OXCGN’s 2012 Reader GOTY: Gamers Voted, But Will the VGAs Get it Right?


OXCGN’s 2012 Reader GOTY

Gamers voted, but will the VGAs get it right?

by Nicholas Laborde

©2012 Nicholas Laborde

For five wonderful years, OXCGN has been bringing the gaming community in Australia and abroad the best opinionated pieces in the gaming space.

This year, we decided to have two separate Game of the Year awards: one for the readers, and a second traditional one decided by our staff.

You voted, and the results are in.

Who did you pick?

And the winner is…


journey screenshots updated oxcgn #1There are games that remain within your memory for several reasons. Maybe it was difficult. Maybe it had a character you really enjoyed. Maybe the music truly moved you.

Very rarely, a game will stay stay within the confines of your mind because it was truly incredible in all facets: gameplay, music, storytelling, and execution.

Journey has won our first ever reader GOTY award, and it deserves every bit of praise it has and will ever get.

It’s an unmatched, unrivaled, completely unique experience drenched in creative genius that redefines what is possible within a video game.

journey screenshots updated oxcgn #2 Journey is an incomparable experience that stands alone in its own category of perfection.

Seriously guys, it’s a game about walking through the desert, and ThatGameCompany made it one of the most incredible experiences in the history of video games.

A breakdown

2012 reader goty graphI tried to do an accurate pie chart to describe our voting breakdown, but so many games received so few votes that it came out very interestingly.

Journey came in 1st place with a whopping 34.17% of the vote, with Halo 4 at 2nd with 20.73% and Far Cry 3 in 3rd with 7.84%.

Everyone loves statistics. Feast your eyes on that horrible pie chart, because I googled for at least seven seconds trying to find a good way to make one.

Until next week!

For our first reader GOTY, we were very pleased with the results (although we had to do it over a very short period and missed a few games initially).

We’re definitely going to be doing it next year, and we anticipate greater input from our audience.

In the meantime, make sure to stay tuned for our official staff GOTY in the coming weeks!

Hint: Resident Evil 6 isn’t going to win.

©2012 Nicholas Laborde

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I'm an American from steamy Louisiana, one of the most electronically deprived areas of the United States. I've gamed since I was four years old as a result, and plan to do it onto my deathbed. I discovered I could write in June of 2010 when I started a little site called Fans of The Genre with a few friends, and that eventually collapsed three months after due to social lives kicking in. No less than two weeks after that I discovered OXCGN via the community gamer gab competition, and become a staff member shortly after. In February of 2011 I was welcomed to the Editorial staff, then in March of 2012 I was promoted to co-owner... and here I am!

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