Welcome to the 2012 Game of the Year Thread! Please read the rules carefully before casting your ballot. Ballots not in compliance will be entirely discarded. Voting Rules: You must vote for at least two (2) of the nominees in order of preference (first, second, third, etc.). You may vote for up to five (5) of the nominees in order of preference. You may not vote for the same game more than once. Your votes will carry a base point weight: 1st Place = 10 points2nd Place = 6 points3rd Place = 4 points4th Place = 2 points5th Place = 1 pointFurthermore, your vote will be multiplied by the number of trophy points, divided by 20, at the time I tabulate your vote. There is a maximum of 500 trophy points that will count towards your vote (so x25 max). The minimum trophy point weight is 1. Voting will close on Friday, January 11, 2013. You may modify your vote until that date. Please try to make your post clear by bolding your vote so that it's easier to find for me. Discussion Question: I'd like to get everyone's opinion on a GOTY question. The way games are released has been changing. Games like Minecraft, Terraria, Gnomoria and so forth aren't really "released" so much as they're put out there and developed for a number of years - a trend that will probably grow with Kickstarter. Other games like Witcher 2 and Dark Souls were released on one platform one year and another platform in a different year. Other games are released in one country one year and in a different country in a different year. With that in mind, is it appropriate to try to restrict a "game of the year" to a particular "release" year, when the release year is no longer easily defined? Or is it better to simply say that the game of the year is simply the one you played the most and liked the best this year, regardless of the release year? I'll provide my thoughts on this issue in my voting post below. The Nominees: Ok, on to the nominations. We had over 100 people nominate about 60 different games. I'll apologize right now in case I've made any errors in tabulating the nominations - that was a lot of stuff to sort through. Assuming I have it right, let's move on to your twenty 2012 Game of the Year Nominees (in alphabetical order): Ascension: Storm of Souls - (no wiki article available) Borderlands 2 - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Borderlands_2 Crusader Kings II - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crusader_Kings_II Dark Souls - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dark_Souls Diablo 3 - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diablo_3 Dishonored - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dishonored Dragon's Dogma - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dragon's_Dogma Eador: Genesis - (no wiki article available) FTL: Faster Than Light - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FTL:_Faster_Than_Light Guild Wars 2 - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guild_wars_2 Journey - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Journey_(2012_video_game) Legend of Grimrock - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Legend_of_Grimrock Mark of the Ninja - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_of_the_Ninja Mass Effect 3 - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mass_effect_3 Spec Ops: The Line - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spec_Ops:_The_Line Torchlight II - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Torchlight_II Tribes: Ascend - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tribes:_Ascend Walking Dead - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Walking_Dead_(2012_video_game) XCOM: Enemy Unknown - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/XCOM:_Enemy_Unknown Xenoblade Chronicles - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xenoblade Changes: 12/26: Since 2 of the first 4 voters had a hard time voting for a minimum of 3 games, I've changed the minimum voting requirement to 2 games.