The ILG Coint & Plick Awards

The Fifth Annual Coint and Plick Poll for Best Video Games of 2011

Posted in 2011 by trdn89 on February 19, 2012

Welcome to 2011, the year when EVERYONE was a gamer. The iOS revolution, the dropping prices in this generation’s systems, the fallout from Angry Birds, the novelty of cross-platform motion controls, the continuing evolution of the “art” game, the proliferation of sequels, the broadest acceptance of gaming as a force by mainstream press that could attract eyeballs… pick your reason, but 2011 felt like the first time video games had accelerated into a post-acceptance mode and were simply a dominant media form. Not just for kids anymore.

Coint and Plick offers a peek into the mind of a cross-section of Joe Average gamers; forty guys and gals from their teens into their forties who still enjoy a good orc rampage/bullet hell/spaceflight/historical sim/roguelike/sports fantasy. Much more than giving the reader a definitive “top ten”, Coint and Plick is meant as opportunity for the busy gamer to acquaint him/herself with potential missed highlights that are available at discounted prices at an e-store near you. That we are doing this poll WELL after the turn of the year is no accident; I wanted people to have time to really gather their thoughts and estimate what they love. We’re not in it for hitcount, we’re in it for history and, more immediately, the edification of our fellow gamers. After all, everything on here is good enough to make SOMEONE’s top ten of the year. You can hardly go wrong.

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 2011. The maximum number of points each entry could receive was no more than thirty. In the end, 128 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. We’ll have slightly more detailed entries for the top fifty games.

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. As in past years, in the interests of people’s ability to load these image-heavy threads, I’ll be starting a new thread for every twenty five or so entries and interlink the threads.

Bear in mind that not every voter used the full amount of points they had at their disposal, so the numbers don’t crunch exactly. User comments for these games come from individual ballots as well as from past ILG posts; I’ve done a bit of editing to streamline but I’ve made every effort to maintain your meaning. My apologies if you feel misquoted; feel free to correct me on this thread.

I’ll be trying to add roughly between three and five entries per day. If you feel that we’re moving too slowly, may I recommend that you go play some of the games listed? That’s what this is all about!

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The Fourth Annual Coint & Plick Poll: ILG’s Best Video Games of 2010 – Introduction

Posted in 2010 by trdn89 on February 2, 2011

2010 saw the full blossom of the iPhone as a gaming machine and the “every man a gamer” explosion that we were warned the casual game would lead to. We saw the madness of crowds lead to motion gaming devices on all major home systems. It was the last full year of the DS as the dominant handheld. There was a narrowing of the playing field in sales for the big three and a resurgence of downloadable PC games both old and new thanks to Steam and GOG. The watchword, perhaps even more than usual, was “diversity”; the market is broad enough now to support a breadth of styles and approaches to game making and playing that would have been virtually unimaginable even five years ago.

Coint and Plick offers a peek into the mind of a cross-section of Joe Average gamers; thirty-nine guys (mostly) and gals from their teens into their forties who still enjoy a good orc rampage/brick busting/mecha flight/historical sim/plastic guitar concert. Far from giving the reader a definitive “top ten”, Coint and Plick aims to offer a chance for the busy and broke gamer to acquaint him/herself with potential missed highlights. Every one of these games made someone’s year end list and every one has something unique and meaningful to offer. My goal is to create a time capsule that we can refer back to when we want to remember what we were playing in that long ago year of 2010.

This 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, 132 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 bevy of links, images and YouTubes of note to help introduce you to the games in question. 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.

Bear in mind that not every voter used the full amount of points they had at their disposal, so the numbers don’t crunch exactly. User comments for these games come from individual ballots as well as from past posts on ILX or across the web; I’ve done a bit of editing to streamline but I’ve made every effort to maintain your meaning. My apologies if you feel misquoted; feel free to correct me on this thread.

I’ll be striving to list roughly three to four entries per day over the next two months. It’s gonna be a long unveiling so get comfortable.

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The Second Annual Coint & Plick Poll: ILG’s Best Video Games of 2008 – Introduction

Posted in 2008 by trdn89 on February 22, 2010

2008 was a very, very good year for video games.

Coint and Plick offers a peek into the mind of a cross-section of Joe Average gamers; twenty five guys (mostly) and gals from their teens into their forties who still enjoy a good orc rampage/brick busting/mecha flight/historical sim/plastic guitar concert every now and again. 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 2008, with each entry receiving no more than 30 points or less than 5 points.

In the end, eighty-six 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 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.

Bear in mind that not every voter used the full amount of points they had at their disposal, so the numbers don’t crunch exactly; I _have_ triple-checked the scores tho’.

User comments for these games come from ballots as well as from past ILG posts; I’ve done a bit of editing to streamline but I’ve made every effort to maintain your meaning. My apologies if you feel misquoted; feel free to correct me on this thread.

So, to kick it off: seventeen games tied for 70th place with one vote at 5 points apiece. In no particular order, here they are.

– Forksclovetofu

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The Third Annual Coint and Plick Poll: ILG’s Best Video Games of 2009 – Introduction

Posted in 2009 by trdn89 on February 12, 2010

2009 was an odd and wonderful year for video games. There was a veritable flood of software for the 360 and PS3 as both systems came of age; the DS continued to reign but the iPhone has begun making headway as the portable system of choice; the Wii, ignored by the hardcore, offered some of the year’s most critically acclaimed and financially disastrous titles; even PC gaming saw a blitz of high-profile exclusives and thousands of single-creator, overly-addictive casual flash games. While there was no clear and overwhelming GAME OF THE YEAR, few would argue that ’09 was not a very, very good year for gamers. Except maybe Mordy.

Coint and Plick offers a peek into the mind of a cross-section of Joe Average gamers; thirty-one guys (mostly) and gals from their teens into their forties who still enjoy a good orc rampage/brick busting/mecha flight/historical sim/plastic guitar concert. More than giving the reader a definitive “top ten”, Coint and Plick is meant as opportunity for the busy gamer to acquaint him/herself with some potential missed highlights. After all, everything on here is SOMEONE’S game of the year, so everything must have something going for it.

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.

Last year’s poll taxed ILX’s capacity to handle multiple images and media on one thread; with that in mind, I strongly suggest mods on this board log out to see the poll properly displayed. I’ll be starting a new thread for every twenty five or so entries and interlink the threads.

Bear in mind that not every voter used the full amount of points they had at their disposal, so the numbers don’t crunch exactly. In cases where a game was available on multiple systems, I listed only the systems that voters specified they played the game on. User comments for these games come from individual ballots as well as from past ILG posts; I’ve done a bit of editing to streamline but I’ve made every effort to maintain your meaning. My apologies if you feel misquoted; feel free to correct me on this thread.

– Forksclovetofu

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