All-Star GOTY Spectacular

What was your favorite game of 2015? We asked 22 of the smartest people we know–designers, critics, academics, political journalists, an actor, a playwright–and got 18 different answers.

Starring, in order of appearance: Ken Levine, Tina Amini, Michael Abbott, Stephen Totilo, Lucy Prebble, Meg Jayanth, Simon Parkin, Helen Lewis, Peter Suderman, Bob Whitaker, Ashly Burch, Carolyn Petit, Anita Sarkeesian, Michael W. Clune, Austin Walker, Tracy Fullerton, Evan Narcisse, Laura Miller, Olivier Knox, Laura Hudson, Brenda Romero, and Jenn Frank.

IN ORDER OF APPEARANCE, THE 2015 ‘SHALL WE PLAY A GAME?’ VIDEO GAMES OF THE YEAR:

Even More ‘Fallout 4’ & ‘Cibele’

Peter Suderman–a senior editor for Reason magazine, a cultural critic for Vox, and a Bethesda superfan–talks about his first 40 hours in the Commonwealth. Are the crafting menus and inventory systems in “Fallout 4” obtuse, or a subtle nudge to promote player creativity? JJ divulges why he has built a bureau to house weapons in the middle of a Sanctuary street.

Then, Chris and JJ review “Cibele,” Nina Freeman’s autobiographical vignette about sex and virtual worlds. They (politely?) disagree.