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Game of the year, all years

Sometimes used seriously and sometimes used jokingly, it is used to refer to a game that nearly every gamer has heard of, played and loved. This game is one often credited for raising the bar in a particular genre, such as how Goldeneye popularized zoom on rifles in FPS games and had absolutely amazing multiplayer, or how Starcraft introduced three vastly different races to combat against each other instead of traditional RTS using fairly similar races with a few different units. Other frequent GOTYAY nominations are Deus Ex, System Shock 2, Doom, and many others.
Dude 1: Man, I would call SC2 GOTY 2010

Dude 2: More like SC1

Dude 1: Didn't that come out in the 90s?

Dude 2: SC1 was GOTYAY
by AyahuascaTheSage December 20, 2010