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Joystiq has announced their GOTY: Journey.

Journey also took the win over at IGN, Gamespot, The GameCity prize, Amazon and more.

 

What Joystiq said =>

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Watchmen, the monumental graphic novel by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, was once deemed "unfilmable." So entrenched were the creators in the structure and language of their chosen medium, that no interpretation, even if faithful to the plot and characters, could truly convey as intended this study of duplicitous, damaged superheroes.

One of my favorite novels, "House of Leaves" by Mark Z. Danielewski, belongs best in a book, which you flutter through, turn upside down and decode in mad layers. The core of it, however, is a spooky, spatially suspect house. Hollywood can probably handle that – and I'd go see the results – but it wouldn't be the same without the scribbled anecdotes, the cover and the spine.

Journey is an unfilmable video game, despite being rooted in a concept that's miraculously relatable and explainable (for a game). A slender being, draped in beautiful and unfettered fabrics, is drawn to a mountain. The beacon beckons not with words, but a language enmeshed with the world itself. Some designers show they care by putting a dot on your screen; others make you a mountain.

And that's it, really. You move from Point A to Point B, which sounds quite filmable, especially in cases where B = Vegas. The difference is in the texture, felt on the radiant sand dunes and stubborn snow you cross along the way, sometimes alone and sometimes with a stranger heading in the same direction. There are moments of calm observation, of downhill frivolity, and a few scary bits that halted my breathing.

I could accuse developer thatgamecompany of obvious manipulation, warping the environment and the very light to instill emotions within me, but isn't that the point? To master the language of the medium, to be evocative and to make us walk a steep path and then let us savor the views from its peak? In Journey, world building, writing, and design feel like they're the same thing.

Though I wouldn't go as far as calling Journey the ultimate video game representative (it's not really the kind of clockwork thing with systems and rules that you endeavor to exploit), I believe it's a genuinely joyous illustration of how games can effectively stir and converse with players. Taking its quiet methods to heart, I'm starting to wonder if the best rhetoric built around Journey uses as few words as possible. Gonna shut up now and wait for you to play it again.


Full top 10:

  1. Journey as 1
  2. XCOM: Enemy Unknown as 2
  3. The Walking Dead as 3
  4. Fez as 4
  5. Super Hexagon as 5
  6. Dishonored as 6
  7. Halo 4 as 7
  8. Mark of the Ninja as 8
  9. Mass Effect 3 as 9
  10. ZombiU as 10

 

Source = http://www.joystiq.com/2013/01/03/joystiq-top-10-of-2012-journey/
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Well deserved :D



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ANOTHER ONE? HOLY SHIT! :D

man-bear-pig said:
ANOTHER ONE? HOLY SHIT! :D

BETTER BELIEVE IT >:3



I never get the appeal of these 'artsy' games.

I LOVE ICELAND!

I still didn't play this game :(

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I really want to play this, but I've heard that it's short, and it's still at full price, and I still have so much to play

Hopefully it will go on PS+ at some point, as a discount if not a free game.

Incidentally, although VGC seems to love the game, gamrReview readers despise it. Look at the comments: http://www.gamrreview.com/article/89618/2012-game-of-the-year-awards-the-winners

EDIT: All of the offensive comments seem to have been deleted, but they were overwhelmingly negative about our GoTY choice.



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Congrats and deserved.

Go go Journey.

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Kantor said:

I really want to play this, but I've heard that it's short, and it's still at full price, and I still have so much to play

Hopefully it will go on PS+ at some point, as a discount if not a free game.

Incidentally, although VGC seems to love the game, gamrReview readers despise it. Look at the comments: http://www.gamrreview.com/article/89618/2012-game-of-the-year-awards-the-winners

EDIT: All of the offensive comments seem to have been deleted, but they were overwhelmingly negative about our GoTY choice.

Can be said for any game. Go check out any GOTY winner videos on youtube and you'll have more than half of the users saying blasphemy due to their game not winning. How is this new :P (Far more notice-able when the game is an exclusive even).

It costs like 10 euros for an experience you wont forget. About 1,5-2 hours of bliss!



Aldro said:
Kantor said:

I really want to play this, but I've heard that it's short, and it's still at full price, and I still have so much to play

Hopefully it will go on PS+ at some point, as a discount if not a free game.

Incidentally, although VGC seems to love the game, gamrReview readers despise it. Look at the comments: http://www.gamrreview.com/article/89618/2012-game-of-the-year-awards-the-winners

EDIT: All of the offensive comments seem to have been deleted, but they were overwhelmingly negative about our GoTY choice.

Can be said for any game. Go check out any GOTY winner videos on youtube and you'll have more than half of the users saying blasphemy due to their game not winning. How is this new :P (Far more notice-able when the game is an exclusive even).

It costs like 10 euros for an experience you wont forget. About 1,5-2 hours of bliss!

£10 here, which is more than I've been paying for full 20+ hour games on the Steam sale. I just can't justify it



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Kantor said:

I really want to play this, but I've heard that it's short, and it's still at full price, and I still have so much to play

Hopefully it will go on PS+ at some point, as a discount if not a free game.

Incidentally, although VGC seems to love the game, gamrReview readers despise it. Look at the comments: http://www.gamrreview.com/article/89618/2012-game-of-the-year-awards-the-winners

EDIT: All of the offensive comments seem to have been deleted, but they were overwhelmingly negative about our GoTY choice.


probably they wanted halo 4 to win and they got angry when journey beat it. idk. Did you ever check out the 12 deals of christmas when it was up in europe?