The Game Awards Nominees


  • Banned

    In the end it doesn't matter.

    If the fan game in question is finished and it's posted to the internet it'll exist forever.

    Award show be damned.



  • "Best Fan Game" is a weird award anyways. I get that there's a big grassroots community of fan game designers, but it seems to be asking for legal trouble, or more instances like this.

    I think a best freeware/microbudget/gamejam title might be better? A couple of my favorite games this year are freeware.



  • I might be in the minority, but I honestly think video game awards can't possibly be done right. It just doesn't work quite as well as other entertainment forms that can be consumed so much quicker.

    No group of reviewers can possibly all individually play every single quality game in any given year. It just doesn't work.



  • @Ringedwithtile yeah, a best game jam award seems better, and it's still supportive of people having fun with games for no real money.



  • @Brannox Well let's see how bad I did!

    Trending Gamer: Didn't pick a winner, and was pulling for Danny O'Dwyer. WINNER: Boogie
    Anticipated: At least I got the 40% shot. WINNER: Legend of Zelda
    Multiplayer: That's one I got right. WINNER: Overwatch
    Sports/Racing: Honestly, this wasn't surprising. WINNER: Forza
    Family: Not giving credit for this one, but it doesn't surprise me. WINNER: Pokemon Go
    Fighting: The EASIEST one to see coming. WINNER: Overwatch
    RPG: Again didn't pick a winner. WINNER: Witcher III: Blood and Wine
    Action-Adventure: While I thought UC4 would win, I'm happy to see Dishonored 2 get the love (Also 4/5).
    Action: This prediction is the one I'm HAPPIEST to get wrong. WINNER: DOOM
    VR: There was no way I could've predicted this one. WINNER: Rez Infinie
    Mobile/Handheld: With how popular it was, is ANYONE surprised. WINNER: Pokemon Go (5/7)
    Indie: I may have been pulling for the Witness, but I knew game could win. WINNER: Inside
    Performance: Mad respect to all voice actors out there and Nolan North's speech was AWESOME.
    Music/Sound Design: All games sound great, but I'm STOKED the one I was pulling for won! WINNER: DOOM
    Art Direction: With how well designed the game is, this wasn't a surprise either. WINNER: Inside (Still 5/7)
    Narrative: My pulling for and pick came through for me here. WINNER: Uncharted 4 (Now 6/8)
    Game Direction: In all honesty, all were worthy, and all could've won. WINNER: Blizzard for Overwatch
    GOTY: Well I KNEW my favorites weren't gonna win. I called it WAY back in the summer at the Halfway GOTY thread (Anyone remember that?) Where I said I felt that Uncharted 4 and Overwatch would be the two standing at the end of the year? Well damn.... WINNER: Overwatch

    So I went 7/9 on picks that I was able to select at least one game. The show itself had many more positives than lows. Personally speaking, the ENTIRE Kojima sequence, the speeches from That Dragon Cancer creator, Nolan North, and Boogie were all top notch, the DOOM musical performance and the Mass Effect: Andromeda gameplay were all personal bits of awesome. The other musical performances, and I gotta say, Mr. Bosman's bits, were the biggest letdowns. Or a better way to put it, the biggest "misfits" from the show.

    The rest of the WINNERS were:

    E-Sports: Game - Overwatch, Team - Cloud 9, Player - "ColdZera"
    Games for Impact: That Dragon Cancer
    Strategy: Civilization VI
    (Oddly enough I didn't catch the Fan Creation winner)



  • Congrats to Overwatch, even though I feel it was the least deserving winner out of all the nominees.



  • @Brannox Yeah, I agree, there were certainly some great speeches this year. I'm subscribed to Boogie on YouTube, but admittedly, I skip a lot of his content. Even still, I know he's extremely humble and has been dealing with all sort of physical/emotional problems for years. He's very open and honest about these things and gives hope to others. Love him for that and I'm glad he ran away with the award. The speech for That Dragon, Cancer was outright beautiful. I've been closely invested in the game ever since I read/watched an essay of Satch's on it. I honestly can't imagine the emotion of accepting a reward for helping create a game about your son's death. It's unreal and just shows how much the medium has evolved over the years.

    As far as not liking the Bosman bits, I get that. You could tell he was putting on his corporate persona to earn a paycheck, even somewhat laughing at what he needed to say. That being said, I think that somehow made those segments even more charming. Plus, the shoutout to Brandon Jones was just great - even though I was disappointed to see Brandon hadn't been nominated for that category. The trolling will never end.

    Naturally, I'm happy to see my own personal GOTY take the award. Overwatch and Inside were the only two original IPs nominated in the category but the amount of time I've sunk into that game is ridiculous. Well over 120 hours and I still have great matches every time I play. This is coming from a person that generally stays away from multiplayer games so it felt fitting. The other nominees were made for fans of their respective genres; Overwatch was made with such love and care, it made people appreciate an entirely new genre they would normally dismiss.



  • @Brannox From what I can find, there was no winner of the Fan Creation category announced, interestingly enough.

    Source



  • Overwatch beating Uncharted 4 made me smile. Not my personal choice, but I love the underdog succeeding.



  • @Nillend Calling Overwatch an underdog is pushing it a little. Blizzard isn't exactly a small indie dev ;)



  • I want to talk about the show itself, and i apologize in advance for the negativity.

    I really didn't enjoy it, it felt like one giant advert. I get that they need sponsors to exist, but this wasn't even subtle.

    The freaking razor thingy.
    The Tencent "Chinese fan choice" award, or whatever that was.
    They casually announced the winners for big categories like Best RPG and Best Strategy, dismissed in 5 seconds.
    But they spent 10 minutes on Best Youtuber or Best eSport player...

    Come on! Compared to a ceremony like the Oscars, it felt cheap and desperate. I honestly can't take these awards seriously, they feel meaningless.

    I'll be way more invested in the EZA awards, whatever shape they take. They will have much more value.

    Also, as much as I respect Kojima and his games, I thought that Keighley's speech to introduce him was so over the top. Sure, he was treated like crap by Konami (and even then, we'll never know the full story), but he made it sound like the guy escaped a concentration camp... He's not a martyr, he's loaded, he's got an awesome deal with Sony now, I'm not gonna cry over this story for years to come. I get that he knows him personally but again, if this ceremony is ever going to be taken seriously, maybe don't use it as your personal platform to settle scores.

    Am I in a bad mood or did you also think it was lame? :D



  • Let's see how I did:
    GAME OF THE YEAR - Uncharted 4: A Thief's End Overwatch
    BEST GAME DIRECTION - Blizzard
    BEST NARRATIVE - Mafia III Uncharted 4: A Thief's End
    BEST ART DIRECTION - Inside
    BEST MUSIC/SOUND DESIGN - Doom
    BEST PERFORMANCE - Emily Rose as Elena Nolan North
    GAMES FOR IMPACT - That Dragon, Cancer
    BEST INDEPENDENT GAME - Inside
    BEST MOBILE/HANDHELD - Pokemon Go
    BEST VR GAME - Batman: Arkham VR Rez Infinite
    BEST ACTION GAME - Battlefield 1 DOOM
    BEST ACTION/ADVENTURE GAME - Uncharted 4: A Thief's End Dishonored 2
    BEST RPG - Dark Souls 3 The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt — Blood and Wine
    BEST FIGHTING GAME - Killer Instinct Season 3 Street Fighter V
    BEST STRATEGY GAME - Civilization VI
    BEST FAMILY GAME - Ratchet & Clank Pokemon Go
    BEST SPORTS/RACING - Forza Horizon 3
    BEST MULTIPLAYER - Overwatch
    MOST ANTICIPATED GAME - The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
    TRENDING GAMER - Danny O'Dwyer Boogie2988
    BEST FAN CREATION - Project A2MR
    BEST ESPORTS PLAYER - Coldzera – Marcelo David
    BEST ESPORTS TEAM - SK Gaming Cloud 9
    BEST ESPORTS GAME - Overwatch
    12/23 better than expected



  • @Axel said in The Game Awards Nominees:

    I want to talk about the show itself, and i apologize in advance for the negativity.

    I really didn't enjoy it, it felt like one giant advert. I get that they need sponsors to exist, but this wasn't even subtle.

    The freaking razor thingy.
    The Tencent "Chinese fan choice" award, or whatever that was.
    They casually announced the winners for big categories like Best RPG and Best Strategy, dismissed in 5 seconds.
    But they spent 10 minutes on Best Youtuber or Best eSport player...

    Come on! Compared to a ceremony like the Oscars, it felt cheap and desperate. I honestly can't take these awards seriously, they feel meaningless.

    I'll be way more invested in the EZA awards, whatever shape they take. They will have much more value.

    Also, as much as I respect Kojima and his games, I thought that Keighley's speech to introduce him was so over the top. Sure, he was treated like crap by Konami (and even then, we'll never know the full story), but he made it sound like the guy escaped a concentration camp... He's not a martyr, he's loaded, he's got an awesome deal with Sony now, I'm not gonna cry over this story for years to come. I get that he knows him personally but again, if this ceremony is ever going to be taken seriously, maybe don't use it as your personal platform to settle scores.

    Am I in a bad mood or did you also think it was lame? :D

    The Game Awards are just a big meme show that everybody hate and make fun of but watch for the game trailers,nobody actually take that show seriously. It's all a big joke,don't worry your opinion is really not as unpopular as you think. You could tell that Kyle Bosman was laughing at the whole thing and how corny some of the thing he said sounded.but he was great and had alot of fun with it.



  • @SabotageTheTruth No doubt. I can't remember his name (and that sucks), but watching the gentleman onstage trying to pull up his speech and desparately attempting to keep his emotions in check was moving. All of the respect in the world to him. Much like Greg Miller's speech from last year, I think that will be the ONE thing I'll remember for this show. And props to Boogie for being himself! I can tell he's a good dude, though I have never subscribed to him and I think I've only watched one or two of his videos.

    @Doctor-Professor Thank you very much!

    @Axel Are you by chance a fan of Mr. Colin Moriarty, because your points are his verbatim. ;-) I agree it was a touch too personal and a bit over the top, but I was endeared by it because I know the what it feels like when a friend gets wronged and you want to do something to show support/appreciation/etc.

    And as far as Mr. Bosman goes, while the put down about Mr. Jones was pretty good, I just felt that he didn't need to put on the corporate Kyle persona. But that's just me and I feel may be in the minority here, but if there is any validation for the Game Awards to be taken seriously, then his bits, much to my above statement, just don't fit. Also, to further expound why those musical performances were a let down (Again with the exception of DOOM), it felt as a pander move to a general audience as opposed to a gaming one.



  • I agree that the show is absolutely awful. I got so annoyed when they started to group awards together like they did last year. "Oh and Overwatch won this and this too" but then it's even worse when they just start listing awards at random.

    It's so disrespectful to that category and to the nominees.

    Apparently The Game Awards is a show to highlight games as an art... that's just not true. Any awards show that spends about 20% of time on the awards themselves is just a joke.



  • @Brannox Ah nope, can't say I am, the name rings a bell but I've never watched/read/listened? to him.

    Actually now I remember the one bit I liked was the Bosman skit about the t-shirt designer, that was super funny! But corporate Kyle felt awkward, although it was clear he was self-aware and over-playing it on purpose. :)



  • @Axel The show was more of an entertainment to me than anything, so I was not disappointed. It had its cool moments. I can't blame you for being disappointed. As for the commercials and that: money has to come from somewhere. It doesnt bother me at all. And for the results: of course people will disagree, but thats ok too.



  • @Axel Colin Moriarty used to work at IGN and now he's part of Kinda Funny. I saw reaction from him and said almost word for word your post. I found that really funny when I saw what you said.



  • Hard to beat last year's show. Not because of the content itself, but because of the experience of having Ben, Brad and Blood doing live commentary. 2 hours is a lot when there are segments (songs, categories, interviews etc.) you don't find interesting.



  • While I'm not a huge fan of Funhaus (started following them a bit more when Elyse hopped over there), I did enjoy the podcast they did when Keighely came on. I feel like he addresses a bunch of complaints that people had/have before the show aired. If nothing else, it's interesting to here his perspective on the whole shebang. I also wasn't a huge fan of the event, but I actually watched all of it solely because of this podcast, and I did appreciate it in a new light.

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