GOTY 2020

Fanbyte’s Game of the Year 2020: It’s Hades, Babies

Hades is the antithesis of video games in 2020. It’s an affordable, polished, heartfelt, entirely single-player game with an intentionally inclusive cast, made with labor practices that prove better working conditions make better art. It stands in stark contrast to the increasingly unconcealable truth that AAA game development has become…

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Fanbyte’s Game of the Year 2020 Podcast Day 5: Forgotten Games

05Closing out or coverage of Game of the Year 2020 here at Fanbyte, some of the gang got together one last time to discuss some forgotten gems. Time has compressed and lost all meaning. March was a decade ago. Anything that happened or came out more than a week ago…

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Fanbyte’s Game of the Year 2020 Podcast Day 4: Games That Defined 2020

It’s Game of the year 2020 time. For real! Day four of our deliberations winds down the week with the closest thing we have to a main contender for GOTY 2020: the games that defined the year for us here on the staff. These are the titles that meant the…

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Fanbyte’s Game of the Year 2020 Podcast Day 3: Next Year’s Games

Game of the Year 2020 has reached its halfway point at Fanbyte. The gang isn’t limiting itself to just games from this year, this year! Instead everyone is talking about what they want to play going into 2021. Whether that means games we didn’t get around to in 2020, new…

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Fanbyte’s Game of the Year 2020 Podcast Day 2: Most Pleasant Surprises

Game of the Year 2020 continues with our Day 2 deliberations! The Fanbyte editors reconvene to discuss their most pleasant surprises of the year. A.K.A. the games we didn’t expect to enjoy nearly as much as we did. You can probably guess what a few of those titles might look…

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Fanbyte’s Game of the Year 2020 Podcast Day 1: Best Comfort Games

Game of the Year 2020 is in full swing at Fanbyte! We’ve got our first batch of favorites with our first category: Comfort Games! The gang gets together to discuss all the titles that best distracted, encouraged, and cheered them up in these very fraught times. From multiplayer goodness to…

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Steven Strom’s Game of the Year 2020 List

2020 was full of a lot of awful shit I don’t want to talk about anymore. I’m going to shout out some great games instead! As is so often the case, video games have helped distract and instruct me through times good and bad. A few stood out in particular,…

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THE 2020 JORDIE AWARDS

Hello everyone, and welcome to the 46th annual 2020 Jordie Awards. I’m your host, the frog/whale mafia boss from Mirai Sentai Timeranger, and it is my genuine pleasure to be here with all of you tonight. Let’s begin. Best Live Game Winner: Monster Hunter: World Iceborne Honorable Mention: Destiny 2:…

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The Fanbyte Community Game of the Year 2020 List

It’s been a frustrating year, but the Fanbyte community made it much better. Not only were they patient with my first steps into community management, but they also had smart suggestions for where to go next. We put on skillshare workshops, ran movie and game nights, and raised over a…

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Natalie Flores’s Game of the Year 2020 List

As Samara once said in Mass Effect 2, “I am a ruined vessel of sorrow and regret, but I am free.” With this Game of the Year list, I will be free. Y’all, I am so very tired after 2020. This was a hellish year that was made so much…

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Fūnk-é Joseph’s Game of the Year 2020 List

We did it gamers. 2020 is almost over. I can’t believe it. And while it was definitely a wack year, I didn’t entirely hate it! The world has been exploding. We all made a shift towards a more online-centric way of life. It’s bittersweet; I like not having to walk through the snow…

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merritt k’s Game of the Year 2020 List

This year I realized I basically only like two kinds of games: live service/arcade titles with no clear ending that let me chill out with my friends online, and tightly-paced experiences that take a few hours max. The Last of Us Part 2? Cyberpunk 2077? Never heard of her! 10. Destiny 2: Beyond…

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Collin MacGregor’s Game of the Year List 2020

The job of a guide writer isn’t a particularly glamorous one. It skews your perception of video games, as you’re forced to constantly look at how to solve every problem offered in the easiest, most efficient manner. My job is to make everyone’s lives easier, which has the double-edged effect…

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Kenneth Shepard’s Top Five Games of 2020

As I did last year, I’m only ranking five games as my favorites in 2020. Why am I not doing the standard ten games? Because I only have enough love in my heart for five games at a time. Unlike your parents who deflected when you asked who their favorite…

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John Warren’s Game of the Year 2020 List

I played a lot of games this year, which doesn’t sound like a huge accomplishment for someone who works at Video Game Website, but my role really changed at the tail end of 2019 and I wasn’t sure how much time I’d have. Still, you’ll notice that a lot of…

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Danielle Riendeau’s Game of the Year List 2020

I’ll refrain from making any sweeping statements about what it was to play games in 2020, given everything that’s happened this year. Instead, I’m going to go right ahead and get out of the way of my list — these were my favorite gaming experiences this year, aside from my…

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merritt’s GOTY 2020: These Were Good Too

Haha man shit was fucking wild this year, here are ten games I played that didn’t quite make it to my top 10 list, but they’re good too. 1. Kill It With Fire A short first-person puzzle game about killing spiders, Kill It With Fire kind of came out of nowhere. Fanbyte…

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