I was waiting for the .gif to happen.
Although the VGAs were a mess, I'm actually muy excited for 2012. There are a few games that look like really good, for several reasons:
- Rainbow 6: Patriots, looks like it might be an insightful, thought provoking game about the state of the United States, the economy, and Occupy Wall Street. Also, I don't mean to inject politics into this, but it was interesting to me that the trailer didn't go with the stereotypical fat-cat business man, but instead had someone who looked a tad like Ron Paul. If this game manages to somehow comment on the elections in the United States, that'll be pretty slick on its part.
- Spec Ops: The Line is apparently a game conceptually resembling Heart of Darkness, with sand game mechanics. For one, I'm excited that it's not set in New York. I'm also excited with how sand plays into the game. For all the desert stages in video games over the years, I've never seen games develop that idea too much, and a game that introduces a new game mechanic element along with an interesting, well thought out, and thought provoking story is a win in my mind.
- Bioshock: Infinite has Ken Levine at the helm. I have no doubt in my mind that among all the other games that might be thought provoking, this one definitely will be. Color me excited.
- Transformers: Fall of Cyberton - I LOVED War for Cybertron, so if this game can become the Arkham Asylum, or better yet, the Arkham City of Transformers, I'll be amazed. If they can pack the lore that wasn't fully explored in WfC into FoC, and do it in a manner that's interesting to newcomers and to Gen 1 people alike (which sounds VERY tough), it'll be amazing. Even if it slightly improves on WfC's shortcomings, it'll be very good.
- Fortnite - When "Cliffy B" was announcing Fortnite, I heard the description and came to the conclusion that he was announcing Minecraft as a contender for some award. Nope. At first I didn't like the idea, but I'm actually very excited over the idea of a big developer expanding on a genre created, to a degree, or at least popularized by Minecraft. The way I see it, if this game is successful, Minecraft's genre (whatever you'd call it), will blossom into something more expansive, and since it's such an unexplored area in terms of games, there'd be lots of new ideas thrown in and explored, making for a richer game landscape. If it fails, Minecraft's genre, at the most extreme level at least, ends with Minecraft.