That bastion of television maleness Spike TV did their Video Game Award show last week. NWii Zone is proudly reporting "Nintendo Wii Wins Spike TV Breakthrough Technology Award". Anyone remember if there was a Breakthrough Technology Award last year? I sure don't. It feels a bit like that award you make up to give that special kid something to win.
In other news, The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion picked of Game of the Year. Company of Heroes, Burnout: Revenge and Dead Rising won Best PC, Best Racing and Best Action game respectively.
As if there was ever any doubt that Oblivion would win Game of the Year. Spike TV's gaming awards have always been rather predictable. (Not that I'm arguing with the choice.)
The Breakthrough Technology award may be new, and perhaps even suspect, but new award categories have to come out some time. If they don't include it next year, then we'll know.
Hmm... well I think it came down to either Gears of War or Oblivion really... I'm a little surprised that Oblivion got it over Gears. That's not to say the Oblivion isn't the deeper game, but I can't imagine Oblivion having the main stream appeal of Gears. Slowly but surely, the award shows will get better and mean something - but I feel that age is far in front of us.
Company of Heroes should win...and I'm an RPG fan. Unfortunatly for Oblivion, the game lacks many elements that were better completed by fan based mods.
Company of Heroes is as it is.
For some reason, I suspected Oblivion would win, in part due to Knights of the Old Republic winning a few years ago.
(Edited by Depeche Mike (17208), Dec 11, 2006)Re: And the Game of the Year is ....
Depeche Mike (17208), Dec 11, 2006
I hate the Spike TV awards, they show all that is wrong and misrepresentative of gamers. ie: we all love wresting, and that we're all guys who like beer and babes in bikinis. Most gamers are smarter than this, I wish someone else would make a classier show like the Oscars (are supposed to be), where all the fine arts of game making are featured and awarded. Spike is to Video game awards as MTV movie awards are to Movie Awards... we need the oscars.
I watched the spike awards the first year they were on.... never again.
What kind of award show announces the game of the year award in the first few minutes of the broadcast? I laughed out of pity and would have stopped watching it then and there if other people weren't watching it with me.
They suck. They are a horrible stereotype of what "gamers" want to see on TV. G4 is guilty of this too. Many of their opinions just spin whatever corporations want them to, or their votes are all catalogs of fanboy opinions who would vote every chance they had. There are other award shows in the industry, such as the CAEAA ( www.caeaa.com ) but none that encompass the industry as a whole.
Hopefully at some point we'll get a classier show, but I'm not going to hold my breath.
I actually look forward to Game Tunnel awards... Maybe Moby should have awards since we seem to have so many know-it-all's ;)
Depeche Mike Wrote:
We should be tracking awards... but that's for later... we're still only a few months into this Ranking System for reviews :). As for giving them... well passionate gamers like us will argue for hours in trying to get their favorite game recognized by others for greatness. That can lead to bloodshed if there's a top dog spot. Much better to take a look at the Featured Games and submit games that need more glory into that section.
Good call... I vote Break Quest!
Don Komarechka Wrote:
They had to, as the same game kept on winning "awards" throughout the show. And didn't it seem that year that Tony Hawk was constantly coming onstage?
They're a joke, and that's being kind.
Tony Hawk the adventure/action/strategy/rpg/puzzle-solving game that Corn Popper mentioned? Not surprised :)
Don Komarechka Wrote:
You're not questioning their journalistic integrity are you?