Our Game of the Year Awards Begin! Start Voting, Readers!

Summary of the article: we’re in the process of finalizing our staff video game awards of 2009. In the meantime, why not vote? Unlike our previous GOTY ceremonies, you readers will finally voice your opinions on the best games of this year! About time we get on the bandwagon of involving you faithful fans! Go to our polls page located in our top dashboard, hover your mouse on it and you’ll see 3 individual pages pop-up that contain polls for overall, platform, genre, and special game awards. Voting closes off on December 31st, 2009.

Quick history lesson: we’ve done “Game of the Year” Awards for our old site in 2005, 2007, and most recently 2008. Each year we’ve expanded on our ideas, upped the presentation, and even changed up our process a bit. Thanks to our newcomer and Editor-In-Chief Justin Joseph, our 2008 awards were by far the most colorful. We can’t brush off past awards, however. Yes, they may be HTML, unorganized, and ugly to you…but we’re happy about what we’ve pulled off with limited staff and resources.

Awards are never a one-man show though. Team effort is mandatory to get these things up and running, hence the lack of the feature for 2006. To tell you the truth, 2009 was just about to be the same…until we ignited that little spark of hope. While we haven’t had any staff drop-outs (thank God, 2006 was a dreadful year because of that), we’ve been experiencing lack of activity as of late. Personal issues, life, studying, work, other projects, family, lack of motivation — you name it, and we’ve been going through it. Nonetheless, we’ve been trying as much as possible to post the latest news and reviews whenever we have free time.

Anyway, on-top of all external influences, we still have to “struggle” internally to get our content up. Playing games and writing reviews do take awhile, especially when one is catching up to other 2009 releases. Let’s not forget the pressure of upcoming early 2010 releases.

Yes indeed; barriers upon barriers of excuses not to go with “Game of the Year Awards” of 2009. However, after brainstorming with the guys, we’ve finally decided to go for it…but some elements from last year’s awards need to be sacrificed in order to get the feature up in a timely fashion. Never fear, for our new blog has compensated for these so-called cut-downs.

1) Write-ups will not be done. Instead, we’re getting together for a podcast (or two) that’ll highlight our nominees and final votes.

2) No flashy material. Getting rid of of custom-made medals and special-designed pages.

3) No “special/miscellaneous” 2009 awards from the staff. We find most readers don’t really care about these awards.

4) Videos will possibly be made in order to advertise and highlight our nominees/final votes.

5) Originally, our aim was to get our results and podcast done today…but the lists have just been finalized yesterday and so far only 1 of our staff completely finished voting. Another one has most of the votes done, but left out blanks here and there. It looks like we’re not going to get this done until next week. Stay tuned for more details.

In comparison, here’s the biggest feature we’ll have for this year: Reader’s Choice Awards! That’s right, polls for overall, platform, genre, and special awards of 2009 have already been created! Please, go and vote now for your picks. Our “sidebar poll” displays a random one, while our “poll page” on the top dashboard contains organized sub-pages…all you need to do is hover your mouse above the “polls” menu and you’ll get 3 separate pages to choose from. For now, these polls will expire on December 31st, 2009 (coughmayextendcough).

If you’re really lazy, here are the individual links:

Readers Choice Awards 2009: Overall & Platform

Reader’s Choice Awards 2009: Genre

Reader’s Choice Awards 2009: Special

Now, the reasons why we’re separating Reader’s Awards from Staff Awards:

1) Different tallying systems: your polls are straight-forward. Our tallying is different since we’re just 8 people in total. Each of us must identify three games per category: top pick gets 3 points, runner-up gets 2 points, and honorable mention gets 1 point. We find this system to work best for us after three years GOTY features.

2) Different nominated games: the most strict rule we have implemented upon us this year is NOT to nominate any game we have not played. Thus, if a certain game has not been mentioned in our site (be it podcast, basic impressions, or a full-fledged review), it will not be in our GOTY lists. On the other hand, readers get the most popular games of each category. We tend not to throw in everything including the kitchen sink when nominating, so you will only see the best of the best in these polls. At least, in our opinion, games that rightfully should be nominated this year in their respective categories.

3) Different opinions: ah, the big one. No argument here, eh? We’re all entitled to voice what we think, right? We’d love to compare your votes with ours. Brings up a lot of discussion.

Finally, what we’re doing different from most sites:

1) We tend to balance out nominations in each category and add in a little variety, instead of being overly redundant with nominations. That is to say, you may find the same game in multiple categories, but we try to balance out the consoles and genres they belong to here and there. For example, with best downloads you’ll notice that we’ve put in a few from each service. WiiWare games aren’t getting much love from other sites.

2) restricting the number of nominations to six (for staff awards only). Again, because of balancing.

3) Regarding platform awards, multiplatform games are not included in “best PS3”, “best 360”, and “best Wii”. Instead, individual consoles get the best of their respective exclusive content, while multiplatform games have their own “awards”. We find this to be the best method of highlighting certain games.

4) NO ENHANCED PORTS or remakes in these awards…so we can focus on more original games and sequels. Enhanced ports and remakes have their own awards in our “Specials” page.

5) Not PC-centric. This is sort of a disadvantage to be honest. Sadly, we’re just not into the PC-market…yet.

6) Certain “lacking genres” aren’t present in our Reader’s Polls such as puzzlers, strategy, horror, MMORPG, adventure, and simulation. There’s simply not enough games or “GOTY material” in these genres for this year. However, we do have other overlooked categories such as “best platformer”, “best hybrid genre”, and ‘best remake”. Browse around to see what we’ve cooked up!

7) Some game we’ve reviewed flat out don’t make it in our GOTY awards because we think they’re not up to par. Conversely, not all games are included in the Reader’s Polls, too. For example, Halo 3: ODST has not been nominated in “Overall Game of the Year 2009” because it simply does not deserve it. Not that it’s a bad game or anything; it’s just that you’re getting the same old multiplayer in addition to a 5-hour campaign and one new mode for full retail. Sounds like DLC or “enhanced porting” to me. Call it controversial, but that’s the way it is. Adding in an “Other” choice would’ve made things confusing.

If you’re curious, here’s our staff GOTY 2009 list for reference. You’ll find the reader’s polls to be similar, yet each category has a few more games we haven’t covered.

Overall GotY:
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks
Demon’s Souls
New Super Mario Bros.
Batman: Arkham Asylum
Forza 3

Best of PS3:
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
Demon’s Souls
Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time
inFamous
Killzone 2

Best of Xbox 360:
Halo 3: ODST
Star Ocean: The Last Hope
Forza Motorsport 3
Halo Wars
Shadow Complex

Best Multiplatform:
Batman: Arkham Asylum
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
Resident Evil 5
GTA: Chinatown Wars (DS/PSP)
Street Fighter 4
Borderlands

Best of Wii:
Mad World
Silent Hill: Shattered Memories
The Conduit
Little King’s Story
New Super Mario Bros. Wii
Muramasa: The Demon Blade
Dead Space Extraction

Best of DS:
The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks
Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story
Scribblenauts
Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days
Retro Game Challenge
SMT: Devil Survivor

Best of PSP:
Patapon 2
Resistance: Retribution
Dissidia: Final Fantasy
LocoRoco 2
Half-Minute Hero

Best Action/Adventure
The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks
Batman: Arkham Asylum
Resident Evil 5
Uncharted 2
inFamous
Muramasa: The Demon Blade

Best Fighter:
Street Fighter IV
BlazBlue
Dissidia: Final Fantasy

Best Racer:
Dirt 2
MotorStorm PSP
Forza 3

Best RPG:
Demon Souls
Mario & Luigi 3
Kingdom Hearts DS
SMT: Devil Survivor
Star Ocean: The Last Hope

Best Shooter:
Killzone 2
Call of Duty: MW2
Resistance PSP
Borderlands
Halo 3: ODST

Best Sports:
Wii Sports Resort
NHL 2010

Best Platformer:
New Super Mario Bros. Wii
Ratchet & Clank
Scribblenauts
A Boy and His Blob
‘Spolsion Man.

Best Hybrid Genre (Best game that fuses multiple genres perfectly):
Ratchet & Clank (Platformer/Shooter)
Borderlands (FPS/RPG)
Dissidia Final Fantasy (Fighter/RPG)
Scribblenauts (Platformer/Puzzler)

Best Downloads:
Shadow Complex
Fat Princess
Flower
Trials HD
Fallout 3: DLC
GTA: Episodes from Liberty City
Splosion Man

Best Import:
Bayonetta
3D Dot Game Heroes
Dragon Quest IX

Best Multiplayer:
Call of Duty: MW2
New Super Mario Bros. Wii
Wii Sports Resort
Uncharted 2
Street Fighter IV
Killzone 2

Best Compilation:
God of War Collection
Metroid Prime Trilogy
Retro Game Challenge

3 thoughts on “Our Game of the Year Awards Begin! Start Voting, Readers!”

  1. Good morning Guys iam done with my votes, thank you for consider in your site our picks, keep the good work, but i think, is an opinion of mine, not bad criticism, that you can put for best game overall, some Ds, psp games and more wii games i think some games really deserve it to be in the same category as the other consoles, i know you put zelda Ds on the list but i think you can add two from Ds , Two from PSP and Two for wii,this in order to balance out because most of the games are multiplatform, therefore you can place two games for each platform, and then two multiplatform, thank you and keep the good work, iam seeing this site since 2005.

  2. Hey, Manu. Thanks for voting, man. Don’t forget to vote for the other categories too. There are Genre and Special awards as well.

    As for adding games to the readers polls, we may do that since not a whole lot of people started voting yet. It depends on what games you’re talking about. Just keep in mind of what I’ve mentioned in the rules: no enhanced ports, no remakes, and no multiplatform games for individual console categories.

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