Ep. 42: Our Favorite Games of 2021


We were so excited to record our first ever Games of the Year episode, and the whole gang’s here! As fans of gaming podcasts new and old, we’ve always dreamed of the day we, too, could immortalize our own tributes to the games we’ve loved in a given year. We briefly discuss The Game Awards and report who among us had the most accurate predictions, we touch on the recent layoffs by an Activision/Blizzard studio, talk about Sony’s rumored Xbox Game Pass-like subscription service, chat about Halo and other things we’ve been playing, and then we get into it – our favorite games of 2021. There was not nearly as much crossover as we’d expected! We’ve all been playing Halo Infinite, but will it land on anyone’s list? What about the remasters and re-releases of the year, like Final Fantasy VII: Remake Intergrade and Mass Effect Legendary Edition? Did we go with the big blockbusters or remember the little indies? No spoilers here but take a listen and let us know YOUR top games of 2021! We also give out some very exclusive and prestigious awards, such as Hey, Good Lookin’ (Best Visuals/Graphics), Regretfully Backlogged, Most Annoying Enemy, Best Game Hunk and Babe, and more!

Contact us: prettypixelspodcast@gmail.com

We’re on Twitter: @Losperman (Joey) and @bigbadron (Ron) and @RandomMox (Tab)

00:01:45: Raven Software, an Activision/Blizzard studio that works on CoD, lays off QA workers (WaPo, Polygon)

00:04:40: Sony’s reported Game Pass-tyle service may be here by spring 2022 (Bloomberg)

00:08:44: Masayuki Uemura, lead architect of the NES and SNES, dies at 78

00:10:21: You can’t report abusive/toxic players in Halo Infinite’s multiplayer (and other Halo Infinite discussion)

00:22:43: Joey is almost done with Jurassic World Evolution 2 and breezed through Sakura Succubus 3

00:23:27: Paul finished up Far Cry 6 and dived right into Demon’s Souls

00:26:05: Tab’s been mowing lawns and avoiding walls in Lawnmower Simulator

00:27:31: Ron’s been grinding away at GTA: Vice City

00:29:18: The gang unloads on the ridiculousness that is The Game Awards, actively lamenting the lack of respect for the “Awards” part of that title, which seems like it should be important, in favor of cramming as many paid advertisements, trailers, and nods as possible (oh, and we reveal which of us won our predictions episode!)

00:38:47: Our 2021 Games of the Year! We each go through our top five favorite games and then quickly shout out a few bonus games

01:32:58: Joey: I said “Talia” twice, like an absolute monster. I know your name, Tali, my love. Please forgive me ☹

01:59:15: Specific game “awards” (Late to the Party/Oldies but Goodies, Hey, Good Lookin’, Best Music/Soundtrack, Best Game Hunk, Best Game Babe, Most Annoying Enemy, Best Dressed, and Regretfully Backlogged)

Theme song by lovers.tiff: loverstiff.bandcamp.com

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