The Official Selection for the Extra Credit Innovation Awards

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What? Sanctum didn't make it? ...Did those guys not submit it? ...aww...

Because I just got into Sanctum yesterday and boy is it fun. It's basically tower defense but with FPS elements to it. You can actually assist your towers in taking down enemies, and in fact, you NEED too most of the time.

Notice how all of these are indie games? That's cause indie is the only ones taking innovation into consideration. I don't particularly care if a game is innovated or not, just if it's fun. The only game I found TRULY fun out of the ones i played in that list was Amnesia. And Screw Space Chem. It's really innovative, but no fun whatsoever.

Slimshad:
Notice how all of these are indie games? That's cause indie is the only ones taking innovation into consideration.

I have to disagree with you on that. I think, many off the AAA companies didn't think it was "worth it" to submit anything, which is sad. Thus, we are stuck with mostly indie games. Maybe there is some innovative AAA game out there that we are just not noticing? Anyway, just my 2 cents.

Some of the games do look very interesting, and I've been considering buying Magicka for me and my friends for weeks now. Guess the nomination means I have no other choice now :P On that, Flipping Good Time does seem like a VVVVVV rip-off, but maybe there's just something that makes it different. Wish there was a demo to just try it out though. Can't afford to buy now :/ It would be nice if someone who has played both could throw in an opinion here... *poke*

uguito-93:

Kakashi on crack:

plugav:

I'm not, given how often someone at The Escapist points out how AAA titles too expensive to afford the risk of serious innovation. (Which is an observation I agree with, by the way.)

I would have to agree with this. Occasionally you get a good AAA game, but a lot of them are kinda... meh.

gotta say that thats almost always true, but i thought we would at least get one in the fun category (obviously not in the others)

AAA is all crap. Consoles are crap. If you're looking for real innovation in game design (as opposed to gimmicks like motion control and 3D) it's all PC, and it's all indy. That's why I find it so funny when XBox 360 fanboys lock horns with PS3 lovers. New gen console fanboys are a bunch of munchkins and twits IMO. It's like watching people arguing about the relative superiority of brown crap vs. green crap.

UrKnightErrant:

uguito-93:

Kakashi on crack:

I would have to agree with this. Occasionally you get a good AAA game, but a lot of them are kinda... meh.

gotta say that thats almost always true, but i thought we would at least get one in the fun category (obviously not in the others)

AAA is all crap. Consoles are crap. If you're looking for real innovation in game design (as opposed to gimmicks like motion control and 3D) it's all PC, and it's all indy. That's why I find it so funny when XBox 360 fanboys lock horns with PS3 lovers. New gen console fanboys are a bunch of munchkins and twits IMO. It's like watching people arguing about the relative superiority of brown crap vs. green crap.

i smell a troll trying to start a flame war

Anyone here play fate of the world? It is both hard and kind of depressing. Though actually kinda relevant to my degree, and I've decided that playing it is basically revision for my Environmental exam tomorrow :D

I'll mention one other thing here- Being innovative, does not necessarily make a game fun. There is a reason the AAA game still exists, and its because they're fun. They're not always the most original or interesting games in the world, but there are plenty that deliver good solid hours of enjoyment.

To put it another way:

http://files.sharenator.com/unique_DeMotivational_Posters-s500x375-20165-580.jpg

MovieBob is secretly angry at all the "Western" games, for whatever that's worth.

X = whatever that's worth = 0.

Hmm, great games that were nominated but I was kind of wishing for a Gregory Weir game to be nominated. How to Raise a Dragon and The Majesty of Color are both amazing and Looming is my favorite game on Kongregate. Nevertheless I think Magicka will definitely take the throne for the fun award.

uguito-93:

UrKnightErrant:

uguito-93:

gotta say that thats almost always true, but i thought we would at least get one in the fun category (obviously not in the others)

AAA is all crap. Consoles are crap. If you're looking for real innovation in game design (as opposed to gimmicks like motion control and 3D) it's all PC, and it's all indy. That's why I find it so funny when XBox 360 fanboys lock horns with PS3 lovers. New gen console fanboys are a bunch of munchkins and twits IMO. It's like watching people arguing about the relative superiority of brown crap vs. green crap.

i smell a troll trying to start a flame war

Ten hours and still no flame war. :)

If I sound bitter, well... that's because I am. I feel completely disenfranchised by the mainstream game industry, and even betrayed when Nintendo execs start bad-mouthing garage devs. Screw Nintendo. Screw Sony. Screw M$oft's console division. LONG LIVE THE PC! LONG LIVE THE INDIE DEVS!

...No minecraft?

Amnesia: The Dark Descent is on here...

UrKnightErrant:

uguito-93:

UrKnightErrant:

AAA is all crap. Consoles are crap. If you're looking for real innovation in game design (as opposed to gimmicks like motion control and 3D) it's all PC, and it's all indy. That's why I find it so funny when XBox 360 fanboys lock horns with PS3 lovers. New gen console fanboys are a bunch of munchkins and twits IMO. It's like watching people arguing about the relative superiority of brown crap vs. green crap.

i smell a troll trying to start a flame war

Ten hours and still no flame war. :)

If I sound bitter, well... that's because I am. I feel completely disenfranchised by the mainstream game industry, and even betrayed when Nintendo execs start bad-mouthing garage devs. Screw Nintendo. Screw Sony. Screw M$oft's console division. LONG LIVE THE PC! LONG LIVE THE INDIE
DEVS!

In all honesty i agree with the fact that most mainstream games are becoming a brown homogenous paste but every once in a while you can find a very fun expereance. And i admit im also a bit bitter seeing as minecraft didnt even get a mention

Extracredits:
Also, as a note:

We could only include games that were submitted, so if a AAA company didn't submit we couldn't consider their game no matter how deserving it was.

I was thinking about this as I read the list actually - I thought the field seemed a bit narrow generally (regardless of AAA/indie/whatever nature), and I wished that more games had been submitted. However, I guess since I didn't submit anything *blushes* I can't really criticise =P

Selvec:
Magicka made the list? That games complete crap. Its nothing new at all.

More proof that Extra Credit needs to be taken very lightly.

I thought these were voted for by the Escapist community. In that case: GODDAMNIT.

Wait, they changed the name for Hazard: Journey of Life?! Now it's the less pretentious-sounding Antichamber. Great game, you all should try it out.

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