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PolitiTruth is Fake News: The Game

For too long the definition of “Game of the Year” has been unfairly narrow. How boring is it to see every website shower the same stale AAA games with praise at the end of each holiday season? So at Geek.com we’re doing what we can to put a stop to this in Game of the Year, a new column celebrating worthy alternative picks for the year’s greatest game regardless of genre, platform, year of release, or even quality. Here, any game can be Game of the Year! During E3, while narcissistically trying to play Where the Water Tastes like Wine (a game I wrote for) at the IndieCade booth, I stumbled across a mobile game called PolitiTruth. This is a game about “distinguishing political fact from fiction.” And I’m glad I found it because in our current political nightmare climate, full of fake news and lying fascists co-opting the term fake news, anything that gets the truth out to as many people as possible as easily and as fun as possible is more than just a Game of the Year. It’s a godsend. Given the ubiquity of dating app Tinder, we shouldn’t be surprised to find its left-right swiping READ…

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Game of the Year: Magikarp Jump

For too long the definition of “Game of the Year” has been unfairly narrow. How boring is it to see every website shower the same stale AAA games with praise at the end of each holiday season? So at Geek.com we’re doing what we can to put a stop to this in Game of the Year, a new column celebrating worthy alternative picks for the year’s greatest game regardless of genre, platform, year of release, or even quality. Here, any game can be Game of the Year! I gotta level with y’all. I’m still a bit sore about the recent Pokemon announcement not being a reveal of the rumored (and still very much possible) “Pokemon Stars” for Nintendo Switch. But even if that game is still years away, Pokemon feels like it has never been more omnipresent. Part of that is due to the franchise’s recent embrace of mobile phones, only possible because of its semi-independence from Nintendo. We all remember the Pokemon Go craze but that was only one of many Pokemon spin-offs and card games that keep hitting iOS and Android at a steady clip. Magikarp Jump might be the most experimental mobile Pokemon offshoot yet, and it’s…

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Game of the Year: Vanquish

For too long the definition of “Game of the Year” has been unfairly narrow. How boring is it to see every website shower the same stale AAA games with praise at the end of each holiday season? So at Geek.com we’re doing what we can to put a stop to this in Game of the Year, a new column celebrating worthy alternative picks for the year’s greatest game regardless of genre, platform, year of release, or even quality. Here, any game can be Game of the Year! Adam Saltsman knows a few things about movement in video games. As the game designer behind Canabalt, he arguably created the endless runner genre that now dominates mobile phones. So when Saltsman calls Vanquish the “Speed Racer of video games” in an epic piece of games criticism, you should pay attention. Now that Vanquish is available on PC, I’m not quite convinced it stands up to the one film so far that’s been amazing and reality-warping enough to earn a Game of the Year award. However, Platinum’s blistering Japanese action take on the Western third-person shooter is still slick, stylish, surreal, and superb enough to take home a Game of the Year award…

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Game of the Year: Pimps at Sea

For too long the definition of “Game of the Year” has been unfairly narrow. How boring is it to see every website shower the same stale AAA games with praise at the end of each holiday season? So at Geek.com we’re doing what we can to put a stop to this in Game of the Year, a new column celebrating worthy alternative picks for the year’s greatest game regardless of genre, platform, year of release, or even quality. Here, any game can be Game of the Year! In honor of Pirates of the Caribbean 5(?): The Johnny Depths hitting theaters this week, let’s take a look at an ongoing pirate joke that’s actually consistently entertaining. Pimps at Sea is a game you’ll never play, but it’s still one of the best, longest-running franchises from one of the gaming’s premier developers, and it’s a Game of the Year. Given the extreme self-seriousness of games like Halo and Destiny, you may be surprised to learn their creators at Bungie has a sense of humor. This is the developer that saved the Xbox by convincing gamers that Halo’s armored army man and naked blue computer lady were the greatest characters in fiction, READ…

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Game of the Year: Thumper

For too long the definition of “Game of the Year” has been unfairly narrow. How boring is it to see every website shower the same stale AAA games with praise at the end of each holiday season? So at Geek.com we’re doing what we can to put a stop to this in Game of the Year, a new column celebrating worthy alternative picks for the year’s greatest game regardless of genre, platform, year of release, or even quality. Here, any game can be Game of the Year! Recently I was shocked when I learned that cult classic dog-rapping game PaRappa the Rapper is, in fact, the first rhythm game. I always assumed the game, with its talking flowers and onion masters, was a purposefully strange reaction to more traditional older rhythm games. But unless you count toys like Simon, the 1996 PlayStation 1 game is considered the first modern rhythm video game. The history of rhythm games is rooted in the weirdness of games like PaRappa and Elite Beat Agents and more esoteric editions of Dance Dance Revolution, not more mainstream hits like Guitar Hero and Rock Band. Thumper, this week’s Game of the Year and a great game that…

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Game of the Year: Newgrounds

For too long the definition of “Game of the Year” has been unfairly narrow. How boring is it to see every website shower the same stale AAA games with praise at the end of each holiday season? So at Geek.com we’re doing what we can to put a stop to this in Game of the Year, a new column celebrating worthy alternative picks for the year’s greatest game regardless of genre, platform, year of release, or even quality. Here, any game can be Game of the Year! Newgrounds turned 21 last year. It’s old enough to drink. But for a generation of a certain type of nerdy kids, it was the website equivalent of the cool older sibling who first introduced them to drinking. The internet has changed a great deal since this portal for games and videos was in its prime. In many ways, internet culture has simply caught up to what Newgrounds was doing. As its impact continues to grow, it’s increasingly clear that Game of the Year is the least of the awards we can grant Newgrounds. [embedded content] Newgrounds occupies and is arguably the crown jewel of the late 90s/early 2000s, pre-YouTube internet space where READ FULL…

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Game of the Year: FMV Games

For too long the definition of “Game of the Year” has been unfairly narrow. How boring is it to see every website shower the same stale AAA games with praise at the end of each holiday season? So at Geek.com we’re doing what we can to put a stop to this in Game of the Year, a new column celebrating worthy alternative picks for the year’s greatest game regardless of genre, platform, year of release, or even quality. Here, any game can be Game of the Year! Once news of the unexpected, triumphant HD return of full-motion video (FMV) ironic masterpiece video game Night Trap broke, obviously it rocketed to the top of my personal Game of the Year shortlist. It would be the only proper way to honor the memory of Dana Plato. But Game of the Year is all about expanding the scope of what a Game of the Year can be, and how often we can hand out that award. So why limit myself? Night Trap is this week’s Game of the Year, but it’s not the only one. Today we’re celebrating the whole dang FMV genre. [embedded content] FMV games are games that make READ FULL…

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Game of the Year: Black College Football: BCFX: The Xperience

For too long the definition of “Game of the Year” has been unfairly narrow. How boring is it to see every website shower the same stale AAA games with praise at the end of each holiday season? So at Geek.com, we’re doing what we can to put a stop to this in Game of the Year, a new column celebrating worthy alternative picks for the year’s greatest game regardless of genre, platform, year of release, or even quality. Here, any game can be Game of the Year! Before EA locked up the exclusive rights to famous turducken enthusiast John Madden, there were lots of ways to enjoy the glory of American football in video game form. Tecmo Bowl, NFL Blitz, Mutant League Football, Blood Bowl, Joe Montana Football, All-Pro Football 2K8. Heck, Blitz: The League used its M rating to break bones and encourage players to use steroids. But this week’s Game of the Year is a different breed of alternative football game. We’re talking about Black College Football: BCFX: The Xperience. [embedded content] BCFX is essentially a college football game in which all of the colleges are Historically Black Colleges & Universities, or HBCUs. The schools featured READ FULL…

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Game of the Year: Def Jam Icon

For too long the definition of “Game of the Year” has been unfairly narrow. How boring is it to see every website shower the same stale AAA games with praise at the end of each holiday season? So at Geek.com, we’re doing what we can to put a stop to this in Game of the Year, a new column celebrating worthy alternative picks for the year’s greatest game regardless of genre, platform, year of release, or even quality. Here, any game can be Game of the Year! Fighting games have given us amazing original characters like famous karatemen Ryu, Scorpion, and Heihachi Mishima. But my favorite fighting games will always be crossovers starring characters from other properties, games like Nintendo’s Super Smash Bros., DC’s Injustice, and Marvel vs. Capcom. It’s the purest way of acting out the fantasy of “Who would win in a fight” between childhood heroes like Superman and the dog from Duck Hunt. But you know what else is great for fans of cartoonish conflicts? The world of rap beef. Def Jam: Icon, this week’s game of the year, combines the two in a fighting game starring the rappers of recording label Def Jam. [embedded content] READ FULL…

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Game of the Year: Breakup Squad

For too long the definition of “Game of the Year” has been unfairly narrow. How boring is it to see every website shower the same stale AAA games with praise at the end of each holiday season? So at Geek.com, we’re doing what we can to put a stop to this in Game of the Year, a new column celebrating worthy alternative picks for the year’s greatest game regardless of genre, platform, year of release, or even quality. Here, any game can be Game of the Year! One of the cool perks of being a games journalist in New York is stumbling into the plethora of indie game events that seem to pop up all the time. If you pay attention to Twitter on some random night you can wander into an art museum or whatever and play some cool new game you’ve never heard of that may never be seen again. For example, last year I went to the annual No Quarter exhibit presented by NYU and played this week’s Game of the Year: Breakup Squad by Brooklyn Gamery. Breakup Squad’s look at relationships filtered through retro video games might scratch READ FULL STORY AT GEEK!

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Game of the Year: Mafia III

For too long the definition of “Game of the Year” has been unfairly narrow. How boring is it to see every website shower the same stale AAA games with praise at the end of each holiday season? So at Geek.com we’re doing what we can to put a stop to this in Game of the Year, a new column celebrating worthy alternative picks for the year’s greatest game regardless of genre, platform, year of release, or even quality. Here, any game can be Game of the Year! Mafia III didn’t quite make it onto my personal game of the year list last year. It’s a great game, and I was happy to see it win the award for best writing at the New York Video Game Awards. Shout out to Charles Webb. But as I’ll get into later, the experience of actually playing the game has just enough issues to bring down the rest of the stellar package. Still, Mafia III is a AAA video game about racism that’s not a complete embarrassment. So yeah, it’s this week’s Game of the Year. [embedded content] In a video game market full of open-world Grand Theft Auto clones, the Mafia READ FULL…

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2016’s Sexiest Digital Hero, Best RPG and More Unveiled as COG’s Best of 2016 Continues

COGconnected’s Best of 2016 Awards Episode 3 COGconnected’s Best of 2016 Awards keeps ticking along and we’re already at episode three! The usual suspects are back as we break down three more awards. If you’re just joining us now be sure to head on over to our first episode where we handed out awards for the most visually stunning game of the year, we announced our winner of “The Feels” award and we shared with you our popular C’mon mannnnn award. In episode 2 we voted on the best soundtrack, best story, best voice work performance and the biggest surprise of 2016. Today, in episode three, we cover the following categories: Sexiest Digital Hero Best Sports or Racing Game Best RPG If you’ve kept up at all you’ll know we’ve had a ton of fun discussing our awards so far. So sit back and enjoy the banter as episode 3 is live where we continue our Best of the Year videocast series: As well, if you haven’t figured out the theme by now, we’ll be back tomorrow with episode four of the series where we look at three more awards that you won’t want to miss out on; Best Action/Adventure Game,…

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COG’s Best of 2016 Awards – The Best Soundtrack, Story, Voice Work and Biggest Surprise of 2016

COGconnected’s Best of 2016 Awards Episode 2 Welcome back intrepid adventurers to the COGconnected Best of 2016 Awards! If you’re just joining us now be sure to head on over to our first episode and have a look where we handed out our first four awards of the year. These awards included: The Prettiest Pony (the most visually stunning game of the year), The Feels (best moment or sequence in a game), The King of 1st Party (best exclusive), and C’mon Mannnnnn (biggest industry annoyance). For those of you who took in yesterday’s episode you’ll be happy to know that the next 34 minutes of your life will be filled with the same witty banter and enjoyable conversation. Today, we cover four more categories in our Best of the Year awards and they include: The Melodious (best soundtrack) The Storyteller (best story) The Nolan Northy (best performance) The Saving Grace (biggest surprise) So without further delay, check out episode 2 of our Best of the Year videocast series: As we mentioned yesterday, 2016 was a great year in games and today we talk about some great AAA titles but also throw a lot of love at some indie games that left…

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COG’s Best of 2016 Awards – Best Graphics, Most Emotional, Best Exclusives and Most Disappointing Games of 2016

COGconnected Best of 2016 Awards Episode 1 2016 was an amazing year. Not only in the world of gaming but for COGconnected as well. With an amazing crew and dedicated news team we have been able to cover more gaming related content than ever before. It was our best year yet and we could not do it with your support. So a big thank you to everyone who visits and supports us. Like last year, we are back with our games of the year videocast series. In this series we cover everything from the best game of the year and the worst, to the most visually stunning and the best voice acting. We try to cover as much as possible including some serious WTF moments. So without further delay, welcome to our first episode of our five part series on the games of the year for 2016. In our first episode we tackle four categories and we start with the following: The Prettiest Pony (the most visually stunning game of the year) The Feels (best moment or sequence in a game) The King of 1st Party (best exclusive) C’mon Mannnnnn (biggest industry annoyance) So sit back, grab a coffee and…