It’s the last day of the year, and I don’t really have anything interesting queued up so you are getting a year-in-summary type of list. I know, I know – it is not the most original idea I have had lately but it is either this, or 3 lines of text and a picture of a lolcat. So you are getting a list, and you are going to like it!
Favorite Game of the Year
This was actually a pretty good year for games. We got Mass Effect 2, Dragon Age: Origins, Alpha Protocol and Fallout New Vegas (which I have yet to finish due to WoW, and crap I bought during the Steam Holiday Sale madness). All of these were excellent games and it is hard to pick one that I liked the most.
But if you put a gun to my head, I would probably say Dragon Age: Origins. Why? Motherfucking Morrigan, that’s why. I am still angry at that bitch for manipulating my ass at the end of the game. You don’t often get this kind of emotional impact from video games. Part of it of course is the way I played the game. If I did not rely heavily on her magic for crowd control during battles, her ultimatum probably wouldn’t be so tough to reject. But BioWare still gets points for this.
Least Favorite Game of the Year
Actually, I think I successfully avoided all the horrible 2010 games somehow. It was actually quite simple – I just did not pay attention to any hype surrounding a game with any combination of words like “modern”, “call”, “warfare” and “duty” in the title. I tried one of those, and was not terribly impressed. Then again, it was on a console so my impression might be skewed by the shitty ass controls.
The least favorite game I played this year though must have been Borderlands. I still maintain that Claptrap is probably the worst video game mascot of the decade.
Biggest Video Game Fail of the Year
Biggest Video Game Win of the Year
Seam Holiday Sale. No seriously, this is exactly the kind of thing that shows you the difference between companies such as EA and Ubisoft (militantly anti-customer and oblivious to it) and Valve which seems to know exactly what gamers want, and made it their business model to deliver it.
Most Favorite Book I Read this Year
I don’t believe I actually read any books published in 2010. But I read several books this year which made quite an impression on me. I loved Anathem by Neal Stephenson, Glasshouse by Charles Stross and City and the City by China Melviele. If you are looking for some good reading, definitely pick one of these three.
Most Favorite Movie of the Year
I don’t think anyone will argue with me on this: Inception was hands down best things I have seen this year. Nolan seems to be incapable of making a bad movie. Great writing, great concept, intricate plot, great acting and Ellen Page included in the package. Best movie of the year for me.
Close runners up are Kick-Ass (best super-hero genre deconstruction, best Nicholas Cage performance in a while, and best little-girl-kicking-ass performance since Natalie Portman in The Proffesional) and Scot Pillgrim (for bringing video game aesthetics and gamer culture onto the silver screen, with lots of laughs providing me with a much needed break from reality).
Least Favorite Movie of the Year
Book of Eli. That movie was shit on wheels. Not even the effective fight scenes, and large amount of Mila Kunis could not save it from the horrible, horrible plot. Also, this is possibly the only movie with a plot twist worse than The Village. M. Night. Shamalamaplottwist would be proud.
Most Favorite TV Show of the Year
Surprisingly enough, Dexter is still good. Even though the show has four seasons under it’s belt it as not yet begun to decay. At least in my personal opinion. Last season of True Blood was also somewhat entertaining so I guess it deserves a mention.
I have a sneaking suspicion that people will yell at me for not including The Walking Dead here but I still haven’t watched it. I hear it is amazing though… So it is on my list.
Least Favorite TV Show of the Year
I have never actually watched an entire episode of Jersey Shore, but that piece of shit is a travesty and an abomination that ought to be killed with fire. Twice. No seriously, I even feel bad for talking about this because it gives more exposure and publicity than it deserves. I do not understand this phenomenon, and I hope it dies soon along with every other reality TV show ever made.
Most Popular Post of the Year
Believe it or not, but it was this one. I got stumbled-upon and quite a few mundanes were raging in the comments about me being an elitist. This prompted me to write about Charlie and his Car but of course none of the Stumble Upon folks who just came here to yell at me, read it.
Now it is your turn. Which are your most favorite and least favorite things in each category? Tell me about your personal picks for best/worst video games, movies, books and TV shows of the year!