Monday, January 4, 2016

Gaming Round-Up: January 4, 2016

Best Games of 2015: Popoptiq | RockPaperShotgun | Unwinnable | Wired

News: Lightning, a character from Square Enix’s Final Fantasy series, who was originally created to feature as a strong female protagonist in the game, is now the new face of Louis Vuitton.

Adam Smith revels in The Joy Of Expansions And Enhanced Editions

Ashley Barry makes a case for Until Dawn being Multiplayer game of the year.

Check out the gaming room that will have retro fans swooning.

Chris Kohler admonishes crowdfunders, complaining the Vaporware Is Back, Thanks to Your Generous Contributions

DigitalSpy justifies picking The Witcher 3 as its game of the year, though I don't know why, seeing as how the game topped nearly everyone's top ten list for 2015.

GameRanx looks ahead to the Top 10 New PC, PS4, RPGs, Xbox Games of 2016

GamingBolt's Aaron Main looks ahead to the Top 25 Sci-Fi Games of 2016

Good podcast: "What was your favorite game of 2015? We asked 22 of the smartest people we know–designers, critics, academics, political journalists, an actor, a playwright–and got 18 different answers."

Jake Muncy suggests The Best Games You Might Have Missed in 2015 at Wired.

Jake Muncy wonders Why were there so many frigging Horses in Games this Year?

Jason D'Aprile of Paste introduces us to William Gibson's Game MEG 9

Kotaku names its choices for The Best Video Game Concept Art Of 2015, The Best Video Game Dogs of 2015, The Best Video Game Music Of 2015, The Biggest Video Game Disappointments Of 2015, The Best Video Game Surprises Of 2015, The Gamers Of the Year, 2015, The Scariest Video Game Moments of 2015, The Year In Video Game Sex, 2015

RockPaperShotgun's Jeremy Laird explains Why 2016 Will Be A Great Year For PC Gaming Hardware.  I agree with the sentiment, if not with the reasoning.

University of Utah Student Video Game Nabs First Place - On Thursday, EAE student game Cyber Heist received the Best Student Game award from the Serious Games Showcase & Challenge in Orlando, FL. It was one of 18 finalists competing worldwide for the award.  Congratulations to the Cyber Heist team on their accomplishment!

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