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Is it my turn to hand out trivial awards yet?

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Once again it's that time of year when gamers of all backgrounds enjoy bashing each other over the head with their take on game of the year selections. Even with the slightest of glances past the user comment sections when voting on various categories I was welcomed with well more than a years worth of the painfully repetitive "your picks suck" / "my picks are indisputable!" / "you like__ too much" / "you don't appreciate __ enough" nonsense.

I must admit that even after all these years it still continues to amaze me how even the most seasoned gamers can sometimes fall into taking these yearly game awards a bit too seriously.. as well as forget that dispensing any significant amount of time and energy trying to force ideals and preference onto other fans of probably the most subjective of all modern entertainment mediums is rather superfluous.

Anyways, I've had more than my fill of gaming related annoyances and headaches this year.. which is why I am planning to take a bit of a break. But before that I suppose I shall grace the internet with the 2010 Old Skoolies ;) . Happy holidays.

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2010

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GOTY Nominees: Red Dead Redemption (multi), Mass Effect 2 (multi), Super Mario Galaxy 2 (Wii), God of War III (PS3)

My Game Of The Year - [spoiler] God of War III (PS3) [/spoiler]

Platform Awards

Multi-Platform Game Of The Year - Mass Effect 2

(Only exclusives are eligible)

Best PS3 Game - God of War III

Best XBOX360 Game - Halo Reach

Best Wii Game - Super Mario Galaxy 2

Best PSP Game - Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker

Best DS Game - Dragon Quest IX

Best PC Game - Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty

Genre Awards

Best Action/Adventure - Red Dead Redemption (multi.)

Best Thriller/Mystery - Heavy Rain (PS3)

Best Horror - Amnesia: The Dark Descent (PC)

Best Shooter - Battlefield: Bad Company 2 (multi.)

Best RPG - Mass Effect 2 (multi.)

Best Platformer - Super Mario Galaxy 2 (Wii)

Best Fighting Game - Super Street Fighter IV (multi.)

Best Racing Game - Gran Turismo 5 (PS3)

Best Sports Game - "Tie" NHL 11 & NBA 2k11 (multi.)

Best Puzzle Game - Limbo (XBOX360)

Best Rhythm/Music Game - Rock Band 3 (multi.)

Best Strategy game - Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty (PC)

Best Downloadable Console Game - Pac-Man: Championship Edition DX (multi.)

Best Piece of Downloadable Content - Minerva's Den, Bioshock 2 (multi.)

Best Expansion Pack - Awakening, Dragon Age: Origins (multi.)

Special Achievement Awards

Best Story - Mass Effect 2 (multi.)

Best Ending - Red Dead Redemption (multi.)

Best Graphics, Technical - God of War III (PS3)

Best Graphics, Artistic - Kirby's Epic Yarn (Wii)

Best Atmosphere - Amnesia: The Dark Descent (PC)

*Horribly under covered by mainstream media

Best Sound Design - Amnesia: The Dark Descent (PC)

Best Original Music - Heavy Rain (PS3)

*One of the defining soundtracks of this console generation

Best Licensed Music - Rock Band 3 (multi.)

Best Voice Acting - Mass Effect 2 (multi.)

Best Writing & Dialogue - Red Dead Redemption (multi.)

Best Competitive Multiplayer - Battlefield: Bad Company 2 (multi.)

*I actually enjoyed the Vietnam expansion even more than the base game

Best Cooperative Multiplayer - Halo Reach (XBOX360)

Best Boss Fights - God of War III (PS3)

Best New Character - John Marston, Red Dead Redemption (multi.)

Best Use Of A Creative License - Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4 (multi.)

Best Original IP - Heavy Rain (PS3)

Most Improved Sequel - Red Dead Redemption (multi.)

Most Surprisingly Good Game - Deadly Premonition (multi.)

Most Memorable Moment - Revealing of the Origami Killer's identity, Heavy Rain (PS3)

Honorable Mentions - Xenoblade (Wii), Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood (multi.), Fallout: New Vegas (multi.), Bayonetta (multi.), Super Meat Boy (multi.)

Dubious Honors

Best Game No One Played - Vanquish (multi.)

Most Surprising Game to Make It Past Aussie Censors - Splatterhouse (multi.)

Most Disappointing Game - Final Fantasy XIII (multi.)

*All of the franchise's flaws and cliches with none of it's execution and charm

Most Annoying Characters - Vanille, Hope, girl Cloud, etc. Final Fantasy XIII (multi.)

Least Welcomed Genre Introduction - Corridor RPG, Final Fantasy XIII (multi.)

Least Improved Sequel - Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II (multi.)

Worst Game - Fighters Uncaged (XBOX360)

Worst Game Everyone Played - Final Fantasy XIV Online (PC)

*Getting the hint yet about the kind of year Square Enix had?

Worst Piece of DLC - Sinclair Solutions Test Pack, Bioshock 2 (multi.)

*Less to do with quality, more to do with paying 400 MSP/$5 to activate a very modest amount of on- disc content.

Most Despicable Use of In-Game Avertising - Energizer + Verizon, Alan Wake (XBOX360)

*Anyone who played the game for more than 15 minutes knows this won by a landslide.

Looking Ahead

Most Anticipated Game of 2011 - The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (multi.)

Most Anticipated Piece of Hardware/Accessory - Sony PSP2

Most Important Trend to Continue - Strong support for Indie gaming

Which Trend Should Be Done Away With First - Paid DLC overload (especially "Day 1" DLC)

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