Category Archives: Lists

New Year, Old Year: 2015 Revisited

Aw. I miss that yellow fabric.

Accountability. It’s a word. It means many things, though perhaps some things more than others. For instance, perhaps most people don’t consider the adjective that means you’re a really good financial worker to be one of the word’s primary definitions. To me, it means being honest. Frank. Open. Which is why I want to revisit my Best Week 2015 picks and talk about how they held up. Which games do I still play a lot, which have disappeared to the Basement of Forgetting, and which ones truly deserve to be called the best?

Since this is going to be a long-winded bit of self-reflection, feel free to skip to whichever retrospective you like. We’ve got the best rebaked games, consternating games, overlooked games, surprising games, and everything else of 2015.

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Best Week 2015: The Index

All 177 of the unique titles played by SB! this year. We have achieved ULTIMATE FORM.

Once again that sad moment is upon us. Best Week 2015 is over, leaving us with nothing to do but say goodbye. Below are links to each day’s catalog of the best games of the year. Just click any of the pics to be magically whisked away to the correct list. Until 2016’s compilation, take care of yourselves!

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The Space-Biff! Holiday Survival Guide

Read on, or just look at this picture. Hey, I'm not your mom, I won't tell you what to do with your time.

It’s that time of year again! The weather is getting nippy, radio stations are playing jollier music, and you’re honor-bound to spend multiple evenings with people you don’t necessarily know very well but who hold some sort of genetic or matrimonial connection to you. Sure, Uncle Deever is sort of a racist and your mother-in-law asks a lot of questions that feel like indictments of how badly you’re caring for her precious baby, but it could be worse. You might, for example, have nobody around who loves you.

But for those of us who do, what follows is an incredibly subjective and probably wrong-headed list of the ten games I’ll be hauling around in a big yellow duffel bag this holiday season.

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Best Week 2014, Staff Mutiny!

Wait, what's going on? Wee Aquinas, is that— [muffled scuffling]

Ah. Hello. You were probably expecting Dan, weren’t you? I can tell by the facial tics projected through your webcam that you’re a little surprised by this turn of events — after all, hasn’t Best Week 2014 come to an end?

No. It has not. Because we’re in charge now. And this only ends when we say it ends.

Don’t worry, Dan will be fine. Brain damage on par with a night of heavy drinking, or maybe drowning for a few minutes. So let’s just call this a guest submission. Because we, the undersigned, are not content with Dan’s tyrannical “Top Thirty” list, or whatever he’s calling his puppet regime these days. We merely aim to correct his errors with the actual top games we played this year.

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Best Week 2014, Day Five!

As you can see, Wee Aquinas is very happy that Best Week is nearly done.

At long last, here we are. The top six games of the Space-Biff! year, sort of sorted into a coherent list of preference.

Appropriately, every single one of them contains zombies.

Okay, that was a big damn lie. Only some of them contain zombies.

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Best Week 2014, Day Four!

Thursday: a glimpse of the light at the end of the tunnel.

“Why thirty?” someone asked me long ago, on Monday. “Why a top thirty, and not a twenty-five? Or a ten? Or a fifty?”

And honestly? It’s because I think thirty is one of the most underrepresented numbers among our generation. Anyone can do a top ten, or  a top twenty-five, or a top fifty. But a top thirty?

Only on Space-Biff! Literally.

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Best Week 2014, Day Three!

Wednesdays are for deeply contemplating the enormity of your commitment to Best Week.

Fun (And Informative) Best Week 2014 Fact: One particular publisher has been highlighted every day of Best Week so far, and will be highlighted again today. Can you spot which one it is? Five space pennies for the victor, and off with the heads of the losers.

Yes, all of them. Off with all their heads.

Good luck, gladiator. If you won’t do it for your country, do it for your head.

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Best Week 2014, Day Two!

Wee Aquinas is already sick of this tradition.

Another day, another gaggle of six of the best games we played this year. It’s Best Week 2014, and today we’re playing mancala, flicking some monsters, and programing the weeks to come.

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Best Week 2014, Day One!

make up your own damn joke, sheesh

Over a hundred games enter. Thirty games leave.

You know what that means: it’s Best Week 2014, and we’ve got five straight days of the year’s best games! Provided “the year’s best games” is strictly interpreted as “the games Dan Thurot and his gang of pals played and reviewed in 2014, whether they came out this year or not.” But what else could it mean anyway?

Welcome to Day One, also known as The Dog Day Legacy of the Dystopian Shmup in Boomtown Space. As you were, cadets.

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Best Week 2013: The Index

I figured I'd put an actual good game on here. But only this once!

I do these index posts for two reasons. First, because I’m a bit obsessive about indexing. I just love it. Mmm, indexing. And second, because every time I write a multi-part series, there are one or two people who request that I compile all the parts into a melange of linky goodness. I’m going to pretend the second reason is the one that actually compels me to do it. Sure isn’t my OCD, nuh uh, nothing to see here.

Anyway, with 2013 days behind us, now is probably a good time to do the index of all my best-of and top-games stuff from last year. Before I forget. And also before it’s completely irrelevant. So here it is: all my favorite games from 2013, plus some from 2012 that came out at the tail end of the year or that I just counted as 2013 games for some reason. Enjoy, and here’s to 2014!

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