Some of you might think we’re being needlessly harsh by including Braid on this list. After all, it’s just a cheap little PSN download by a tiny independent developer — surely it deserves a (love) bone or two?
While we appreciate the Herculean effort it took to get Braid made (developer Jonathan Blow reportedly sunk his lifesavings into the project), we feel that some critics went a little overboard in their gushing praise. We think the universal acclaim Braid received says more about games journalists than the actual game itself: namely, that they mostly comprise of pompous Gen-X nerds who never got over 16-bit consoles. With the exception of Mario, 2D platformers are dead guys. Let it go.