2012 Year in Review: Worst Game of the Year

As a mostly independent games writer, I don’t play much in the way of bad games. I generally play what I want and leave it at that. Because of this, I usually do not award games with the title of worst game of the year.

With that said, I did play at least one terrible game. One that was critically panned. One that hurt my soul as I played through it to completion. I normally don’t do this, but this title is definitely deserving of In Third Person’s worst.

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Check Out My 2012 Game of the Year Post on Splitkick.com!

Over at Splitkick, all of the editors are sharing their picks for game of the year, as well as honourable mentions. My post recently went live, which you can read right now! Do you agree/disagree with my picks? Take a look and let’s discuss in the comments!

Read SK 2012 GOTY – Jett Landicho Now on Splitkick!

2012 Year in Review: In Third Person X Amazon

At the beginning of 2012, I rolled out the Amazon affiliate program onto In Third Person. While I don’t do this for a living, and I know that people hate advertising, but it’s a means of compensation for all of the work I do for the site. At the very least, I’ve tried to implement it in a way where it makes things easier for you to buy what you were interested in purchasing anyway. Due to technological limitations with Amazon and WordPress, my implementation of it isn’t that great. With that said, I’m surprised (and thankful) for how much stuff you’ve purchased. In case you’re interested, most users bought fightsticks, though the variety of gaming stuff purchased was pretty interesting.

Going into next year, how would you like to see this improve? Would love to hear your feedback!

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2012 Year in Review: Most Disappointing Game

Let’s get this point out of the way: Mass Effect 3 is not my most disappointing game of 2012. Sure, I am as butt hurt as everyone else over its terrible ending, but a terrible ending isn’t enough to completely sink a game that is really good otherwise. Instead, my vote for most disappointing game of the year goes to a title that started out great, but ultimately fell way short of my expectations.

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2012 Year in Review: Jett X Splitkick

Up until this year, writing for any other publication other than my own was never in the cards. I have no ambitions to make a career out of this, and all of my efforts leading up to that point were strictly for personal enjoyment. I’ve been approached in the past to contribute In Third Person content to other websites, but none of those offers felt right to me.

However, when Splitkick approached me regarding the possibility of joining their writing staff as a contributor, it was an easier decision to make. I was genuinely excited to join a team of gaming enthusiasts that take their writing craft seriously. After submitting a few pieces as a contributor, I formally joined on as a staff writer.

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2012 Year In Review: A Slow Year for Video Games

2012 was a slow year for me. At least as far as new releases go. Within this calendar year, I’ve only bought about 10 new releases across all of the systems I own. Instead of jumping from one new release to the next,  a of my game shopping and playing this year has been spent catching up on older releases, as well as some stellar downloadable releases. Trials Evolution and Mark of the Ninja in particular stand out.

I know that there were big titles throughout, and that tastes vary from person-to-person, but this has been the slowest gaming year for me in a long time. Things will likely pick up now that the Wii U is out and that more new consoles are supposedly on the way, but this year in general was a bummer. Was 2012 a down year for you too?

Coming Soon: In Third Person’s 2012 Year in Review

As I tend to do every year, December is year in review month. Throughout the month of December, there will be a bunch of retrospective posts relating to video games and this site, which will ultimately lead to my pick for 2012 game of the year! Last year, Catherine pulled off an epic upset against Skyrim. Will another upset happen again this year? Or will I just choose the latest Capcom fighting game like I usually do?

SPOILERS: Street Fighter X Tekken will not be In Third Person’s 2012 game of the year.

So yes, stay tuned for all of the retrospective posts starting on December 1st!