You may have noticed that, in addition to a love of food, we are also pretty darn fond of games. Here are some of our favorites – ones we personally experienced in 2014 (not necessarily released then). 

Adam:

A lot of shit happened in games last year. Leave a comment if you don’t know about this, but you likely don’t want to find out.

I’m sure I played a bunch of cool stuff, lots of little Twine games but I really didn’t keep track last year (I’m looking to improve things this year so I’m keeping a list of the games I’ve played).

I also spent way more time watching people play games than playing them myself, I don’t regret it, it is sometimes a much more enjoyable and educational way to experience games.

I could randomly pick a few things I remember playing and liking, but let’s go hard here and pick just one game.

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Dragon: Age: Inquisition: 117 hours to complete my first play-through and not a minute too long. I need to put up a gallery of the 1,800+ screenshots I took while playing. Like Brie mentions below, I have plans for at least 2 more play-throughs, though I probably won’t spent as much time on them (mostly because only some of the game will change the next time I play).

I said I wasn’t going to list a bunch of games, but I’ve changed my mind, these will go without commentary, but maybe pick one and try it out?

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Technoccolut: Covenant / Marginalia / CHYRZA / Kindness Coins (seriously, these are all great, check ’em out!)

Brie:

A lot of great games came out last year; I played a few (watched people play a lot more), but I also played some older games that I hadn’t seen before. My best of 2014 is a mix of those.

I’m not going to rank them, because I wouldn’t be able to decide, so in no significant order:

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Goat Simulator was so much fun and a gift that just kept on giving. It was a blast to play as a group and a lot of fun to kill time with on my own. A surprise of a game, and totally worth it.

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The game I was most excited about coming out this year was Dragon Age: Inquisition. Even though I haven’t finished the last story-line quest (I’m busy with school and am trying to complete all the side-quests first) I’ve got a TON of hours invested. I’m also already planning my next play through.

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Another game I got really excited about as soon as I knew it existed is Lifeless Planet. The ambiance of it was so enjoyable and perfect to play in a dark room. Space is totally my jam, and the whole astronaut on a deserted planet thing was perfect.

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My final game of 2014 though is The Longest Journey, which is a surprise considering the game was originally released in 1999. Adam and I are currently working on a play through and it’s just been so much fun. Even though the graphics are clearly dated, the writing and voice acting has been fantastic.

Cat:

As Adam mentioned, things were rough in games last year (which is an understatement). This … situation … definitely influenced my playing habits. Life habits, if I’m honest. You’ll notice that in my picks, most likely.

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Quing’s Quest. The immensely talented Squinky created this simple, silly, and delightful text-based game that gave me immense emotional relief during a time that I really needed it. They have made other, lovely games – so if you’re into games that feel fully human and personal, give ’em a go. (More on Quing’s Quest in Squinky’s own words HERE.)

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Never Alone (Kisima Ingitchuna). Beautiful art, touching story, and the incredible influence of the Iñupiat people (Alaska Native), their culture, and folklore.  It’s a puzzle platformer, and it’s well-worth playing all the way through to the end (a three-or-so hour endeavor).

I also took great delight in both Goat Simulator and Dragon Age (mentioned above by Adam & Brie).

That’s all, folks. What did you play and love last year? Looking forward to anything in particular in 2015?

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Cat loves to eat tasty homemade things, yet isn’t terribly fond of the process of making them. She prefers recipes that take shortcuts when possible – without compromising flavor. Her dog, Cheeto, likes stealing her creations from the dining room table.

She lives in the Bay Area and cites her diverse background as her biggest influence: her visual artist mom is half-Chinese, half-Greek, and from Hawai’i; her film-loving, world-music curating dad is from Montana; and she lived in both California and Montana while growing up. She loves at least a little bit about virtually everything (Pokémon Snap included) and aims to be a Jane of all trades. By day Cat is a multiple-hat-wearing media person.

She is also allergic to felines.
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