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.