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Wii Warm Up: Your 2008 GOTY

We're quite amazed we haven't asked you this yet, to tell the truth. It's pretty straightforward. What Wii game would you crown as best of the lot in 2008? Is it a WiiWare game? Is it a retail game? Was it on our list?...

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Super Mario Galaxy gets a few GDCA nods

It's nice when your peers recognize your work. So, Miyamoto and co. must be beaming with happiness to hear that Super Mario Galaxy got the nod in several categories for the Game Developer's Choice Awards. If our opinion means anything (it doesn't), we liked the game a lot. Overall, Super Mario...

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Making of the Joystiq award: let there be cake

Interested in how we made our inaugural Joystiq trophy? It all started with a friendly online conversation between this writer and Editor Ludwig Kietzmann: JoyLudwig: This year's winner is Portal. Make us a cake. JoyRoss: Or what? JoyLudwig: Or death. JoyRoss: Cake or death. Cute. JoyLudwig: ......

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Joystiq's Top 10 of 2007: BioShock

Even without a game set inside its beautiful – and totally unnerving – halls, the underwater city of Rapture alone would almost be enough to earn a spot on our list. The design itself told the story of a failed utopia, an underwater art-deco Eden gone sour. The pools of water and...

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Joystiq's Top 10 of 2007: Rock Band

These past few years have seen a radical improvement in the production values of video games. Much to the delight of the narratologist, so called "AAA titles" have adopted the cinematic qualities of a Hollywood blockbuster. More and more celebrities are showing an interest in voice acting for...

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Joystiq's Top 10 of 2007: God of War II

QTE. Quick Time Events. It stands proud as one of the most annoying video game design clichés in use today. You might remember them from games like Resident Evil 4 and the original God of War, described by game developers as a device that makes you feel like you're playing a cutscene, as...

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Joystiq's Top 10 of 2007: Portal

Out of all the superb titles released in 2007, Portal most effortlessly takes the cake. The true star of The Orange Box saw a talented team from DigiPen snatched up by Valve and ultimately transformed from students into teachers. Gamers and designers alike must play Portal, not only because it's...

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Joystiq's Top 10 of 2007: Assassin's Creed

Ubisoft's hugely anticipated bump-off sim created quite the controversy, though oddly not for the stylish and quite visceral violence it so gleefully inflicted upon authority figures. Instead, Assassin's Creed (or Assassin's Crud, depending on who you ask) divided critics, with some being utterly...

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Joystiq's Top 10 of 2007: Mass Effect

If you've ever borrowed a great novel from a library (ask your parents), you would know that all those reams of text can latch on to your thoughts regardless of the tattered, pig-eared and terrifyingly sticky pages they're printed on. Mass Effect is just such an experience, its story spread across...

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Joystiq's Top 10 of 2007: Peggle

The most surprising game of the year doesn't have fancy 3-D graphics. It doesn't require a new generation console and it doesn't involve waggling a fancy motion-sensitive controller. It doesn't involve killing anything (not even in the cutesy, Mario-jumps-on-a-Goomba sense of the word "kill") and...

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