Portal 2 is the hipster GOTY
This one may take a little convincing.
2011 has been a great year of sequels and sequels of sequels. When the end of the year nears, all of the major publications as well as every person who likes to play numerous video games will loudly proclaim what they think their “Game of the Year” was. The general consensus seems to be that with its huge scope, high production values and nearly limitless role-playing potential, Skyrim takes the award.
Many people, however, disagree. Why? I’m not really sure, but I suspect its what I like to call the hipster mentality.
First of all, I don’t think hipsters really exist in the stereotypical way we like to portray them. But there are people who like to hate the mainstream even if its good and pick something that isn’t getting a whole lot of attention. This article is not based on any of the merits of any games, but delves more into the why of this seemingly odd GOTY pick from certain publications.
So we have Skyrim, wildly popular long before the game hit the shelves. The hipster mentality would be to immediately reject this game as GOTY. Next up in line would probably be Minecraft, an indie darling, but unfortunately the game became wildly popular as well (they even had that little convention in Vegas). Next up would be any kind of original title that looked promising. Unfortunately all of them, from Brink to Dead Island to L.A. Noire, fell short of greatness, so no GOTY for any of them either.
But then there was a title released earlier this year to much acclaim, but seemingly forgotten amongst all the Skyrims and Batmans and Call of Duties. It was Portal 2. Valve’s game came as a sequel and one with high production values to boot, including some of the best comedy I’ve seen in a game in quite some time. Yet as the game came out last summer, it seems to have fallen by the wayside as the year wound down.
So for this reason I think a lot of people are looking at the game as being one without a lot of attention where you could easily say “Hey doesn’t anybody remember Portal 2? Remember how great that was?” Sure man, I also thought Memento was one of the best films of 2000 and the hipster in me would give Best Picture to it in a heartbeat, but that was also the year Gladiator came out.
Portal 2 was a great game, one deserving of a few nods, especially for voice-acting, but at the end of the day my gut says Skyrim. I’ll agree to disagree in any case.