Thursday, January 3, 2013

Best of 2012: The Steamworks!

Hey Gang,

I hope everyone's having a great holiday season out there! Here at Project Better Dolphin, we've been heavily discussing "Best of"s in the year 2012; basically our favorite movies, games, TV shows, and entertainment of this nature. We all agreed to post our own "Best of Lists", and today I'll share mine with you. I feel like a lot of mine are really obvious (if you read my material), but I hope you find the list entertaining! GET READY FOR THE STEAM AWARDS!!!!!

Category: Best Movie: The Grey- Sure there were movies that made more money. Sure, there were movies with better plot lines and more dynamic characters. Sure, there were movies that got a better praise than The Grey. But for some reason, this movie stuck with me throughout the whole year, and that's saying something considering it came out in the first month. For starters the graphics and CG effects were outstanding. I was completely immersed in the environment the entire time I was watching it. I also just really love the idea of the story and the direction it takes. And Liam Neeson's performance is utterly fantastic. All in all, I really enjoyed this movie, and while I'm sure many would disagree with me, it takes the 2012 Movie Steam Award. Runners up would include Chronical and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

Category: Best Video Game: Journey- Again maybe another surprise for my readers, Journey without a doubt wins my Best Video Game Steam Award of 2012. As a young individual aspiring to make an impact on the video game industry, no other game sent me a message of hope and inspiration as this game instilled into me. Sure there were games like Halo 4, Dishonored, and The Walking Dead (all of which I dearly love), but nothing struck home more than Journey. This game showed us how much power a game could have using digital art instead of dynamic gameplay and action. It told an interactive story using artistic methods of which the gaming world has never seen before (along with Flower). Another cool feature of this game was, while the story was universal and linear, it wasn't exactly clear, and everyone seemed to get something different from it (very much like Dear Esther). The game was phenomenal  and what I got from the story is priceless. Journey takes this year's Steam Award by a long shot. Runners up would include Flower and The Walking Dead.

Category: Best Song: Gangnam Style- Ok, lets face it, it's obviously not the best song out there, but I just gotta give my vote to Gangnam Style. It's a silly, fun beat that anyone (even gamers) can jam out to. I remember walking throughout the Dealer Hall at New York Comic Con and hearing this music blast for Just Dance. I remember dancing around the dealer hall to Gangnam Style in my Doctor cosplay and making people laugh about it, and it was a really good time. The memory stuck with me and I grew some nostalgia for the song. Judge all you want, but in the end Gangnam Style wins my Steam Award for 2012. Runners up would include Die Young and One More Night.

Category: Best Television Show: The Walking Dead- None of you who read my material should be surprised by this at all. Everyone knows I love everything about The Walking Dead, whether I'm talking about the show, the game, or the comics. I get as much of this shit as I can get my hands on. I think what makes this franchise so powerful are its dynamic characters. The characters provide a great look into the ways of the human mind and how we all think. At the same time, it provides a bit of horror and a decent amount of action. And as many others have said, it's simply a zombie story that never ends. What gets better than that? Runners up would include Doctor Who and American Horror Story.

Category: Best Actor: Alex R. Russell- The main reason why Russell made it onto my list is due to his performance in Chronical. While all the actors in the movie did a fantastic job with the production, Russell really made his character stand out and made him a generally more dynamic character that was relatable and likable  He's expected to be seen in many further movies that are coming up over the next few years and I'm excited to see his upcoming work. Runners up would include Andrew Lincoln and Norman Reedus.

Category: Best Actress: Jennifer Lawrence- Lawrence has definitely made her existence know to the media within the past two years. With movies like X-Men: First Class, The Hunger Games, and House at the End of the Street, Lawrence became extremely well known to pretty much everyone. Lawrence is known to be a very down to earth person (which definitely adds a bonus), and her acting in all of the films listed is almost completely flawless. I proudly present Jennifer with this 2012 Steam Award. Runners up would include Danai Gurira and Lauren Cohan.

Category: Best Voice Actor: Nolan North- Definitely one of my favorite voice actors of our time. Whether this amazing man is voicing Deadpool (Various Deadpool Materials), Nathan Drake (Uncharted), or AI Cores (Portal 2) (among many MANY other roles), he always brings his A game to the party. North is the Samuel L. Jackson of the voice acting universe. In 2012 we've seen him in Uncharted: Golden Abyss (Nathan Drake), Transformers: Fall of Cybertron (Brawl & additional voices), Guild Wars 2 (Male Human Playable Character), and many others. He's a very talented actor who I will most certainly beg to voice in my future games. Congrats on your Steam Award, Mr. North! Couldn't really think of any deserving runner ups for this category (ok, ,maybe Steve Downes)

Category: Best Voice Actress: Melissa Hutchinson- When I say in my mind there weren't many nominees for this category, don't get the wrong idea. There are plenty of talented female voice actresses out there. But there weren't many voices (in gaming, animation, or otherwise) that quite stuck with me like the voice of Clementine from The Walking Dead game series by Telltale. I had to give this award to her. In fact, my only other nominee was Cortana from Halo 4. Getting back to Hutchinson, the voice acting for Clementine was simply astounding. I very much enjoyed what she contributed to Clementine's character, and she definitively deserves this Steam Award. Runner up goes to Jen Taylor.

Well guys, that' all I got for this year's Best of List. I really enjoyed making this post and it was fun to get reflect back on 2012 and the awesomeness that came from it. Just because there were people who weren't in my awards ceremony does not mean, however, that they didn't deserve it too. Almost every category had at least five or six strong competitors. 2012 was a good year for media in general and we got to see some great productions. Here's to 2013 in hoping that it will bring even better surprises!

Peter, The Steamworks

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