I grimace at consensus accolades because they generally choose the least polarizing entry. It is the same for the Game Developer’s Choice awards, of which I am honored to vote on every year. Last year was the straw that broke the figurative camel’s back when Wii Sports won for Best Design and Gears of Drivel won Best Overall Game. Oh, and Twilight Princess won for best writing (aka Best Use of Same Fantasy Cliches As Every Game Since Gauntlet award) in a year where Dreamfall & Oblivion were on the ballot.
As you can tell, I’m in a foul mood today.
I digress. The nominees this year were pretty good overall. You can see them here. We get a call for nominations at the end of the year and all of my nominees but one actually made it to the final list (I nominated Skate for Game Desig, but it didn’t get a nod.) I give a favorable reaction to seeing Bit-Blot on the list for best debut. I haven’t gotten around to playing Aquaria yet, but it certain looks to be a labor of love. And double kudos to the throngs that must have voted Peggle for the iPod in as I hadn’t even thought of a non-DS platform in that category, but I totally want to re-do my vote at this point.
So unless I have a change of heart, here’s how I plan on voting:
Game of the Year: Portal (Call of Duty 4 better not win…)
Best Writing: Portal (Mass Effect better not win…)
Best Game Desig: Portal
Best Technology: Assassin’s Creed
Best Visual Arts: Bioshock
Best Debut Game: Aquaria (But only if I actually play it before the vote and it is deserving, otherwise, I’ll leave this blank)
Innovation Award: Portal (If Mass Effect wins here… I swear…)
Best Handheld Game: Peggle or Puzzle Quest, can’t decide yet.
Best Audio: Bioshock
Best Downloadable: Peggle
Most Underrated Overrated Game: Halo 3
Most Underrated Underrated Game: Assassin’s Creed
Most Overrated Overrated Game: Super Mario Galaxy (A 97? really?)
Most Overrated Underrated Game: Flow
President: Ron Paul (kidding)
The last five aren’t real categories.