The discussion comes up every year among us gamer folks - what is the best game of the year? We throw out words like "replayability", "wow factor" and "just plain fun", as well as pull out all the stops in displaying our platform fanboyism or PC elitism. In addition to arguing about which game deserves the mantle of the 2013 Game of the Year on the forums, this year The Escapist will let you vote for your favorite games in head-to-head competition in our Reader's Choice Game of the Year Bracket.
Starting on November 27th, you can fill out your own bracket guessing which games you think will win their head-to-head match ups and make it to the last round. If you accurately predict what the community picks throughout the whole bracket, we'll give you a year of The Escapist Publisher's Club for ad-free viewing of the website and high quality video streams on iOS devices.
Actually, screw it, we're giving away 10 Pub Club subscriptions to the users with the most accurate brackets. And that's open to most countries such as the U.K., Canada, Australia and New Zealand, not restricted just to the U.S. Check out the full legal rules here.
16 of the best games of the year will go head-to-head in five rounds of competition. The first round will begin voting on December 4th, and each week you'll get a chance to vote for more games before we whittle the competition down to just two games on Christmas Day before the winner is chosen on January 1st, 2014. Click here to start filling out your bracket now and see the 16 nominees!
For those of you unfamiliar with bracket tournaments, game titles will be matched up against one another for one week of voting. Feel free to use your social pull on Twitter or Facebook to get votes for your favorite game and make sure it advances to the next round. Whichever game gets the most votes from the community will be declared the winner of that round, and then will be matched up against the winner of another head-to-head matchup. With 16 games, there will only be four rounds before The Escapist Reader's Choice Game of the Year 2013 will be declared.