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So what’s this then?
The Coint & Plick Project is an annual poll of the readers of ILG, the gaming subsidiary of legendary music discussion board/meme graveyard I Love Music. Every year since 2007, we lifeless forum denizens rise from our mothers’ basements and (a) nominate a list of the best games from the previous twelve months and (b) email a list of our favorites to a mysterious stranger known only as Forksclovetofu, who then proceeds to do far too much work totalling the votes and assembling relevant video clips, images, and links to provide actual relevant context. Some folks provide comments on their ballots to be included with the results; these are typically interspersed with quotes from threads because even the lazy enjoy seeing themselves quoted. The last two years, Forks has also asked voters to single out their most disappointing game of the year, a practice which paid dividends this year in the form of jjjusten’s enthusiastic condemnation of Fuel.
What games are eligible?
As any of our exes will eagerly attest to, ILG’s standards are nonexistent. Be it a free flash game, a GBA game (as recently as 2008), or even a (gasp) PSP game, as long as it’s a video game which came out in a calendar year, it’s eligible. Reissues and compilations count for some reason, which explains how some version of either Peggle and/or Chrono Trigger can be found on every single C&P list so far.
How does the voting work?
From this year’s introductions:
The poll was taken in Pazz and Jop style vote/point format: all voters had 100 points to divide among any ten games released in 2009. The maximum number of points each entry could receive was no more than thirty. In the end, ninety-three games were nominated. Rather than just peel off the top half, I’ve opted to list everything that got a vote here, along with a few links, images and YouTubes of note. In case of a tie breaker, I went by number of people who voted for a game first and number of people who listed the game as their #1 of the year second.
I find Contributor X’s opinions to be illuminating/detestable. How can I contact this person to shower them with adulation/flog them with rhetoric?
Since the internet is a scary place full of sex perverts and Burning Man attendees and other creeps, no personal information will be available through this blog beyond what Forks included with the ballots (aside: if you’re a voter who wants some identifying characteristic removed from the blog, holla at yr boy and it’ll be fixed). If you still insist on confronting foax re: this nonsense, the preferred method of contact is to do so publicly on ILG why because u look intersting.
So what’s with the blog?
A few reasons:
1. To preserve all of Forks’ commendable hard work. The unveiling of these lists is always way more fun than it should be, largely because Forks goes out of his way to come up with post after post full of stuff which makes you wish you were playing whatever game RIGHT NOW. But for Forks’ effort, most/all of ILG would have hanged ourselves in our barns out of (unrelated) desperation by now.
1a. To contribute to a lasting, still-developing, semi-coherent record of progress in the medium of video games. It’ll be like the Sight & Sound Top Ten poll for video games! Our vanguard perspectives about Mushihimesama Futari Version 1.5 and Big Word Puzzle Book will pierce the veils of ignorance and echo through eternity! *takes rip of crack from a four foot bong*
2. To fling buckets of challops (see: Modern Warfare 2, Uncharted 2) before marginally literate fanboy turds in the hope of provoking hilarious board invasions. Please, please do this.
3. To open the C&P process up to more people who have nothing better to do want to get involved. Bear in mind that Forks has already said he’d be up for running polls for individual platforms if he could get a larger voting base, and as we all know message board remarks are legally binding contracts in all NATO member countries.
Also vanity. Mainly vanity. Actually, come to think of it, just vanity.