Submitted by Phil32 276d ago | opinion piece

The Last of Us Was Robbed: Or The Problem With Gamers

Phil Stortzum writes, "Let's rewind time just a little bit. It was a few weeks ago that GameSpot named The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds as their game of 2013. This meant Zelda beat out games like BioShock Infinite, Grand Theft Auto V, and yes, The Last of Us, a game created by Naughty Dog, or as many of the studio's most ardent supporters affectionately call them, "Naughty Gods." (Just don't review one of the studio's games an 8.0 like Eurogamer did with Uncharted 3...)

Instantly, the YouTube video comment section of GameSpot's video was hammered with negativity and copious amounts of insults towards GameSpot and other gamers who didn't agree with their obviously objective facts that The Last of Us should be the game of the year everywhere, and if you don't agree, you're obviously didn't play through the entire game or something. It definitely had nothing to do with people having different tastes in gaming and what they view as most important in their gaming experiences." (3DS, Culture, PS Vita, PS3, PS4, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One)

dboyc310  +   276d ago
Agree with the article. At the end of the day everyone prefers one thing over the other. Since its base off an opinion no one is wrong. Everyone has different standards on what should be game of the year. Let it be gameplay, story or even visuals. It all comes down to simply preference which leads to no one being wrong. I for one prefer The Last of Us over anything this year simply because I love the narrative and the characters.
joab777  +   276d ago
Greg Miller did a top ten list and Gone Home was number 1 but he mentions that as a critic at IGN he voted for TLoU. I think it is possible to hav a personal favorite but choose another game to represent the industry as GotY. Personally I loved quite a few games but only a handful, imo deserve the goty nod...and we know what they are. I do believe that we should have an Indie goty and also categories.

I guess I just want a triple A title to get the recognition b/c to me, they are actually lagging behind mobile and indie in the imginitive, new and fresh category. The LoU, GTA 5, and Bioshock were great news this yr for big budget games. Yes, Gone Home and the Stanley Parable deserve all the praise they get and Zelda was a wonderful new addition that freshened up some old tropes, but goty? Not for me.
webeblazing  +   276d ago
Y you think indies shouldn't get goty if big budgets ain't stepping up you shouldn't give them a medal because of it. People are so stuck on these so call triple A titles and get made that they play like the next game. Its a shame indie devas bring more to the table and people praise big devs n pub when they use they idea and win goty. Gaming is going down the hole
thanks new age gamers
Sethry101  +   276d ago

My friend even if you don't speak English, please refrain from butchering the language. Thank you!
joab777  +   276d ago
You missed my point. I DO think that TLoU, GTA 5 and Bioshock deserve goty mentions/awards and I feel that they r pushing in the right direction for triple A. Its just my opinion but I feel like they would deserve goty over gone home for example, if only b/c big budgets need to see what it takes to b successful.
H0RSE  +   275d ago
It's kind of like the difference between choosing your favorite of something, and choosing what you think is the best. An example I use are albums.

My favorite Metallica album "And Justice For All." I like the sound (which is a bit more proggy) and it features my favorite song. However, I think their best album is "Master of Puppets." Virtually every song on the album was a hit, and is regarded as one of the most influential thrash albums of all time.
miyamoto  +   276d ago
The sad reality of these corporate Top Tens is, like reviews, they are made to make money for their websites.
That is as 'objective journalism' these top tens can get.
Its all there to make money.

People need to know how to read between the lines, watch actual game play footage, consult your friends, review track records of the developer involved, etc.
creatchee  +   276d ago

Totally agree with you. 2013 was a marquee year for great titles, both exclusive and multiplatform. TLOU was one of my favorite games of the generation, but with so many other quality releases, I can't yell at someone who picked something else.
-Foxtrot  +   276d ago
I wouldn't really say Gamespots GOTY was the problem...I think the VGX one was in my opinion. The whole thing just seemed off with me especially when Rockstar was doing the live music show which they also won Best Soundtrack for (yeah taking songs off other artists now gets you GOTY instead of an actual score) and they were the only studio there to collect the awards in person.

As for Gamespot it's their opinion at the end of the day but out of all the games out this year I don't think Zelda touches some of them, and I said some. If it was a empty year for games and the only big games were things like Battlefield, Arkham Origins, Assassins Creed 4, COD Ghosts etc then obviously then Zelda would be the shining star of the crowd.
MONKEYDLUFFY  +   276d ago
My biggest problem with vgx was the voice acting reward going to steve ogg and trevor. I mean he did a good job as the character but all he did was yell all his lines. Despite disliking TLOU it's obvious baker did a much superior job as joel

Also @ your second paragraph. Stop being butthurt and stop acting like Zelda could only possibly win due to lack of competition
-Foxtrot  +   276d ago
How is that being butthurt...jesus, if you don't share an opinion to someone else your either butthurt, trolling or a fanboy. Why is that the only come back on this site.

I'm just saying when theres a ton of games like The Last of Us, GTA V, Bioshock Infinite, Tomb Raider etc that Zelda would be probably be the "least" likely to be your top choice unless you were a Zelda/Nintendo fanatic. I mean I'm NOT saying handheld games can't win GOTY, remember that BUT I'd rather see it go to a console game which deserved it. Handheld games can only do so much compared to console games which is why I'm saying if it didn't have much competition with AAA games then it would be a clear and obvious choice. Don't take that the wrong way which you'll most likely do since you don't like the Last of Us

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BX81  +   276d ago
I agree bro. Sometimes people forget that their opinion isn't fact!
CrossingEden  +   276d ago
The composer of AC3 did the music for the VGAs last year and AC3 didn't win game of the year or any award for that matter. -_- So your conspiracy logic is null and void.
-Foxtrot  +   276d ago
LOL...my logic is null and void

AC3 wasn't even NOMINATED for best Soundtrack

"Best Original Score

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2
Halo 4
Max Payne 3"

Next time think before you comment
HighResHero  +   276d ago
A friend of mine told me there were 3 people from polygon on the board. Not sure if there is any legitimacy or a connection but I wouldn't be surprised if there was.
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-Foxtrot  +   276d ago
Then I guess the Last of Us was doomed from the start. Least NaughtyDog won best Studio but I don't understand how a developer can win best studio but not best game.

Polygon came out of nowhere aswell...how the hell did they get on the VGA council so fast. I thought you would have to be established for years before you get a place on there. I mean one person fair enough...BUT THREE especialy after that horrible 7.5 review which made no sense "Oh it has horrible weapon sway" despite it being a feature you have to upgrade yourself in the game
Loadedklip  +   276d ago
My guess .. u didnt play Zelda.
Chaostar  +   276d ago
Having an opinion that differs is fine and even expressing that opinion in opposition of another is also fine. However, being a jerk about it doesn't help your cause.

Always remember Wheatons law :)
MONKEYDLUFFY  +   276d ago
Nice write up. I agree completely.
_QQ_  +   276d ago
Great article, people need to chill out, just because a game doesn't have story doesn't mean its any less impressive than a high budget game with the best mocap and the best presentation.
Thats why DOTA2 is my GOTY, i value its high replay value, Deep combat/gameplay, high skill cap, charming characters, challenge, and How great it is to play with friends over Mocap/voice acting, great Story and high budget. at least in this case...but some people just can't accept that. I respect every great game that comes out and people's choice of GOTY.
Belking  +   276d ago
There are many GOTY awards presentations done. not just vgx. I do think GTAV deserved it though. Rockstar games is simply a monster publisher and developer. The other nominees were good but they didn't stand a chance against GTAV. first they did it with GTAIV, then Red Dead Redemption, and now again with GTAV. Rockstar games are just flat out good.

"There are plenty of Indy games this year that are just as good as the big AAAs, but they don't get any recognition."

So not true. The walking dead won last and it was a small budget game.
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Xof  +   276d ago
Part of me thinks game awards should be segregated by budget. There are plenty of Indy games this year that are just as good as the big AAAs, but they don't get any recognition. Games like Don't Starve and Guacamelee just can't compete with the massive media coverage given to GTAs and Assassin Creeds.
OrangePowerz  +   276d ago
GTA 4 is my least favourite GTA game. RDR and GTA 5 are very good games, but then again GTA 5 is more of the same (not a bad thing with GTA) and the mess that was GTA online for the first few weeks turned off completely of the multiplayer part.
jimmywolf  +   276d ago
well good or bad, it make me happy people are still talking about TLOU. it a game worth hearing about, hopefully for the next 10 years, when people mention classic games worth your time.
Xof  +   276d ago
I don't know of TLOU is "classic" material.
Don't get me wrong, it was a great game... but it's too much a product of "its generation," if you know what I mean. It won't have the same resonance in 10 years that it did this year, let alone two years.
Joseph225  +   276d ago
I agree to an extent. In the future, sure, the gameplay may feel old. But I think it's a game that still will be remembered for taking the storytelling in games to a whole new level.
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Xof  +   276d ago
@Joseph225: I was referring more to how TLOU really doesn't do anything "new." It's basically a refinement of all the best/biggest/most popular gaming tropes of its generation--zombies, cover-based shooting, cinematic games, a little girl helper character, etc., etc.

When zombies aren't as popular and when cover-based shooting games aren't so ubiquitous and cinematic games no longer the benchmark of quality, will TLOU still have the same impact on gamers? I don't think so. The big draw of TLOU isn't that it does something new, but that it doesn't. It's the game where you can see all of the things you've seen a thousand times before, executed more perfectly than you'd have ever thought possible.
EliteGameKnight  +   276d ago
If it's a good game shouldn't that be enough? GOTY is neat 'n all, but at the end of the day it isn't what makes a game great. If you enjoyed it then it served its purpose, and that's what a game should do.

The new Legend of Zelda game did the same for the guys at GameStop: they had fun with the game, so they wanted to express their enjoyment of it in a really nice way: by giving it GOTY. The same has been done for The Last of Us by many other websites. Its all a matter of preference.

Either way, they're both great games and that's all that matters.
wonderfulmonkeyman  +   276d ago
It's nice to see so much civil discussion for once.
The people in the comments section of that youtube video could learn a few things from some of you.
OrangePowerz  +   276d ago
Maybe there should be a category for New IP of the year. Zelda is good and so is GTA5 and TLoU, but the first 2 have been build on existing IPs.
first1NFANTRY  +   276d ago
I never understood why people put so much stock into reviews. They're just an opinion from some 35+ year old who reviews games for a living. We all have a mind for a reason. Form your own judgment and enjoy the games for what they are.
Hicken  +   276d ago
Well, reviews are supposed to give us the ability to make informed decisions about what we want to buy.

SUPPOSED to be. Somewhere down the line, video game reviews stopped informing people so they could make their own decisions, and started telling people what to think. Then, inexplicably, (some) developers' jobs became tied to how well they did when it came to reviews.

Now it's ALL opinion, with just a smattering of the objectivity that should be there. Now it's all about the reviewer, and hardly about the game. It's really just excusing that behavior to say "It's just an opinion," because it's NOT supposed to be that.
ilovefatgirls  +   276d ago
fanboyism is out of control imo

i could say now that gta 5 looks nice but lets face it gta was boring and repetitive 10 years ago the it doesnt the deserve the praise it gets

and watch me get banned..

would just like everyone to remember that just because you like something doesnt mean everyone else does
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SolidGear3  +   276d ago
The Last of Us, Beyond: Two Souls and BioShock: Infinite are tops for me this year
Geobros  +   276d ago
I don't understand why Zelda ALBW couldn't be the GOTY? It was a wonderful surprise by gamespot...
Loadedklip  +   276d ago
Because of haters.
Max-Zorin  +   276d ago
People still mad about this GOTY nonsense? Y'all starting to act like Nvidia right now. Just bitter.
mhunterjr  +   276d ago
The problem is fanboys...simple as that. No doubt, TLoU was a strong contender for game of the year. I'm sure it got plenty of votes, and to many people, it was the best game of 2013. But that doesn't mean everyone has too feel that way.

The backlash that some reviewers got probably came from people who are bitter because their favorite want chosen. These folks probably never even touched some of the other contenders.
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Chrisgamerguy  +   276d ago
everyone hs their own opinion on what the best game of the year was. I don't believe that the lst of us should be goty. in my opinion I would say dead rising 3 because I have had more fun playing it than any other game this year and have been so immersed but not a single major review site like gamespot or ign would name that goty... so yeah all of us have different opinions. naughty dog was not robbed
Underworld  +   275d ago
The Last of Us is easily my GOTY. And probably my game of the gen. I absolutely loved it.

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