Feel. An enigma when it comes to talking about games. We often struggle for the right language to describe it and rely on overused terms like ‘visceral’ and ‘clunky’, but it’s such an important part of the overall experience that it’d be irresponsible to not try and talk about it. When you grip a controller or place your hands on a keyboard, you’re getting a sense for how a game feels. How do we describe this sensation, and more importantly, how do we quantify what makes a game feel good?
The truth is, when a game feels good, you just know it. It might be due to controls that feel tight and responsive, a button layout that feels natural, a difficulty curve that feels satisfying, or animations and sounds that make your actions feel weighty and real.
Or perhaps it’s something more - games that feel great can sometimes be the most immersive and captivating. The world melts away, we forget about our bodies, and are transported to a place where we can be who we want to be. Powerful, agile, intelligent, caring, with the agency to affect the world around us. The game becomes an extension of ourselves. The impact we have, and how that impact feels, are core to the experience that only games can deliver.
With all of that in mind, what were the 2018 games that had your favorite feel? And even though it may be difficult to explain, what is it about them that makes them feel so good?
You will have until 5th January to nominate your games – this is our cut-off ahead of polling going live.
Remember: you can nominate up to three games, so be creative with your choices!
Be sure to check the Q&A section below if you have questions, otherwise feel free to reach out to one of us! We hope you enjoy this event and we’re excited to see what sorts of discussion each category inspires!
Q: End of Year? What's that?
A: I’m glad you asked! Just head over to our pinned topic if you need a catch up! You can also find details on the process for the event here.
Q: How do I nominate a game?
A: To nominate a game, head on over to our google form and write down your submissions in the appropriate field. You may nominate up to three games and you will be able to edit this submission at any time by returning to the google form (before the nomination date closes).
As the nominations will be done externally, this thread will instead be the place to discuss what your favorites were and to make the case for them if you feel strongly. We welcome thoughtful posts about how you made your decision, as long as we keep it positive and respectful.
Q: When does the nomination process end?
A: The period of time to make your nominations will end January 5th, 2019.
Q: What games can I nominate?
A: For this category, we’re specifically looking for games that were released between 10th December 2017 - 15th December 2018.
Games that either entered Early Access or hit 1.0 during this period are eligible.
Ports, remakes, and remasters are not eligible.
Standalone games/expansions are eligible, however Downloadable Content (DLC) is not.
Mobile and browser games are eligible as long as they meet all other relevant criteria.
The moderation team reserves the right to remove any game from nomination if necessary.
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