GOTY 2014 - Best Humor
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Best Humor - GAME OF THE YEAR: 420BLAZEIT vs xxXilluminatiXxx [wow/10 #rekt edition] - Montage Parody The Game
Andy Sum | November 15, 2014 | Windows
Montage parodies—mockeries of eSports highlight reels—are blaring, obnoxious, and shouldn't be funny by any reasonable metric. So, naturally, I find them completely hilarious.
While a subculture has sprung up around these parodies, it's gotten harder to nail down exactly what the genre is about. Initially, montage parodies were made to mock games and game culture with a format and vocabulary lifted from hardcore FPS players. Now, any topic is fair game – and one can find montages of almostanything. Seriously.
With the format becoming impenetrably self-obsessed, GAME OF THE YEAR is a refreshing return to form. As an FPS, it provides a blank canvas to be Skrillex-ed, "sample text"-ed, and lens flared into oblivion, all in real time. The result is laugh-out-loud funny, even without a first-hand knowledge of montage parody culture. Some jokes may lose context, but the core experience—one of a modern, gritty military shooter as viewed through the lens of delirium-inducing levels of hype—remains blissfully intact no matter your background in games.
As a free download, one isn't losing anything by trying GAME OF THE YEAR, aside a few minutes of their time. Many, be they montage parody devotees or simply the easily amused, are sure to enjoy developer Andy Sum's delightfully stupid little game.
And if one doesn't like it, I'm sure Mountain Dewritoes will happily offer a reimbursement. – Spencer Tordoff
Runners-up: Jazzpunk, South Park: The Stick of Truth