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The VG247 Community and Game Awards 2009

Monday, 7th December 2009 10:16 GMT By Patrick Garratt

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And here we are. Another year almost done, and we’re still here. Why? Because you read the website. Better than that, you spend your time getting involved and making VG247 what it is by commenting, giving us your feedback, suggesting upgrades and pressing F5 when it matters. Without you we’re nothing. It’s time to give something back.

Below are details on the second VG247 community awards. We’re adding game awards as well this year. You matter. They’re watching.

VG247 Community Awards 2009

  • Best Poster (Overall) – There’s no specific criteria for this. Which community member was “best”? Do as thou wilt. The winner gets a retail DJ Hero Renegade Edition for 360.
  • Best Poster (Trade) – Rightly or wrongly, we’re reporting on a subject surrounded by a ridiculous amount of bluff and misinformation. This award should go to the reader who did the best job this year of adding depth to our trade coverage. The winner gets a blue DSi and a copy of Mario & Sonic at the Winter Olympics.
  • Best Fanboy – VG247′s community wouldn’t be what it is without insane people fighting over bits of plastic. While we’re reticent to applaud those that clearly struggle with the concept of “perspective” in their day-to-day lives, there’s something oddly romantic about a childish mentalist having schadenfreude sex-wees every time someone charges for something or a port’s framerate drops. Whoever wins this gets promo copies of Forza 3 and Assassin’s Creed II (PS3), and a retail copy of the Age of Empires Complete Edition. Because, you know, it could go either way.
  • The Shatner – We did a lot of thinking about whether or not to do this, but given the fact the entire site’s indelibly stained with Shatner’s blood – to his delight, no doubt – it’d be churlish to deny him his legacy. You’re voting for a proper twat here. The Shatner isn’t awarded to a “fanboy”. Whoever wins this award should be a relentless troll exploiting our lenient banning policy for selfish means, someone apparently committed to behaving in a way specifically designed to damage VG247 and its general user experience. The prize? Whoever wins gets banned for the next 12 months. From one legend to another. Choose carefully, kids.
  • We are the mod – We need a mod to watch for and delete spam in both the comments and on the forum. Nothing else. Vote for someone who can be granted admin rights and won’t turn into a Nazi.

VG247 Game Awards 2009

  • Best Publisher – One company only, please.
  • Best Developer – This is going to be tough, but there can be only one. Not two. One.
  • Best Game of 2009 – It’s been a fantastic year. We’re not going to give a shortlist, but you can only vote for one game each. Don’t fuck with our mojos by giving us a 1-100 list, or anything stupid.
  • Most Anticipated Game of 2010 – We don’t need to explain this, right? Again, please nominate only one game.

How to vote – Mail your nominations to patrick [at] vg247.com with the subject “VG247 community awards 2009″. We’ll announce all the winners next Monday, December 14, so everyone will get their prizes before Christmas.

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192 Comments

  1. mescalineeyes

    I’m really bad with names…

    #1 5 years ago
  2. Psychotext

    He who must not be named is pleased… :D

    #2 5 years ago
  3. Syrok

    :D – The Shatner

    I don’t even know who the developers and publishers are of the games I buy. Going to have to look that up. ^.^
    Game of the Year will be Demon’s Soul, UC2 or Flower.

    #3 5 years ago
  4. Len

    There can be only one for the S award…

    #4 5 years ago
  5. mescalineeyes

    I’m torn between Demon’s Souls and Street Fighter IV.

    #5 5 years ago
  6. Cort

    This isn’t going to end well…..

    #6 5 years ago
  7. Cort

    ….but I still laughed my ass off when I read it.

    #7 5 years ago
  8. absolutezero

    Whispers “Santa Claus” to the wind.

    /crosses fingers.

    #8 5 years ago
  9. Quiiick

    Best Poster (Overall): Blerk !!!

    #9 5 years ago
  10. Psychotext

    Now now… no influencing the voting. :)

    #10 5 years ago
  11. evilashchris

    Blerk is indeed awesome, I think he mortgaged his house with last years proceeds :D

    #11 5 years ago
  12. Patrick Garratt

    First votes in! Best poster – BDH :D

    #12 5 years ago
  13. Quiiick

    @ Psychotext
    This IS my vote!
    Not going to send an e-mail and getting spammed some day.

    #13 5 years ago
  14. Shatner

    Hi!

    #14 5 years ago
  15. Cort

    :^O

    #15 5 years ago
  16. Cort

    First votes in! Best poster – BDH

    Submitted by BDH.

    #16 5 years ago
  17. Psychotext

    @Quiiick: I don’t think Pat really has the time to send you spam, or the inclination to sell your email address. :P

    “Submitted by BDH”

    How dare you. The votes clearly came from different email addresses. Some of which were…

    ilovepcs@pcgamingalliance.org
    imnotbdh@dell.com
    bluedreamhunk@ravinginsanity.net

    #17 5 years ago
  18. Quiiick

    @ Psychotext
    You never know these days. Just being cautious.

    #18 5 years ago
  19. Patrick Garratt

    Quiiick – That’s my personal email address. I promise you you’ll get no spam from me.

    #19 5 years ago
  20. El_MUERkO

    The Shatner

    :D

    #20 5 years ago
  21. Robo_1

    I honestly wouldn’t know who to nominate for The Shatner, and I would hope that if not enough votes come in for it, nobody will be banned.

    There’s certainly people who post here who I wish would sod off to Gamefaqs and have done with it, but I fear there will be a lot of votes going out just to settle old scores.

    Overall I think we’ve got a nice community here, and I’m honestly not sure if an award like this betrays that mostly jovial and welcoming atmosphere, or helps to maintain it.

    #21 5 years ago
  22. mescalineeyes

    you’re quite eloquent for a robot.

    #22 5 years ago
  23. The Hindle

    Yea same here Robo i think its a bit harsh to vote someone in that, everyone is decent on this website no real idiots

    #23 5 years ago
  24. Syrok

    “no real idiots”

    Well, there are some mentalists. :D

    #24 5 years ago
  25. Quiiick

    @ Patrick Garratt
    Thanks for the reassurance. I never feared I would get spam from you personally.

    #25 5 years ago
  26. Cort

    No-one is really banned. They just set up a new account. That is, if they haven’t already got two or more.

    #26 5 years ago
  27. Zarckan

    What a load of bowlacks! The Shatner indeed :(

    #27 5 years ago
  28. G1GAHURTZ

    Sent.

    #28 5 years ago
  29. No_PUDding

    :D

    The Shatner!

    I am gonna get on the e-blower and send an internet mail. Good luck all.

    #29 5 years ago
  30. No_PUDding

    Can we vote for part time contributors?

    #30 5 years ago
  31. Patrick Garratt

    Vote for whoever you like.

    #31 5 years ago
  32. OlderGamer

    Also wouldn’t mind expanding the catagories a bit next year. Best Downloadable game comes to mind. Fat Princess, Trine, and Shadow Complex were freaken briliant, but they won’t stand up against the onslought of MW2 votes. Best PS3/xb360/PC/ and handheld games spring to mind too.

    Anyways thanks for the chance to be heard.

    Voted.

    #32 5 years ago
  33. Hunam

    What do you mean by trade poster?

    #33 5 years ago
  34. JonFE

    Pat, I voted twice. If possible, ignore the first email vote and consider only the second corrected entry. Sorry for your trouble…

    #34 5 years ago
  35. Jadeskye

    Vote for me, for a better britain! :p

    #35 5 years ago
  36. Johnny Cullen

    Vote for me for Best Member for DJ Hero for a better world, or I’ll fucking make sure you’ll hear about it!

    :D

    #36 5 years ago
  37. Hunam

    Pat, sorry if two was send from me, my email client is possessed by a demon of some kind.

    #37 5 years ago
  38. Patrick Garratt

    No worries, man :)

    #38 5 years ago
  39. Hunam

    also, me for mod. Because I care, alot.

    #39 5 years ago
  40. Roybott

    Do you not think that it would be best to have a couple of Mods for removing spam? Most people don’t spend 24/7 on this site so having a couple will mean chances are someone is on the site most of the time.

    Speaking of which I’d be up for helping remove spam from the Forum etc… if anyone wants to vote for me that is :)

    #40 5 years ago
  41. DaMan

    I don’t understand what’s “best poster(trade)”.

    #41 5 years ago
  42. reask

    I voted Pat.

    #42 5 years ago
  43. ybfelix

    When BDH receive his best fanboy award, Forza 3 and Assassin’s Creed II (PS3), oh the irony.

    Hey, the Age of Empires Complete Edition was just for him, right??

    #43 5 years ago
  44. Robo_1

    “Speaking of which I’d be up for helping remove spam from the Forum etc… if anyone wants to vote for me that is ”

    Yeah, I’ve put my name forward too. I’m on here most days anyway, so I may as well be useful. :D

    #44 5 years ago
  45. DaMan

    sent.

    #45 5 years ago
  46. Syrok

    “I don’t understand what’s “best poster(trade)”.”

    Just vote for Psycho. :D

    #46 5 years ago
  47. Mike

    TEA will hopefully get the Shatner.

    #47 5 years ago
  48. DaMan

    Syrok, that’s what I did in fact :D.. I mean, I don’t see the difference between this and “best poster overall”.

    #48 5 years ago
  49. Mike

    I’ll explain. Someone like me gets best poster overall. And people like psychotext and blerk get best poster (trade)

    Simple ;)

    #49 5 years ago
  50. blackdreamhunk

    yea I ‘m a pc gamer not console gamer, if I win any awards it’s got to be a pc game. If I do win and it’s cconsole game I am going to have to pass :)

    I would like to add more awards to the list.

    best mods of the year
    best indie games of the year
    best web based game of the year
    best free game of the year

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uwXpFv96H_Y

    #50 5 years ago
  51. Psychotext

    I’m sure there must be other posters as sad as me when it comes to trawling through financial reports and Media Create data…

    :(

    #51 5 years ago
  52. Hunam

    Oh, so that’s what trade is about. I just voted for the local cruising enthusiast.

    #52 5 years ago
  53. Psychotext

    YOU CAN’T PROVE ANYTHING.

    /dons camo

    #53 5 years ago
  54. Yoshi

    Whoever get nominated also gets a yellow submarine from me :D unless you prefer a different colour of course ;)

    #54 5 years ago
  55. Syrok

    Just send my votes. Pretty much the same as last year regarding the first two questions. :)

    PS: Nathan gets the award for most entertaining news writer (or whatever his title would be). :)

    #55 5 years ago
  56. Psychotext

    “Most likely to post utterly insane news in an utterly insane manner”

    :D

    #56 5 years ago
  57. Syrok

    Yep, that’s good too. :D

    #57 5 years ago
  58. ChrisPilote

    Voted, mainly in the prospect of having 12 months of peace ;)

    #58 5 years ago
  59. OlderGamer

    Mike, Tea should get Fanboy of the year imo, but not the shatner. Thats not cool, really. To ask to ban someone just because you two differ in opinions/likes/dislikes. Closest thing to a troll I ever see is BDH, and to be honest if he were gone, I might miss reading his “solid words”.

    #59 5 years ago
  60. OlderGamer

    I think the Shatner award should be renamed “Scariest Troll” award. W/O the use of the ban hammer. Although handing out an award based on being an ass might encourage people to create alt profiles and be, well, an award winning ass next year.

    #60 5 years ago
  61. Blerk

    I have man flu. I only just got out of bed. Now I have difficult decisions to make. Hmm.

    I might need a drink.

    #61 5 years ago
  62. ChrisPilote

    So you’re infectious, Blerk? That could have an influence-za (sorry…) on the votes you know :P
    Anyway, be well!

    #62 5 years ago
  63. Blerk

    I have hot chocolate now. This ‘sharpens the mind’. Possibly.

    Actually I might go back to bed. :-)

    #63 5 years ago
  64. Johnny Cullen

    “I have hot chocolate now.”

    That sounded so slutty in my head.

    #64 5 years ago
  65. Blerk

    That’s right, take advantage of me while I’m in a weakened state! You evil man. :-D

    #65 5 years ago
  66. Psychotext

    (Man flu = cold)

    /puts Blerk to bed
    /steals his votes

    #66 5 years ago
  67. Blerk

    You won’t be laughing when I’m dead!

    /shakes fist
    /feels a bit tired
    /contemplates watching cartoons

    #67 5 years ago
  68. Psychotext

    Now that last bit sounds like a plan.

    #68 5 years ago
  69. ChrisPilote

    /me is pretty sure that Blerk’s cartoons are about nubile girls and tentacles

    #69 5 years ago
  70. Cort

    Will we get a top three or just the winner in each category?

    #70 5 years ago
  71. Patrick Garratt

    I’ll do a top three, innit.

    #71 5 years ago
  72. DaMan

    top three winners of “the shit” as well?

    #72 5 years ago
  73. Patrick Garratt

    That one’s actually panning out quite unexpectedly. But my lips are sealed.

    #73 5 years ago
  74. Cort

    That one’s actually panning out quite unexpectedly. But my lips are sealed.

    You’re outta here, Blerk. ;o)

    #74 5 years ago
  75. Cort

    Of course, I should shut up joking about this one in case it ends up being me. :0(

    #75 5 years ago
  76. theevilaires

    O.G. that’s what they do. They cry to Garratt and ask him to ban people like me….and by people like me I mean people they can’t out debate because everything thing they bring to the table is twisted and very wrong.

    Its sad to know that text can make someone hurt inside. Oh well I’ll accept the Shatner award, he was a good guy in my book and I’m honored to be among his ranks even if it means I’m a “twat” :)

    /Salutes- LONG LIVE THE SHATNER LEGACY!

    #76 5 years ago
  77. OrphanageExplosion

    Just remember the chap who won the Uncharted 2 promo giveaway then gave away his prize!

    #77 5 years ago
  78. The Hindle

    So whats people voted for goty then, dont be Mw 2 please lol

    #78 5 years ago
  79. Mike

    #79 5 years ago
  80. DaMan

    aah, Hindle it’s Judgement Day! I voted for you in the Shit award because you once disrespected Tomb Raider! j/k

    #80 5 years ago
  81. McLovin85

    I’ve voted Uncharted 2 for best game. It was either that or Batman.
    Unfortunately i haven’t had a chance to play AC2 so not sure what i’m missing. But it’s a safe bet that i would rate Uncharted 2 higher (i think). Hope to be picking up AC2 in the next couple of weeks.

    #81 5 years ago
  82. Mike

    I voted for ND for dev and Dragon Age for game.

    #82 5 years ago
  83. DaMan

    I voted Nintendo for best devs and Rogue Warrior as the goty.

    ok, not really though.

    #83 5 years ago
  84. Mike

    :D

    #84 5 years ago
  85. Psychotext

    /votes for Rogue Warrior anyway

    #85 5 years ago
  86. No_PUDding

    Hmmm, What have I missed?

    whats ‘the shit’ award?

    #86 5 years ago
  87. Johnny Cullen

    The Shatner one, innit.

    #87 5 years ago
  88. theevilaires

    it was a deluxe ver of Dragons age Origins for PC Orphanage but who’s keeping track eh :D the fact of the matter is I don’t care. It doesn’t bother me when someone calls me a PS fanboy. I don’t scream for other people’s comments to be deleted like another.

    If the votes weigh in that way and I get banned, I’ll still be happy I got to add some of you to my friends list. :)

    I’m so excited I can barely hold my DS3 in my hands. I think its the excitement only a PlayStation fanboy can feel. A PlayStation fanboy at the start of a new journey who’s conclusion is uncertain :D

    I hope I get chose as the “Shatner”…

    I hope I get to see my friend and play UC2 MP with him…

    I hope the PS4 is as great as it has been in my dreams….

    I hope :) …..

    #88 5 years ago
  89. No_PUDding

    Oh well… I know who i went before.

    #89 5 years ago
  90. Mike

    Shawshank, ftw.

    #90 5 years ago
  91. theevilaires

    ….that’s goddamn right :)

    #91 5 years ago
  92. Mike

    How dare you defile it like that! ;)

    #92 5 years ago
  93. Withnail

    Publisher must be Sony surely. They’ve published a huge number of games this year across multiple genres and they’re all at least decent quality. From hardcore games (Uncharted 2, Infamous, Killzone 2) to family friendly titles (Ratchet, Jak & Daxter, Invizimals) to casual (Eyepet, Singstar) to innovative downloadable games (Flower, PixelJunk Shooter, Trash Panic) to portable versions of big franchises (LBP PSP, Gran Turismo PSP, Motorstorm PSP), and they’re just a few examples. Breadth and depth that few other publishers even get close to IMO.

    #93 5 years ago
  94. Mike

    EA

    #94 5 years ago
  95. No_PUDding

    I did EA too.

    #95 5 years ago
  96. theevilaires

    I’m only stating the VG247 version of Shawshank starring

    Garratt as Warden Norton
    Mike as Captain Hadley
    Shatner as Andy
    TEA as RED

    Only this time the good guys lose….or don’t they ;)

    #96 5 years ago
  97. Mike

    “Shatner as Andy
    TEA as RED”

    Tragic.

    #97 5 years ago
  98. Syrok

    I voted for Sony. They apparently published two of my three favourite games of this year. I wasn’t aware of that before the vote. :)

    #98 5 years ago
  99. Withnail

    EA would probably be my second choice for publisher, they did have a pretty good year, but I reckon Sony top them for quality over a wide range of genres.

    #99 5 years ago
  100. theevilaires

    /ignores Captain Mikey…turns up Mozart on 7.1 stereo surround sound :)

    #100 5 years ago
  101. Mike

    /puts TEA in the box.

    #101 5 years ago
  102. No_PUDding

    “Shatner – who crawled through a river of shit and came out clean on the other side.”

    Actually Mike, it’s kind of an apt casting.

    #102 5 years ago
  103. Shatner

    Pat follows me on Twitter.

    #103 5 years ago
  104. Michael O’Connor

    *sits back an enjoys the show*

    #104 5 years ago
  105. No_PUDding

    Wait… Uh. You’re….

    Are you real?

    #105 5 years ago
  106. Michael O’Connor

    Pudding: Probably just some guy who changed his username.

    #106 5 years ago
  107. No_PUDding

    Still scary. Kind of like seeing an android version of someone who you’ve seen killed.

    I can’t say the parallel has ever actually happened to me, but the point stands.

    #107 5 years ago
  108. Mike

    Real deal.

    #108 5 years ago
  109. Patrick Garratt

    It is him, yeah. You should see the amount of aliases he uses. I’m going to delete everything you’ve ever written on the site now. Ready?

    #109 5 years ago
  110. Michael O’Connor

    *laughs* Impressive. Care to share some of those aliases?

    *curious and nosey Irish bastard*

    #110 5 years ago
  111. reask

    Hey I dont like this shatner thing tbh.
    I have had many a debate with many members and I dont want to see anybody banned for the wrong reasons.
    I include BDH as well btw.

    You either go down that road or not and in all fairness the site has survived thus far.
    Yes I know I voted on it but I felt I had to Pat as you put it there.

    #111 5 years ago
  112. Mike

    Pat has the power to force people to do things they are uncomfortable with.

    /has urge to unzip….

    #112 5 years ago
  113. Michael O’Connor

    Hot, Mike.

    #113 5 years ago
  114. reask

    :D

    #114 5 years ago
  115. Cort

    Perhaps the winner of “Shatner” should get a private warning?

    #115 5 years ago
  116. Mike

    I think the winning of the Shatner should get a mirror.

    When they open it, they’ll need to take a long, hard look at it and make a few decisions about their immediate future.

    #116 5 years ago
  117. reask

    I just feel the thing about this site is that folks can say what they want without fear and yet for the most part it is quite civilised.

    #117 5 years ago
  118. MushroomStamp

    Come on! Nobody deserves the Shatner more than BDH

    #118 5 years ago
  119. Mike

    BDH is nothing like Shatner. Nothing at all.

    #119 5 years ago
  120. Michael O’Connor

    Maybe I should say goodbye before the inevitable happens? *laughs*

    It’s been fun guys!

    #120 5 years ago
  121. Mike

    The mirror’s in the post.

    #121 5 years ago
  122. Cort

    Come on! Nobody deserves the Shatner more than BDH

    BDH is nothing like Shatner. Nothing at all.

    Someone will be selected based on the criteria shown for “The Shatner”, not because he or she is like Shatner. You may think there is no difference; a few others will disagree.

    #122 5 years ago
  123. Michael O’Connor

    BDH really is nothing like Shatner. if you wanna look at it objectively.

    Shatner was a belligerent, condescending asshat. BDH is completely naive and utterly oblivious to his own ignorance, but he’s ultimately harmless. As is TEA.

    If I don’t end up winning this, I’ll be impressed. Heh.

    #123 5 years ago
  124. Mike

    The Shatner isn’t awarded to a “fanboy”.

    That’s what BDH is.

    Whoever wins this award should be a relentless troll exploiting our lenient banning policy for selfish means, someone apparently committed to behaving in a way specifically designed to damage VG247 and its general user experience.

    I’m sure most of you enjoy telling BDH to stfu and laughing at his posts.

    The Shatner should be awarded to the person that most people feel they want to ignore and actually sigh and click away from the site when they see he/she is about.

    I wonder who that could be…:)

    #124 5 years ago
  125. Cort

    Mike do you work/write for the site?

    #125 5 years ago
  126. Michael O’Connor

    @Cort: http://www.vg247.com/staff/

    Mike = Michael Bowden if I recall correctly.

    #126 5 years ago
  127. Mike

    That page will be updated soon hopefully :)

    #127 5 years ago
  128. Cort

    In that case, is it appropriate for you to be commenting on this particular issue and suggesting you already have a member in mind before the votes are in?

    #128 5 years ago
  129. Psychotext

    “Someone will be selected based on the criteria shown for “The Shatner”, not because he or she is like Shatner.”

    Those would be my thoughts on the “award”.

    #129 5 years ago
  130. Michael O’Connor

    Hahahaha.

    Oh dear, is Mike the leading name right? It would be quite funny if one of the staff received the Shatner reward…

    OUT WITH JOHNNY!

    “In that case, is it appropriate for you to be commenting on this particular issue and suggesting you already have a member in mind before the votes are in?”

    I don’t think he’s trying to suggest that he has a member in mind, but that he already has a general idea who it is because he already knows the current standing of the votes.

    #130 5 years ago
  131. Mike

    “In that case, is it appropriate for you to be commenting on this particular issue and suggesting you already have a member in mind before the votes are in?”

    Everything’s down to Pat. 100% him. Nothing to do with me at all.

    #131 5 years ago
  132. Mike

    I’m just a site user/commenter like you.

    #132 5 years ago
  133. Cort

    What? No Electoral Commission rules and observers? Naughty, Pat. :)

    #133 5 years ago
  134. Mike

    He’s a tyrant.

    #134 5 years ago
  135. Cort

    Some people need a dictator, I suppose. Pat’s a benevolent despot.

    #135 5 years ago
  136. Psychotext

    He’s certainly got the beard for it.

    #136 5 years ago
  137. Johnny Cullen

    Phft, not anymore he hasnt.

    #137 5 years ago
  138. Cort

    He lives in Worthing. That’s kind of like a war zone.

    #138 5 years ago
  139. The Hindle

    Oooh i want to do the Morgan Freeman narration Tea

    #139 5 years ago
  140. Psychotext

    Don’t tell me the beard is gone JC!

    #140 5 years ago
  141. Johnny Cullen

    It is.

    #141 5 years ago
  142. Psychotext

    NNNNNNNNNNOOOOOOOooooooooooooo….

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!

    #142 5 years ago
  143. Johnny Cullen

    Heh. :D

    #143 5 years ago
  144. Jadeskye

    Can we just shatner BDH and be rid of him?

    Pretty please?

    #144 5 years ago
  145. The Hindle

    Who the hell is Shatner btw, wasnt on this website then i dont think.

    #145 5 years ago
  146. Robo_1

    Does Pat have the power of veto over the member chosen for the Shatner?

    I mean if the results really are for one of the staff or a member who clearly doesn’t deserve it, will Pat refuse to ban that person, or is it majority rules?

    Also, was Shatner banned for life or just 12 months?

    #146 5 years ago
  147. Michael O’Connor

    Life.

    #147 5 years ago
  148. Psychotext

    The Universe.

    #148 5 years ago
  149. Michael O’Connor

    And everything!

    #149 5 years ago
  150. Gheritt White

    Best Overall Poster: Blerk. It has to be. He’s always been the best with consistently entertaining posts. Psychotext gave him a run for his money by getting quoted in a national newspaper, but Blerk brings the consistency.

    Best Trade Poster: Psychotext, no question or debate. The man has the ability to bring in numbers to every debate making it all the more informative for everybody.

    Best Fanboy: It simply has to be theevilaires. You’ve come such a long way in the last year my friend and nobody can deny you’ve made the site a more lively, entertaining and (occasionally) frustrating place. Nobody dserves this more than you and I hope you carry your passion and enthusiasm with you throughout all your endeavours.

    The Shatner: blackdreamhunk. Just fuck off. Seriously.

    We are the Mod: This is a toughie. I mean, there are too many first-rate regulars who all make excellent contributions – but if I had to pick one, I’d have to say No_PUDding, just because he’s such a sweetheart. (Btw – Michael, you know I rate you but I think even you’d agree that you’re perhaps a little too fiery to make for a truly even-handed mod).

    Best Publisher: UbiSoft. They make bold and daring games that don’t always reach their lofty ambitions, but no-one can deny they have sky-high aspirations.

    Best Developer: Can I say UbiSoft Montreal? If not, then Naughty Dog. Both studios really pulled it off this year.

    Best Game of 2009: I’d say Bionic Commando, but nobody would believe me. So instead I’ll say Assassin’s Creed 2.

    Most Anticipated Game of 2010: Gosh, there are so many! But if I had to choose one, then it’d have to be Mass Effect 2 ‘cos we all know it’s gonna be the absolute dog’s bollocks.

    Special mentions to Michael O’Connor, Johnny Cullen, Retroid, Tonka, Hunam, Cort, Mike, tenthousandgothsonacid, The Hindle, Syrok, G1GAHURTZ, reask and loads of others who make visiting here so enjoyable.

    Oh and Pat, too. He’s okay, I suppose.

    /EDIT: Just realised I was meant to mail this! Oh well, nobody would see my shout outs if I deleted it, so here it stays.

    #150 5 years ago
  151. Syrok

    Recognition at last! :D

    #151 5 years ago
  152. Michael O’Connor

    I make this place enjoyable?

    And here I thought everyone here saw me as an annoying, condescending, egotistical ass-hole with no filter on his mouth and an abusively narcissistic attitude.

    *laughs*

    #152 5 years ago
  153. blackdreamhunk

    you people can call me troll all you want but at the end of the day. It’s my words that are solid. In fact there is more people in the industry who supporting my views, even CEO’s are agreeing with me.

    there is even ceo’s who would agree with me. Also this proves even more how much game devs hate pc gamers. All your doing is fueling the fire that meny people will see.

    http://software.intel.com/en-us/blogs/2009/12/06/pc-gaming-not-hit-as-hard-as-some-estimate/

    PC Gaming not hit as hard as some estimate
    By Matt Ployhar (Intel) (12 posts) on December 6, 2009 at 2:55 pm

    I’m always bemused by articles like this touting the demise of PC Gaming and ‘how hard the PC games industry was hit’. For starters we have to first wonder where this information comes from. There are of course several sources that I won’t name here but it does make me pause why so much of the real story is left out, forgotten, or not mentioned.

    So let’s dissect some of the claims we’re starting to see as well as some more that are likely to crop up. Has the games industry as a whole been hit? I think everyone is in agreement about this statement. The majority of industries across the board have been. Next; has PC gaming been hit harder, or less than other game platforms? Well if we only consider retail in one geography (in this case North America) then yes. That statement would be true. What about the rest of the world? China for example has very low Console penetration but is sporting somewhere around ~45% of the world’s PC gaming units. Most of those PC game units never show up on anyone’s radar though since they’re not shipped, or available outside China. Europe is about a 1/3rd of the other remaining units. North America has actually been trending downward to about ~23% of the world’s total PC Gaming units. The reason why is that Console ownership in the US has gone up dramatically over the past decade. This trend hasn’t followed suit in most other Geo’s though. Japan of course has always had super high penetration rates of Consoles with the exception of the Xbox which hasn’t fared so well over there.

    There are several other critical things missing from articles like this & others. The biggest factor that I can see is the tectonic shift away from retail & towards digital distribution. Microsoft itself is supposedly jumping on the creation of a Steam-like service band wagon. All the big Game Publishers are offering digital copies of their games (e.g. EA Downloader, etc); or going to 3rd Parties services such as Steam, Orb, Impulse etc. Traditional ‘Brick & Mortar’ Retailers such as EB Games offer digital game downloads. There are several reasons why. One: the money saved from Cost of Goods Manufacturing (COGs), Two: leads to higher profitability, Three: convenience, Four: It’s more Anti-Piracy resistant, and so on. This is also why all the Console Manufacturers have jumped on the Digital Download bandwagon with services like Xbox Live, & PS Network, etc. Just bear in mind that the biggest advantages to doing it this way still remain on the PC.

    The next biggest point for me comes down to sloppy reporting when all the Consoles are lumped together in one bucket; and then compared to the PC Games market. As I’ve mentioned in previous blog posts this is simply not the best way to portray the gaming platforms market. Today there are still five major viable gaming platforms if I exclude the Handheld & cell phone gaming markets. They are the PC, Xbox 360, PS2, PS3, and Wii. These five platforms all compete with each other for your dollar and mindshare. The best way to view this is PC vs PS2 vs PS3 vs 360 vs Wii. In the case of dual ownership an end user would more likely buy the Console version of a game + the PC version; as opposed to 2 copies of the game for say the 360 & PS3. Those types of situations are much more the exception than the rule.

    The last point I’ll address for the sake of time is the comment about margins & profitability of Console vs. PC. In my history of working in Microsoft Game Studios, and at Intel, I’ve had extensive conversations about this topic with key Publishers and their respective finance gurus. They will tell you that PC gaming is more profitable and here’s why. First off we have to remember that there’s a difference between total revenue and profits vs. profitability on a per unit basis. The biggest Publishers make more money in aggregate when adding up all the Consoles together; but the story is vastly different when you ask them how much they make off of each individual game platform. The story gets even worse for Consoles when you ask them how much money they make on a per unit sold basis after all costs. The biggest culprit is the Console royalty which is non-existent on the PC. Which incidentally points to why Console Games ~$60/copy and we see all these ‘Special Editions’. Also; what is never factored in is the total P&L + Marketing/PR expenditures. Activision reported spending ~$200m on their latest Modern Warfare 2 hit. If this is semi accurate then at $60 copy they’d have to sell over ~3.3 million copies just to hit breakeven! I often hear Publishers mention they have to sell a million or more copies to hit break even. For the PC one can get by with between one-quarter to one-third that amount of units sold through.

    So there you have it. There are tons of other things to factor in for a conversation like this. So I tried to focus in on the biggest topics. The next time you read or hear someone telling you that PC gaming is declining, or not profitable, or struggling let’s start challenging some of those assumptions more diligently. I’ll have to tackle the concept of attach rates and ‘Total-Available-Market’ (TAM) in a future blog; since this too is an all too often overlooked factor that has literally, and sadly, put several of my friends in the Game Industry into bankruptcy or being forced into being acquired. In most of those circumstances it’s been due to buying into the Console hype and not getting all their facts straight about the viability & profitability of the PC gaming market.

    #153 5 years ago
  154. Hunam

    Jesus christ.

    #154 5 years ago
  155. Hunam

    @Michael O’Connor

    We do all think that, but we don’t hold it against you, it’s an endearing charm you have. Despite my belligerence towards you on several occasions I don’t dislike you at all.

    #155 5 years ago
  156. Michael O’Connor

    Awww, you’re so sweet.

    *hugs Hunam*

    #156 5 years ago
  157. Psychotext

    “And everything!”

    \o/

    #157 5 years ago
  158. Psychotext

    Oh look… a wall of text, because links are too hard.

    #158 5 years ago
  159. Hunam

    I like Gheritt White because he special mentioned me… twice.

    #159 5 years ago
  160. G1GAHURTZ

    What will we do when the solid words have gone?

    #160 5 years ago
  161. Psychotext

    You’re just that special Hunam.

    #161 5 years ago
  162. Gheritt White

    BDH, if you cared about PC gaming so much, then why not hang out on Rock, Paper, Shotgun? You’d be much more welcome there.

    #162 5 years ago
  163. Hunam

    Not really, aside from a minor fanboy outrage over L4D2, the place is alright.

    #163 5 years ago
  164. blackdreamhunk

    @Gheritt White

    I thought vg247 was a gaming site fr gamers. I didn’t know it’s all about console hardware.

    there is so much liars in the gaming industry it’s not even funny

    #164 5 years ago
  165. Cort

    Way to add another bunch of votes to your name, BDH. If anyone was in doubt before that your actions neatly define the “Shatner” criteria set out by Pat, they can’t have any argument now.

    #165 5 years ago
  166. Hunam

    It’s not about console hardware, but the problem we have with you is that you wade into the console threads everytime and start copypasting links to crackpots on the internet about how consoles are all failing. If you leave them alone, they’ll leave you alone.

    #166 5 years ago
  167. blackdreamhunk

    sorry i don’t like to make claims with out proof so man can call me lair un like your self.

    too meny proclaim alot of unturthfull claims.

    you wan to debate with me you better have facts and proof.

    If you don’t have proof any ou make claims. I am going to chanllege you on your claims.

    #167 5 years ago
  168. Psychotext

    STOP IT STOP IT STOP IT STOP IT STOP IT STOP IT STOP IT STOP IT STOP IT STOP IT STOP IT STOP IT STOP IT STOP IT STOP IT STOP IT STOP IT STOP IT STOP IT STOP IT STOP IT STOP IT STOP IT!

    /runs away crying

    #168 5 years ago
  169. G1GAHURTZ

    Here we go again…

    #169 5 years ago
  170. blackdreamhunk

    lol figures

    #170 5 years ago
  171. Hunam

    God, next you’ll be asking for sources. You don’t debate, you spew rhetoric like a fundamentalist zealot. You like PC games, that is awesome, so do I, just leave the console gamers to their dance and talk about things you do like, like pornography or anti-semetic propaganda. Oh and PC games.

    #171 5 years ago
  172. blackdreamhunk

    the funny part is my words come to pass.

    lets look at the bankuprt console game devs

    lets look at all the ceo’s that agree with my statments

    what do you have?

    heck i was even rigth about the coonsole decline.

    aat the end of the my words have alot more weight.

    #172 5 years ago
  173. G1GAHURTZ

    Oh dear.

    #173 5 years ago
  174. Gheritt White

    Sorry G1Gz, I totally forgot to give you a shout out too, but you defo deserve one as well! You’d make a good mod too. Hang on, I’ll edit it up and replace one of the Hunam instances.

    EDIT: Done.

    #174 5 years ago
  175. Hunam

    What the fuck!?

    My mom was so proud :(

    #175 5 years ago
  176. G1GAHURTZ

    Woo hoo!

    You love me… you really love me… *whimper*

    #176 5 years ago
  177. Retroid

    /Reads last post on previous page

    /Hugs Gheritt White

    #177 5 years ago
  178. Michael O’Connor

    “If anyone was in doubt before that your actions neatly define the “Shatner” criteria set out by Pat, they can’t have any argument now.”

    Except he doesn’t define the “Shatner” criteria.

    He may be a fanboy, and he may be an idiot, but nowhere is he aggressively and constantly attacking people to the point of making the site practically unvisitable.

    #178 5 years ago
  179. Cort

    @O’Connor, sorry, but I don’t see “aggressively and constantly attacking people to the point of making the site practically unvisitable” in the list of criteria.

    #179 5 years ago
  180. Truk

    I’d vote for Shatner for the Shatner award.

    #180 5 years ago
  181. reask

    I got a mention too.
    Thanks gherrit. :P

    #181 5 years ago
  182. The Hindle

    Cheers Gherrit and i voted for Bdh as best poster, what can i say the guy is mad as fuck but comedy classic

    #182 5 years ago
  183. theevilaires

    I second that Hindle, BDH for best poster. The guy is a GENIUS. I read his post because its enjoyable and fun.
    The guy has a passion for PC gaming and that’s admirable. The fact that so many people want to hate him because of what he post is downright stupid.

    I’ll give you guys a scenerio, would you rather see 1 guy like BDH or 50-100 guys like Mike Bowden and Psychotext who are just down right boring and Mr. know it all’s.

    BDH is the very reason we enjoy internet discussions. Call him a clown, an idiot, troll, pc fanboy, or any other thing you want. Just give this a thought, If you got stuck in an elevator with either BDH, Psychotext, or Mike who do you think you would have the best and funniest conversation with while the elevator got fixed and opened.

    BDH, continue being your unique self. I’ve never read anything where you made threats to anyone, I’ve never read where you cried like a bitch to have some BANNED, and I’ve never read anything that you’ve posted that offended me personally (which is not possible because this is the internet not fucking REAL LIFE).

    People dislike you because when you step in the room (article) you steal the spot light from them and to them that’s their life.

    #183 5 years ago
  184. Psychotext

    You really think that Mr Ultra Hardcore PC gaming fanatic would give you an interesting conversation when stuck in an elevator? He’d probably be jonesing for a dose of WoW within 5 minutes… he’d be wearing your skin within 15.

    #184 5 years ago
  185. Cort

    TEA you traitor! LOL.

    #185 5 years ago
  186. Gheritt White

    TEA’s expressed his opinion and done it eloquently – as we all know, opinions can’t be wrong (in fact I think that’s a numbered internet rule!).

    However… I’m really not sure about that whole stealing the spotlight thing – I sincerely doubt anybody here places so much value on the presence of their posts, *especially* the regulars.

    That said, you could have said that for dramatic effect. I’ve needed to have my Mr Sensible hat on all week, so feel free to rip me.

    #186 5 years ago
  187. Psychotext

    So no mum jokes? How have you coped?

    #187 5 years ago
  188. Gheritt White

    With difficulty. It’s quarter to five on Friday and I have 125 e-mails left to clear. If I manage to clear a fortnight’s worth of unreads in four days, that’ll be a personal record.

    #188 5 years ago
  189. No_PUDding

    @184 That’s hilarious in my mind.

    #189 5 years ago
  190. Psychotext

    @GW: Ctrl+A, Delete

    #190 5 years ago
  191. Gheritt White

    Lol, I wish!

    #191 5 years ago
  192. Edward Cullen

    I voted The Shatner: Pat , sorry had to do it.

    #192 5 years ago

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