How about Game of the Decade?



  • Hey everyone, I would love to organize a Game of the Decade vote in a similar vein to our usual GOTYs.

    I would prefer to limit the eligible games to only the top 25 of each year we've voted for so far, in order to:

    • Help everyone with their selection, rather than having you browse Wikipedia for hours and probably miss out on some games.
    • Tighten up the playing field to avoid votes being too scattered (although we'd still have 250 eligible games, more than enough!)
    • Make our GOTYs so far even more meaningful. It would be the best of the best, the Champions League!

    I'd allow you to vote for 10 games this time, scoring from 10 to 1 point. But we can tweak the rules here a little bit, like #1 getting a bonus (12 points?), or a couple additional honorable mentions, all scoring 1 point.

    Before we can get to any of this though, we've got a decision to make: would you consider the decade to be 2010-2019, or 2011-2020?

    We've now voted for our GOTY 2011 to 2019, so either way, we're missing 2010 or 2020.

    I'm leaning towards doing 2010... now, and following it up with the GOTD later this year, so we can wrap it up before the 2020 GOTY. But if a majority of you prefer to wait for 2020 to be over and have the decade be 2011-2020, so be it.

    Any thoughts?



  • @axel said in How about Game of the Decade?:

    I'm leaning towards doing 2010... now, and following it up with the GOTD later this year, so we can wrap it up before the 2020 GOTY.

    I would like doing it this way.

    @axel said in How about Game of the Decade?:

    Before we can get to any of this though, we've got a decision to make: would you consider the decade to be 2010-2019, or 2011-2020?

    Most video game sites have gone with 2010-2019 for Game of the Decade. If that doesn't sit right with people, you could call it Game of the 2010s.

    I also like the new rules you proposed but I'm curious what other people think.



  • @shoulderguy said in How about Game of the Decade?:

    @axel said in How about Game of the Decade?:

    I'm leaning towards doing 2010... now, and following it up with the GOTD later this year, so we can wrap it up before the 2020 GOTY.

    I would like doing it this way.

    Totally agreed. I mean gaming websites and podcasts all did 2010-2019 as the years for their respective "Game of the Decade".



  • To be overly scientific...game of the 2010s is a numerically consistent categorization.



  • Make it 2011-2019 like all the other people do. 2020 is the start of a new ''decade''.

    @axel said in How about Game of the Decade?:

    I'm leaning towards doing 2010... now, and following it up with the GOTD later this year, so we can wrap it up before the 2020 GOTY.

    This makes the most sense.



  • I agree with the others. Let's go with 2010 now, then wait a while (if we must! :P) and then go for the Big One with 2010-2019. This sounds great!



  • @Axel Question, there were two years that were top 20 instead of top 25 - 2013 and 2015. The 5 runners up are given in your highlights for 2015, but there's an eight way points tie for the final three 2013 spots. Do you have a tiebreaker for these? I ask because one of the games I may potentially vote for is among those eight.


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    Yeah even though I would love a 2000-2010, I feel like since we recently left 2010's it makes more sense to do 2010-2019.



  • I would suggest to delay this for a year o two. Many of us have backlogs or waiting for sales/inclusion to Game Pass/etc. to play certain games. If we do this now, recent great games will be at disadvantage.

    Also 2019 games are too fresh in memory, so they can get more votes just because of that.



  • Considering my rule on games (never buy launch year, unless of course it's a straight banger I can't miss, like TLOU2) I would have to exclude myself from voting.



  • I'm all for this, in ANY capacity.

    I can see the merits of either side ('10-'19, and '11-'20), and while in my head I've always looked at 0 marking an end of a decade (so for example 2020 is the end of the decade for me), it actually would be easier (and I can see how it makes more sense) for the tens digit to be universal (So like others have pointed out, the '10s, and eventually the '00s, and so on.)

    Because I'm a colossal nerd, I'm actually already prepared for whichever contingency is implemented. I have lists set for individual years (for.....quite...um...quite a while....cough cough) and my own personal top 100 that I can EASILY pull into strictly games for whichever decade criteria.

    Personally speaking, sure, more time to play and try games I haven't played before wouldn't hurt because the 2011 thread has inspired me to give the modern Deus Ex games a try, and I still wanna play the likes of Plague Tale, Hellblade, and potentially (though nowhere remotely close as much as the just listed) Spider-Man and Return of the Obra Dinn. But, one of the downsides of our beloved hobby is there is constantly new games to try and play, things are ever iterative, plus being time-sinks that games are, trying to set aside time to pursue our own individual interests means we all have our own schedules to take into account AND it's not like we all are going to be trying the same games at the same time. All this paragraph is for is to say no time is the best time, and I'm fine with whenever we do this. I like doing as many of these as possible as often as possible, but not when it's to the detriment of other participants.

    Regardless, this excites me, and I'm all set. Just say when.



  • Just pick a new year for voting. The decade isn't even over according to the gregorian calendar. No need to rush.

    But with life still going slowly I would welcome a new voting.



  • @axel said in How about Game of the Decade?:

    I'm leaning towards doing 2010... now, and following it up with the GOTD later this year, so we can wrap it up before the 2020 GOTY. But if a majority of you prefer to wait for 2020 to be over and have the decade be 2011-2020, so be it.

    Yes - 2010, then Game of the 2010's (2010-2019).



  • @oscillator Hmm I'd probably go for only having the top 20 be eligible for those, especially if there's too many runners-up. I guess any game who didn't make the rankings on any given year wouldn't stand much of chance in the overall decade vote anyway :)

    @ffff0 I hear you, but like @Brannox says, there's never going to be a perfect time when we've all played all the games. Even a year from now, plenty of us would still have a backlog from this past decade. And even though the most recent games could be considered to be at a disadvantage because less people had the chance to play them, they're also fresher in people's minds and benefit from better tech/graphics/design practices/etc, so it evens out.

    The thing is, those rankings are never going to be scientifically accurate or perfectly fair and objective, and it's fine, it's for fun, even if we like we take them as seriosuly as possible.

    @El-Shmiablo I don't get why? If the vote is for games 2010-2019, even according to your rules you should have played enough games from that period already, no? Except maybe some 2018-2019 games, but again, that's how these things go, we all have games we haven't played yet.

    Either way, we should do GOTY 2010 first, and we'll see where we stand once we're done with that. I might get it started soon!



  • @axel Oh sorry I should have been more clear. I mean if we were going to do it from 2010 to 2020 like some people were mentioning. My bad.



  • 2010 to 2019, it just more consistent but yeah let's do it in any case, it's always entertaining, I guess I would just wonder what happens wit hgames rerelased with differences in the decade, for example Persona 3 Portable and 4 Golden.



  • If we get 25 from 2010, that's 240 games to choose from. Wowser.

    This might be too much work, but I think it would be cool to try and rank like, 100, rather than just 25. Because there's going to be some absolute bangers that don't make the top 25. We always end up with runners up. I think that maybe a cool thing to do would be to do runners up rounds.

    Simply put, everything works as normal up to the reveal of the top 2 games of the decade according to the votes. Then, rather than revealing the votes for games that haven't made the cut, Axel keeps them a secret, and we open up a second round of voting.

    All the games that received points in the first round get to keep them to represent them being considered so highly by some members of the community (plus it feels like it makes sense to keep them). Then everyone votes again, apart from they're voting for 26 -> 50. Anyone can vote for anything that isn't in the top 25, including the people that voted for games that already have points. It makes sense I think that they get to vote for it a second time as the context of the votes has changed.

    Axel could reveal two or even three games a day, just so it doesn't take that long to get through the runners up, as ultimately they're not as important as the top 25.

    To keep things fair, there might need to be a rule where you can only vote in subsequent rounds if you voted in the first round. My brain is telling me that some games could receive unfair advantage otherwise, but I can't quite verbalise why.

    It's just an idea, but I think we could get a whole lot of mileage out of a Game of the Decade ranking, and it would be a shame to waste it.

    In my opinion, I'd like to wait until 2021 to do this, as the first rankings after the 2020 rankings. I still have plenty of 2010s big hitters to get through, especially towards the latter end, like Dark Souls 3, and Sekiro, the newer Assassins Creeds, the Outer Wilds, Yakuza Zero, Fire Emblem Three Houses, Tetris Effect. I think the likelihood of any of these games I haven't played changing my rankings is unlikely, but I also like to entertain the idea that one of these games could turn my world upside down.

    Oh, and if it wasn't already clear, 10-19.



  • Sound like a great idea!

    I think it should be 2010-2019.

    I like the idea of submitting a top 10.



  • If our pool from which to choose from will be 250 games big then I'm not sure about only picking 10 games to vote for. Or maybe that's okay, I don't know. It just makes it impossible to give any support to all those Honorable Mentions, but yeah, the whole thing would be about the best of the best, not the cute weirdos, so to speak. A lot to consider.

    But let's do the 2010 vote first. This thread is now still a good place to plan things out after that.



  • I think 2010-2019 would be good.