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Jan 1, 2021 - 07:46 AM
Games of 2020 + The Qwarky Awards
Response to: Games of 2019 + The Qwarky Awards by map car man words telling me to do things

what a year huh

anyway video games

it is time


Games I started before 2020 and only finished last year:

-

Games I started and finished last year:

System Shock 2
Star Wars: Dark Forces
Star Wars: Jedi Knight - Dark Forces II
Star Wars: Jedi Knight - Dark Forces II - Mysteries of the Sith
Star Wars: Jedi Knight II - Jedi Outcast
Star Wars: Jedi Knight - Jedi Academy
Star Wars: Jedi Knight - Jedi Academy - Escape: Yavin IV
Doom Eternal (Ultra-Violence difficulty)
Resident Evil 3 (2020)
Command & Conquer (both campaigns + dinosaur missions)
Warcraft - Orcs and Humans (both campaigns)
Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness (both campaigns)
Warcraft II: Beyond the Dark Portal (both campaigns)
Command & Conquer: Red Alert (both campaigns)
StarCraft (all three campaigns)
StarCraft: Brood War (all three campaigns)
Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun (both campaigns)
Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun – Firestorm (both campaigns)
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 (both campaigns)
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 - Yuri's Revenge (both campaigns)
Heretic
Hexen: Beyond Heretic
Hexen: Deathkings of the Dark Citadel
Helltaker
Command & Conquer: Renegade
Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos (all four campaigns)
Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne (all four campaigns)
Command & Conquer: Generals (all three campaigns)
Command & Conquer: Generals – Zero Hour (all three campaigns)
Desperados III
SUPERHOT: MIND CONTROL DELETE
Curious Expedition
INMOST
Batman: Arkham Origins
Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate
Batman: Arkham Asylum (replay)
Batman: Arkham City + Harley Quinn's Revenge (replay)
Batman: Arkham Knight + DLC (true knightfall)(replay)
LEGO Batman
LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes
LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham
Streets of Rage 4
Raji: An Ancient Epic
Cloudpunk
El Hijo - A Wild West Tale
Ghostrunner
Haven
Hades

Games I started last year but didn't or couldn't finish:

VirtuaVerse
The Cycle
Necrobarista
Rogue Company


Best games of 2020 I played:

Honorable mentions:

Spoiler:


SUPERHOT: MIND CONTROL DELETE
[SUPER] [HOT]


6/10





INMOST
[oh no everything is] [sad]


7/10





Streets of Rage 4
[Best Animation] [Best Blaze] [Best Music]


7/10




THE QWARKY TOP 10 BEST GAMES OF 2020


Spoiler:
10.



El Hijo - A Wild West Tale
[Cutest Game] [Best Ending] [Best Minecarts]

Very cute, striking looking little stealth game with a very satisfying finale.

7/10



9.



Raji: An Ancient Epic
[Best Sweeping Epic] [Best Gods] [Best Shadowpuppets]

A great adventure with lovely sights and sounds. Ends a little abruptly, but overall very enjoyable epic with fun combat.

8/10



8.



Resident Evil 3 (2020)
[Best Jill] [Best Carlos] [Best Hunters] [Best Hospital]

Could have been better, could have had more content and more replayability yadda yadda. I don't like old RE3 that much and while this could have used a few more open, hub-like sections, as linear as it was I enjoyed the ride and played it through multiple times.

8/10



7.



Doom Eternal
[Best Doom] [Best Music] [Best FPS] [Best Marauders] [Best Shotgun]

I loved Doom 2016 until it wore out its welcome, but it did so many things so well. Eternal doesn't do all of those things quite as well, but then it does a whole lot of other things so much better. id made an FPS character action game and not everyone will enjoy that, but it's a hell of a ride with amazing setpieces, systems and music. I haven't played the DLC yet, I'll probably wait for part 2 to come out before getting into them.

YouTube Video

8/10



6.



Helltaker
[Best Demons] [Best Free Game] [Best Pancakes] [Best Ending] [Best Wholesome]

A++ demon girls and wholesome dialogue. The Twitter comics vanripper keeps posting are great too.



https://twitter.com/vanripperart/sta...67729876156416

8/10



5.



Ghostrunner
[Best Dystopia] [Best Katana] [Best Dashing] [Best Challenge] [Best Music]

Really fun and furious cyberpunk slashing dashing fun fun fun.



YouTube Video

8/10



4.



Cloudpunk
[Best Graphics] [Best City] [Best Atmosphere] [Best Flying Cars] [Best Dog] [Best Dog Car]

Drive around a cool dystopia city and have emotions about everything. Camus is best boy.

YouTube Video

8/10



3.



Desperados III
[Best Cowboys] [Best Music] [Best Tactics] [Best Kate] [Best Stealth] [Best Pause] [Best Sniping] [Best Cat]

Fantastic tactical cowboy espionage action, super satisfying pause and plan mode, great setpieces, lovely visual flair, delightful use of music, attention to detail, charming cast of characters, boatloads of additional stuff to do after the initial playthrough.

YouTube Video

YouTube Video

9/10



2.



Hades
[Best Graphics] [Best Music] [Best Gods] [Best Backgrounds] [Best Combat] [Best Dialogue] [Best Nyx] [Best Cerberus] [Best Dusa] [Best Ending] [Best Weapons]

Okay I need to start with: I am not a huge fan of Supergiant games. I've TRIED to love them, but they won't let me. Something about the narratives just doesn't click with me, so I ended up not enjoying Bastion and Transistor as much as I wanted, and I never got around to playing Pyre. The art, the music, the care put into each title is so appealing to me, but they just don't click.

For these reasons I picked up Hades, but didn't get around to playing it until only this december. I'm not a huge fan of roguelikes, so we weren't off to an amazing start. It took a long while, but eventually the game did very much win me over and I had to think hard on whether it was my favourite game of the year or not.

The roguelike stuff isn't the best in class, and getting most of the story in tiny tiny bits and crumbs at a time can be a little frustrating for someone like me, but everything else works so well. Art design all around is exquisite, these are some of the loveliest backgrounds I've seen in years, gorgeous character designs, gorgeous use of colours, Darren Korb's music is once more just outstanding, and its use during the game is sublime. All the characters are endearing, well voiced, and there is just so much to discover about them, each piece of conversation usually bringing something new out.

It's a tough game, but the team have also added in plenty of little options of making the experience less brutal for the people who want that.

All in all, it didn't end up my #1 but man if it isn't Supergiant's best work and a wonderful game with a lot of heart and care put into it, fun combat, wonderful visuals and music, tons and tons and tons to do and explore and discover. I finished (saw credits) last night, but I will continue to play for the other character quests because I like everyone so much.

Also if you care about Hades and Supergiant, please watch the Noclip documentary series on its development, they've been making it for two years now and it's lovely.

YouTube Video

YouTube Video

9/10



1.



Haven
[Game of the Year] [Cutest Game] [Best Yu] [Best Kay] [Best Music] [Best Gliding] [Best Oink] [Best Ending] [Best Dialogue]









In the end it had to be Haven. This lovely, gentle, engaging scifi love story was exactly what it wanted and needed to be. Gorgeous sights, wonderful music, endearing characters with a well written relationship that was just a joy to witness and aid. Fun scifi, fun gliding, fun exploration, fun timing based combat, lovely attention to detail and heart and warmth. Very, very satisfying and emotionally charged conclusion that will stay with me for a while.

Finished it and then went back and got the rest of the achievements because I loved it



YouTube Video

YouTube Video

YouTube Video

9/10



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Sep 1, 2020 - 03:44 PM
acer is still a madman
Response to: Acer is a madman by map car man words telling me to do things

SIX YEARS LATER

I receive a gigantic package that by some miracle does not get stuck in customs.

Though they did not deliver it to my door, I had to go to my local post office to pick it up.



A package I barely get home with help from my parents and their car

What could be inside?


SCISSORS WILL TELL




A ransom note, eh. Well, we'll just have to disagree on those horns, buddy. There's no such thing as too big horns. If anything's too big, it's this box!



Empty packing, ehhh. You may have fooled customs, but you're not fooling me. Why this box is full of..!



HMMMMMMM

maybe it is empty packing after all...



I will accept this gift.



Wait a minute, there's a ton of cardboard here! I've already been fooled! Like customs!



What is this tube? This looks like gun rifling! An assassination attempt!



Why, it ejected a poster! A Gravity Falls poster! Two of them!



Well I barely survived that attack, I wonder if I should look any further.



Why it's a box of bubblewrap! Surely this isn't a bullet!



Why it's an ACTUAL box of bubblewrap! Safety first! This is a strangely safe bullet if it is one!



Now hold on a minute, this isn't a box of bubble wrap at all! This is a figma statue!

!

This is a present!



A PRESENT



Look at this, this envelope of bubblewrap is already displaying its contents. Also not a bullet!



No, this isn't bubblewrap either! These look like fabric!



Man's first video game! It's a history lesson! Also not a bullet!





Yes yes, from stone age, to ghosts, to pirates! It's a history of our kind! At world's end! Pretty grim. These are rad though! I love the ghosts!



No, wait? More history lessons?



Yes, after pirates, there came music! And Bryan Lee O'Malley!



Then the space age! Exploration! Discovery! Bullets!



And then back to video games after eons! I know this one, it's that french series! Dofus? Wakfu?



Oh, it is Wakfu!

Presents!

For me!

Not bullets!

ACER

OH NO

WHAT HAVE YOU DONE

THERE ARE SO MANY OF THESE



A secret code! Encryption!

We will get to the bottom of th-



WHAT THE HELL ACER

oh no

oh no look at this

it's a choose your own adventure gravity falls book

acer oh no acer

look at how cool this is



wait there's more in here

ohh nooo



oh my god acer legends of localization for earthbound

I've always wanted to read this and never got around to ordering from fangamer because of shipping and everything

ohhh nooo acer this is so cool

wait



ohhhh my god acer nooo

It's Journal #3

This is so cool oh my god



ohhh man it's got stanford's notes about everything



I guess some of this has to be Dipper's writing and Mabel's art? sometimes?



ohh nooo I love this

I always wanted one of these ohhh noo acerrrr



OHHHH NOOOOOOO there's more oh no

It's the graphic novel and a portable black light?

I think it'll reveal stuff in the journal?



ohhhh nooo look at this art

oh no acer i love thisssss





acer this is too much

thank you so much oh no

oh no acer



ohhh noo I still have more to open

why are there so many of these acer



wait what the hell is this



it comes with stan bucks!

score!



and a whopping -12 quentin trembley bux!



what is thiiisssss

it comes with real string and everything

carefully open it



what isssss thissssss

acer



wait wait what the hell

acer

wh





GAAAASPPPPP

oh my god acer

this is like the super rare collector's edition version of Journal 3

ohhh my god acer

they made like 10000 of these or something

ACER WHY DID YOU GIVE ME BOTH OH NO ACER



ohhhh maaannn look at this

This is 5127 out of 10.000

the highlights letter spell "lucky you"!

ACER

how do i

oh no acer this is too much



they have like PHYSICAL photos and notes and stuff attached to the pages

this is so meticulous



I'm guessing THIS book is what the black light is for



acerrrrrrr





acer this is too much

I love this so much but jesus



m-more codes

why are there still so many of these

acer



ohhh noo acer what is this

there's so many



ohhhh what is this

it's something super rad isn't it



ohhh nooooo acer you didn't

it's the Wanderer's Journal and awesome papercraft

acerrrrrr

you know I love Hollow Knight oh noooo



wait no what the fffff

acerrrrrrr

this is too much oh my god

I always dreamed of getting these but told myself not to because so many reasons ohhh my god

acer noooo

look at these



oh god there's more

Undertale artbook? That looks like the Double Fine Adventure documentary they made about making Broken Age

and a super beautiful Hollow Knight pin



ohhhh it includes the game too

god this is so nice



and there's a.. sticker? a card

SOMETHING WITH GORGEOUS HK ART



ohhhh nooo these were in an envelope toooo

acerrrr



I love these they're so cute are you kidding me

acer





ACER



nono no what is this

acer my heart can't take this anymore

there's too much



OOHHHNOOOOO acerrr



oh my god

I love gravity falls so much, but I didn't order this when it was coming out because I told myself I shouldn't because it's Region A and shipping and customs would kill me and maybe they'll release a Region B version but they never did and by then it was too late to try to get one unless you went to scalpers



now i have one

thanks to you again acer

ACER

;____;



acerrrrrr

thank you so much, this is WAY too much




ohhnooo nonono acer no acer

oh noo the first volume of the legends of localizations



is this what the passports came with?

ohhh nooo




acerrrr

it's like everything from all three games



and it comes with a little envelope with more art







nooo there's still more

acer



ohhh nooo it's like every book and game and gorgeous anything I've ever wanted

fucking dragon's dogma and Darkstalkers are you kidding meeee

this witcher book is so nice, it goes so well with my world of cyberpunk book now oh god

acer

this is

so

much

thank you ;____;

I already told you I'm flabbergasted this thing made it through customs but I'm also horrified how much shipping you paid for all of this

this is so many birthday and christmas presents

thank you so much ohhh nooo



Lucina is amazing she's already on my shelf



Alphonse and Brocken and Griffin and Tali and the amiibos are happy to have her



Acerrrrrrrr


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Dec 31, 2019 - 09:08 PM
Games of 2019 + The Qwarky Awards
Response to: Games of the Year 2018 + AWARDS by map car man words telling me to do things

Another year, another game. Always game. Sometimes game. It was a year of back pains and trouble sitting for long periods of time, so there was a longish gap in playing anything when all I could do is lay down and read books. It mostly showed in me not playing particularly long games this year, but that's been a growing trend for me for several years now. I just don't have the attention span for 100 hour RPGs and open world extravaganzas anymore. Anyway. GAMES

Games I started before 2018 and only finished last year:

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

Games I started and finished last year:

The Hong Kong Massacre
Resident Evil 2 (2019)
Gato Roboto
Draugen
Observation
My Friend Pedro
Pikuniku
Wolfenstein: Youngblood
Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon (true ending)
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night (true ending)
Control
A Plague Tale: Innocence
Mortal Kombat 11 (story mode)
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance (replay)
Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order
Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening (2019)
Untitled Goose Game
Gears of War: Judgment (main campaign + aftermath)
Gears of War 4
Gears 5
Outer Wilds
Sayonara Wild Hearts
What the Golf?
Afterparty
Knights and Bikes
Rain of Reflections: Chapter 1
Haydee (all 3 endings)
Indivisible (100%)
The Outer Worlds
Void Bastards
Ape Out
Blazing Chrome
River City Girls (both endings)
A Short Hike
Baba is You

Games I started last year but didn't or couldn't finish:

Tom Clancy's The Division


Best games of 2019 I played:

Honorable mentions:

Spoiler:


Pikuniku




Gears 5




Blazing Chrome
[Best Contra]




What the Golf?
[Best golf puns] [Best cats] [SUPER. PUTT.]




The Hong Kong Massacre
[Best slomo] [Best shotgun]




Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening
[Cutest game] [Best Marin]




Draugen




Untitled Goose Game
[Best goose] [Best animation] [Best honk]




River City Girls
[Best animation] [Best character art] [Best music] [Best Yoko]




THE QWARKY TOP 15 BEST GAMES OF 2019


Spoiler:

15.



Void Bastards
[Best artstyle] [Best scifi] [Best character traits] [Best kittybots]

A really cool looking scifi FPS roguelite hybrid that can get a little repetitive after a while and the ending is a little abrupt. But they nail the comic book presentation so flawlessly, everyone should play this game.

7/10



14.



The Outer Worlds
[Best Parvati] [Best scifi]

The original creators of original Fallout make a new scifi first person RPG. It's well written, pretty, and has some really good characters (and some not particularly engaging ones as well). A fun scifi romp with multiple solutions to pretty much every situation.

8/10



13.



Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order
[Best artstyle] [Best Marvel] [Best Ms. Marvel] [Best Spider-Gwen] [Best Gamora]

I had a blast playing through this. Combat is relatively simple, but still has just enough depth to be rewarding and some of the screenfilling ability combos are really satisfying. Story is a fun little adventure through several marvel worlds and the mashup of all these characters and their banter is really enjoyable.

8/10



12.



Wolfenstein: Youngblood
[Best Jessie] [Best Zofia] [Best hand gestures] [Best nazi shooting] [Best FPS movement] [Best cutscenes] [Best first kill]

Everyone hates this game now, but I really enjoyed playing through it. Structure is not the same as the last two Wolfenstein games, the live service elements are not implemented well (or necessary), and revisiting the same locations several times can get a little repetitive. Besides that, the setting is neat, the shooting, movement and exploration are really fun and satisfying, the characters are endearing and while it's fairly light on story, there's a few terrific moments and setpieces and a particularly memorable plot twist and ensuing cutscene.

8/10



11.



Ape Out
[Best gorilla] [Best artstyle] [Best sound] [Best ending]

A fascinating explosion of audiovisual overload that I didn't particularly enjoy PLAYING per se, because it's really hard and can get super frustrating at times. But I respect the hell out of the craft on display here and the ending is so fucking good it makes playing through the whole thing more than worth it.

YouTube Video

7/10



10.



Afterparty
[Best Hell] [Best dog] [Best Lola] [Best Milo] [Best music]

Maybe a little disappointing after the absolutely wonderful Oxenfree, but Afterparty is still a really funny, really compelling little walk and talk adventure game with a neat dialogue system, good writing and fun characters, and another superb soundtrack from scntfc

YouTube Video

8/10



9.



Baba is you
[Award is you] [Best Baba] [Best Keke] [Most puzzle]

Another game that I maybe didn't enjoy playing myself quite so much as I just love and respect for being exactly what it is and how. A brilliant puzzle game that is constantly asking you to bend its ruleset, teaching you to think outside the box, as well as playing around with structure and systems. It's also really, REALLY funny.

YouTube Video

7/10



8.



Knights and Bikes
[Best goose] [Best artstyle] [Best Demelza] [Best Nessa] [Best music]

A tremendously charming and heartfelt adventure, with a wonderful artstyle, endearing characters, fun bike riding and exploration, a superb Daniel Pemberton soundtrack and surprisingly emotional subject matter. I certainly cried a lot towards the end.

YouTube Video

8/10



7.



Control
[Best Oldest House] [Best combat] [Best abilities] [Best artstyle] [Best location title cards] [Best Ahti] [I see you are not the yesterday's grouse's son]

Remedy has managed to create an absolutely superb action adventure with a really cool look, thick atmosphere, and great world building. The Metroid like structure and exploration is fun, combat is punchy and satisfying, all the side stuff and readables are really compelling. It's a wonderfully strange and cool action game and I wish it had stuck the ending a little better. Still. Really looking forward to what they do with the DLC in 2020

YouTube Video

8/10



6.



Observation
[Best scifi] [Best artstyle] [Best space]

A wonderful atmospheric scifi mystery. It's short and a bit light on gameplay, but it has a stunning look, it's drenched in mood and I actually really like the ending. It's just that there is an even more compelling space mystery adventure type game out this year and it's way down this list.

YouTube Video

9/10



5.



Indivisible
[Best artstyle] [Best animation] [Best Ajna] [Best Razmi] [Best Kushi] [Best music] [Best ending]

Lab Zero tries to combine Valkyrie Profile combat, RPG structure and Metroid platforming and exploration. It's a little bit more linear than I would have liked, and some of the maps are a chore to get through when backtracking or revisiting, even after most of your abilities. It's a shame, because the story is very enjoyable, the characters are all wonderful, well written, and brought to life with superb animation and great voiceacting.

Really, it's the platforming and story that carried this for me, as the finale - after having done all of the characters' sidequests - was absolutely worth it. And Kikuta's score is fantastic. Razmi is best girl.

YouTube Video

9/10



4.



A Short Hike
[Best Claire] [Best hike] [Best mountain] [Most peaceful] [Best music] [Best fishing] [Best treasure] [Best ending]

An absolutely lovely little walk through the woods with a cast of likeable characters, a serene, soothing atmosphere and a delightful warm tone. Very funny, very kind.

YouTube Video

9/10



3.



Sayonara Wild Hearts
[Best Queen Latifah] [Best artstyle] [Best music] [Best bikes] [Best ending] [Best A Place I Don't Know]

An interactive pop album. It's got a striking look, it's got wonderful music and a super satisfying final act. Light on gameplay but it was such a treat on all the senses I didn't mind at all.

YouTube Video

9/10



2.



Resident Evil 2
[Best Claire] [Best zombies] [Best map] [Best shotgun] [Best minigun]

A stunning reimagining of a survival horror classic, respecting the spirit and values of the original, while successfully revising and modernising several things. Stressful combat, exploration and puzzles, great setpieces and amazing production values. I can't fucking wait for the remake of 3 and what they can do with a game I didn't really enjoy last time through.

YouTube Video

9/10



1.



Outer Wilds
[Game of the Year] [Best space] [Best timeloop] [Best solar system] [Best exploration] [Best music] [Best ending]

Well here it is. I'm in love with this game. This spellbinding, imaginative, wonder of an adventure. A tiny clockwork solar system you'll explore inside out, gawking, reading, learning, yearning.

It is the kind of game where the less you know about it, the more its mystery can surprise and delight you. And boy did it surprise and delight me. For over a week, I did nothing but think about this game. What I'd seen, what I'd read, what this meant, what that meant. What I can still find in that place. How I could get in that one place. At work, all I did was think about going home and playing more. I lived in this solar system. I loved all life in it.

I was worried it might falter at the last step, but it really doesn't. The game's finale was mesmerising and the whole journey will stay with me for years to come. If you haven't played it, please don't spoil yourself. Don't watch a let's play. Don't read up solutions. Experience it. Wake up by that campfire and look at that night sky. Go up there and find everything.

YouTube Video

9/10




List of 2019 games I didn't play but probably would have liked a lot:

Disco Elysium
Pathologic 2
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
Daemon X Machina
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
Operencia: The Stolen Sun
John Wick Hex
Rebel Galaxy Outlaw
Virgo vs The Zodiac
Stardrop
Deliver Us the Moon
Astral Chain
Sunless Skies
Eliza
Moons of Madness
Code Vein
The Surge 2
Sigma Theory: Global Cold War
Ion Fury
Devil May Cry 5
Arcade Spirits
Heaven's Vault
Vane
Manifold Garden

Hope everyone has a good start for the year!



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Games of 2020 + The Qwarky Awards by map car man words telling me to do things

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Jan 1, 2019 - 12:58 PM
Games of the Year 2018 + AWARDS
Response to: Games of the Year 2017 + AWARDS by map car man words telling me to do things

It is the time of lists. I'm gonna go through the games I played through last year and pick the best ones again!

Games I started before 2018 and only finished last year:

-

Games I started and finished last year:

HITMAN (2016) (Professional difficulty 20/20 all challenges)
Iconoclasts
SteamWorld Dig
SteamWorld Heist
SteamWorld Dig 2
Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell
Fear Effect Sedna
Hitman GO: Definitive Edition (PC)
Lara Croft GO + DLC (PC)
Into the Breach
Oakwood Academy of Spells and Sorcery
Celeste
Link Twin
Framed
Framed 2
Hidden my game by mom
Hidden my game by mom 2
My brother ate my pudding
Wings of Vi
Kathy Rain
Forgotton Anne
Lake Ridden
Q.U.B.E: Director's Cut
La-Mulana 2
Chuchel
Crossing Souls
Thief of Thieves: Season One
Akane
Death's Gambit
Hidden my game by mom 3
Ghost of a Tale
FAR: Lone Sails
The Gardens Between
HITMAN: Sniper Assassin
Tangledeep
Marie's Room
The Lion's Song
Gorogoa
Master Spy (true ending)
What Remains of Edith Finch
Remothered: Tormented Fathers
Darksiders
Darksiders II
My Memory of Us
Where the Goats Are
Donut County
Unavowed
Get Even
Minit
Resident Evil 7 + DLC
Semblance]
Return of the Obra Dinn
Darksiders III
GRIS
Iris.Fall
HITMAN 2 (2018)

Games I started last year but didn't or couldn't finish:

Agents of Mayhem
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege
Fortnite: Save the World
Fortnite: Battle Royale
God of War
CrossCode
Dead Cells



Best games of 2018 I played:

Honorable mentions:

Spoiler:


Iconoclasts
[Best Robin] [Most unexpectedly depressing and dark story details]

6/10




Where the Goats Are
[Best Goats] [Best Chicken] [Best Drawing on Sand]

7/10




Unavowed
[Best Ben Chandler Sprites] [Best Vicki] [Best Mandana] [Best ProZD]

6/10




Forgotton Anne
[Best faux Ghibli aesthetics] [Also most unexpectedly depressing and dark story details]

7/10




Crossing Souls
[A++ Ending]

7/10




Semblance
[Best blobs]

6/10




Iris.Fall
[Best clockwork gears]

6/10




THE QWARKY TOP 16 BEST GAMES OF 2018


Spoiler:
16.



Chuchel
[Best Amanita Design game of the year] [Best Slapstick] [Best DVA game soundtrack of 2018] [Cherry of the year]

Jaromír Plachý and Amanita deliver another delightful interactive picture book of slapstick and weirdness.

YouTube Video

7/10



15.



Thief of Thieves: Season One
[Best Robert Kirkman license] [Surprising Finnish Game of the Year] [Best Celia] [Best comic book inking]

Surprisingly enjoyable episodic adventure game with stealth and light choice making. A really nice comic book aesthetic and solid voice acting makes it easy to put up with the occasionally clunky stealth, though I read they've patched improvements since. Good stuff! I want a season 2!

8/10



14.



Hidden my game by mom 3
[Best giraffe] [Best Mom gallery]

MAMA

8/10



13.



FAR: Lone Sails
[Best Horizon] [Most Biggest Transportation] [Best Music]

You stare at a lonely horizon and drive a dope ass trashpowered tank.

YouTube Video

8/10



12.



Minit
[Best Sword] [Land.. is best] [Best Jukio Kallio] [Best Countdown] [Best Black & White] [The Funniest Gag Award - for the old man by the lighthouse]

Use sword and die every 60 seconds. The Funniest Gag speaks for itself.

YouTube Video

YouTube Video

8/10



11.



Darksiders III
[Best Fury] [Best Tornado] [Best Giant Hammer]

A very good metroid/souls alike with fun combat and fun exploration. Ends a bit abruptly but hey.



7/10



10.



Ghost of a Tale
[Best Mice] [Best Frog] [Best Pirate Outfits] [Best Hiding in Barrels] [Best Mushroom Picking]

The best fantasy mouse sneaking and eating simulator RPG of 2018.

YouTube Video

8/10



9.



Into the Breach
[Best Mechs] [Best Turn-Based Game] [Most Heartbreak] [Best Time Travel] [Best Music]

FTL dev comes up with a way to break our hearts in turn-based tactics. Incredibly addicting and replayable.

YouTube Video

8/10



8.



Return of the Obra Dinn
[Best Graphics] [Best Detective Work] [Most Tragic Discoveries] [Best Music]

Lucas Pope makes us play supernatural detective and insurance agent.

YouTube Video

8/10



7.



La-Mulana 2
[Best Lumisa] [Best Mulbruk] [Best Bosses] [Most Getting Lost] [Most Where the Fuck am I Supposed to go What the Hell] [Best Music] [Funniest/Cutest/Most Heartbreaking Scene of the Year]



YouTube Video

8/10



6.



Akane
[Best Cyberpunk] [Most Blood] [Best Combo Chasing] [Best BLAME! Gun]

YouTube Video

8/10



5.



Donut County
[Best Holes] [Best Slapstick] [Best Raccoon] [Best Drone] [Best Music]

Ben Esposito gives us a strange and charming story about a selfish little shit raccoon dooming the world. Fantastic and funny stuff.

YouTube Video

8/10



4.



HITMAN 2 (2018)
[Best Level Design] [Best Murder] [Best Replayability] [Best Stealth] [Best Castle] [Best Miami] [Best Mumbai] [Best Slapstick] [Best Santa]

Well, the story is back to pretty dumb again after Season 1's promising start, but the level design is some of the best the series has ever seen. Fantastic work IO, I hope you do well enough for a Season 3.

YouTube Video

8/10



3.



The Gardens Between
[Best Graphics] [Best Dioramas] [Best Kids] [Best Rewind] [Best Bittersweet Ending]

A delightful little puzzler experience, with a gorgeous 3D diorama look and lovely music. The simple interactivity hides some clever puzzle sequences to solve, and you never get tired of forwarding and rewinding time, watching the two kids walk and run and climb and look at things. To top it off, the narrative tells a moving little story about the joys and pains of childhood friendship. A treat, I tell you!

YouTube Video

9/10



2.



GRIS
[Best Graphics] [Best Animation] [Best Watercolours] [Best Loneliness] [Best Falling] [Best Statues] [Best Music] [Best Chase Sequences] [Best Underwater] [Best Box Shaped Buddy] [Best Box Shaped Apples]

An astonishing piece of animated art you play through. It's bold, it's achingly gorgeous, it's contemplative and thrilling and melancholic and moving. It's a treat for the senses and I had a really hard time deciding between it and the game above for #2.

YouTube Video

9/10



1.



Celeste
[Game of the Year] [Mountain of the Year] [Best Madeline] [Best Writing] [The Made Me Cry Award for making me cry] [Toughest Platforming] [Best Weh heh heh laughing noise] [Best Music]

Well there it is. Celeste won my heart from the moment Madeline started talking and it remained my favourite game throughout the year. It's an incredibly tough platformer that superbly weaves punishing difficulty into a beautiful narrative about the struggles we endure and the strength we can find to better ourselves. We want Madeline to succeed and find courage because she's an incredibly endearing character and you grow to love all of the cast. Lena Raine's gorgeous soundtrack and some excellent writing elevates Celeste into a powerful and incredibly rewarding experience that speaks to pretty much all of us.

YouTube Video

9/10




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Games of the Year 2017 + AWARDS
Response to: Games of the Year 2016 + AWARDS by map car man words telling me to do things

It is the time I go through my list of games I played through last year and pick my favourites. Again!



Games I started before 2017 and only finished last year:

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze


Games I started and finished last year:

HITMAN (2016)
Nier (all endings)
Alien: Isolation + DLC
Obscure
Obscure II: The Aftermath
Hollow Knight (100%)
Ninja Pizza Girl
Ori and the Blind Forest - Definitive Edition
Memoranda
Myst
Riven - The Sequel to Myst
Myst III - Exile
Myst IV - Revelation
Uru: Ages Beyond Myst
Uru: To D'ni
Uru: Path of the Shell
Myst V - End of Ages
SUPERHOT
Amerzone
Clustertruck
Conga Master
Smashing the Battle
Clandestine
Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan! (replay)
Moero! Nekketsu Rhythm Damashii: Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan 2
Snake Pass
Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice
RiME
NieR:Automata (endings A-E)
ECHO
Nex Machina
Cuphead
Sonic Mania
RUINER
Trackless
A Hat in Time
Tiny Echo
Mr. Shifty
Hob
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Super Mario 3D World (100%)
Battlerite (Poloma to lvl 20)
Thimbleweed Park

Games I started last year but didn't finish:

Hitman GO
Fire Emblem Heroes
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus



Best games of 2017 I played:

Honorable mentions:

Spoiler:


RiME
[Best almost ICO but not really] [Best Little Hogs]



7/10




Cuphead
[Prettiest Game] [Best Graphics] [Best Animation] [Best Colour Bleed]

7/10




ECHO
[Best Scifi] [Best Setting]

7/10




Trackless
[Best Zork-like]

7/10




A Hat in Time
[Best Hats]

7/10




Tiny Echo
[Cutest Game] [Most Peaceful] [Most Envelopes]

7/10




Hob
[Best Terrain Raising] [Best Forest Sprite Creatures]

7/10



THE QWARKY TOP 11 BEST GAMES OF 2017


Spoiler:
11.



Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice
[Best Sound] [Cringiest End Credits Song] [Best Lighting] [The More Satisfying on Hard Award]

It's kind of like a walking simulator with occasional moments of combat and puzzles. What is important about it for me is an indie developer showing they can get a high quality, high production value title like this done in this day and age, and find an audience. And it's a solid experience too.

7/10



10.



Ruiner
[Best Cyberpunk World] [Best Helmet] [Best Atmosphere] [Best Music] [Best Use of Susumu Hirasawa]

Really cool setting, really cool look, stunningly good soundtrack. The action is a bit too hectic and punishing so I had to drop it down from Hard to Normal, but all in all a really enjoyable and memorable action game. I'd love to see them do more in this world.

YouTube Video

8/10



9.



Memoranda
[Best Name Searching] [Best Disguised Elephant] [Best Talking Moose Head]

A lovely little point & click adventure with wonderful atmosphere and storytelling.

8/10



8.



Nex Machina
[Most Twin Stick] [Best Ari Pulkkinen Soundtrack] [Best Viewpoint Switching and Zooming] [Most Secret Humans]

Housemarque made their best game and probably the best twin stick shooter. Probably.

9/10



7.



Thimbleweed Park
[Best-a-who] [Best Sprites] [Most Maniac Mansion] [Best Annoying In-Jokes Toggle Option]

Ron Gilbert does NOT know how to end his games in a satisfying manner. But aside from that, this is a clever, funny, well written point & click adventure with tons of delightful little details and gags.

8/10



6.



Snake Pass
[Cutest Game] [Most Colourful] [Best Snake] [Best Noodle] [Best Stream Game] [Best Music] [Best Murderous Hummingbird]

A delightful 3D exploration game, where the actual act of navigating the environments IS the gameplay hook and main draw. I had a blast streaming most of this game, it's bright and colourful, has a wonderful soundtrack from David Wise, and has that rare brand of slapstick that comes from gameplay instead of visual gags.

YouTube Video

8/10



5.



Mr. Shifty
[Best Thief] [Best Teleporting] [Best Punching] [Best Broom Use]

Was totally surprised by this game and its central gameplay hook of dodging and punching. A superb little action game, with fun levels and tight controls. I want to see a sequel really bad.

8/10



4.



Battlerite
[Best Multiplayer] [Best Arena Brawling] [Best Music] [Best Blossom] [Best Lucie] [Best Poloma] [Best Oldur] [Best Freya] [Best Winter Event Skins] [Best Prehistoric Event Skins]

I don't like competitive multiplayer. I've got 150 hours in this game. It's freaking great. The characters are all fun to play and well designed, the matches go by fast so even losing doesn't feel terrible, and the combat is hectic and tactical and so much fun you just lose hours and can always get better. Poloma is A++







YouTube Video

9/10



3.



Hollow Knight
[Best Bugs] [Best Painted Backgrounds] [Best Atmosphere] [Best Tragedy] [Best Incidental Details] [Best Music] [Best 100% Experience]

It's dark, it's sad, it's beautiful, it's fun and intense and magical and heartbreaking. Fucking play it already, it's amazing. I put 44 hours into it to 100%. Trial of Fools is a bitch. My hands hurt for days afterwards from gripping the controller so hard.

YouTube Video

9/10



2.



NieR: Automata
[Best Androids] [Best Existential Agony] [Best Music] [Best Platinum Game of the Year] [Best Story] [Best Endings] [Best Hidden Endings] [Most Swords] [Best Pod] [Best Fishing] [Best Hacking] [Best 2B] [Best End Credits] [Best Final Final Ending]

The only knock against the game is how you kind of have to persevere with it to see the whole thing, it doesn't NATURALLY engage you to continue playing. But once you get over that hump, good god. Get all the endings. Cry over androids. It's Yoko Taro's most hopeful game but it's still incredibly cruel and dark and overwhelmingly sad. It's smart, it's brave, it's surprising and deeply touching. An amazing experience, an unbelievable soundtrack, well worth 50 hours. You'll get more out of it if you play through the original NieR first (all four endings)

YouTube Video

9/10



1.







Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
[Game of the Year] [Best Link] [Best Zelda] [Best Side Characters] [Best Emergent Narratives] [Best Open World] [Best Climbing] [Best Exploration] [Best Atmosphere] [Best Music] [Best Sunsets] [Best Sunrises] [Most Grass] [Best Bears] [Best Fields] [Best King of the Mountain] [Best Sidequests] [Best Koroks] [Best Desert] [Best Lynels] [Best Hanggliding] [Best Horses] [Best Scientists] [Most Fruit] [Most Swords]

A remarkable achievement and a remarkable adventure. Nintendo succesfully takes bits and pieces of modern open-world game design and perfectly integrates them with their own design philosophy and ideas, into a wonderful Legend of Zelda experience that moves the series forward, while totally nailing what the first game did so well. The final ending is maybe a little anticlimactic because of all the things you do before it, but it remains essential gaming and I wouldn't have sunk over 90 hours into it if I hadn't loved it so much.

YouTube Video

9/10




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A Qwarky Christmas 2017
hello it is the time of the season of pictures

but first some classic finnish christmas tunes to get into the holiday spirit:

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The table is already set! Hooray! Sit down!



Time for melons and horses!











This is the life. I love the life.



Good food. Good people. Good food.



We almost forgot to serve these again. Soft dates, filled with blue cheese and wrapped in bacon. Delicious!















The sauce. The best. The sauce.



Yeah, this is the stuff. The best.



The ham. The best. The ham.



Nine hours dad had kept it in the oven. The best. The oven.



I'll drink to that.



YEAAAHHH THIS IS THE STUFF I LOVE CHRISTMAS



Small nap then mascarpone ice cream. The best. Ice cream.


Then usually we take a break, then have coffee and cake and my aunt opens her birthday presents. But because we were all so full and no one could have cake or coffee just yet, in the interest of time we decided to have some of us open christmas presents while we wait a bit.



which is what we did













Then it was time for sparkling wine and cake and coffee and birthday presents








And then the remaining presents were opened.



My mom is knitting me a sock, I was try this one on and if it fit, she makes the other one. It did, so I'm getting socks next year. Hooray! It's beautiful!






Merry christmas everyone, hope it's a really lovely and relaxing time for all!


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GFF Meet 2017 photos - Part 3
Days 0-1 photos here

Days 2-4 photos here


Sorry for the delay. This proved harder than I'd expected. Here's the remaining days.


YouTube Video

Days 5-7 Thursday-Saturday:


oh, did i mention we moved upstairs last night because of cody's foot and he was better off sleeping in our room downstairs

it's pretty nice!

i kinda wanna stay in this room next year






(phone)



awww yea, tails and garr playing double dragon IV was a particular highlight



acer made balloon animals and weapons for us



BIG OL BEAR-ON-A-STICK






Then we played Mount Your Friends

YouTube Video


Wait, friday already? Shit

We finally went to that pancake place on time!

It was awesome!


(phone)


(phone)


(phone)

Garr with the advanced pancake strats!


(phone)


(phone)


(phone)


(phone)


(phone)


















YEAAAAAHHH HOTTUB BOIS


Then I too went in the hottub and we did BoilingForce and it was super nice while it was still lightly raining and we were all just boiling in there and there was a big ol bumblebee in the bushes




Then Cody was free and we went to pick him up at the hospital and his fucking coffee GOD


(phone)

Then we went for ice cream!


(phone)


Then it was time for food!




Far, far too much food!




Then the moon was up and absolutely gorgeous so we went over to the beach to stare at it and my camera can't do it justice.












abby did some art






And then it was saturday! Shit!







Then everyone left and I didn't get any shots of hugs and then Abby dropped me off at the airport and I met up with Talec, Tritoch and CHz who were still there


(phone)





and then ate a gross bacon king meal and regretted everything



then tritoch bailed on us like a chump so we walked around in a tiny tiny airport waiting for chz's plane to start boarding




then chz left



then we sat around some more with talec till her plane left





and then an hour later my plane left and I went home and no more remained






What a week. Next year I need to bring my Ixus again for emergency photos and video cause using my phone sucks.

Thank you all for being such lovely people, looking forward to seeing everyone again next year.



Here's the group shot again:

group photo 2017:



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Jun 15, 2017 - 01:47 PM
GFF Meet 2017 photos - Part 2
Days 0-1 photos here

i said i didn't take a lot of photos this meet and it really shows around monday and tuesday, to the point where i momentarily got really confused what day i was on when putting these up, as if i'd missed an entire day



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Days 2-4 Monday-Wednesday:






awkward pang wave.jpg


(phone)


(phone)


(phone)



Then Escape Room happened! It was great!


(phone)


(phone)








and then the day switched to Tuesday and I almost didn't realize when doing these!













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Then Tails played some more TorqueL while we all sat and screamed at him and it was magical


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WEDNESDAY MORNING

A WHOLE LOT OF JUST SITTING AROUND



oh no











then Uno happened!
















YouTube Video









(this is actually one of my favourites of the whole week)


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blessed koskenkorva, blessed acer for importing some this year





more to come!


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GFF Meet 2017 photos - Part 1
I have been dragging my feet with these, constantly finding new ways to distract myself from going over everything and picking and finetuning and uploading.

That sinking feeling that this year is going to be a huge disappointment in terms of photos cause I really didn't take that many photos, especially of moments I would have liked to capture. And the moments I did manage to capture, the photos were often focused incorrectly or I had the white balance selected all wrong and couldn't tell from the tiny LCD screen in bright sunlight.

Anyway.

I am going too slowly so here's the first two days while I try to get the rest done. Sorry!

YouTube Video

Days 0-1 Saturday-Sunday:


My flights would have me arrive after 5PM, missing most of the first day.



but it sure was nice being back at the house again.



NAME THAT POKEMON

"it's pikachu!"



"GOD DAMNIT!"







Few hours into the meet and Tails was already done

















































o7





















pete fucking died




talec fucking died




it was a good day for acer and haydee



It was somewhere around here that I smoked weed and came along grocery shopping in an effort to find ingredients to make mascarpone ice cream


(phone)

I took several photos of syrup before eventually finding everything I needed


(phone)


(phone)


(phone)






then we did jeopardy





pang was not oka-
















(phone)


Then we went to pick up Term!

It was Skills, Acer and me listening to the Initial D soundtrack all the way to the airport!



and he arrived!







then it was grilled cheese time!



geddit



then telestrations happened



and skills knew















"talec is really good at drawing chocobo or unicorns or something i guess"



angry sun and the tower of too many bells


and now a delightful little set of acer laughing









it was at this point that the brownie that had been on my plate in this photo taken earlier finally kicked in and no further photos were taken on my camera for the rest of the evening from the looks of it




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Games of the Year 2016 + AWARDS
Response to: Games of the Year 2015 and the usual awards by map car man words telling me to do things

That's right. The coveted Qwarky awards for the best games of the year!

Time to go through the list of games I played last year and pick my favourites from the new releases. I built a new computer in December 2015, after two years of very little computer gaming, so 2016 was extremely PC focused.



Games I started before 2016 and only finished last year:

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (135 hours total!)


Games I started and finished last year:

Blocks That Matters
Tetrobot and Co.
The Marvellous Miss Take
The Stanley Parable
GUN GODZ
Nuclear Throne (looped after 66 hours of attempts)
Shardlight
Dungeon of the Endless
Antichamber
Amazing Princess Sarah
Samorost 3
Stranded
Murder
Deadlight
Legend of Grimrock
Legend of Grimrock 2
Lili: Child of Geos
Gunman Clive
Hyper Light Drifter
Lume
Lumino City
Mark of the Ninja
Lucidity
Stealth Bastard Deluxe
Orcs Must Die!
Orcs Must Die! 2
Torchlight
Torchlight 2
Stealth Inc. 2: A Game of Clones
A Story About My Uncle
NyxQuest: Kindred Spirits
DeadCore
Oxenfree
Kholat
The Way
Cloudbuilt
Master Spy
Shatterhand
Power Blade
Power Blade 2
Shadow of the Ninja
Xeodrifter
Duck Tales 2
Overwatch (started, still playing, but with 200 hours clocked I'd say I've played "enough")
Oxenfree (replay)
Oniken
Forward to the Sky
Hotline Miami (replay)
Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
Doom (2016)
Seraph
Republique
Lumo
Submerged
Dreaming Sarah
Odallus: The Dark Call
Batman: Arkham City - Harley Quinn's Revenge DLC
Batman: Arkham Knight + Arkham Episodes DLC chapters
The Longest Journey
Dreamfall: The Longest Journey
Dreamfall Chapters: The Longest Journey
INSIDE
Momodora
Momodora II
Momodora III
Momodora: Reverie Under the Moonlight
Firewatch
ADR1FT
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2
Call of Duty: Ghosts
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
Call of Duty: Black Ops 3
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
Wolfenstein: The New Order
Wolfenstein: The Old Blood
Saints Row: The Third (replay)
Saints Row IV
Saints Row 2 (replay)
Shantae: Risky’s Revenge - Director’s Cut
Owlboy
Dishonored 2
MANDAGON
Virginia

Games I started last year but didn't finish:

None (unless you count Overwatch)



THE DEFINITIVE TOP 12 LIST OF THE BEST GAMES FROM 2016:

Spoiler:
12.



Shardlight
[Point & Click Adventure Game of the Year] [Best Wadjet Eye Game of 2016] [The Ben Chandler Award for 2D Adventure Game Sprite Excellence]

Another lovely little point & click adventure from the reigning champions of the genre, with some wonderful world building, melancholic atmosphere and multiple endings depending on your choices. Doesn't quite reach Gemini Rue or Primordia, or even Technobabylon, but well worth playing through. And the sprites are absolutely lovely.

7/10


11.



Samorost 3
[Cutest Game] [Best Music] [Best Collectibles] [Best Third Samorost] [Best Second Samorost Sequel] [Best Dog] [The "Amanita Design Game of the Year" Award For Best Amanita Developed Game] [Best Space]

Amanita gives us another gift and Samorost 3 is more Samorost, but on a level of polish far beyond even Botanicula. It's an adorable, funny, surreal little adventure and one of the most charming titles of the year.

8/10


10.



Virginia
[Best Hard Cuts Of the Year] [The "Seriously Those Hard Cuts Were Really Fucking Great" Award For Some Surprisingly Well Done And Neat Hard Cuts] [Last Game I Played of the Year Award] [Second Best Wordless Narrative] [Most Annoying Cryptic Sequences] [Most Unexpected Little Sequence That Made Me Tear Up That Wasn't Really Meant To Be Particularly Sad]

My feelings towards this game shifted from positive to negative to positive to negative to contemplative and hesitant in the span of its very brief 2 hour run time. It's an achingly beautifully crafted linear path through a set of several mysteries, filled with absolutely stunning little touches, from the use of music and dialogueless narrative, to the superb cuts that completely delighted me. Then it'll throw you into sequences that you won't understand and at times it's spellbinding while other times it's just deeply frustrating. There are sights and scenes that make no sense, whether you try to interpret them literally or symbolically, and the last stretch of the game left me feeling disappointed initially. The more I've thought of it, the more I've warmed back to it, but it is a difficult game to enjoy outright. After sleeping on it, I've come to realize I did very much enjoy the journey, even if the conclusion could have been more satisfying. In either case it's a fascinating, ambitious and in many ways rewarding experiment in first person and video game narrative. It's just that there's another game on this list that does all that so much better.

8/10


9.



Dreamfall Chapters
[Best Zoe] [Best Writing] [Best April] [Best Crow] [Second Most Unexpected Game to Make Me Cry] [Best Episodic Game] [Best Continuation of Dreamfall] [Best Consequences for Choices] [The "Man I Hope They End Up Making The Longest Journey Home" Award For Hoping For A Final Chapter To April's Story Now That Zoe's Is Done]

I sat down and played through The Longest Journey, then Dreamfall and then Dreamfall Chapters almost back to back. People should not play Chapters without playing through the first two games in the series first. Chapters is very much a continuation (and in many ways a conclusion) of past events and the destinies of old characters people like and care deeply about. It's a beautiful adventure, with slight attempts at consequences for choices, but nothing actually major. You are essentially just observing a sequence of events that are only a minor part of much bigger things. And it's really good. Basically play The Longest Journey and Dreamfall. Chapters is fantastic and absolutely worth it. Norwegians are still fantastic storytellers.

9/10


8.



Dishonored 2
[Best Stealth] [Most Emily] [Best Stephen Russell] [Second Best Delilah of the Year] [Best Supernatural Powers] [Winner of The Best Level of the Year Award: The Clockwork Mansion] [The Most Unexpected Brandon Keener Award for Unexpected Brandon Keener]

It's more Dishonored. It's got a paper-thin main story. Its characters aren't particularly engaging. Its world building and flavour text are terrific. Its stealth is really fun. It's got a few absolutely fantastic levels. It's really pretty. It's really great if you like Dishonored 1.

8/10


7.



Doom (2016)
[Best Single Player First Person Shooting] [Best First Person Platforming] [Best Use of Music in Combat] [One of the Biggest Surprises of the Year Award] [The FURY ROAD Award For Unexpected Old Franchise Revival That Actually Turned Out Really Fantastic]

I had written this game off as garbage several times since it's first E3 reveal. It looked like crap. It turned out to be really fucking good. It successfully takes the spirit of what a lot of people love about Doom and splices it with more modern technology and trappings. The focus on exploring the levels is absolutely terrific and they reward exploration and it's all completely perfectly in line with the vast levels and oh my god it's so good. Just the way simply moving around and navigating the levels and shooting feels genuinely good and satisfying is incredibly impressive to me and should be celebrated. It loses some of its steam like two levels or so before it ends, but this is one of the best first person shooter campaigns of recent years. The fury and fun are just wonderful.

8/10


6.



INSIDE
[Depressing Danish Game of the Year] [Best Animation] [The Geez That's Messed Up Award For Implied Dark Stuff] [Best Follow-up to Limbo] [Most Violence Towards Children] [Creepiest Underwater Segment]

It's a worthy successor to Limbo. And I really liked Limbo. It's bleak, it's dark, it's beautifully paced, it's got gorgeous animation and environmental design, it's a very memorable cinematic platformer that doesn't overstay its welcome.

9/10


5.



Overwatch
[Best Multiplayer] [The Most Hours Played Award For Most Hours Played] [Best FPS]

I don't like competitive multiplayer games but I put 200 hours into Overwatch so it has to be doing something really well. It's bright, colourful, fast-paced, fun, pretty and has a world and characters that are charming and memorable enough to add that extra bit to the game. Blizzard are really good at making shiny things.

9/10


4.



Hyper Light Drifter
[Best Graphics] [Prettiest Game] [Best Music] [Best Combat] [Best Wordless Narrative] [Awesome Architecture] [Best Atmosphere]

A slightly non-linear Zelda, but with less reliance on gadgets and more focus on combat and exploration. It strikes a good balance and the atmosphere, environmental storytelling and stunning visuals are enough to keep you playing. This was my favourite game of the year for several months.. until I played the next three.

9/10


3.



Owlboy
[Best Graphics] [Prettiest Game] [Best Music] [Longest Development Time] [Best Finale] [The Delightful Award For Being Genuinely Surprising And Wonderful And You Should Play This Game] [Made Me Cry Award For Making Me Cry] [The Unexpectedly Emotionally Involving Award For Making Me Cry And Not Expecting It] [Most Unexpected Game to Make Me Cry] [Best Hug] [Best Grass]

Nine years it took them to make it, it feels unreal that it's actually done and here and really quite wonderful. Owlboy is a beautiful little metroid-lite adventure, set in a gorgeous world of floating islands, mysterious ruins and ancient, forgotten technology. Play it. It's absolutely wonderful and charming and beautiful to look at.

9/10


2.



Firewatch
[Best Writing] [Prettiest Game] [Best First Person] [Second Best Dialogue System] [Best Delilah of the Year] [Spookiest Moment In A Not Spooky Game] [Second Spookiest Moment In A Not Spooky Game] [Best Walkie Talkie] [Best Character Creation] [Best Drinking] [Best Voice Acting]

Holy god damnit I did not expect this game to win me over. Beautifully subdued in pretty much everything, it's a meticulously crafted, quiet, unassuming little walk through the lives of two lost adults, as much a character study as it is a mystery to uncover. It is a stunning use of interactive narrative and I can't wait to see what Campo Santo does next.

9/10


1.



Oxenfree
[BEST GAME OF THE YEAR] [Best Writing] [Best Voice Acting] [Spookiest Game] [Best Island] [Best Radio] [Best Music] [Best Dialogue System] [Best Alex] [The "Another Unexpected Emotionally Involving Game" Award for Being Unexpectedly Emotionally Involving For What Is Essentially A Teen Horror Trope Plot, Especially The Moments Where A Confused Alex Gets To Talk To Her Dead Brother In The Past Were Incredibly Well Done And Subtle And Hit Me Right In The Feels And Yes They Made Me Cry Ok]

Well this is it. My favourite game of the year. A completely wonderful little ghost story, with a fantastic dialogue system, terrific writing, lovable characters and a surprisingly engaging narrative and emotional punch. A remarkable debut work from a highly promising developer who know what they're doing. I love this game so much and I want to see what Night School does next.

9/10




A definitive list of 25 games I probably should have played last year:

Spoiler:


The Last Guardian



HITMAN (2016)



Uncharted 4: A Thief's End



The Witness



Let It Die



Superhot



Thumper



REZ Infinite
(although in my defence I have ordered the physical disc release, which is set to ship sometime in January)



Dark Souls III



Abzû



Obduction



Earth Defence Force 4.1



XCOM 2



Event [0]



The Turing Test



Necropolis



Quadrilateral Cowboy



Mafia III



Conga Master



Yomawari: Night Alone



Dead Rising 4



ICEY



Bound



Deadbolt



Mirror's Edge Catalyst




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Dec 25, 2016 - 01:35 PM
A Qwarky Christmas 2016
Just in time for the forums to be back too!

Happy chrism!

Merry crisis!

Here's some photos of a table!



Setting up the table!



Lots of of starters on the table!




Smoked horsemeat!



Goes well with honeydew melon!



Shredded carrots and lemon juice!



Mushrooms and beetroot and creme fraiche and red peppers and little plum tomatoes and plates as well!



So many different dishes of fish!

This was salmon!



Gather round the salmon!



So much food!



More food!

Soft dates, filled with blue cheese, wrapped in serrano ham, cooked in the oven! Delicious! Amazing!



yyiiiiiiiiiissssssssssss



What's that, booze, sure let's drink to that!



Cheers!



After a good rest, time for main course. With casseroles! Potato (lower right), turnip (top), and a new dish my mom tried: sweet potato, with pecan nuts and crisp bacon bits on top. Amazing! Delicious!



MERRY HAM EVERYONE



yyyyiiiiiiiiiiiiiiissssssssssssssssssss this is the stufffffff



This stuff was so goooood



yiiiiiiiiiisssssssssssss it's so good to be alive



made mascarpone ice cream for dessert

had to go lay down for a while after eating way too much



Cakes with coffee!



Gather round the cakes!



Presents!

Way too many presents!



It took us forever to each open our presents in turn. We ended up going home past 10:30pm!

It was a great christmas!

I hope everyone has a great christmas!

Merry chrimas!

It's so nice to have GFF back!


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GFF Meet 2016 photos - Part 2
Sorry for the delay! I had a few days of distractions and more pressing matters and wasn't making any progress. Here's the remaining days at last!

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Day 3 Tuesday::


previously, on gff meet



erik made us us delicious breakfasts






(Acer)

There is so much going on in this photo I love it all








Then somewhere here we went grocery shopping, people played Smash and I made ice cream



(phone pic)

Cody whipping up dat cream for me because I have no technique



Wings!




(Skills?)

Suspicious Devin questions his life decisions regarding nugs









Fuse was great fun to play



Resistance with regular playing cards and mints for guns worked really well!

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Then there was some 2 controllers 1 character action with Acer and uh



Abby >:|

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Pretty sure it was here where we had late night hottub and pool dip and talking and a perfect cloudless starry night sky and everyone else had passed out and we turned off all the lights in the house and Puck played music on his little speakers as we sat by the pool and there was mascarpone ice cream tasting in the dark and it was all just

I wish I could have stayed there in that night forever



Day 4 Wednesday::


Took a walk on the beach! It was a lovely day!











Then unfortunately my mode dial clicked into manual without me noticing, which had a set 1/60 shutter speed, so pretty much the remaining photos Abby and I took were completely blown up



We buried a dead crab and gave it a tomb stone and Abby wrote moving words which I could not record




(Abby)


(Abby)


(Abby)






(phone pic)

Then it was escape room time!

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After some tiddy slapping



(phone pic)


(phone pic)


(phone pic)


(phone pic)

Escape room was great fun <3

The other group did the horror themed kidnapped-in-murderer's-basement room while we had a stolen painting mystery to solve. Lots of number locks and drawers to open, books to leaf through, a few mathematical puzzles to solve. There was a collapsing wall panel that revealed more puzzles, a fireplace you opened up and crawled through to find more locked doors and eventually we got out with 8:17 to spare! They were very surprised none of us had ever done an escape room before.


(phone pic)

Unfortunately no photos were allowed so I couldn't take shots of the actual room.


(phone pic)

Then it was time for victory ice cream!


(phone pic)

Lurkie was suitably patriotic


(phone pic)



Day 5 Thursday::

Lunch and candy store in Old Orchard Beach somewhere around here



Abby was feeling blue



People were enjoying my ice cream!



But not Erik. He was out of control.





Abby made a friend



bap bap bap bap




I think it was this day that people did bowling? Maybe? I dunno. I took a nap on the couch and cuddled with Cody and Andrew for hours.






Then Erik and Abby played Kirby Super Star downstairs






Day 6 Friday::











Andrew thought he was smiling



It was pretty much a massage day









































The Erik is perfect


And then I went to bed! I don't know what else happened!



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Day 7 Saturday::

I think Skills took a bunch of photos while we were still in bed! I think!


(Skills?)


(Skills?)


(Skills?)


(Skills?)


(Skills?)


(Skills?)





Sigh. Last days are always a bit gloomy gloomy but there is still something comforting about them. You've had a good week and you'll have memories. You'll see people again soon enough.

And there's a lot of hugs going around.



































This is what people look like when they hug you, Abby



nah just kidding



The internet is closed. Everyone go home.





bye Andrew



Then we drove back to Abby's to drop her stuff off, took like a two hour nap and eventually got me to my airport.








(phone pic)

It was pretty much the bestest possible way to end a trip


I had some trouble with my flights but in the end it was ok




Aaand that's it. Good week. Miss everyone.

Really psyched next year is happening.

Thank you all for being such lovely people.


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Jun 21, 2016 - 05:30 PM
GFF Meet 2016 photos - Part 1
What a week.

I took 1206 photos during this trip, of which I'm running over 540 through Lightroom to see which ones I can and will use. I'm up to tuesday so far so here's the first batch, pre meet days plus Saturday to Monday.

Once again a few people took shots with my camera so I will try to credit them to the best of my memory. If you spot something you took and I didn't name you, please let me know so I can edit it. Some really great shots!

YouTube Video

Pre-Meet Days Wed-Fri::








































(Abby)


(Abby)

Look at how fucking happy I am playing Operation Wolf






(phone pic)










Day 0 Saturday::












Lurkie arrives!



Pete arrives!



Pete has vests and jackets for us to wear!





Menno is here!



People are here!





Burgers!





Drinking!



Pang!









Lurker makes neat things!



Burgers are neat too!



DAVE IS HERE WHAT THE FUCK





LOOK AT HOW HAPPY YOU MADE ABBY DAVE YOU ASSHOLE













Pang is a jolly wizard















People would try on Andrew's glorious flannel!









This incident is covered here







Pang is befuddled by how good pack makes the jacket look





It was a good first night



Day 1 Sunday::


Garr arrives! He had shitty flights and would not get his luggage until days later! :(



















Concept proved very popular!



E3!



Jeopardy!



Jeopardy!!







(mad)





Food!



Poker!

And then I went to bed! I don't know what else happened!



Day 2 Monday::


More poker!











Group photo!



Drinking!



More drinking!







Cider tasting!

















Hey.







But Pang was not impressed.











And now for my favourite set of the week, Lurker drinking Koskenkorva:













::thumbs up::








Poor Garr was so tired






(Skills)


(Skills)


(Skills)


(Skills)


(Skills)


(Skills)


(Skills)


(Skills)


(Skills)


(phone pic)

The next morning:


(I put myself way too low on the scale)



And that's it for the first three days!

More to come as soon as I get around to doing them!


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brrrrrrrbrbrbrbrbrrrr
I'm nowhere near done with even Day 1 photos, but I had to upload the first batch just to show this

So a bunch of people were posing in Pete's jackets:



And as soon as Pack joins in Skills' face just STARTS VIBRATING LIKE CRAZY

Spoiler:


aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

Spoiler:


AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

Spoiler:


AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

Spoiler:


SKILLS YOU'RE MAKING PACK UNCOMFORTABLE

Spoiler:


oh thank god it stopped

but the damage is done

poor pack



bonus gif
Spoiler:



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Games of the Year 2015 and the usual awards
Response to: Games of year 2014 and AWARDS! by map car man words telling me to do things

It's that time again! I'm really late with this!

Time to look through my list of what I played and pick my favourites. I got fired in April and that put a big damper on any motivation to play for several months, which contributed a lot to the shortness of this year's list, compared to previous years.

ANYWAY

Games I started before 2015 and only finished last year:

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

Games I started and finished last year:

Life is Strange Episode 1: Chrysalis
The Swapper
The Order: 1886
Life is Strange Episode 2: Out of Time
Haunting Ground
Mortal Kombat X
Mortal Kombat 9 (replay)
Life is Strange Episode 3: Chaos Theory
Splatoon
Life is Strange Episode 4: Dark Room
Until Dawn
Super Mario Maker
Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker
Toren
Titan Souls
Pneuma: Breath of Life
Technobabylon
Undertale
Life is Strange Episode 5: Polarized
The Charnel House Trilogy
Richard & Alice
LIT (Android)
SOMA
Monument Valley + Forgotten Shores + Ida's Dream
Bloodborne
Sorcery! (Android)
The Room (Android)
Outlast
Outlast: Whistleblower
Olympia Rising
Armikrog
Broken Sword (replay)
Yoshi's Woolly World
Tales from the Borderlands
The Witcher 2: Assassins Of Kings (replay)

Games I started last year but didn't finish:

A Golden Wake
The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D
Sorcery! 2 (Android)
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (still playing! 113 hours in!)


Best games of 2015 I played:

Spoiler:
5.



SOMA
[Best Horror Game] [Most First Person] [Best Setting] [Best Underwater Setting] [Most Water] [Best Audio Tapes] [Best Scifi] [The "God Damnit" Award for Bleakest Ending]

I generally don't like horror games. Or rather, I like the concept of them, but I don't like playing them. SOMA walked a fine line between stressful something horrible chasing you oh god have to get away, and super atmospheric, super bleak, super fascinating scifi narrative jesus I have to know what happens next. It looks superb, the setting is awesome, and the scifi, moral, ethical and philosophical concepts it throws at you turned out to be genuinely engaging. Great stuff.

8/10

YouTube Video


4.



Technobabylon
[Adventure Game of the Year] [The Ben Chandler Award for 2D Adventure Game Sprite Excellence] [Most "Man was this second ending more satisfying than the first one I got" Award]

A really, really cool cyberpunk(ish) point & click adventure with amazing spriting from the always excellent Ben Chandler, with some great music, atmosphere and engaging narrative to boot. Delightful stuff, and I really enjoyed the multiple solutions to puzzles and endings. Here's hoping they make a sequel. Somehow.

8/10

YouTube Video


3.



Tales from the Borderlands
[Best Use of Borderlands] [Best Opening Credits] [Best Choices] [Best QTE] [Most Button Prompts] [Best Sasha] [Strongest "Man I hope they make a sequel" Feeling Around the Ending] [Best Humour] [Best Chase Sequence] [Best Episodic Game] [The Best Patrick Warburton Award]

This was a year of delightful surprises. I enjoyed The Walking Dead Season 1 a lot, but I felt like Telltale can't keep pulling the same trick over and over. Turns out they totally can, you just need some good writers and talent. Easily their best work yet, TftB says "so hey, why not use this template to do something funny instead" and the end result is marvelous. Genuinely funny, inventive, surprising, engaging, with a cast of terrific characters, setpieces and great banter. Superb music selection too, the opening credits for each episode were some of my favourite things in videogames in 2015. Episode 4 also contains an amazing extended fingergun shootout, with Troy Baker doing his best Patrick Warburton impression, so that's a plus.

9/10

YouTube Video


2.



Undertale
[Biggest Surprise] [Best Undyne] [Best Toriel] [Best Ending] [Date of the Year] [Best Spider Discounts] [Best Music] [Best Humour] [Best Enemy Design] [Most Mercy] [Largest Chain Reaction of "I will gift this to someone" Incidents] [Best Skeleton] [Best Wrong Number Song]

Everyone's already gushed a ton about this and I feel like it totally deserves it. Sure, the fandom around it is pretty obnoxious at this point, but that has nothing to do with the game itself. Every fandom is pretty obnoxious, really. I was super sceptical of the game till I actually played it, and it is disarmingly charming. Completely amazing soundtrack, well written, genuinely engaging, laugh out loud funny, touching and delightful in multiple ways.

9/10

YouTube Video


1.



The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
[Game of the Year] [Best RPG] [Most Graphics] [Best Geralt] [Most Open World] [Best Horse] [Best Ciri] [Best Triss] [Best Godling] [Best Music] [Most Swords] [Best Leshen] [Best minigame that's really just a game of its own and now there's a browser version of it because who doesn't want to play more fucking Gwent no one that's who I should be playing Gwent right now]

I'm a bit over 113 hours in and I've still not finished it. What I have experienced so far however has been astonishing. It's an open world game that does things right. It's not a sandbox game, you can't just dick around and be an asshole to everyone for no reason, and that might disappoint some. But as an open world RPG, as a Witcher game, as a conclusion to an excellent series of games, it's peerless. It's massive in scope and scale, it's stunning to look at, it's incredibly well crafted. Every little side quest and activity you can do has a beginning, an arc, and a conclusion, often taking you in surprising directions, places and situations, constantly delighting and presenting you with experiences and journeys and characters and narratives that feel meaningful and completely relevant. It will probably be daunting and even exhausting to some, but take the time to live in this world. It's incredible, and without question the best game of the year.

9/10

YouTube Video

YouTube Video



A list of other really enjoyable titles from last year:

Spoiler:


Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker
[Cutest Game] [Best Running Animation]

8/10




Life is Strange
[Best Use of Ashley Burch] [Best Music] [Best Brooke] [Best Second Work from a French Developer]

8/10




Yoshi's Woolly World
[Best Platformer] [Best Yoshi] [Most Yarn]

7/10




Splatoon
[Best Shooter] [Best Paint Physics] [Best Toasty Cat] [Most Fresh] [Best Music] [Best Squid Sisters] [Best Boss Fight]

9/10




Bloodborne
[Best Architecture] [Best Doll] [Most Blood] [Biggest Borne] [Most Kos] [Most Furious Boss Battles] [Best Cosmic Horror Tweest] [Most NOPE] [Best Papa Petrol] [Best Daddy Dieseldosh]

8/10




Super Mario Maker
[Best Editor] [Most Spikes] [Most Hocus Pocus]

8/10




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Dec 25, 2015 - 03:56 AM
A Qwarky Christmas 2015 Remastered HD GOTY Complete Edition
It's thaaaaat time of the year again! Time for the Qwarky family to gather round and stuff themselves with delicious foods and open presents!

This year we were at my parents!

There was food!



Preparations preparations preparations







setting up the taaaableeeee







These little babies will turn up later all cooked and amazing tasting

basically dates with blue cheese wrapped in serrano ham



this bubbly liquid cardiac arrest is going to turn into our SAUCE



preparatiooonnnssss









TABLE IS SET TIME FOR STARTERS



but first a christmas star



awwww yiisssss smoked horse meat and honeydew melon yissss



let's not forget alcohol



cheers!

To christmas!

Welcome all!



awwww yiisssssss I love christmas



delicious things preparing in the ovennnnn



cheers again sure why not

To delicious starters!



You guys have no idea how amazing tasting these turned out

AMAZING

the date is so hot and scrunchy and sweet and the cheese and the serrano ham so salty and it's just MMMMM



after a brief rest time for ham



TIME FOR SAUCE



TIME FOR HAM



TIME FOR SAUCE



TIME FOR HAM



TIME FOR HAM AND SAUCE



AWWW YIISSSSSSSSSS I LOVE CHRISTMAS



TO HAM AND SAUCE



AFTER ANOTHER BRIEF REST TIME FOR DESSERT

MASCARPONE ICE CREAM

IN A SHAPE

I GOT IT SO RIGHT AGAIN



YISSSSSSSSSSSSSSS





SACHER CAKE WITH COFFEE AND TEA





Then we celebrated my aunt's birthday and sang poorly for her

it was great



Time for glüwein

In case you haven't had any, it's basically hot berry juice with a cinnamon stick, red wine and booze, served with raisins and almonds in a mug



it's great!



time for presents









I love this shot of my mom

she is SO amused right now





my mom made earrings for both of my aunts





oh god so much leftovers I'm gonna be eating for days

Here's what I got!
Spoiler:


This freaking sweet Tintin tin

I can fill it with candy!



a tiny bottle of booze from my brother because why not



two gigantic bags of mini toblerone



a packette of cigarettes with the greatest of brand names!



Abby sent me a new summer shirt!

It's another perfect fit!

She also included cards and a giant christmas stocking I didn't take a photo of!



And the rest of the box was FULL OF CANDY

SO MANY NAPOLEONS >8U~





I also got a new origami book!

hooray!



and a film enthusiast guide/collection of articles



A Fingerpori notebook



A cookbook of various chicken recipes!



and a Leatherman of my own!


Hope everyone has a lovely Merry Christmas and a great New Year!


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Jun 28, 2015 - 12:07 PM
GFF Meet 2015 photos: Day 5-7
Day 0 photos here

Days 1-3 photos here

Day 4 photos here


Sorry for the long wait, I had numerous technical difficulties first getting my photos out of the second memory card, and then kept getting distracted from going through them all.. for.. reasons..

ANYWAY HERE'S THE LAST THREE DAYS SAD TIMES FOR ALL IT'S LIKE THE MEET ENDED A SECOND TIME AND IT'S REALLY PAINFUL



YouTube Video

Day 5 Thursday:








We did a thing to Acer's desktop



There was group photo time





"is THAT what I was up to last night?!"













Then we went for candy and lunch!



Candy!



CANDYYYY












(Abby)


(Abby)


(Abby)


(Abby)


(Abby)

CHEMTRAAAAIIIILLLLSSSS









Erik preparing mushrooms



Then we went to buy chocolate milk and lottery tickets



and ice cream for dave



Pang was suitably uncomfortable for his DUNGEON challenge of Rogue





We even got in a bit of Kart that day!



Then it was time for fancy dinner!





















































































After a hard day of working, Erik relaxes









aaaand dessert



ABBY GET OFF YOUR PHONE IT'S TIME FOR BED



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Day 6 Friday:


















VICTORY PIZZA



PLAIN VICTORY PIZZA




Pretty sure this is where oceanforce took place. Even I participated! Dave has photos!







And now for some more adorable "I'm not a spy" faces for Resistance











it was a good idea to give him the gun


Then we ordered Five Guys and sat around waiting for food to arrive!


(Abby)


(Abby)


(Abby)


(Abby)


(Skills)


(Skills)


(Skills)


(Skills)


(Skills)


THEN GUESS WHO DROPPED BY



HI SASS

HI DOPE



It was so lovely to see them again!



ARRGRLGHRLRGHRLGHLRGHRGLHH WARP SPEEEEEED



Did I mention it was really nice to see Sass and Dope again

I missed you guys ;____;



I really like this one.


it's also amazing what exposure and shadows can change:






>:(













DEVIN NO





Fiasco was also a thing!



DAWN OF THE FINAL DAY

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Day 7 Saturday:
Tried to stay in bed for as long as possible but SOMEONE insisted on getting up.



sigh





Part of me dislikes last days but I still kinda like them



it's obviously sad the week is over



and you have to go home



but it's not all bad

clearly the week has been amazing you're already missing it



You'll have memories and photos



and there's hugs and love



so many hugs and so much love





I love these people



and I love hugging them



and I love loving them I guess





yes even him



and him





Term saluting the love





oh stop being so theatrical



I'm gonna miss this house so much again



and this side of the house too



and this driveway



and this lady

(just a little)





BUT WAIT THERE'S MORE

we meant to go to ihops for breakfast and waffles, but there was no parking space so we went to tim horton's instead and had no waffles






(dat disapproving glare)
















then everyone's flights were delayed





*shrug*



Then Abby eventually dropped me off at my airport and I was on my way home



It was a fairly easy trip back, no bigger complications or missed flights



Arriving in Helsinki, we landed away from the main building, and took a bus, driving under the planes. It was pretty cool



And that's it. End of the best week of the year.

I pretty much said what I wanted about the week in the Day 0 entry, but thank you all again for being such wonderful, fun, beautiful people that it's such a joy to hang out with you all week. The wait for 2016 is too long


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GFF Meet 2015 photos: Day 4
Day 0 photos here

Days 1-3 photos here



I'm having a lot of technical difficulties with my second memory card, so my original plan to do the rest of the week in one go went out the window.

ANYWAY


YouTube Video

Day 4 Wednesday:
After two days of grey skies, it was a lovely weather again! Pool time!































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Ambipuncher was a thing!



The Elite 4 scheming and calculating










And here were the Swagathon awards!









They even had a little dolphin on them~





Greg was voted best in team!



Resistance was a thing!









no one was trustworthy









lots of accusations were thrown around





Then we took another walk on the beach and it was lovely



This little guy was doing rounds on the beach. Abby decided to berate him for his life choices.




(Abby)


(Abby)


(Abby)


(Abby)


(Abby)












>:|



Then she chased after some seagulls once more





and was never seen or heard from again



RIP Abby

you will be missed



oh she came back

hooray!





then we played some smash



WAAAAANGZ



courtesy vegetables the best







A SHEEP APPEARS

AT LAST



WHAT A RELIEF



eating continued





AGARRRRRRRRRRRR



Then it was time for Erik's nice and accurate trivia









I love that we proceeded to next question by booing Erik

"Are we ready to move on?"

"BOOOOOO"

"I'm not hearing enough booing"





erm




(Abby)


(Abby)


(Abby)


(Abby)


(Abby)


(Abby)


(Abby)


(Abby)


(Abby)




(Abby)


(Abby)










aaaand I think that's it for Wednesday.

I'd have loved to combine more days, but Thursday is Cody's fancy dinner, so it'd be better to keep that separate as there's a LOT of photos still left.


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GFF Meet 2015 photos: Day 1-3
Day 0 photos here

YouTube Video

Next batch! There's about a 130 photos (and a few videos) for these three days so bear with me


Day 1 Sunday:






SPINJAMMERS

E3 was today btw!

Nintendo confirmed a bunch of DLC characters for Smash 4

We immediately downloaded them!





SURE YOU'RE KEN





Some pool time









>:U~





oh god not again




(Abby)


(Abby)


(Abby)


(Abby)


(Abby)

I love this photo of Dave, if you look at the jumbo full size version (warning, 10MB file), you can see Abby holding the camera reflected in his shades.


(Abby)

abby no


(Abby)

disgruntled_author_portait.jpg


(Abby)

A rare photo of a Garr outside its natural habitat


(Abby)


(Abby)






And now a collection of shots of Abby trying to ask seagulls for directions to the rock wall







they just ignored her like assholes



RUDE











We eventually found our way to the wall, no thanks to the locals



The reef was SO close, but the water was still just a bit too deep so we couldn't get over there





Swagathon continued with Screen Cheat



all these coqs



The Nintendo World Championships were very entertaining to watch, especially the Mario Maker segment. People got delightfully hyped:

(Please forgive the confused autofocus)

YouTube Video

YouTube Video






Look at this handsome man

(but do not believe his lies)











MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM




(Abby)


(Abby)


(Abby)


(Abby)

Pang's flow was magnificent *swoon*


(Abby)

Skex was rocking dat Tycho shirt like an absolute man-with-impeccable-taste ::fistbump::


(Abby)

Jay looking really good with glasses!


(Abby)

JAY NO






Then it was time for TELESTRATIONS








(Skills)


(Skills)


(Skills)


(Skills)


(Skills)
















(only slightly proud this was mine)

YouTube Video

At this point I only had one memory card and it was starting to fill up real quickly, so in a panic I switched to my little Ixus for film clips, so there's a drastic drop in video quality, sorry!

YouTube Video

YouTube Video













ABBY NO


Term made it worse though, with "Easter boner"



followed by lots of cabins













HUGE!













And here it is. My favourite Deni pic of the meet.





"Pete understands games poorly" morphing into this beautiful thing in Abby's capable hands was magical






All around the evening was wonderful.


Day 2 Monday:


It had rained during the night and everything was grey!




(Abby)


(Abby)


(Abby)





PANG OH NO



OHH NOOO



Oh my GOD Lethal League was SO GOOOOD

I want to play that game forever with you guys

[10:08:13] <Q-chan|space> garr and I ended up dueling back and forth till we broke the meter
[10:08:19] <Capo> daaamn
[10:08:24] <Q-chan|space> went over 1 million mph, got an achievement
[10:08:47] <Q-chan|space> 10 seconds later animechanic steam message in the lower right corner: "YEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH"
[10:08:51] <Q-chan|space> it was amazing



LASAGNAAAAA



AAAAA SO GOOD



I really love this shot cause you can see Abby reaching for the camera and she took some great shots later


(Abby)


(Abby)


(Abby)

Pang tries some Finnish vodka


(Abby)


(Abby)


(Abby)

Acer tries some Finnish vodka


(Abby)

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA


(Abby)


Day 3 Tuesday:


NEXT MORNING WAS STILL GREY AND SILENT HILLY





Sentinels of the Multiverse was great fun





OMG NEW NIER DEVELOPED BY PLATINUM AND WITH MY FAVOURITE CHARACTER DESIGNER OHHH SHIIITTT TIME TO GET DEPRESSED FUCK SHIT



AN ALLY APPEARS



HUGGED



Ally is told how racist Mo0 is



Mo0 tries to hide his shame







>:U~


Day 4 and onward coming later!


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Jun 22, 2015 - 10:27 AM
GFF Meet 2015 photos: Day 0
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What a week. Not to say previous years haven't been completely wonderful, but this year was easily the best yet. It went by way too fast, but I think that's mostly because there was always something happening. I felt there was a lot less of just sitting in the living room, everyone's noses stuck in their 3DS or phones.

So many nice moments I got to experience. So many beautiful, achingly nice moments I will cherish. So many good conversations and emotions and colours and tastes. You are all so amazing and I am humbled I've gotten to spend this time with you.

It was pretty awful waking up in my bed this morning, despite it being a pretty damn good bed.



Took a lot of photos (almost 1500) this year, so it's going to take me a LONG time to go through them, fiddle with some sliders, export, upload and present them, so I've decided to do a day at a time, otherwise I'd have an entry out in August.

Abby, Skills and Term took some wonderful shots with my camera too, so I've included them in and will add names under the photo respectively to give credit. Keep an eye out for them!

ANYWAY:


Day 0 Saturday:
We arrived at nuhaus around 10.. ish? I think?

There was already a bunch of people there who'd apparently had a wild night -1





A DISS APPEARS



A RADEZ APPEARS



A DENI AND ABBY APPEAR





A DAVE APPEARS

SO MANY WONDERFUL HUGS THIS WEEK







A PAULO APPEARS HOLY SHIT FUCK TERM GET OUT OF THE SHOT



A LURKER APPEARS



Abby had drawn and framed a beautiful rendition of Cody's favourite pokemon (Farfetch'd) and presented it as his housewarming gift



Erik that guitar is too big for you


(Skills)

A TRITOCH APP- A NUTTY APPEARS


(Skills)

A SIM APPEARS


(Skills)

AN OP APPEARS


(Skills)

ACEEERRRRRRR



Deni eventually conked out after three days of no sleep



AGARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR



CODDDDDDDDDDDDYYYYYYYYYYY



Finally got keys and got settled in the main house. Course everything needed to be tested so it works



or reassembled



I'd missed this pool. Oh and Mo0 is still here!



I'd missed this table. I'd missed these people!





A GREG AND DWYN APPEAR







I really love this photo. The world's comfiest hug





REMY TAKES AIM





PRAISE WHEEL


Then a small group of us went to the beach and it was lovely



A PETE





TERM PREPARING TO GO SO META





look at that semi dutch angle yeeeaaahhh




(Abby)

Term is a distressingly handsome man btw


(Abby)

Dave is not impressed tho


(Abby)


(Abby)


(Abby)


(Abby)








(Term)













did i mention abby was absolutely gorgeous









D:

OH NO









We were given dolphins for swagathon grouping. Go team blue!



BONE MEAL



There was some lovely evening skies



and some lovely shade











Look at how classy this handsome man can be even with a red plastic cup





BEEP BEEP BEEP BOOP BEEP BEEP BEEPBEEP BEEP BEEP




-


Abby wanted to do something to remember Tai, so she'd made these lanterns we'd take to the beach and light a little candle inside. There were 10 lanterns sort of in honour of Year 10. 8 white ones and two red ones, one for Cody and one for Radez.




My grainy photos can't do justice to the event, but I hope some of atmosphere is still there.

It was a beautiful, quieting moment. People holding hands, ocean waves crashing onto the beach (and sometimes the lanterns), the warm, dark evening filled with love and memories and thoughts of this amazing individual who was taken too soon from us.

We initially had a little trouble getting the candles to light, almost burning two of the lanterns, but I feel Tai wouldn't have had it any other way.

We miss you Tai.
















Hopefully I'll get Day 1 up soon, but it may take a while. Either way more to come!


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Apr 17, 2015 - 10:00 AM
A (pretty) late christmas present arrives from Skills
A while back Skills (and a bunch of others) commissioned a piece from artist Kilian Eng

http://dwdesign.tumblr.com/


He then had it printed out on high quality paper as a poster and mailed to me. Because he's that cool.

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I already framed it, so there's a bit of glare from the glass and you can't see the surface of the paper, but it's an absolutely gorgeous piece I can't wait to hang on my wall.

The detail is absolutely lovely.














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Jan 6, 2015 - 07:53 AM
I had another GFF dream (kinda)
So I had a pretty rad (though weird) GFF dream.

It was like a mishmash of a bunch of things happening, but basically Dave was showing us the latest movie he'd shot. But somehow, instead of showing it on a TV or screen, we were on location, and seeing those sequences both being shot AND the finished scene at the same time.

It was a humorous action movie and I remember we were watching a motorcycle driving sequence in a mine being shot and hanging around. Abby asked me to hold onto a purple hoodie, which was the Twitch hoodie they are giving away at the Awesome Games Done Quick marathon that's going on right now. The take had to be shot a few times cause the woman riding the bike wasn't driving quite fast enough and had to go back and redo and we were all having a good time watching and laughing and seeing the film get made. And for some reason the woman driving was both some actress and one of my colleagues from work at the same time.

We were at some kind of store that kept shifting back and forth between like a bookstore, a cafe and some kind of fleamarket. So we were browsing old books and CDs and all of sudden Bruce Willis was being grilled in a movie scene by officers of some kind, and his character was pretending to be someone he's not, and the acting was really bad, but his character was supposed to be really bad at pretending in the movie story.

Then at one point Abby and I were walking in a wintery forest and later it shifted into an action scene being shot, and it was like this Star Wars war scene with lasers, but there were Nazis and a car with a mounted machine gun. Trees getting splintered as bullets flew everywhere as I dodge and ran around to not get in the way of the shoot.

Basically what this means is Dave needs to direct a cool action movie with a bike driving through an old mine's wooden blockade, and that's a mix of Star Wars sci-fi and nazis in a wintery forest. With Bruce Willis with long oily hair in a bit part.




P.S. the Battleblock Theater run from last night was AMAZING. If you've never played it, it can be a bit overwhelming to watch at first, trying to figure out what is happening on screen, but stick with it.

PJ and Mecha are incredibly entertaining to watch as always, and the game dev Behemoth's Dan Paladin and Stamper provide some really funny anecdotes and commentary. They are super good sports for staying for the whole run and are super fun to listen to. Absolutely essential stuff.

http://www.twitch.tv/gamesdonequick/...883?t=7h22m11s


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Jan 2, 2015 - 07:03 AM
Games of year 2014 and AWARDS!
Response to: Games of the year 2013 by map car man words telling me to do things

It's that time again! Time to look through my list of games I played and finished last year, and pick some of my favorites.

Games I started before 2014 and only finished last year:

None, from the looks of it

Games I started and finished last year:

Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance
Devil May Cry HD
The Last of Us: Left Behind DLC
La-Mulana (2012)
No Time to Explain
Donkey Kong Country Returns
Dark Souls II
Dragon's Dogma
Velocity
Shovel Knight
Transistor
Halo 4
Valiant Hearts: The Great War
Contrast
Dead Nation: Apocalypse Edition
The Last of Us: Remastered
LIT
Super Mario RPG
Final Fight
Final Fight 2
Final Fight 3
Final Fantasy VI
Paper Mario 64
Max Payne 3 (replay)
Freedom Planet
Labyrinth
The Last Express
Pushmo
Samantha Swift and the Hidden Roses of Athena
Super Mario 3D Land
The Last Door - Season One
Bayonetta 2
Samantha Swift and the Golden Touch
Mario Kart 8
The Blackwell Legacy (replay)
Blackwell Unbound
The Blackwell Convergence
The Blackwell Deception
The Blackwell Epiphany
Heroine's Quest: The Herald of Ragnarok

Games I started last year but didn't finish:

Devil May Cry 2
Fire Emblem: Awakening
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U


Best games released in 2014 (that I played):

Spoiler:
6.



Shovel Knight
[Best Shovel] [Best Knight] [Best Shield] [Best Music] [Best Bonfires] [Most Diamons]

A completely charming love letter to NES era action platformers, with an absolutely wonderful look, superb soundtrack, great characters and bosses and an enjoyable simple story. Essential gaming.

8/10

YouTube Video



5.



Freedom Planet
[Best Colours] [Best Furries] [Best Music] [Best Kickstarter]

A lovely, lovely action platformer that takes its inspiration from old (good) Sonic games and Treasure. Fun, charming characters, really lovely colourful spriteart and backgrounds, fantastic soundtrack, enjoyable plot, great boss fights. My favourite Kickstarter backed project I played last year.

8/10

YouTube Video

YouTube Video



4.



Valiant Hearts: The Great War
[Best Dog] [Best Serious Subject Matter] [Best Music] [Most War] [Best Musical Interludes]

A bold, powerful, moving glimpse into WW1 and the men and women who did impossible deeds every day. I had my doubts about how sincere it would come across, but apart from a few odd design choices, it's a beautiful, respectful work that everyone should play through. A little light on pure gameplay terms perhaps, but the pacing, visuals, music and journey more than make up for it. An important piece that a lot of developers and publishers should learn from.

9/10

YouTube Video



3.



The Blackwell Epiphany
[Best Writing] [Best Incidental Stories] [Best Atmosphere] [Best Ghost Story] [Best Music] [Most Ghosts] [Best Rosa] [Best oh god i feel so numb Ending]

The beautiful, mesmerizing, heartbreaking finale to a terrific adventure series I've been on and off following for the last five years or so.

Taken on its own, it's a decent adventure game with gorgeous visuals and spritework by the great Ben Chandler, great writing, memorable characters and setpieces, superb atmosphere and a wonderful jazzy soundtrack by Thomas Regin.

Taken as a part of a whole, however, it's extraordinary. It's an emotional gut punch and I had to see the ending twice after collecting my thoughts, but it closes the story and bids farewell to beloved characters and a beloved series in a fitting manner, leaving some questions, but providing enough answers and closure to make it ache just a little less.

8/10

Annoyingly, there's no music available on