Video Game of the Year

Posted: July 24, 2023
Video Game of the Year
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When it comes to Best Of lists, video games ranked according to some person's or group's subjective arguments are probably going to get as much backlash and hate as Best Bands of All Time and Best Movies Ever Made compilations. But author Jordan Minor did something smart in writing Video Game of the Year: he didn't try to straight rank the constituents of a world millions of people feel more connected to than the real one. Instead, he gave himself a chance of success, or at least begrudging acceptance, by attempting to single out video games year-by-year. And not just the best video game of each year, but the Best, Boldest, and Most Bizarre games.

In addition to being a much less risky endeavor than a book like The Top 50 Video Games in the History of Gaming, Video Game of the Year: A Year-by-Year Guide to the Best, Boldest, and Most Bizarre Games from Every Year Since 1977 also sounds a lot more fun to read. Despite the layout of the book being described as a series of "critical essays," Jordan's exploration of the gaming world covers everything from development stories to how gaming culture, or specific games, have influenced society as a whole.

Video Game of the Year is fully illustrated with "retro-inspired imagery" and covers games such as Pong, The Legend of Zelda, Tetris, Rock Band, The Secret of Monkey Island, Depression Quest, and Super Meat Boy.

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