We're prepping to record our 2014 Thumbies episode on Monday, 12/29 and I thought it might be useful to keep a more accurate record of our awards and the changes year to year. During episode 179, we agreed to the following changes to this year's categories:
- Added "Steamy Turd" award
- Split "Best Handheld/Mobile Game" into two categories
- Dropped "Guilty Pleasure" award
- Added "Game I Refuse to Play"
- Added "Most Valuable Console" award
- Rephrased "Best New IP" award to "Best New IP I Want to See More of"
- Added "Best Remaster/Re-release" award
With those changes in mind, here are the categories for 2014's Thumbies:
2014's 2013 Game of the Year: Awarded to last year's game that best exemplifies Game of the Year qualities this year.
Best Co-op Multiplayer Game: Awarded to the best cooperative multiplayer game (online or otherwise).
Best Competitive Multiplayer Game: Awarded to the best competitive multiplayer game (online or otherwise).
Best Handheld Game: Awarded to the best game on handheld devices (3DS, Vita, etc.).
Best Mobile Game: Awarded to the best game on Mobile devices (iOS, Android, etc.).
Best Rainy Day Game: Awarded to the game that best exemplifies the qualities one looks for in a game on a rainy day.
Biggest Surprise: Awarded to the game whose quality is most surprising.
Biggest Disappointment: Awarded to the game whose quality is most disappointing.
Steamy Turd: Awarded to the game that exemplifies the qualities (lack thereof) of a steamy turd.
Best Under the Influence Game: Awarded to the game that is most benefiting to play under the influence of substance(s).
Game I Refuse to Play: Awarded to the game we did not play, and do not plan to play because of our own justifications.
Best New IP I Want to See More of: Awarded to the best game featuring new intellectual property that we would like to see sequels/spinoffs for.
Best Remaster, Re-release: Awarded to the best game released in a previous year that is re-released/remastered this year for new platforms.
Best Indie Game: Awarded to the best game developed and published independent from the big hitters.
Most Valuable Console: Awarded to the console we feel is most valuable over the course of the year.
Game of the Year: Awarded to the best overall game of the year.