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So, I'm not a big fan of award shows.  I'm not so much against awards in themselves, I just think the shows always suck because they're filled with lame jokes and self-congratulatory **** sucking (lord knows VGX has been awful).  That said, I'll give this one a chance simply because it's brand new and I'm not going to condemn and/or avoid something like this without at least giving it a chance once.  For all the flak the Dorito Pope has received in the past, he is putting up some of his own money for this, he has defended video games in the past in the face of ridiculous accusations, and he did not throw gamers under the bus when many other journalists did not so long ago.  Anyway, here are the nominations for the awards.  Discuss.

 

GAME OF THE YEAR
Bayonetta 2
Dark Souls 2
Dragon Age: Inquisition
Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
 
DEVELOPER OF THE YEAR
Blizzard Entertainment
Monolith Productions
Nintendo
Telltale Games
Ubisoft Montreal
 
BEST INDEPENDENT GAME
Broken Age: Act 1
Monument Valley
Shovel Knight
Transistor
The Vanishing of Ethan Carter
 
BEST MOBILE/HANDHELD GAME
Bravely Default
Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft
Monument Valley
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS
Threes!
 
BEST NARRATIVE
South Park: The Stick of Truth
The Walking Dead: Season Two
The Wolf Among Us
Valiant Hearts: The Great War
Wolfenstein: The New Order
 
BEST SCORE/SOUNDTRACK
Alien: Isolation (Joe Henson and Alexis Smith)
Child of Light (Coeur de pirate)
Destiny (Marty O’Donnell)
Sunset Overdrive (Boris Salchow)
Transistor (Darren Korb)
 
BEST PERFORMANCE
Adam Harrington as Bigby Wolf, The Wolf Among Us
Kevin Spacey as Jonathan Irons, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
Melissa Hutchison as Clementine, The Walking Dead: Season Two
Trey Parker as Various Voices, South Park: The Stick of Truth
Troy Baker as Talion, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
 
GAMES FOR CHANGE
Never Alone
The Last of Us: Left Behind
Mountain
This War of Mine
Valiant Hearts: The Great War
 
BEST SHOOTER
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
Destiny
Far Cry 4
Titanfall
Wolfenstein: The New Order
 
BEST ACTION/ADVENTURE
Alien: Isolation
Assassin’s Creed Unity
Bayonetta 2
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
Sunset Overdrive
 
BEST ROLE-PLAYING GAME
Bravely Default
Dark Souls 2
Divinity: Original Sin
Dragon Age: Inquisition
South Park: The Stick of Truth
 
BEST FIGHTING GAME
Killer Instinct: Season 2
Persona 4 Arena Ultimax
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
Ultra Street Fighter 4
 
BEST FAMILY GAME
Disney Infinity 2.0
Fantasia: Music Evolved 
Mario Kart 8 
Skylanders Trap Team 
Tomodachi Life
 
BEST SPORTS/RACING GAME
FIFA 15 
Forza Horizon 2 
Mario Kart 8
NBA 2K15
Trials Fusion
 
BEST ONLINE EXPERIENCE
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
Dark Souls 2
Destiny
Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft
Titanfall
 
BEST REMASTER
Grand Theft Auto 5
Halo: The Master Chief Collection
Pokémon Omega Ruby/Pokémon Alpha Sapphire
The Last of Us Remastered 
Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition
 
MOST ANTICIPATED GAME
Batman: Arkham Knight
Bloodborne
Evolve
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
 
ESPORTS PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Martin “Rekkles” Larsson (League of Legends)
Xu “Fy” Linsen (Dota 2)
James “Firebat” Kostesich (Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft)
Christopher “GeT_RiGhT” Alesund (Counter-Strike: Global Offensive)
Matt “NaDeSHoT” Haag (Call of Duty)
 
ESPORTS TEAM OF THE YEAR
Samsung White (League of Legends)
Evil Geniuses (Dota 2)
Edward Gaming (League of Legends)
Newbee (Dota 2)
Ninjas in Pajamas (Counter-Strike: Global Offensive)
 
TRENDING GAMER
Evan “Vanoss” Fong
Jeff Gerstmann
PewDiePie
StampyLongHead
TotalBiscuit
 
BEST FAN CREATION
“BEST Zelda Rap EVER!!” By Egoraptor
Luigi Death Stare by CZBwoi and Rizupicorr
“Mine the Diamond (Minecraft Song)” by Tobuscus
Minecraft – Titan City by Colonial Puppet
Twitch Plays Pokemon by Anonymous

 

 

Game of the Year seems reasonable.  I'm obviously picking Bayonetta 2 as I consider it one of the best games ever made.  Developer of the Year... Ubisoft Montreal?  What the ****?  Multiple majorly horrible launches and one of your founders leaving gets you nominated for developer of the year?  Not a fan of Broken Age getting nominated for anything.  It's a relatively good half a game, but it's still half a game.  I feel only full games should be nominated for anything.  A lot of the rest of the stuff I either don't know enough about to comment or don't care enough about to comment.
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No Wasteland 2? DoritoPope can **** right off to Doritos flavored Mountain Dew then.

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BEST ONLINE EXPERIENCE
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
 
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other than that, seems fairly predictable - where's Wasteland 2 though? 

 

 

 

No Wasteland 2? DoritoPope can **** right off to Doritos flavored Mountain Dew then.

Agreed, Wasteland 2 is a glaring omission from RPG of the Year.

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All the list shows is the overwhelming influence of the larger developers over the organization behind these awards. Separating independent games is really telling, that way its easier to effectively throw them out of the competition for the only nomination that matters, that being the game of the year.

 

In other words, its just marketing.

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Not sure what the voing is like but here re my types:

 

1) Hearthstone or Shadow of Mordor

 

2) Most likely Blizzard

 

3) No idea

 

4) I know only Hearthstone form that list

 

5-7) Can't say

 

8) Probably Valliant Hearts

 

9) Wolfenstein  I guess, but Titanfall seemed good too

 

10) Would love Alien, but it is not that actiony, so probably MiddleEarth

 

11) I would say Divinity, because Southpark is well Southpark ;)

 

12-14) No idea

 

15) Hearthstone, because others do not offer anything unique from other FPS games in that regard.

 

16) dunno

 

17) The Witcher 3

 

18) I'd say either Fy or Get_Right, just because of the skill required in those games. I'd say that Fy plays made his team win over 5mln USD during the year though.

 

19) NewBee - they were 1 game from elimination in the group stages, and then went on to winning 5+ mln USD during The International 4. That is a story about team spirit and resolve, especially in a tourny that offers this much money for the first place.

 

20-21) I have no idea.

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Separating independent games is really telling, that way its easier to effectively throw them out of the competition for the only nomination that matters, that being the game of the year.

 

I don't mid there also being a separate Indie Game category, but Shovel Knight probably should have gotten a nod in Game of the Year.  It's spectacularly good.  Not sure which one of the 5 I'd kick out to make room, though.  Probably Dark Souls 2, but my experience with it is very limited, given I don't own it (nor do I intend to), so my opinion on the matter is not very qualified.

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Nice to see Obsidian in there (narrative).

Kevin Spacey is the one reason I might've bought that game. But I didn't.

Ubisoft...blargh.

 

The idea of a Gaming awards is kinda cool I guess. If the movies can have their self-marketing Oscars, why not games industry. I'd certainly be curious what kind of "show" they put on.

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Nice to see Obsidian in there (narrative).

Kevin Spacey is the one reason I might've bought that game. But I didn't.

Ubisoft...blargh.

 

The idea of a Gaming awards is kinda cool I guess. If the movies can have their self-marketing Oscars, why not games industry. I'd certainly be curious what kind of "show" they put on.

I don't like the Oscars or any other self aggrandizing, self fellating show. I don't see why games need one, particularly since any game that's bound to get an award would had been hyped to the moon and back.

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I'd say the answer to that question is kind of like the answer to "who's the sucker in this poker game?"*

 

*If you can't tell, it's you. ;)

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What's "GAMES FOR CHANGE" supposed to be?

I assume games that you can buy for less than a dollar(or equivalent currency) because they don't look very good.

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"I originally just wanted to ignore this, but I can't sleep, so why not." - majestic

"I murdered my entire family as well as the police and priests investigating me for murdering my entire family in the name of Satan. Good times." - Bartimaeus

"I will undoubtedly cave and buy this since Nintendo has me by the balls with Shin Megami Tensei V." - Keyrock

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Nice to see This War of Mine get some much deserved publicity, because the media has almost totally ignored it seems, though personally i'd say that it is a management/survival sim with realistic horror elements. I suppose it can change things with the link to the Warchild charity, but otherwise i'm not seeing what it will change.

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I don't like the Oscars or any other self aggrandizing, self fellating show. I don't see why games need one, particularly since any game that's bound to get an award would had been hyped to the moon and back.

Well, of course no awards shows "need" to exist. It's that simply from a viewer perspective, sometimes they're amusing to watch. eg, it's just more entertainment.

 

Billy Crystal was still the best Oscar host ever, imo.

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Nice to see Obsidian in there (narrative).

Kevin Spacey is the one reason I might've bought that game. But I didn't.

Ubisoft...blargh.

 

The idea of a Gaming awards is kinda cool I guess. If the movies can have their self-marketing Oscars, why not games industry. I'd certainly be curious what kind of "show" they put on.

I will say i was very cautious about south park being on uplay...if im not mistaken, i didnt have to use uplay at all. Granted i got my off steam and i know some peoples opionions on that which is for a different thread. BUT if ur worried about uplay being tacked on, u have no worries whatsoever then as u dont have to mess with it at all. Great game and ifbur a south park fan and/or dontvget offended easily, it is soooo worth the buy imho. Playing as kids who are playing as fantasy tropes was surprisingly a breath of fresh air to the rehash of most fantasy games ive played in a while.

 

If yal cant tell, south park stick of truth allll the way for me, sorry divinity sin :-(

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Can it be that we're actually getting oversaturated with video game award shows?

 

Aside from South Park and Broken Age, I have not played any of those games. And even with those two, I think I have barely an hour played on both combined, according to Steam.

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Nice to see Wolfenstein: The New Order getting nominated for best narrative, especially considering its prominent features (gory action), and I actually think it deserves the nomination. :)

 

The music in Child of Light is brilliant. My daughter loved that game.

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