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Outcast Not At 57 Scandal: PC Gamer Top 100

By Kieron Gillen on December 17th, 2009.

And don't get me started with Thief 2.

The yearly PC Gamer Top 100 has gone live! To actually get any real explanation behind it, you’ll have to buy the new issue, but it’s available here in a just-the-facts-format. It breaks with tradition in a three key ways. Firstly, it was the first in living memory to be comprised not by going down the pub and arguing until everyone hates each other more than usual. Instead, it was done by cold vote-casting democracy. Or, at least, the closest simulacra to cold-vote-casting democracy the ever-mendacious Tom Francis could manage. Secondly, it involved votes from the PC Gamer writers of many nations (i.e. if there’s anything obviously mental, blame the yanks). Thirdly, and most audaciously, the fifthy-seventh greatest game of all time Outcast isn’t at fifty-seven. I’m shocked, shocked I say. Anyway, the readers vote is now open so do go in and RIGHT WRONGS. I admit, it’s the sort of thing which makes me wonder what a RPS readers’ top 100 may look like. Top 100s are odd ones, conceptually speaking. I wrote a little about it over on my workblog a few years ago, which I republish here…
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In with a bullet at number 57: Outcast

By Kieron Gillen on August 16th, 2007.

PC Gamer have lobbed their annual Top 100 Games EVER online and… no, don’t groan, at least too much. PC Gamer have been doing this Top 100 every year for over a decade, before the actual list-malaise took over our whole society (Personally, I want to do an article which lists the Top 100 Top 100s ever). Since it’s actually a yearly event, it tends to stress different things than most one-offs Top 100s – basically, the ebbing affections of the writers staff. If you want a picture of where PC Gamer’s head are at circa 2006, it’s a fascinating picture.

Avuncular editor Ross Atherton explains it so…

“At this meeting we will devise a list of the Top 100 Games 2007, and its order. This list is to reflect the games we love, games which we would gladly play today. Argue for the inclusion of your babies – not at the expense of other games, but in support of your favourites, telling us why. Whether released in 2007 or 1987, if you love it and honestly want to play it right now, its inclusion is valid.”

100-51 is here while you’ll find 50-1 here. All four of RPS were involved in the process, which involved a delightful afternoon sitting around, talking games and shouting “PEGGLE!” far too often. I won’t spoil the results for you, but suffice to say you’ll disagree with most of it, which is how it should be. A good list is meant to be the start of a debate, not the end of one.

Which brings me to Edge’s Top 100 which, by those criteria, is a pretty good list. More under the cut, including gleeful bitchery. Read the rest of this entry »

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