Okay you've nominated, then you voted, now it's time to announce the Indie/Downloadable Game of the Year.
This may have been one of the most stacked categories in Kotaku's 2012 awards. Picking my own winner was pretty intensely difficult. But first, the reader awards...
The Walking Dead: 17%
Well, I sort of have to say I saw this coming! Good choice. But this one was extremely tight!
Runners Up Journey: 15% Torchlight 2: 11%
What's the better game? The one you personally got the most out of? The one you spent hours with, hours perfecting, hours falling in love with. The one you thought about randomly during the day for some strange reason. Is it that game?
Or is it the one that felt 'important'?
Choosing between Trials Evolution and Journey was difficult but, at the precise same time, felt like an utterly meaningless choice. What does it mean to like one of these games over the other? Considering what different experiences they were, considering that I loved Journey for a completely different set of reasons. It feels silly to choose.
But if I have to choose, it must be Trials Evolution. Mainly because it compelled me like no other. It was a game I obsessed over, and the type of game I enjoy most -- a game that becomes more than an experience and transitions into a genuine skill. Trials Evolution is perhaps the perfect example of a game you can truly become good at. A game that allows for mastery. That's what defines it, that's what makes it special, and that's why it's my favourite Indie/Downloadable game of the year.