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Game of the Decade: Make Your Nominations

Game of the Decade

Update: There were so many good ideas in the comments that we doubled up! We took TWO of your suggestions in each division and made the People's Choice seeds into "play-in" slots. Pick between the top two candidates for Koopa, Alucard, Chocobo and Bo Jackson.

The Game of the Decade. An enterprise so portentous that it ought to require weeks of careful consideration, agonized self-reflection and serious debate. Instead, we made a bracket, 'cause it's more fun.

The GOTD candidates have been capriciously selected from the best games to hit shelves since Jan. 1, 2000. The Game Trust sifted through thousands of titles to create this bracket, and in the next two weeks or so, we'll narrow down the field of 64 games to one almighty GOTD.

By now, our astute readers are shaking with rage, as they've surely noticed that the bracket contains only 60 games, not the necessary 64. See, we realize that this type of thing inevitably spawns comments along the lines of "I can't believe you left out Game X, the greatest artistic creation in recorded history!" Admit it, you were already scanning the bracket to see what we forgot.

Hey, we're flawed beings. We probably did miss a few of the decade's crowning achievements. So we left one slot open in each "division" of the bracket, and it's your job to fill those empty seeds. Make your nominations in the comments, and the most popular selections will complete the field. The criterion: greatness. Interpret that as you will. (And don't take the divisions too seriously when you're making your nominations. The boundaries are pleasingly fuzzy here.)

The Game Trust will vote on each matchup to get the bracket down to 32, and from there, the readers will make the call. So follow along as make these wonderful games fight each other for our enjoyment. Sixty-four will enter. Only one will be crowned Game of the Decade.

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Koopa Division
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1. Metroid Prime

16. Nintendogs
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<!-- MATCHUP 9 -->
TBD
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<!-- MATCHUP 13 -->
TBD
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<!-- MATCHUP 15 -->
TBD
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8. People's Choice
9. Wario Ware Inc.: Mega Microgame$!
<!-- /MATCHUP 2 -->
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5. Paper Mario
12. Animal Crossing
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<!-- MATCHUP 10 -->
TBD
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<!-- MATCHUP 4 -->
4. Katamari Damacy

13. Jet Grind Radio
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<!-- MATCHUP 5 -->
6. Okami

11. Ico
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<!-- MATCHUP 11 -->
TBD
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<!-- MATCHUP 14 -->
TBD
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<!-- MATCHUP 6 -->
3. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker

14. Psychonauts
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<!-- MATCHUP 7 -->
7. Shadow of the Colossus

10. Pikmin
<!-- /MATCHUP 7 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 12 -->
TBD
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<!-- MATCHUP 8 -->
2. Super Mario Galaxy
15. Boom Blox
<!-- /MATCHUP 8 -->

<!-- /DIVISION 1 -->

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Alucard Division
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1. BioShock
16. Star Wars: The Force Unleashed
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<!-- MATCHUP 9 -->
TBD
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<!-- MATCHUP 13 -->
TBD
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<!-- MATCHUP 15 -->
TBD
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<!-- MATCHUP 2 -->
8. People's Choice
9. Portal

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<!-- MATCHUP 3 -->
5. Grand Theft Auto III
12. Diablo II

<!-- /MATCHUP 3 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 10 -->
TBD
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<!-- MATCHUP 4 -->
4.Resident Evil 4
13. Dead Space
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<!-- MATCHUP 5 -->
6. Fallout 3
11. Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King
<!-- /MATCHUP 5 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 11 -->
TBD
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<!-- MATCHUP 14 -->
TBD
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<!-- MATCHUP 6 -->
3. Half-Life 2
14. Dead Rising
<!-- /MATCHUP 6 -->
<!-- MATCHUP 7 -->
7. Batman: Arkham Asylum
10. Demon's Souls
<!-- /MATCHUP 7 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 12 -->
TBD
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<!-- MATCHUP 8 -->
2. Perfect Dark

15. LEGO Star Wars
<!-- /MATCHUP 8 -->

<!-- /DIVISION 2 -->

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Chocobo Division
<!-- MATCHUP 1 -->
1. Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
16. Bejeweled
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<!-- MATCHUP 9 -->
TBD
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<!-- MATCHUP 13 -->
TBD
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<!-- MATCHUP 15 -->
TBD
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<!-- MATCHUP 2 -->
8. People's Choice
9. Braid
<!-- /MATCHUP 2 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 3 -->
5. Viewtiful Joe
12. Plants vs. Zombies
<!-- /MATCHUP 3 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 10 -->
TBD
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<!-- MATCHUP 4 -->
4. Star Wars: Knights of the Old
Republic

13. Beyond Good and Evil
<!-- /MATCHUP 4 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 5 -->
6. Final Fantasy XII

11. Lumines
<!-- /MATCHUP 5 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 11 -->
TBD
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<!-- MATCHUP 14 -->
TBD
<!-- /MATCHUP 14 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 6 -->
3. Civilization IV

14. Peggle
<!-- /MATCHUP 6 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 7 -->
7. The Sims

10. Mass Effect
<!-- /MATCHUP 7 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 12 -->
TBD
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<!-- MATCHUP 8 -->
2. World of Warcraft
15. Killer 7
<!-- /MATCHUP 8 -->

<!-- /DIVISION 3 -->

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Bo Jackson Division
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1. Halo: Combat Evolved
16. Ratchet & Clank
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<!-- MATCHUP 9 -->

TBD
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<!-- MATCHUP 13 -->
TBD
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<!-- MATCHUP 15 -->

TBD
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<!-- MATCHUP 2 -->
8. People's Choice
9. God of War

<!-- /MATCHUP 2 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 3 -->
5. Madden NFL 2005
12. SSX

<!-- /MATCHUP 3 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 10 -->
TBD
<!-- /MATCHUP 10 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 4 -->
4. Gears of War
13. Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3
<!-- /MATCHUP 4 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 5 -->
6. Advance Wars
11. Guitar Hero
<!-- /MATCHUP 5 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 11 -->
TBD
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<!-- MATCHUP 14 -->
TBD
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<!-- MATCHUP 6 -->
3. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
14. Left 4 Dead
<!-- /MATCHUP 6 -->
<!-- MATCHUP 7 -->
7. Rock Band
10. Burnout
<!-- /MATCHUP 7 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 12 -->
TBD
<!-- /MATCHUP 12 -->

<!-- MATCHUP 8 -->
2. Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty

15. Battlefield 1942
<!-- /MATCHUP 8 -->

<!-- /DIVISION 4 -->

Make your Game of the Decade nominations in the comments!