Greatest Game of 2004: The Competition

Way back in the dark ages, a group of StewOver editors convened to name the greatest video game of every year from 1985 to today. The winner in 2004 was World of Warcraft, here’s a quick look at the games that competed with WoW for Game of the Year. Games I Played Half-Life...

Greatest Game of 2004: World of Warcraft

Wow and Back Again, and Again… So, in High School I played video games, a LOT of video games.  In college I played video games, but not as many.  In grad school I rarely played more than online poker but it would seem I had for the most part “grown” out of my video game...

Greatest Game of 2003: Mario Party 5

I was 21 years old in 2003, a junior at Indiana University. My hobbies matched that of most kids on campus: basketball and drinking, and not always in that order. I had the good fortune of living in a house ideally located two blocks from campus and two blocks from our favorite bars....

Greatest Game of 2002: Eternal Darkness

To this point, only two games were unanimous choices for Greatest Game of the Year: Super Mario Bros. in 1985 and Goldeneye in 1997. Eternal Darkness is the third and last game on our list to be granted that honor. The reason for this is due to its excellent gameplay, stunning...

Greatest Game of 2001: GTA 3 (Sort of)

Originally our panel choose Grand Theft Auto 3 as 2001’s Game of the Year, however, I hate that game. We’ll get to why in a minute, but first, I want to talk about my favorite game of this year, Pikmin. I’m also running down the competition by  stealing from...

Greatest Game of 2000: Tony Hawk’s Pro Skate...

In my opinion, 2000 was a weak year for games. The Playstation 2 was released in the U.S. in the fall, and the original Xbox wouldn’t show up for another year. PC game sales hit their peak in 1999 and have been in a steady decline ever since. The consoles (Playstation, N64)...

Greatest Game of 1999 and the Dawn of Next Gen: Se...

The date was September 9, 1999 (9-9-99), and this time I was fully prepared. If you’ve been keeping up with my video gaming articles you’ll know that the launch of the Dreamcast was not my first video game launch. Just three short years prior, the N64 came out, and information...

Greatest Game of 1999: Medal of Honor

Let’s start this off with the obvious — Medal of Honor deserves praise for starting a franchise that has lasted for well over a decade. It’s made a bazillion dollars for the Scrooge McDucks over at Electronic Arts. But the first installment also brought to the table a...

Greatest Game of 1998: The Competition

Welcome to the competition to Chas’ pick for 1998’s Game of the Year, Half-Life. I should say right up front that I am an unapologetic Half-Life fan. It is one of my top ten games of all time and is the height of first-person shooters, as far as I am concerned. I even have a...

Greatest Game of 1998: Half-Life

  Five reasons Half-Life is the best game of 1998:   1 – Crowbar Previous to Half-Life, the FPS genre was riding a non-stop train to ridiculoustown and their tickets were fictional weapons: Half-Life‘s crowbar stopped that train in its tracks with a swift swing...

The Rise and Fall of RARE

Rare is one of my favorite developers of all time. Their lineup of games puts them in the conversation with all the greats. A year or so ago, when they announced that “Kinect will be the main focus for Rare going forward,”  from a true gamer’s standpoint, the studio died....

Greatest Game of 1997: Runner-ups Rant!

1997 could be one of gaming’s greatest years.  Unlike most of my rants, I really can’t bring myself to ridicule James Bond’s best and most successful video game outing so lets proceed in a more happy fashion than usual. Final Fantasy VII In my opinion the...

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