That’s right. With the flame gently flickering away from the current generation before it, once again, rises into something all new, powerful and shiny. We at Midlife Gamer felt that there was no better time to have a fond look back on both the gaming year and a generation that inspired many. There have been a lot of big games, a lot of disappointing games, and a lot of surprising games that have arrived in our machines of choice in the last 12 months, and here at Midlife Gamer we want you to decide, as a community, which game truly shone as the gems of both 2013 and the generation.
Once again, rather than setting out contenders for specific categories, such as best FPS or best Soundtrack, that we see year in year out across many gaming sites, we have decided to continue with the approach we took last year.
There will be no lists of preselected games. There will be no contenders, other than those you yourself put forward. That’s right, you will choose who wins directly.
So, how does it work?
Simply put, we need you to rank your favourite games of the year – up to a maximum of five – and send them to us, and if you wish a couple of lines as to why. Alongside that, we will allow one selection for our Stinker award, the game that in your opinion was truly not worth the disk it was burned on, or the hard-drive space it filled.
Only fully released titles qualify, and as such any Alpha/Beta code or you may have selected will go in the honourable mention list along with those titles that don’t quite break into the top 10. DLC and add-on packs are excluded entirely.
You can place a vote for a game from any genre or format. I cannot stress this enough. If your favourite game of 2012 was that Farming Simulator you download for your iPhone then vote for it. In the Midlife Gamer Community Awards it has as much chance of winning Game of the Year as your Bioshocks and Grand Theft Autos.
The game must have been released between 1st December 2012 and 7th November 2013.
Once the votes have been cast, we will assemble the staff to count the tally to see the ultimate winner. Each position between first and fifth will be allotted a point score as follows: 10 points for first, eight points for second, five points for third, three points for fourth,two points for fifth place and finally minus one point for your stinker nomination.
As we approaching the end of the generation there are an additional two awards to place nominations for, which are:
- Game of the Generation – Which game have you enjoyed the most in this generation. Maybe it was the story that grabbed you, maybe it achieved something just a little different or maybe it was just good old fashioned fun. Whatever it was, we want to know. We need you to vote for your top 3 of the generation here.
- Most Anticipated – What game of the next 12 months are you most looking forward to? It’s this category that you tell us
Once the order is set, we will be updating the site on a daily basis with a countdown to the Midlife Gamer community Game of the Year.
Voting closes at 23:59 on the 11th November 2013 and is open to all as of now.
So, time to get your thinking caps on, and submit your votes in one of four ways. You can:
- Place your votes in the comments of this article
- Place your votes in the Community Awards 2013 forum post here
- PM Simon Stevens through the forum with your choices
- or finally email your selections to firstname.lastname@example.org