All the big guns have come and gone. The best games are all now on shelves and we’ve just decided on our game of the year. Now we’re taking a look at our 10 favourite gaming moments of 2010. Be aware that these are just my subjective choices – feel free to let us know some of your favourites in the comments below.
Making Reviewers Cry In Game Dev Story Anyone who has ever ever played Game Dev Story can attest to its addictive qualities. I was getting ready for a wedding when I first decided to give it a bash - sat on the couch in my suit, waiting for my wife to get fixed up.
I was enjoying it - asked the missus if she wouldn't mind driving so I could play on the way. Yep, she said. Sure, no problem.
My Game Company - Sweaty Sack - was going well, creating innovative Animal Puzzlers on the PC, investing in quality over speed. Slowly I started building my team, sparing no expense, getting the best people possible.
I looked up from my screen. Oh crap, time flies I guess - the wedding had already started. Not to worry, the bride wouldn't arrive for another couple of minutes, I've still got time. I started playing again - which earned me a sharp elbow in the ribs courtesy of my wife. Ignored. I had better things to do - Sweaty Sack was about to release their best game yet...
Boom! I just cracked 5 million sales. My team lost their shit. A Ninja RPG on the Game Kid - beastly. Sweaty Sack had finally made it to the big time. Now to start hiring again - expand, grow. The only way is up baby!
I looked up again - my wife's face was contorted in some bizarre expression of passive-aggressive rage - the wedding was over, the bride and groom were signing the registry and I had missed the entire thing. Whoops-a-daisy. Never mind. Time for the reception - all this game making had made me hungry...
... for more game development success.
Now I had the dough to really make a difference. I started pumping resources into my latest masterpiece - a Motion Golf game on the latest and greatest console. Massive install base - this thing was going to fly off the shelves. Stephen Jobson, my star performer, had put his all into this game. I had spent all my money on the new console license. It was all or nothing on this bad boy.
Then it was time for the all important reviews...
- Boom. Nine of out ten. Yes! - Shazam - another nine! - Kerblammo - an eight. Not quite so good, but I can handle it. - WOW. 10 out of 10. This game "made her cry". My game made someone cry. I almost shed a tear myself.
I looked up - I had missed the speeches. My steak had gone cold. My wife was no longer sitting beside me - where the hell was she?
I looked onto the dance floor. Oh! There she is - over there dancing next to that really... hot... buff... groomsman.
Ah well, never mind. Another day another dollar. Let's start making that sequel to the Ninja RPG...
I looked at me screen. Distraught.
My battery had gone dead.
Did any of you guys spend a ludicrous amount of time playing Game Dev Story? What were your favourite gaming moment of 2010?