Yup, that’s my leg/shoe in the very bottom of the frame.
Now that we’re one month into the new year, I want to take a moment to reflect back on my favorite games of 2012.
In 2011, I published this list of my favorite games of that year. I feel like it was a pretty solid list, but this year I wanted to do something a bit different.
All too often, we talk about “games” as objects, systems, products – as readily identifiable things that we can evaluate in the abstract or download onto our computers. That isn’t untrue, but games are also so much more. They’re events; social contexts; play enacted by specific groups of people; particular moments in time.
Colloquially, there’s another meaning of the word “game” – game as a specific instance of play, a specific match, i.e. “Did you see the Knicks game last night?” It’s what Bernie DeKoven means when he talks about the “well-played game.”
In this post, I want to pay tribute to my favorite “games” of 2012 – specific performances, instances, and events that really meant something to me. The list is admittedly idiosyncratic, subjective, and a little self-indulgent. And that’s the way it should be, I feel (um, unless you’re a journalist or something), because games, at their best, are deeply personal affairs. Games generate memories, and I want to share some of mine with you.
(Note that I’ve deliberately left out any games of Johann Sebastian Joust, which I want to deal with in a separate post)