One true fact about gamers is our obsession with rankings, so expounding on Game of the year rankings excavates some of the greatest diatribe, only rivaling presidential debate chatter on twitter. Current generation consoles are approaching their 8th year and slumping sales are indicative of customers clamoring for something new and fresh. This extended cycle is also affecting development, and some sequels are in their fourth and fifth iteration. (insert call of duty joke here.) There is added pressure to not look at the sequels when picking a game that has left the biggest impression this year. Outlets will praise the Walking Dead for it’s engaging story, and how it changes our perception of point & click games. Others will point at Mark of the Ninja, for taking an older 2-d game conventions and redefining the Stealth Action genre, one that needed a fresh start. But my contender is Madden 13. A game won’t be on many game-of-the year lists.