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    The 1990s was a decade of breakthroughs for video gaming. It is the decade in which serious, immersive games were born thanks to technological advancement. Some of the greatest games of all time were released in the 1990s, especially when it comes to role-playing games (RPGs) which were generally far more advanced and complex back then compared to now. 1998 stands out as one of the best years in gaming history, with a plethora of amazing releases.

    In this article we will look at the greatest games of the 1990s (1990-1999 specifically), giving out awards similar to our Game of the Year awards and our previous Game of the Decade article. This will be the last Game of the Decade article until the 2010s are over, so you don't want to miss this one! You may notice some awards were excluded, mostly since gaming was very young at this time and we couldn't find any truly spectacular games eligible for the awards that were omitted.



    Best Soundtrack


    Game Title: Myst
    Release Date: 1993
    Developed By: Cyan
    Published By: Brøderbund
    Platforms: PC / Mac / AmigaOS / PlayStation / Saturn / Jaguar / CD-i / PlayStation Portable / 3DS / DS / iOS
    Genre: Puzzle Adventure

    Soundtrack is one of very few areas in which gaming in general has advanced since the 1990s. Only a few 90s games can compare to today's best video game soundtracks, including the winner of this award: Myst (1993). It wins a razor thin decision over Planescape: Torment. Myst's soundtrack by Robyn Miller (one of the two lead designers of the game) is truly special, a real stand out among video games of all generations.

    Other Nominees

    • Planescape: Torment (1999)
    • Baldur's Gate (1998)
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    by Published on March 9th, 2016 06:00 AM  Number of Views: 653 
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    We talk about it often, but now we figured it was time to write an article dedicated to discussing and pointing out the degeneration of gaming. Today, the video game industry is one afraid of innovation, and one that looks to milk consumers like cows. Most modern mainstream games are barely even a shell of the pioneers.

    How and why did this happen? The truth is, there were multiple causes that led to the degeneration of the gaming industry. Continue on to the next page to find out why.



    In order to understand the video game industry, one needs to understand its origins and follow its timeline. Without getting into an in-depth history lesson, video games were initially created for distraction; to kill time and offer a brief reprieve from boredom. Many games still exist for this same purpose, like virtually every mobile ...
    by Published on February 19th, 2016 06:00 AM  Number of Views: 2203 
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    Time for another Flashback Friday article! You don't want to miss this one. We are just past the half way point for this decade, the 2010s. This article takes from all of our Game of the Year articles, but instead of looking at the best games of one year, we're looking at the best games of the previous decade, the 2000s! More specifically, we're looking at all games from the years 2000-2009.

    It was an interesting decade with a lot of experimentation and change, with many changes being for the worse primarily toward the end of the decade. Still, 2007 stands out as one of the best years in gaming history with many great releases.

    The awards given out are the same as the ones we use for Game of the Year, although some will be excluded since it's too hard to choose a single game for some of these awards. Also, expansions and even mods that equate to a whole game (like Natural Selection mod or Neverwinter Nights 2: Mask of the Betrayer expansion) are now eligible for awards. We're even including a few new awards! These new awards may even be included in future game of the year articles. But for now, go on to the next page to continue reading.

    Special thanks to InfaRedd, aka Valkayria for the basic idea behind this article.



    Best Soundtrack


    Game Title: Dragon Age: Origins
    Release Date: 2009
    Developed By: BioWare
    Published By: Electronic Arts
    Platforms: PC / Mac / XBOX 360 / PlayStation 3
    Genre: RPG

    We were considering excluding this award because there were numerous amazing soundtracks in games from the 2000s. But we were able to agree on a winner, and that winner is Dragon Age: Origins (2009). That's a huge win for Inon Zur and BioWare. Dragon Age: Origins is a dark fantasy game and the soundtrack is absolutely perfect, including some of the best individual tracks we've ever heard in a game (and no, we aren't doing that award since it's too hard to pick one) like the main theme, Ferelden at War, and I am the One.

    Other Nominees

    • Neverwinter Nights 2: Mask of the Betrayer (2007)
    • Neverwinter Nights 2: Storm of Zehir (2008)
    • Neverwinter Nights 2: Mysteries of Westgate (2009)
    • Neverwinter Nights (2002)
    • The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind (2002)
    • Neverwinter Nights 2 (2006)
    • The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (2006)
    • Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II - The Sith Lords (2004)
    • Penumbra (2007-2008)
    • S.T.A.L.K.E.R.
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    by Published on January 25th, 2016 07:00 AM  Number of Views: 448 
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    One year ago today the world lost a great entertainer. His name was Colin Wyckoff, better known as Kitty0706 on YouTube. Complications from treatment of Leukemia claimed his life, but we like to remember what he brought to us in life: absolutely hilarious Garry's Mod videos, parodies, filled with video game references, tropes, and more. He made videos right up until the end.

    Those who never ...
    by Published on January 15th, 2016 07:00 AM  Number of Views: 2001 
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    Many games rely heavily on their level design in order to provide atmosphere and diversity. Others rely in it in order to provide a challenge, be it through confusing maze-like design or through platforming. Some even design their levels around storytelling. In this article we'll be discussing games with the most memorable level design in an atmospheric context.

    Level design is something we focus heavily on in games (there isn't much if anything we don't focus on) and it's something I personally have years of experience with on different engines.

    We care most about attention to detail; not just throwing together video game maps like what most developers do, but carefully crafting a virtual world and going over every square inch with care. Diversity is a huge bonus, whether it's simple diversity like varied textures throughout the world in specific regions, or something bigger like architectural and structural diversity throughout.


    Level design, like many other important aspects of a game, is overlooked by modern day gamers. Most don't realize that almost every open world game is really lacking in details and liveliness, and most games in general have levels that were designed to be nothing more than simplistic video game maps. They weren't crafted with care or artistic detail, and there is a massive difference between video game maps like this versus atmospheric virtual worlds.

    Note that this article focuses strictly on level design. AI and quest content are excluded. Of course, every selected game and map/level is hand crafted. Procedural generation can't produce the detail that hand crafting can make. Also note that this article is not a sorted list, so we aren't naming a best level design.



    These are the games that were considered, but ultimately we were able to narrow down our choices ...
    by Published on January 1st, 2016 06:00 AM  Number of Views: 1183 
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    It wasn't too long ago that we saw the release of Fallout 4, which was our pick for Game of the Year and Best RPG of the Year. But the game wasn't flawless, far from it actually. Despite it winning Game of the Year we discussed many of its flaws in our review of the game. Fallout 4 got us thinking about Fallout: New Vegas again, the previous installment in the franchise. The more we compared Fallout 4 to Fallout: New Vegas, the more we looked to compare other games to Fallout: New Vegas, including Fallout 3, Fallout 2, Fallout, Wasteland 2, Dragon Age franchise, The Witcher franchise, and more. Through these comparisons we remembered just how amazing Fallout: New Vegas is, for many different reasons.

    This article is dedicated to Fallout: New Vegas because we find it to be one of the most underrated games of all time, one of the most ambitious games of all time, and somewhat close to our idea of the greatest game of all time. All of this praise despite the fact that the game was rushed by ...
    by Published on December 19th, 2015 08:00 PM  Number of Views: 3916 
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    2015 was just full of surprises, most of them pleasant. Last year, we weren't expecting 2015 to be a spectacular year for gaming, but much to our surprise it turned out to be one of the best ever. No, it didn't have as many noteworthy games as 2007 or 1998, but remember: quality over quantity. Even with just two of this year's releases, which we'll mention later, it would have been an excellent year.

    So let's continue with the ceremony. Some of you may notice the absence of Mod of the Year awards this year. This is because we didn't find new any mods for any game that really blew us away. In addition, there is no "Biggest Letdown" award this year, since truth be told, we weren't really let down by any game. This doesn't mean we liked every game this year, it just means every game either met or exceeded our expectations, even if those expectations were initially extremely low.

    Without further ado, the awards start on the next page!



    Best Soundtrack


    This award is for the entirety of a game's soundtrack. We had some amazing soundtracks this year, but we had to give the nod to Tales from the Borderlands. It has a strong mix of licensed music and original music, and all of it is used perfectly, especially early in Episode 5. This is a game that delivers a huge array from emotions, seamlessly transitioning from hilariously outrageous to seriously involving. The game does this perfectly and the soundtrack is a big reason for that.

    Other Nominees

    • The Witcher 3
    • Fallout 4
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    by Published on November 8th, 2015 04:00 PM  Number of Views: 2902 
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    We have previously talked about our idea for the greatest game, but in this article we have decided to change gears and talk about something that most people don't think about. We will discuss the least flawed games ever made; not necessarily the best games, just the games that do what they're meant to do with the least amount of flaws and with great polish, which is mostly how our gaming review scoring system works anyway as this is the fairest way to score a game.

    This is an unsorted list, so there is no countdown and no particular order. Don't worry about spoilers, there are none to be found within this article.



    On this page we'll list games that almost made the list, but didn't due to several small flaws. This just goes to show how good all of these games are, as simple, easily forgiven flaws excluded these games from the main list. Note that the flaws we point out aren't graphics related or anything else that shallow and unimportant.

    • Neverwinter Nights 2: Mask of the Betrayer - It is one of the absolute best games
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