The Wall Street Journal's Adam Najberg likes playing some video games, which gives him a leg up on some of his colleagues, one of whom "despises all of them." (The love and hate is explained in this WSJ clip.) He's picked Skyrim as Game of the Year. "No detail was too small for the developers of this game," he raves.
FIFA 12 was his second-favorite.
Wired's GameLife has also picked Skyrim as 2011 GOTY. Their number two was The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword.
Speakeasy's Top video game Picks of 2011 [The Wall Street Journal]
The 20 Best video games of 2011 [Wired's GameLife blog]