Out of the handful of mainstream media outlets that handle video games in a capacity beyond when controversy strikes
or the occasional blockbuster
's release, Slate.com's "Game Club"
annually gets together for a critical discussion on the year in games. This year's crew includes Chris Suellentrop, Leigh Alexander, Mitch Krpata and Jamin Brophy-Warren, and covers everything from the beauty and simplicity of Canabalt
to the "shocking and meaningless" Modern Warfare 2 airport scene
Rather than present a top 10 list list like some
mainstream publications choose (we're looking at you, Time Magazine
!), the group discusses various themes that pervaded their favorite (and less than favorite) games of 2009. You might call it "game criticism," but we just call it "an interesting read."