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Gametrailers shat-tastic GOTY awards debacle.

January 3, 2010

For the uninitiated, check out Gametrailer’s GOTY awards here:

http://www.gametrailers.com/game/gametrailers-game-of-the-year/12440

Like many gamers I always partake in the ridiculing and tomato throwing of mainstream sites and their GOTY lists, but more often than not I can find some semblance of credibility in their nominations and victors, and Gametrailers is normally bang on the money and a series of awards I can fully get behind, probably due to the flickering images distracting my admittedly short attention span away from their criminal inaccuracies and blatant pandering to the mainstream, however this year either through them being complete tossrags or my growing irritation towards mainstream media they made me, actually, really angry (just ask anyone who’s spoken to me recently).

First of all the grade A offender, the complete list of facepalm that is the Gametrailers ‘Best Wii game of 2009’:

http://www.gametrailers.com/video/best-wii-gt-goty/60269

Right, that list features The Beatles Rock Band, DJ Hero, Modern Warfare: Reflex, Mad World and New Super Mario Bros. Two HD ports, one shit HD port, one alright overly violent brawler, and a brilliant game, were GT asleep for half the year?

Just a quick brainstorm and I come up with House of the Dead: Overkill, Wii Sports Resort, Dead Space Extraction, Resident Evil: Darkside, Marumasa, Little King’s Story, Punch Out!!, even Download stuff like Lost Winds is better than Modern Warfare: Reflex Edition! Come to fuck Gametrailers, show some effort rather than just plucking titles you remember were good, and also on wii, from the last couple of months. Motherfuckers.

Now onto the really embarrassing section, the PS3, 360, PC, and GOTY lists.

You know, I feel sorry for the writers. Writing four different ways to describe Batman and Modern Warfare 2 and three for Assassin’s Creed 2? Torture on the brain. But honestly GT, do you even try to understand something like the PC? Is Batman really one of the best games on the PC? I’m not decrying Batman, far from it, I’m just saying it’s not the best use of a mouse and keyboard or a permanent Internet connection compared to something as tailored as Left 4 Dead 2, or Dawn of War 2. Heck even Plants vs Zombies is a more accurate nod than Bats as a game that truly uses the PC to its advantage, but what more you have the nerve to mention Resident Evil 5? A game surely tailor made for a control pad, and a poor imitation of a four year old game? Just because you don’t play PC games doesn’t give you a right to claim the system lacks exclusives whilst blindly overlooking gems such as Torchlight, Tales of Monkey Island, Killing Floor, Empire Total War, think about it next year yeah? Else you might find siege tanks parked outside your offices.

So onto the console lists and a serious question – what, on a multiformat site, should the catagory ‘best 360 game’ en tale, ask me and I’d say best game for the system that takes real advantage of the system and showcases what makes that system unique which makes these lists all the more annoying. Assassins, Batman Modern Warfare 2, and Street Fighter 4 appear on all three lists leaving space for one true exclusive, with the GOTY list being identical to the PS3 list. After GT bummed Demon’s Souls in the early days of the awards it doesn’t even get a short list nod? Mixed messages GT!

And what’s so annoying here? Well what makes Modern Warfare 2 the best 360 game as opposed to one that takes advantage of the extensive online features and built for the system such as Forza 3, or on PS3 how does it show off Blu-Ray better than Uncharted 2 and its luscious visuals? The individual platform GOTY should be the game that does that system the real justice it deserves.

And then the GOTY award, well if that isn’t the most predictable list of the year I don’t know what is, you’d have already watched a less dramatic version by checking out the PS3 video. And do you know why the win for MW2 is so annoying? GT states in the very opening that ‘To be a nominee you cannot be a one trick pony, glossy on the outside but ugly on the inside, or reliant on the tried and true’.

‘Or reliant on the tried and true.’

The opening to your video basically says MW 2 should not win this award, and yet it does, and many  far more deserving games are left in the wake of a pretty standard, albeit very fun, sequel to a two year old game that does little to change what has come before.

In short, from their reasoning, Batman should have won.

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One comment

  1. Got to agree, particularly on the PC list. Deliberately didn’t get Batman on PC and told Tom to get in on Xbox for that reason. My PC game top 3 probably be

    Left 4 Dead 2, Dragon Age Origins, Empire Total War.

    The first 2 have by far the best controls on PC, the 3rd wouldn’t work on consoles if you tried. Though honourable mentions for Team Fortress 2 (for the amount of DLC even if it was released along time ago) and Modern Warfare 2. (Just for having a well polished game, but lack of proper PC support and the loosing of the last sense of realism means to me it only gets a mention.)



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