First of all, thanks for posting this, and thank you to everyone who commented during the Christmas period. It's all been really useful feedback and I do appreciate it. The decision to do something different to the traditional Top 50 was something we agonised over for a long time.
Let me address you bit by bit. First off, I think you've slightly misunderstood the thing you mention about "offending the corporates" - I don't care if Peter Moore, who I mentioned in the blog, agrees with what we write, and I can obviously also put up with a bit of backtalk from people who think are selections are stupid. But I do think it's vitally important that everyone who wants to read EG, whether they work in games or not, can understand what something represents, and that was the trouble we were having with the Top 50 and why in the end we opted to change it.
What I really wanted to do was come up with an alternative that provided the same kind of entertainment and interesting commentary that the Top 50 did at its best, but in such a way that people understood the context easily and were able to enjoy the sentiments and their reflections on the games in question without getting angry or frustrated. That was always the objective of the Top 50, but it never worked out that way. In hindsight, I'm happy with the way our new approach worked out, but think we can do a lot better again this year too and the door is never closed on anything.
One thing I did miss though was, as you say, the banter between writers. We got a bit of it into the Game of the Year post, but it was a little more serious than it usually would have been. However, one of my big things for 2010 is allowing EG's personality and the people who write it to shine through a bit more both on EGTV and in the weekly podcast (which we're launching this month), so hopefully while the Top 50's particular brand of back-and-forth may be lost, you will soon have more ways to experience me pointing out that Kristan's wrong and insane than ever before (he is).
Anyway, thanks again for the feedback and I'm sorry I haven't done more talky Editor's blogs lately - the second half of last year was a bit of a whirlwind.
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