Cheap and Dirty Gamer: Of The Year 2012 Edition

Just super impose your game's name and it's award for a very special tropy to show your friends! Want it to be extra special? Put it on a mug or t-shirt!

Just super impose your game’s name and its award for a very special trophy to show your friends! Want it to be extra special? Put it on a mug or t-shirt!

It’s hard to believe that about a year and a half  ago, Cheap and Dirty Gamer was actually a series about video game deals from across the web called Horribly Awesome Deals of The Weak. Seeing that everyone and their uncle did weekly video game deal write ups, I decided to focus on a single cheap and/or free game each week. 45 articles later, Cheap and Dirty Gamer is still going strong. Unfortunately, this was a bit disappointing as I’d hoped to dramatically change the focus of this series to instead feature games that were obnoxiously expensive in hopes of getting my own show on MTV. Papa Bear has to eat, and he craves surf and turf classic (steak and lobster as opposed to hamburgers and shrimp).

So what does one do when tasked with wrapping up a year full of cheap and dirty things? Does he sing a song, make a cute video or simply direct his audience towards yet another game? None of the above as my classy as hell editor-in-chief provided me with an alphabetical list of all the games featured in Cheap and Dirty this year. Additionally, I’ve been traveling internationally and thus my time is limited.

All of these games were enjoyable for a variety of different reasons, but since my last few weeks have revolved around making lists, presenting those lists and then arguing about why one list is better than another seemed a bit boring. I’ve decided to avoid creating yet another numerically sequential grouping of items and instead give EVERY game that was featured this year  an award. This may seem lazy, but I have a special place in my heart for all of these titles (even the ones that kind of sucked) and picking a few to represent the best of the best seems wrong.

Cheap and Dirty Gamer Season 1 Awards

A.R.C.S. – Best Tower Defense With An Acronym For A Title

Abobo’s Big Adventure – Best Game Featuring A Double Dragon Thug

AirMech – Best Game Featuring Transforming Planes

All Zombies Must Die! – Most Direct Game

bit Dungeon – Best Game About Waking Up after A Really Long Nap

Bundle in a Box: Adventure Bundle – Best Action Pack

Corril Slayer – Best Use Of Midnight Syndicates Music

Deep Sleep – Best Game That Shouldn’t Have Scared Me But Did

Dungeon Village – Best Game That I Spent Too Much Time Playing

Effing Worms – Best Game That Made Me Want To Watch Tremors

Elona Shooter – Cutest Tower Defense

Evilgeddon Spooky Max – Best Game To Remind Me That Halloween Isn’t As Awesome in Germany

Game Type – Most Sarcastic SHMUP

Gun Bros – Best Game I Spent Too Much Money On Trying To Beef My Bros Up

Home – Best Game That Screwed With My Head

Hunt of Horror – Simplest Game That Stole The Most Amount of Time From Me and Made Me Miss Netflix

Indestructo Tank – Most Indestructible Tank

Infectonator 2 – Best Zombie Infection Simulator

Knightmare Tower – Best Use Of Wooden Rockets

Makes Monkeys (That Look Like Toast) – Best Game Inolving Monkey Themed Puzzles

Maple Story – Oldest Game I Recently Played

Medieval Shark – Most Insane Game 2012

Monster’s Den Chronicles – Game That Made Me Regret Not Having Any Archer Friends

Monsters TD – Game That Made Me Feel Kind of Bad About Killing Stuff

Mr Bree: Returning Home – The Pig Is Wearing Pants?

New York Shark – Second Most Insane Game 2012

Oniken – Game That Made Me Remember Why I Watched People Play Back In The Day

Outpost: Swarm – Best Use of Guns, Bugs and Friendship

Paladog – Most Magical Dog of The Year 2012

Red Rogue – Best Use Of The Least Amount of Controls Possible

Relic of War – Most Accidental History Lesson

Shank – Best Puncture Wounds

Soulcaster – Best Teamwork by a Wizard

Snuggle Truck – Funniest Alternative Name for a Game That I Came Up With

Steam Rogue – Classiest Robot

Sumotori Dreams – Most Pee In My Pants Caused by Hilarious Physics

Supermagical – Best Busted-a-Moves

Super Villainy – Best Lust Inducing Upgrades

The Basement Collection – Best Cheap and Dirty Game that I Didn’t Write About

The Last Stand: Dead Zone – SimZombie Award

The Several Journeys of Reemus – Best Bear Named Liam

World of Goo – Favorite Type of Goo

Wizorb -The John McClane of Wizards

That’s a really long list isn’t it? I’m pretty impressed with myself to be quite honest. I mean, I’ve played a ton of mainstream releases this year, but looking at this list reminds me of how dedicated to video related gaming I actually am. If there was a trophy for such a category, I’d at least get a participation trinket of some kind. You know what, I think I’ll go ahead and give myself an award too. In fact, go ahead and give yourself one as well, it’s not every day you can tell your friends you were given an annually chosen title.

Cheap and Dirty Gamer – Being cheap used to be an insult, but with the economy in the dumps it’s now a survival skill. Being dirty also used to be an insult, but that changed after Christina Aguilera’s song came out. Not all gamers have the funds to play full priced games, but that doesn’t mean that gaming quality has to suffer. There are good free and cheap games everywhere, games specifically made for the sexy survivors among us.