I'm glad to see these games are getting some love. FEZ is not my personal GOTY, but would choose it instead of these overhyped AAA retail games this year
btw The real winner for me was Spelunky. Tons of fun. ^^
There is not a single retail game I can think of that screams GOTY for 2012. whether they're games I've played or games I've just read about, nothing has that buzz GOTY contenders usually have.
When it comes to digital downloads, there is plenty of buzz. Mark of the Ninja, Minecraft's XBLA release, Spelunky, Dust, and even Fez have generated the most hype by simply being good games instead of through heavy marketing campaigns.
I just played through a good portion of Max Payne 3 recently and it was a chore. It looks great, sounds great, but the shooting is just dull and repetitive. The game desperately wants to be a movie, but I'm just not interested in this. Digital Downloads should be put on the same level as retail releases to highlight the importance of gameplay in our games.