What we’re playing: Best Games of the Last 10 Years Edition

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This edition of ‘What We’re Playing’ comes a little late, as I posed a trickier question: name your favorite games of the decade, while keeping the list to five games. Not an easy feat (Nick tried and claimed it was too challenging), but the majority of folks were able to whittle it down to exactly five games.

Aside from getting some pretty great lists, there was also some debate on how what constitutes a decade. Like other sites, my definition of the decade was 2000-2009. For others, it appears the decade is 2001-2010 or even 2000-2010. To make everyone happy, we’ll just call this list our Favorite Games of the Last 10 Years (2000-2009).

With folks working on games like Morrowind, DOOM 3, Oblivion, and Fallout 3, it’s no surprise that these games came up on several lists — but in the end, Half-Life 2 and Shadow of the Colossus were the most popular picks. Other favorites included World of Warcraft, Rock Band, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, and the Grand Theft Auto games.

Read the full list below, and then let us know your favorites. And let us know what decade we’re in.

Ryan Ashford: You do know that 2010 is still part of the current decade right (2001-2010)? Anyway, here’s my submission (not counting 2000 releases): Team Fortress 2 (with Half-Life 2 trailing close behind), Demon’s Souls, Shadow Of The Colossus, Katamari Damacy, and Morrowind.

Jennifer Noland: Okami, Bioshock, World of Goo, Shadow of the Colossus, and The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition

Sam Bernstein: Listed by release date; Halo, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, Dead Space, and Fallout 3.

Brent Krische: Some of these games are obvious choices, others not so much, but I feel that all of them have become synonymous with their respective platform. flower (PS3), Gears of War (Xbox 360), Jet Set Radio Future/Phantom Dust (Xbox), Kingdom Hearts (PS2), and Conker’s Bad Fur Day (N64). And on the subject of platforms, the original Xbox console is my choice for platform of the decade (2000 – 2010).

Andrew Chang: Jet Set Radio, World of Warcraft, Katamari Damacy, Guitar Hero, and Metal Gear Solid 4.

Pete Hines: In no particular order, and I’m doing seven since two are Bethesda titles: World of Warcraft, Oblivion, Uncharted 2, Fallout 3, Half-Life 2, Company of Heroes, Modern Warfare 1/2 (1 for single, 2 for multiplayer).

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What we’re playing: Romantic Gaming Getaway edition

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Valentine’s Day is this weekend, and nothing’s more romantic than having your significant other watching you play video games. For the husbands, wives, girlfriends, and boyfriends out there…sorry. Sorry that most of us having been wrapped up in the character relationships in Mass Effect 2, Star Trek Online, and Bioshock 2. Maybe we can play a co-op game together?

Here’s what we’ll be playing if we don’t get in trouble with our better halves…

Daryl Brigner: Mass Effect 2 (PC), Crysis Warhead, S.T.A.L.K.E.R: Call of Pripyat, and Dragon Age: Origins (PC). Then again it is Valentine’s Weekend, so scratch all that.

Jason Bergman: Mass Effect 2 and Rock Band 2.

Pete Hines: Modern Warfare 2, Bioshock 2, Mass Effect 2, Uncharted 2, and Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo.

Joe Owens: Mass Effect 2.

Peter Sokal: Hope to finish up my Mass Effect 2 Paragon run, then Ratchet & Clank: Tools of Destruction and Darksiders.

Gary Noonan: Divinity 2.

Emil Pagliarulo: Star Trek Online, Bioshock 2, and Mass Effect 2.

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What we’re playing: Preparing for the Snowpocalypse edition

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With the Capital Wasteland under a storm watch, Team Bethblog has already headed for the Vaults. Things are looking to get pretty ugly — speculation of 30 inches of snow, long lines for milk and bread, and yes, even the chance of giant cats attacking the Brotherhood of Steel.

There is good news — folks in our Maryland offices can take comfort in knowing they’ll have a couch, TV, and videogames at home. As you’ll see, for many, it’s a chance to really dig into great new games like Star Trek Online and Mass Effect 2.

Here’s the games we’re playing. Have a great weekend.

Michael Lattanzia, QA: Lots of gaming this weekend since we’ll be snowed in… White Knight Chronicles, Entropia Universe, Borderlands, and painting some Malifaux miniatures. Oh, and maybe some Battlefield Bad Company 2 (PC) beta!

Brent Krische: Mass Effect 2, Mass Effect 2, and oh yeah, more Mass Effect 2.

Devin Winters: Mass Effect.

Michael Musick: Finishing up Mass Effect 2 over the weekend and replaying the original Bioshock before picking up the sequel and Dante’s Inferno next week.

Adam Adamowicz: Fallout 3…still fun.

Megan Sawyer: Star Trek Online, and various iPhone games (Bejeweled, Wheel of Fortune, Game of Life, Solitaire, etc).

Nate Ellis: Star Trek Online, Saboteur, and Sins of a Solar Empire.

Todd Vaughn: I’ll be finishing Twilight Princess with my daughter and getting in some quality time with Assassin’s Creed 2 and Borderlands.

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What we’re playing: Playing Basketball like Kurtis Blow

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So because nearly everyone in the ZeniMax family is playing Mass Effect or Mass Effect 2, and I already mentioned it this week, I thought I’d share a little game Nick introduced me to last week that I’ve become obsessed with. It’s called Basketball, and it’s available to play for here…for free!

Now I’m already a basketball fan — my cat’s name is Chauncey Billups and I tried to name another Tayshauna Princess — but I’m pretty sure anyone out there will enjoy this game. The point-and-click shooting method offers quite the challenge, but it’s quite rewarding when you get good — especially since you can compete against hundreds of other players every three minutes. As I was writing this, I decided to play around and was giddy about making my first 10 shots in a row. Thanks Nick…I’m obsessed.

When you need a break from Mass Effect or whatever you’re playing, give it a shot.  And now, the rest of the games we’re playing…

Nate Purkeypile: Mass Effect 2. I have Space Fever.

Megan Sawyer: Star Trek Online and Mass Effect 2.

Jay Woodward: Mass Effect 2.

Amber Hinden: Mass Effect 2, Bayonetta, Dragon Age, and Darksiders.

Steve Perkins: Borderlands, Torchlight, Machinarium, Ponzi Inc. (Facebook), Battleship (iPhone), and The Horrible Vikings (iPhone).

Josh Mosby: Online Games: Basketball — with a high rank of 135!

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Playoffs!?!?

While the Saints and Colts are set to square off in Super Bowl XLIV, things are very different in the Bethesda Game Studios online league for Madden 10. For starters, of the 12 teams that made the real NFL Playoffs, only four of those teams made it in our league — Dan Teitel’s Ravens, Ash’s Cardinals, one of our friends made it with the Eagles, and a CPU-controlled Patriots squad made it too. Yeah, apparently the Pats can make the playoffs without an owner.

And without Tom Brady. In our league, some unusual suspects made the playoffs — including the Lions (that’s me), the Panthers (Pete), and the Cleveland Browns (Todd). Of course, a lot of that can be attributed to the fact that we did a live draft back in August, thus every team was built from the ground up. Brady plays for the Lions, Adrian Peterson is on the Cardinals, and the Redskins have Drew Brees (no surprise, the Skins still couldn’t win). Overall the human-owned teams are pretty balanced, though Pete was definitely not happy about his auto draft during PAX week.

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What we’re playing: Mass Effect 2 Countdown Edition

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Welcome back to another edition of What We’re Playing. This time around the most noticeable trend I saw is that plenty of folks are eagerly anticipating Mass Effect 2 (surprise!), which will be released a few hours from now. For many, this also means getting through the first game — either for the first time, perhaps for some, the fourth time.

In addition to Mass Effect, here’s the other games people are playing…

Ryan Sheppard Jenkins: Mass Effect 1 in anticipation of Mass Effect 2.

Aaron Mitschelen, QA: Mass Effect. Gotta finish that second play through before ME2 on Tuesday! (Maybe Prinny: Can I Really be the Hero? if I get off the couch for some reason.)

Peter Sokal: Uncharted 2 and Darksiders, attempting to beat both before Mass Effect 2 comes out and consumes me.

Justin Schram: Bayonetta this weekend and anticipating Mass Effect 2 on Tuesday!

Michael Musick: Finishing up Darksiders, replaying the original Mass Effect before picking up the sequel, and my new favorite casual game – Critter Crunch.

Ashley Cheng: Borderlands, Madden 10, Poker and Swords, and waiting for Mass Effect 2!!!!!

Ricardo Gonzalez, Programmer…Innnnn Spaaaaace: Lots of Mass Effect, in preparation for even more Mass Effect 2 next week. Squee!

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What we’re playing: Best Games of 2009

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Today we conclude our look back at our favorites of 2009 with a look at what we’re all most interested in — GAMES! 2009 had a number of standout titles, and amongst our favorites were titles you’d expect to see: Uncharted 2, Batman: Arkham Asylum, and Modern Warfare 2. That said, if you look through our list, you’ll find plenty some lesser known titles as well (if you have an iPhone and like puzzle games, definitely download Drop7).

To see what games other folks are plugging, read the list below. Feel free to comment to share your favorites as well.

Joel Burgess: So many good games last year – I played a lot of Demon’s Souls, Risen, Dragon Age, Red Faction: Guerilla, GTA: Chinatown Wars, Left 4 Dead 2, Assassin’s Creed 2, Arkham, Uncharted 2, and will be in the Borderlands this weekend.

Jeff Senita: This year I really enjoyed playing Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Batman Arkham Asylum, & Left 4 Dead (that one’s technically last year, but it’s what I played a lot of J).

Sean Palomino: Batman: Arkham Asylum, Brutal Legend, Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2, Fallout 3 GOTY, Marvel Vs. Capcom 2 (now with online MP), and Street Fighter IV.

Jason Bergman: New games I played the most: Torchlight, Uncharted 2, Plants vs. Zombies, Batman: Arkham Asylum, The Beatles: Rock Band, Lux DLX (iPhone), and Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time. Almost 15 year old game I played the most this year: Heroes of Might & Magic 1.

Pete Hines: In no order: Uncharted, Uncharted 2, Modern Warfare 2, Batman: Arkham Asylum, and the new Professor Layton (still need to play Borderlands, Assassin’s Creed II, Left 4 Dead 2 to see where they stack up for ’09 releases).

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What we’re playing

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With Thanksgiving next week, folks at the office are going to have some extra time to catch up on games. Me, I’ll be doing the same as every year, playing Wii games with my parents (Hi Mom!). Hopefully, I’ll be able to spark some interest in New Super Mario Bros. Wii — since I’m already playing through it.

Let us know what games you’re playing, and if you have a fond memory of playing games of Thanksgiving with family, feel free to share it.

Brent Krische: Console DOOM mod for DOOM II, Dead Space: Extraction, Time Killers, and one of the following three: New Super Mario Bros. Wii, Little Big Planet (PS3), or Super Mario Galaxy. You decide.

Daryl Brigner: New Super Mario Bros. Wii, Dragon Age (PC), and Assassin’s Creed 2 (360). I have a feeling AC2 will take over though.

Shane Liesegang: Assassin’s Creed II. If I can tear myself away from it, maybe some Dragon Age.

Dane Olds, Artist: Demon’s Souls (just started my new game), Modern Warfare 2 multiplayer, New Super Mario Bros. Wii, Torchlight, and Ravensword.

Orin Tresnjak: An embarrassment of riches. Forza 3, Assassin’s Creed 2, Gyromancer, LittleBigPlanet PSP, New Super Mario Bros. Wii, and surely others I’m forgetting. I may be able to pencil in a nap for some time in January…

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What we’re playing

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This week it’s pretty predictable — you’ll notice that many of us (myself included) are making their way through Modern Warfare 2′s storyline, as well as playing its robust multiplayer modes. Honestly, I can’t remember the last time I saw so many people online playing one game.

It’s not the only game we’re playing — you’ll see that titles like Dragon Age Origins, Borderlands, and Torchlight are also consuming our free time.

Let us know what you’re playing…have a great weekend!

Tim Lamb: Modern Warfare 2.

Dane Olds, Artist: Modern Warfare 2, Demon’s Souls,  and Torchlight.

Mark Teare: Modern Warfare 2, Modern Warfare 2, Modern Warfare 2, and convincing my wife to let me play more Modern Warfare 2.

Jay Woodward: Halo 3: ODST, Brutal Legend, Grand Theft Auto: The Ballad of Gay Tony, Dominion: Seaside & other board games.

Jeff Gardiner: Dragon Age and Modern Warfare 2.

Sean Palomino: Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 (you must play this game), Forza 3, Halo Waypoint, and Rock Band 2.

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What we’re playing

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Just as Bioware has guys admitting to being fans of our games, we’ve got plenty of folks here that giddy when a new Bioware game is released. This was definitely the case this past week with the release of Dragon Age Origins.  As I write this on a Sunday night, I see at least six developers playing it on Xbox LIVE (with probably more playing on PC and PS3).

Outside of Dragon Age, it seems that Borderlands, Brutal Legend, and Torchlight are among the most popular games currently being played by our team.

Below is the list for this week. Let us know what you’re playing.

Ashley Cheng: Dragon Age, Madden 10, and Bookworm on iPhone.

Jon Paul Duvall: Borderlands and Dragon Age.

Tony “MMO money MMO problems” Greco: Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box, and a great game called twiddling my thumbs while I wait for MW2 to come out.

Gary Powell: Dragon Age Origins, Borderlands, and Demon’s Souls.

Orin Tresnjak: Finally getting around to Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare before the sequel comes out. Also, Mirror’s Edge on PC to check out the improved visuals.

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