NPR's All Things Considered has been spending a moment each day this week reflecting on "the ones that got away." Whether it be books
, which they covered on Monday, or television shows
, which they covered on Wednesday, or video games, which they covered on Christmas day (a present from them to us? We think so).
Journalist Heather Chaplin, author of Smartbomb
and friend of the 'stiq, discussed three games which may not be getting the attention they deserve as the year wraps up. While BioShock is busy mopping up
nearly every single game of the year honor out there, we're glad to hear a mainstream outlet like NPR take the time to honor ought-seven's unsung heroes of gaming.
When area/code's Frank Lantz refers to the "rococo" aesthetic of modern games relative to Portal
's minimalism, you can practically smell the title bout between the aforementioned BioShock
and Valve's infectious puzzler, which Lantz calls one of his favorite games of all time. But Portal wasn't the only onetime indie game on their list to make it to the big leagues: they also covered Everyday Shooter
, the IGF finalist turned PlayStation Network title, and Desktop Tower Defense
, the addictive web game that recently won its own game of the year honor
. It's a great listen, even if they're preaching to our choir.