I don't know how I forgot to mention this, but Kombo has published its list of the best and worst games of 2008. All your favorites are there along with some hidden gems and even a few games that we love to loathe. We also go beyond individual titles and pick memorable moments from the industry itself.
What follows is our Best & Worst of 2008 Awards. We've come up with 37 categories, mixing awards for the best and worst games and industry moments of 2008. Before we get into it, though, you're probably wondering, how did we select the winners and losers? (Great question, by the way.) Our editors came up with nominees for each category, and then we voted. The Kombo staff participated in a series of polls, one for each award. When it came to picking our Game of the Year, we came up with a ridiculously long list of nominees and voted. The top three games then went onto a final poll. Before the final vote, we debated (which involved an appropriate mix of yelling, crying, screaming and a few other emotions along the way) which game earned and deserves our Game of the Year award. Once the discussion was done, we voted, and the winner of the poll was named our Game of the Year 2008. It's hardly a scientific process, but in the end, our Game of the Year won by a fairly large margin. So, it's clear. Our staff have spoken.
I wrote some of the little explanatory blurbs that accompany each award, so be sure to read those even if you skim the rest. No, I won't tell you which ones are mine. You'll have to figure that out for yourself. It's a game within a list.