What’s new with IGN’s “best game of all time” support?

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IGN is hosting a masterclass on social media engagement in its Best Video Game of All Time category, sponsored in part by Hulu, given all the talk it starts.

It’s… certainly a bit of a weird parenthesis, given some of the choices that made the parenthesis in the first place, or that were left out altogether. And then what games beat some others on the way to the finale, which is currently God of War (2018) vs. (sigh) GTA 5.

So what are the strangest things I noticed about this medium? Even though this is in part due to personal preferences, we have things like:

  • Halo 3 and Halo: CE being excluded from the list in favor of Halo 2.
  • The Last of Us being included, but The Last of Us Part 2 not being in the range at all, despite having won more GOTY awards than any game in history.
  • Red Dead Redemption being included and not Red Dead Redemption 2.
  • Half Life 2 loses to Rise of the Tomb Raider in the first round.
  • Super Mario 64 and Dark Souls bow to Batman: Arkham City.
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate defeats Super Mario World.

And then I guess you can debate God of War beating massive games like The Witcher 3 or Skyrim on its way to the top, or GTA 5 beating Uncharted 2, The Last of Us, and Breath of the Wild on the same. path.

So what is going on here?

Two things, this is a fan poll, not something chosen by critics or editors. So you’re going to see a ton of bias based on that. GTA 5, for example, has sold more copies than any game in history by a factor of three or four, so it has a large base of currently engaged players who can vote for it. final like this.

Beyond that, there’s just… a ton of recency bias here. This is why you see games like Half Life 2 and Super Mario World / 64 losing, because a bunch of people voting in that poll may not even have been born when these games were released.

As to why some games were left out of the fork completely, I’m not sure. It’s not clear if this was voted on by fans as well, or if there were just some really bad oversights like the ones I mentioned. I’m not even trying to be biased towards certain games here, but leaving out Halo 3 or The Last of Us 2 seems… a bit absurd. And some of the clashes seem a little too stacked at first, Ocarina of Time vs. Skyrim, Breath of the Wild vs. Final Fantasy VII, Halo 2 vs. Mass Effect 2. How do these clashes go in the first round?

Either way, don’t take it too seriously. It’s subjective, it’s voted on by the fans and therefore there is a certain level of absurdity here.

And I mean at this point, I expect GTA 5 to win.

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