He has the fire power Cable, the look of...a raccoon, and the accent of a Guy Ritchie wet dream. Wanker.



Batman (Batman: Arkham City)

Batman, a previous winner of this award, returns with Arkham City and hasn't skipped a beat. In just under 10 hours he manages to survive the world's largest and most dangerous prison while taking out The Penguin, Solomon Grundy, Freeze, Bane, Hush, Deadshot, Ra's Al Gul, Joker, Harley Quinn, Hugo Strange, AND Clayface. All while dying horribly of cancer. Sounds pretty goddamn manly to me.



Isaac (Dead Space 2)


Oh, Isaac. How is it possible that you became even more badass the crazier you get? You might've been written off on this list and full disclosure you didn't win. But the fact that within the first 15 minutes you make a fucking gravity gun out of fucking pieces and then uses it to tear the legs off of necromorphs to kill them. How does a man pull that off and not at least get the honorable mention?





2010 Year End Winner - Kratos




Manliest Man of 2011
BATMAN


And for the first time in Working Title history we have Batman winning the same award TWICE. Whereas Kratos made Manly History by being the first man to hold the award for the entire year, Batman has not managed to win the Year End Award twice. Given all of the shit he puts up with in Arkham City and how he still manages to come out if it relatively unscathed. Well, except the fact that his love is dead, his main nemesis is dead, his idea of a Safe Gotham is dead, and the lives of countless prisoners (hardened and innocent) were killed senselessly before he could intervene has probably wrecked his mind even more than it already was...

But still. Batman is manly in both physicality and emotion. He will bounce back eventually...but for the time being he is THE MANLIEST MAN OF 2011!








The Dormroom Dominator Award


While I have since graduated from college, then name of the Dormroom Dominator still holds true for essentially what is voted on as the best multiplayer game of the year. In years past the award has ALWAYS been dominated by Call of Duty but this year, at least in the early half, this category was dominated by fighting games. This year we see them go head to head to claim the crown…as well as a game really is out of place—until you really think about it.




Halftime Winner (Ultimate) Marvel vs. Capcom 3

It won earlier in the year with its mixture of casual friendly combat with all of the understanding of the normal and more traditional fighters. That same blend managed to carry it this far and it's still one of the most watched Fighting Games on live streams and a constant staple at tournaments. But can it stave off the FPS Machine one last time? Is it possible that for the FIRST TIME EVER we don't have an FPS game winning Dormroom Dominator?



Modern Warfare 3

Alright, full disclosure. I am so fucking sick of Modern Warfare that I can't even bring myself to nominate it anymore. I don't have a hate boner for it or anything; I don't even really PLAY Modern Warfare that much anymore. The reason why is that although they have done MULTIPLE changes (as much as everyone likes to say they haven't) it's still the same damn multiplayer experience. That to me is a bigger insult than the (erroneous) 'same game, different year' argument. It is in fact a different game but it still FEELS the same...which is why for the first time I am recalling its nomination and therefore replacing it with a better nomination. With that being said...taking its place is...



Gears of War 3

Now we're talking. This is a game that should've been nominated the first time and it is a REALLY strong contender. While the rest of these games outside of possibly Battlefield and Dark Souls rely soley on the multiplayer against other human opponents...if you don't want that in Gears 3 you can totally play without that factor. Beast Mode is great, Horde mode is great, and fucking FOUR PLAYER CAMPAIGN is great. That's just split screening by yourself and system linking. Then if you REALLY want to put your skills to the test against live opponents you can still take the game online and play against other people. Versatility is why Gears 3 is getting the nod over MW3.



King of Fighters 13

And now it's time to go ahead and declare one of the nominee's dead in the water and KoF is it. While KoF 13 is a marked improvement over the abortion that was KoF 12 it just didn't grasp enough of the online community (no matter HOW vocal they are right now. Stay hype) but when pitted up against the FPS Machine, Gears 3, and the crowd pleasing MAHVEL BABY it just didn't stick it out. But I hope they keep this quality up and we see some more great KoF games BEFORE the next Fighting Game Crash.



Battlefield 3

The FPS Machine marches strong with Battlefield 3. While the media has tried to play up the whole "MW3 vs. BF3" war...to me I never saw them as even being in the same sphere. MW3 always seems to me more about lone-wolfing it and personal gain while BF has ALWAYS been about contributing to the team for the overall victory for me. I might end the match going 9/22 KDR but I still get MVP on the team because I repaired tanks, revived players, dropped ammo, and CONTRIBUTED in a non-direct way that still helped us achieve victory. And for that that builds a better multiplayer experience rather than "My team killed more people than your team". Instead we get "My team operated better as a team than your team." which we need more of.



Dark Souls

And in what might be the more confusing entry onto this this, we have a game that has very limited multiplayer but perhaps is the biggest multiplayer experience of this entire nomination. Dark Souls is primarily a single player game. But the fact is since the game is so unhelpful, inhospitable and uncaring it how it treats the player that it FORCES you to either suffer alone or join an online community to get help. And while those all sound like bad things this is actually a GOOD thing as far is Dark Souls is concerned. You see it somehow turned Dark Souls into not an RPG...but some weird ass sort of scavenger hunt where you can go to forums and other places dedicated to the game and have EVERYONE contributing some sort of knowledge to the overall pool. It really builds a community around the game better than anything else on the list...and you know what? While I might catch some shit for this...






2010 Year End Winner -Battlefield: Bad Company 2






2011 Dormroom Dominator

Dark Souls


I can't help it. The single-player game is going to win over the Fighting Game that was unfinished and the FPS Machine. Gears stood a chance but at the end of the day it's still MORE Gears. This...what Dark Souls accomplished by FORCING a community to rally together and beat this game into submission. By virtue of that it BECAME a massively multiplayer game. It's like a giant goddamn interactive Wiki for an impossibly hard game otherwise. And it's more refreshing than any of the sequels that were on the list. Let's just hope they don't ruin a good thing.








Not a Bang, but a Whimper Award


But they all can't be winners, the Whimper Awards were made for those games (or in this year's case—consoles) that just didn't live up to the hype that was promised. Either they didn't sell well or they didn't review well. Basically something went wrong somewhere and the game didn't make a big splash like it needed to. Instead it just sort of fizzled its life away in mediocrity and controversy.





Halftime WinnerDuke Nukem Forever

Is it really any surprise why this is here? At this point all that needs to be said about Duke in a non-joking manner has been said. The game took forever to come out. Was shit. Shitty shit. Like the shittiest of shit. Any little kernel of goodness in the game was surrounded by such putrid shit that it just made you even angrier.




Rage

But was it angry enough to be considered RAAAAGE? Rage is on this list simply because it COULD'VE been great. I'd put so much time into this game and into this technology and the game LOOKED great, it PLAYED great...but there was nothing to PLAY. That is the real shame with Rage, the fact that everything was NEEDED for the game to be great was there -- but it's just that they didn't do ANYTHING with it. Like I said last time it felt like Borderlands without the loot and without the multiplayer. A boring, dull wasteland full of annoying vehicles and useless fetch quests.



Dragon Age 2

Ouch. If there is a game that stings on this list the most it might be Dragon Age 2. While I didn't HATE the game nearly as much as everyone else when I first played it...now that I look back on it after a nearly a full year I see what everyone else saw. A rushed mess of a game that was put out there to make money on the BioWare and Dragon Age names. While the hardcore players site the 'dumbing down' of the game as its biggest downfall I think the biggest slight against it is the simple fact that this game was just rushed, recycled, and it was obviously in need of at LEAST another year of polish. And as many other media outlets have said, if BioWare does end up going down the dark path of Developer Hell that places like Sega and Capcom currently are setting up homes in, Dragon Age 2 will be the one game everyone looks at and says "Yep. That was the one that did it.".




The Nintendo 3DS

The Nintendo 3DS. Man...just...The 3DS. I wrote I think two whole columns this year about the 3DS. One defending and the other was me bashing the hell out of it. I don't think what else I can say that hasn't been said already. Nintendo got lazy and arrogant and we all paid the price for it. The rushed out the 3DS thinking they still had the goodwill of the gamers and that we would sit quietly and wait like good little children for the next Nintendo Magic wave to hit. We didn't. We raised hell and they felt it. Nintendo finally seems to be getting back on track so I don't know how much longer Nintendo will be the 'worst handheld launch since the Virtual Boy'. But it doesn't change that fact that until relatively recently The 3DS was a definite disappointment




Modern Warfare 3

Alright, full disclosure. I am so fucking sick of Modern Warfare that I can't even bring myself to talk about it anymore. I don't have a hate boner for it or anything; I don't even really PLAY Modern Warfare that much anymore. The reason why is that although they have done MULTIPLE changes (as much as everyone likes to say they haven't) it's still the same damn game experience. That to me is a bigger insult than the (erroneous) 'same game, different year' argument. It is in fact a different game but it still FEELS the same...which is why for the first time I am nominating it for the Whimper Award despite it selling more than any game mentioned in any of the categories and only slightly changing the exact same paragraph I typed about it earlier in an attempt to make a really meta joke about Modern Warfare 3 that turns into a self-deprecating joke about my own laziness.






2010 Year End Winner - Fable III






2010 Whimper Winner

Dragon Age II


Like I said...the more I looked at this game after it came out the worse the taste got in my mouth. I guess when I played it early in the year it didn't really dawn on me at how disappointing this game really was. But it WAS rushed, and it WAS a letdown and it COULD be the one marker of the downfall of BioWare. I personally think Mass Effect 3 is going to be fucking AWESOME. But if for some unforeseen reason ME3 takes a dip in quality or we see the same cost cutting measures take place...Dragon Age II will be the seen as the harbinger. Hah. Mass Effect...Harbinger.








The Die in a Fire Award


And since we are already in the negative zone of the awards, why not just got ahead and give out the DIAF Award—Also known as the award where we just collectively say FUCK YOU (In fact, that will be one of the descriptions for a nominee) to various things in the games world. Be it a character, a mechanic, or even a company in its entirety. We want to cast them into Hell and this is the only way we can do it and feel good about ourselves.



Halftime Winner Nintendo Magic

Good old Nintendo Magic. I see you have reared your ugly head again but it's still a problem. I could see if Nintendo was super burdened and overworked and doing a ton of stuff with its online stores and infrastructure and if they were doing a lot of stuff that preventing them from releasing Triple A titles all year around...but they simply aren't. They are getting lazy and gah-dammit this "3 good games a year and then SILENCE" shit is not going to fly anymore.



Single Player Campaigns in Console FPS Games

When was the last time you played a *CONSOLE* FPS game that had an honest-to-God storyline? Bioshock. After that I can't really think of a game that had a GOOD single player campaign in an FPS. We've had games that tried like Singularity and Wolftenstien. While they weren't remarkable they at least gave you a reason to try the single player. One could even make the argument for Halo Reach giving you a decent bang for your single player buck. But ever since then the FPS Machine has been rolling with half-assed attempts at a single player campaign which are just NOTHING. MW3 and BF3 this year are a shining example. So I am just saying if you aren't going to make an ATTEMPT to write a decent storyline and build a good single player offering in these games...STOP DOING IT. 90% of the audience for these games play them for multiplayer only anyway so just go the PC route and release it multiplayer only with some bot play and call it day. I'd rather you stop doing it than do it half assed.



The Riddler (Batman: Arkham City)

Man, fuck the Riddler. While I consider Arkham City to be one of the better games of the year the one dark spot I had in the entire game was this bastard and the decisions they made with him. I am not anti-collectible or anything like that but who in the hell decided to have FOUR HUNDRED collectibles/challenges in order to see this through? Seriously. If they were just meaningless collectibles that didn't do anything to me but this actually had storyline content and relevance which means there was stuff locked behind this that they put behind and ludicrously stupid wall. So I guess the main problem here are useless collectibles...but it was still all The Riddle's fault...so fuck the Riddler.



Capcom's Business Practices

Capcom has had the best and worst year they've ever had. While they are spearheading the revival of the fighting game scene but they have been doing some of the most boneheaded and stupid moves this year. First they start re-releasing games that DON'T NEED re-releasing. Last year Capcom shocked everyone with Case Zero for Dead Rising 2 and it was well received and it worked well. But...then they made Super Street Fighter A.E...then Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, then Dead Rising 2: Off the Record. Basically Capcom has resorted to living off of rehashes of Resident Evil and remakes/re-releases of games that AREN'T EVEN A FULL YEAR OLD. And do we even NEED to bring up the Megaman Universe fiasco? It seems like more and more that Capcom is hitting Nintendo levels of autopilot that doesn't help the image they have at all. The worst part is they always try to explain these idiotic moves by saying "It's for the community" and "Well, we couldn't figure out how to put this on the disc" and shit that COUNTLESS others have done. Capcom is being lazy, and on top of that...they are being lazy ONLY because they want more money. Is it any surprise at who won this award yet?

Shao Khan


You're off the hook this year, you cheap ass bastard.




2010 Year End Winner - On Shelves Now, Patch it Later






2011 Winner who needs to Die in a Fire

Capcom's Business Practices



In true Capcom fashion, I'll just repeat what I said earlier but add a little something to it so I can justify adding it again.


Capcom has had the best and worst year they've ever had. While they are spearheading the revival of the fighting game scene but they have been doing some of the most boneheaded and stupid moves this year. First they start re-releasing games that DON'T NEED re-releasing. Last year Capcom shocked everyone with Case Zero for Dead Rising 2 and it was well received and it worked well. But...then they made Super Street Fighter A.E...then Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, then Dead Rising 2: Off the Record. Basically Capcom has resorted to living off of rehashes of Resident Evil and remakes/re-releases of games that AREN'T EVEN A FULL YEAR OLD. And do we even NEED to bring up the Megaman Universe fiasco? It seems like more and more that Capcom is hitting Nintendo levels of autopilot that doesn't help the image they have at all. The worst part is they always try to explain these idiotic moves by saying "It's for the community" and "Well, we couldn't figure out how to put this on the disc" and shit that COUNTLESS others have done. Capcom is being lazy, and on top of that...they are being lazy ONLY because they want more money. Is it any surprise at who won this award yet?









The Isabella Baddest Bitch Award for Womanhood

Much like the Manliest Character Award, we here at Working Title believe in giving women their fair share which is why we have the Baddest Bitch Award for the best and most badass female character of the year. Earlier we saw an admittedly small list do battle and Isabella come out on top (Haaa. Whore joke) but now at the end of the year she has stiffer (More whore jokes!) competition. Including a female who





Halftime Winner Isabella (Dragon Age II)

Each of the ladies nominated this year have just one central reason for why they are here. Isabella's just happens to be the fact that she is a whore. A whore-y whore. A whoretastically whored whore. I mean she is a badass pirate thief on top of all of that who actually is really useful in battle...but it's mostly because she is a whore. Not a whore in the bad way, either. The whore in the "I don't care if you call me a whore, because I can stab you in the face" kind. A proud whore is a good whore.




Chell (Portal 2)

While I normally hate that crap out of silent protagonists when they aren't in an RPG, there is something just slightly...I dunno good about Chell. She's really not so much a badass character as much as a true avatar for the user and all of the wacky shit that happens. But if you really think about it on a base level Chell is actually a smart woman with some bomb-ass problem solving skills and a love for fucking up the pace-time continuum. Plus she's not a whore.



Shaundi (Saints Row the Third)


I really didn't like Shaundi in SR3. She came off as bitchy and annoying. But like I said last time this was still a vast improvement over the whore-stoner she was in SR2. This time around she not only contributed a lot to the story but after Johnny Gat's death she becomes pretty much the new version of the Gatman. It's a shame that in the better ending of Saints Row 3 you have her die.

Yeah, the Mars ending was fucking stupid.




Katherine Marlowe (Uncharted 3)

Now if Isabella is the whore, Chell is the smart one, and Shaundi is the badass...that by default makes Katherine the BITCH. Good lord is this woman evil...which is why exactly she is on the list. She is on the list because what these young ladies don't know is that sometimes you have to use some good old fashion shrewd ass viciousness. While she isn't quite a monster she does proof enough of a foil for Nathan "Raining Bitches" Drake. It's probably the first girl in the series he doesn't want to be inside of.


Catwoman (Batman: Arkham Asylum)

...And then there's Catwoman. I guess she can be considered a mixture all three. The main reason I put her on the list honestly is because she is the only female you actually play directly as (outside of Chell) and has an impact on the story sort of. While she might only be around for roughly 25% of the story, her 25% of the story actually matters and makes the game feel like a better experience for her having been a part of it. If only her dialogue wasn't so goddamn awful.




2010 Year End Winner - Sarah Kerrigan






2011 Winner of Womanhood
Shaundi


While Shaundi might just be a little bit more annoying this time around, she is still leaps and bounds above what she became. And to be perfectly honest she is the only female on the list in my mind that is actually a literal badass. Sure, Isabella and Catwoman have their fair share of action but...I'll say it again--Shaundi replaced JOHNNNY GAT as the gun crazy psychopath in The Saints. That is saying something.







The "Shit Just Got Real" Award
There is that moment in pretty much every video game where SHIT GETS REAL. Basically it's either the moment where the action has cranked up to an unfathomable point or something has just happened that has changed EVERYTHING. These might be minor moments in the grand scheme of thing or giant endings that just make you really think about what is going on in the game and in once case in particular the games industry. This is where SHIT GOT REAL…but what shit got the realest?

Just like always, these events don't really need explanation. So they won't get one


Halftime Winner PS Vita - 250.00 USD. Nintendo gonna GET GOT./ PSV priced within 3DS Range(at the time)



Party Time/Taking your first Stronghold (Saints Row the Third)



Your first Random Encounter Dragon (Skyrim)



NO, NOT MY BABES/Alien Space Ship (Duke Nukem Forever)



What the fuck…this WORKS?/Motion Control *FINALLY* working for the Wii (The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword)








2010 Year End Winner - Riding into Mexico in Red Dead Redemption for the first time






2011 Moment of the Year
Party Time (Saints Row the Third)

Seriously. It was just a mixture of an awesome moment mixed with the correct mix of music and...man. The best part about this is that it was a good moment and it was probably the tamest mission in the game. You drop in. Shoot shit. Chase stuff in a helicopter...and that's it. But the atmosphere is what makes it a wonderful moment. That and Kanye West's "Power" makes anything badass.









From this point on we have pretty much hit everything that has already been read. We are now in the "Game of the Year" portions. You've been hearing about these games all year long and at this point there is really nothing else I can tell you about them to convince you one way or the other. So let's get to the Games of the Year.


The Left Field Hit Award

Now this award is almost the exact opposite of the Whimper Award, this award is for games that both came out of NOWHERE and were good or we thought were going to be terrible and defied all expectations. Usually this category is full of casual games and mobile games but this year it's all consoles and downloadable.


Halftime Winner Shadows of the Damned




Catherine



Sonic Generations



Dark Souls






2010 Year End Winner - Pac-Man Championship Edition






2011 Left Field Hit Winner
Dark Souls

For pretty much all of the reasons I listed in the Dormroom Dominator Award, Dark Souls is taking this. While Demons Souls was pretty much hidden under the radar for mostly everyone outside of the super hardcore. While it's still pretty much the Super Hardcore loving this game...it's more of them this time and like I said the community around it is just phenomenal. So I'd say that qualifies it to the LFH of the Year in my book. I still am never going to put myself through that hell again, though.






Workaholic's Choice Game of the Year So Far

And here it is. The big one. The one that matters the most. Working Title Game of the Year. This is the largest nomination ballot we've ever had but there are simply too many games on her that I personally could be considered GOTY as well as gaming press considers GOTY. And much like how I USUALLY do with the "Shit Got Real" award where the moment speaks for itself…there are just too many good things said about the games nominated this year that anything else I could say would just add to the top. So it's better to just nominate them and let them speak for themselves.



Batman: Arkham City

Saints Row the Third

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Uncharted 3: Drakes Deception

The Witcher 2

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

Portal 2

Gears of War 3

Duke Nukem Forever
Note: Always bet on Duke

Halftime Winner Mortal Kombat







2010 Year End Winner - Mass Effect 2






2011 Game of the Year
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and Saints Row the Third



Alright, I figure this is going to require some explaining. In my opinion the game of the year is both Skyrim and Saints Row the Third. These are for completely different reasons but IN MY OPINION both are valid.

I had more fun with these two games than I have ever had this year. Skyrim is a great time sink that allows me to just get lost in it for hours with what seems like endless possibilities for stuff to explore and places to loot. I have so far sunk about 178 hours into the game and I have only done THREE of the main quests. THREE. Yet I have done 55 misc quests, 25 side quests, and God knows how many random dungeons I have gone through and I am STILL having fun. But there is the elephant in the room that is on everyone's mind.

The PS3 Version.

Normally I would chalk this up and ignore since the problem seems to be mainly centered round the PS3, but it would fly in the face of pretty much everything I have been talking about all year if I flat out called Skyrim, a game that was sort of broken at launch and is broken for roughly 1/3 of its player base the undisputed Game of the Year for 2011. By all means if all of the versions ran good and still had the normal Bethesda hiccups...Skyrim would rule the roost alone. But I cannot in good conscience say that Skyrim is the Game of the Year. At least not in its current state. So...it gets a partner.



Saints Row the Third is fun. Call it a buzzword. Call it an excuse. Call it immature or whatever you want but the game is FUN. It knows what it is, it knows what it wants to be and it knows that the entire time. You could boil the game down to "lol i shoot hookers and furries and hackers and swing a giant dildo LOLSORANDOM XDDDD" and while you are correct, that would be doing the game a major disservice. The franchise started out as a competent, if not generic GTA clone. While SR2 made more strides to try to distance itself from GTA is still had a distinctive GTA vibe to it. But then...Saints Row the Third comes into its own. Whereas Skyrim is a time sink and an exercise in immersion and questing. Saints Row is simply an exercise in FUN. I can't say it enough...all you do in the game is HAVE FUN. They designed it around fun, they built it with fun, and it looks like they probably even had more fun MAKING it than I did playing it. So if I can't fully all Skyrim game of the year I have NO problem with having it share the throne with Saints Row the Third. They are both enough fun for me to sink into for the next few months until Mass Effect 3 comes out.

Two vastly different games. Two vastly different experiences. But they both are great pieces of work and allow me to remember that this is about being entertained through technology. Rather it's slaying dragons or taking control a city from a crazy Luchadore. It doesn't matter what you are doing unless you are having fun. This is why I am declaring The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and Saints Row the Third Working Title's 2011 Game of the Year. Yeah, it might be a cop out...but it's my cop out.







And there we have it. See you next year with "What we learned in 2011 in Video Games". Stay safe, don't be sober...and again, feel free to savage me in the comments and tell me what your Game of the Year was. If you say Duke Nukem Forever I actually might buy you something on Steam.

I mean that, too.



Until next year, I'm Jordan Williams...and instead of signing off with the usual YouTube video I will instead sign off with...

Who am I kidding? MORE POWER.







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