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Dec 15, 2009, 08:57 AM
 
Gamasutra Asks Readers To Vote For 'Game Of The Decade'

Gamasutra is asking its users to vote for their 'Game Of The Decade' -- the video game title that they think was the absolute best of the last ten years, from January 2000 to date.
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Duke Nukem Forever
     
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Dec 15, 2009, 09:22 AM
 
Clearly it's WoW. 10 bazillion people can't be wrong.
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Dec 15, 2009, 09:30 AM
 
Hmmm. I wonder what weighting sales will have. Wii Sports anyone?
     
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Dec 15, 2009, 11:42 AM
 
Tough question. I'll have to see a few nominees before I start riffing on it.
     
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Dec 15, 2009, 12:12 PM
 
Really hard one. I can think of a lot of games that shouldn't win, but not any that should. For me personally, it'd be KOTOR, but I doubt the masses would agree.
     
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Dec 15, 2009, 12:24 PM
 
Perfect Dark. (Seriously, that was this decade. I can't help but find it odd that it would be in contention here.)
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Really? If so, just barely, I imagine.
     
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Dec 15, 2009, 01:04 PM
 
I've never played WoW, but I'd have to agree that it was probably the "biggest" game of the decade. I'd need to see the nominees too.
     
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Originally Posted by Chuckit View Post
Perfect Dark. (Seriously, that was this decade. I can't help but find it odd that it would be in contention here.)
Oh oh oh, I would agree with that one.
     
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Dec 15, 2009, 01:30 PM
 
Hard question, my answer would change depending on the criteria.

If I'm going for 'Most Innovative' 'Most Unique' and 'Best Gameplay Mechanic' it's Portal all the way, or I guess the Orange Box since HL2 is an amazing series too. Metroid Prime would be up there as well.

Honestly, I love Perfect Dark, but the framerate was nearly unbearable....everything else was brilliant, but it was held back by the hardware.
     
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I wanna say GTA III, both for creating the "sandbox" genre as we know it today, and (this is the biggie), removing penalties for failure.

The later ones inexplicably left this model.
     
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Dec 15, 2009, 05:12 PM
 
That was my initial pick.
     
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Dec 15, 2009, 05:20 PM
 
I agree with many of the comments in the OP's link that say Deus Ex.

If we could extend the "last ten years" criteria slightly I would say Counter-Strike, which was released in Summer 1999.

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Dec 17, 2009, 02:43 PM
 
I thought at first read - hey this is easy - and then you start digging... Deux Ex, GTA 3, WoW how about Halo but then as I pondered my personal needs from a game and chatting with a number of people... it comes to this - for me - open world (therefore NOT rail shooter), RPG, FPS - Fallout 3.

however

if we were talking about Macs only - although I have never played it - WoW would have to rank as the extensive hours spent in other Blizzard ventures (WarCraft III was insane) have caused me to loose entire segments of the years.
     
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Originally Posted by subego View Post
I wanna say GTA III, both for creating the "sandbox" genre as we know it today, and (this is the biggie), removing penalties for failure.
Yeah, that was my initial first thought as well. I need to put some thought in this one.

This will spark a great thread. I can tell already.
     
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Dec 17, 2009, 05:50 PM
 
Fallout 3 is among one of my favorite games ever, but it is extremely buggy. Too buggy to be considered Game of the Decade IMO.
     
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Dec 18, 2009, 06:36 AM
 
gotta be WoW.
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Dec 20, 2009, 03:13 PM
 
Originally Posted by sek929 View Post
Fallout 3 is among one of my favorite games ever, but it is extremely buggy. Too buggy to be considered Game of the Decade IMO.

Really? Like what? I've only hit odd physics bugs, like dead bodies flinging themselves 50 yards down a hill, or stepping on a tin can wrong and having it shoot out like a watermelon seed.

I've had a few crashes, but I'm doing so much save scumming they haven't caused a problem.
     
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Dec 20, 2009, 05:43 PM
 
To add something on topic:

Anything Fallout is going to sell me. Period. I almost should recuse myself from voting on it.

But, having played through about half of it now, most of the tension is coming from ammo and stimpak management. That's certainly in-genre, but I can't shake this feeling that there's something really unfun about wondering if I'm going to have enough ammo or health to make it through the game. Have I already ****ed the game up?

This is really brought out when comparing it to GTA III. There was that point in the game where you realized "hey... I can't **** this game up". You even start trying to **** the game up, and it won't let you.
     
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Dec 20, 2009, 11:24 PM
 
Originally Posted by sek929 View Post
Fallout 3 is among one of my favorite games ever, but it is extremely buggy. Too buggy to be considered Game of the Decade IMO.
At first glance Fallout 3 jumps out as Game of the Decade only becuase its so fresh in my mind, and although it probably isn't #1 over the past decade its in the top 5 IMO
     
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personally, i enjoyed endless ocean for wii

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Originally Posted by subego View Post
Really? Like what? I've only hit odd physics bugs, like dead bodies flinging themselves 50 yards down a hill, or stepping on a tin can wrong and having it shoot out like a watermelon seed.

I've had a few crashes, but I'm doing so much save scumming they haven't caused a problem.
I've had entire areas (usually outdoor) become impassable due to very strange visual glitches, like looking at fractured iTunes visualization. I've had enemies suddenly raise hundreds of feet into the air. My first play through alone i estimate it crashed at least a dozen times. I've gotten stuck in quite a few objects and killed by stepping on shopping carts. Radscorpions sometimes seem to exist slightly below ground. In VATS I've had the text and %s disappear leaving only the green selection bars.

If it wasn't for my saving and the game's rigorous autosave feature it would have been maddening.

Originally Posted by subego View Post
But, having played through about half of it now, most of the tension is coming from ammo and stimpak management. That's certainly in-genre, but I can't shake this feeling that there's something really unfun about wondering if I'm going to have enough ammo or health to make it through the game. Have I already ****ed the game up?
You'll be fine, keep doing side missions and explore constantly, you'll eventually have a laughable amount of both ammo and stimpacks. Obtaining the Nuka Grenade schematics can be really helpful, as it's one of the most powerful weapons in the game. Selling ammo you don't use can be a great way to get money too, since it takes up no space in your inventory.
     
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Originally Posted by sek929 View Post
You'll be fine, keep doing side missions and explore constantly, you'll eventually have a laughable amount of both ammo and stimpacks. Obtaining the Nuka Grenade schematics can be really helpful, as it's one of the most powerful weapons in the game. Selling ammo you don't use can be a great way to get money too, since it takes up no space in your inventory.
True dat. Take all ammo b/c you never know when you'll need it. Plus, in The Pitt there's a way to convert it to whatever you're using.

Quest for Bobbleheads. They give some significant advantages midway through the game. Early in the game you're too weak to get most of them.

Fallout 3 gets my vote for best game, but I can see the argument for GTAIII and the sandbox model. I hate the game, but I can't disagree that it was fundamental in gaming.
     
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Originally Posted by finboy View Post
I hate the game, but I can't disagree that it was fundamental in gaming.
Any game which inspires a myriad of imitators (and many legitimate variations) must have done something very right.
     
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Dec 21, 2009, 01:01 PM
 
Originally Posted by sek929 View Post
If it wasn't for my saving and the game's rigorous autosave feature it would have been maddening.
Playing so late may have helped me, since I have all the patches. I've only gotten trapped once. Certainly no wonky physics kills.

I still get perpetual motion femurs though.


Originally Posted by sek929 View Post
You'll be fine, keep doing side missions and explore constantly, you'll eventually have a laughable amount of both ammo and stimpacks.
I'm figuring I'll be fine... but it's because I'm being psycho about ammo/stimpak discipline. I enjoyed the game a lot more in the first few hours when I was assuming it was going to be less stingy. When I see a baddie I want to go in screaming "eat lead mutha****er!" not "wait... low on .32 caliber, switching to AK".


Originally Posted by sek929 View Post
Obtaining the Nuka Grenade schematics can be really helpful, as it's one of the most powerful weapons in the game.
As my luck would have it, as soon as I got the schematics, not a Nuka Quantum in sight.


Originally Posted by sek929 View Post
Selling ammo you don't use can be a great way to get money too, since it takes up no space in your inventory.


Sell it? Sell it? The only good ammo is lodged in a super mutant's brainpan!
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Originally Posted by finboy View Post
I hate the game, but I can't disagree that it was fundamental in gaming.
What was the turnoff?
     
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Dec 21, 2009, 01:35 PM
 
Oni or GTA.
     
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Originally Posted by Laminar View Post
Oni
Really? I let bad press chase me off that one.
     
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Originally Posted by Laminar View Post
Oni or GTA.
Oni! Great game that sadly got the short shrift when Microsoft decided it wanted Halo.
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Oni? A game I mostly enjoyed but....game of the decade? Mediocre, somewhat cliché story, mechanics not really different from any other 3rd person action game at the time, and ridiculously easy (you could basically beat the game using nothing but left punch -- no incentive to learn any of the special moves). As it was first conceived it might have been in the running, but the finished product IMO is decidedly...not.

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Dec 22, 2009, 07:48 PM
 
All I remember about Oni is that I had a blast with it. Definitely not the game of the decade, but definitely one of my fondest early PS2 memories.

The more I think about it, the more GTA III really seems to be the only game that really deserves the spot. There were so many great games the last 10 years, but none of them rocked the world the way GTA did.
     
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The shooting aspect of GTAIII was horrible, just terrible. The first GTA game that got the aiming and shooting right was San Andreas.
     
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Better maybe, but not what I'd call "right", say, compared to Mercenaries or Crackdown or something.

Regardless of game, push in the left stick to crouch is on the short list for ****ups of the decade.
     
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Originally Posted by SpaceMonkey View Post
Oni? A game I mostly enjoyed but....game of the decade? Mediocre, somewhat cliché story, mechanics not really different from any other 3rd person action game at the time, and ridiculously easy (you could basically beat the game using nothing but left punch -- no incentive to learn any of the special moves). As it was first conceived it might have been in the running, but the finished product IMO is decidedly...not.
I loved it. The levels were detailed and huge like I'd never seen before. The mix of weapons and hand-to-hand combat was fantastic. It wasn't just a run-through-everything-guns-blazing game. Sometimes it paid to be quiet, then sneak up behind a guard and snap his neck. Kind of a predecessor to the 3D Metal Gear Solids.

Now I need to see if my Mini can play this game...

edit: It's fun. But not game of the decade.
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Originally Posted by sek929 View Post
The shooting aspect of GTAIII was horrible, just terrible. The first GTA game that got the aiming and shooting right was San Andreas.
Yeah but GTA III was the giant leap forward (See the GoldenEye vs. PerfectDark discussion). San Andreas was really gimmicky, anyway.
     
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Originally Posted by The Final Dakar View Post
Yeah but GTA III was the giant leap forward (See the GoldenEye vs. PerfectDark discussion). San Andreas was really gimmicky, anyway.
But you could fly a jetpack. A JETPACK.
     
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And I loved that thing with all my heart. Best way to travel.
     
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But I can't even count the number of hours spent playing two player co-op.
     
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It was unbearable. I did enjoy the two-player rampages, though.
     
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I loved Oni also. Still loaded on my laptop. My "perfect game" would combine Oni and Unreal Tournament.

Probably WoW deserves it. Or Bejewelled.
     
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Originally Posted by Laminar View Post
Sometimes it paid to be quiet, then sneak up behind a guard and snap his neck. Kind of a predecessor to the 3D Metal Gear Solids.
My experience was exactly the opposite. You could sneak up on people, but it never really "paid" to. Stealth was never necessary for beating any levels.

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Originally Posted by mattyb View Post
I can't really argue with WOW, but Deus Ex above Half Life 2? Not too sure about that one...

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I have no idea how I forgot about the Sims. I spent countless hours playing that and its sequel.
     
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Originally Posted by jokell82 View Post
I can't really argue with WOW, but Deus Ex above Half Life 2? Not too sure about that one...
Deus Ex is better than Half Life 1, which is better than Half Life 2. IMHO.
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Originally Posted by Peter View Post
Deus Ex is better than Half Life 1, which is better than Half Life 2. IMHO.
I agree that Half Life 1 is the better of the 2, but I don't agree that Deus Ex is better than either. Half Life 1 is probably my favorite game of all time, up there with some of the SNES classics (Super Metroid, Zelda:Link to the Past, FFVI). Deus Ex was good, but not #2 of the decade good.

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Originally Posted by The Final Dakar View Post
I have no idea how I forgot about the Sims. I spent countless hours playing that and its sequel.
I'm guessing its age plays a part. I forgot it too.

If it was released 2 months earlier it would have qualified for the 90s list.
     
 
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