End of the year awards 2011 schedule

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After, you know, being dead for a few weeks I’ve decided this is the absolute best way to end the year. Not with zero articles and the corpse of ‘critique corner’ on my shoulder but, instead, with a luscious expansive list of awards to dish out. This will be a red carpet affair, a true showing of quality is to get an award from the lovely Nathan Hardisty. I’m changing the run-up of awards from last year, still trying to perfect them, do leave a comment for what you’d like to see show up on the awards roster. I’d make these public voted but there’s not enough readership and these are my awards anyway.

A change from last year, I think, I’ll include ALL the nominations here and you can guess which one I’ll go with.

Best Sound Design – December 11th

Which soothed my ears more than any other game this year?

Dead Space 2 scored by Don Veca

Portal 2  scored by Mike Morasky

The Binding of Isaac  scored by Danny Baranowsky

Deus Ex Human Revolution by Eidos Montreal

Bastion by SuperGiant Games

Best Downloadable Game – December 12th

Which little chunk of love had me comin’ back for more?

Pixeljunk Shooter 2 by Q-Games

Bastion by SuperGiant Games

Pixeljunk Sidescroller by Q-Games

Renegade Ops by Avalanche Studios

Stacking by Double Fine

Best Art Direction – December 13th

Which game made me want to have sexual interactions with its art?

Stacking by Double Fine

Deus Ex Human Revolution by Eidos Montreal

Portal 2 by Valve Software

Arkham City by Rocksteady Studios

Pixeljunk Shooter 2 by Q-Games

Worst Game – December 14th

Which game made me vomit? I considered having just one lone nomination because we all know what it will be.

Duke Nukem Forever by Gearbox Softeware/3D Realms

Dragon Age 2 by BioWare Studios

Microbot by Naked Guy Entertainment

Modern Warfare 3 by Infinity Ward/ Sledgehammer Games

Duke Nukem Forever by Gearbox Software/3D Realms (so bad it deserves to be nom’d twice)

Best Design – December 15th

Which game experimented with game design itself and created something special?

The Binding of Isaac by Edmund McMillen and Florian Himsl

The Stanley Parable by Cakebread

Minecraft by Mojang AB

Frozen Synapse by Mode 7

Bastion by SuperGiant Games

Best Narrative – December 16th

Which game told the best story?

Arkham City by Rocksteady Studios

Infamous 2 by Sucker Punch

Deus Ex Human Revolution by Eidos Montreal

Portal 2 by Valve Software

Bastion by SuperGiant Games

Best Original Score – December 17th

Which game’s soundtrack has been played on my computer more than any other?

Frozen Synapse scored by Paul Taylor

Binding of Isaac scored by Danny Baranowsky

Portal 2 composed by Mike Morasky, Jonathan Coulton

Skyrim composed by Jeremy Soule

Bastion scored by Darren Korb

Flawless Victory – December 24th

Which was THE best game I played this year?

Skyrim by Bethesda Softworks

Rayman Origins by Ubisoft Monitpellier

Deus Ex Human Revolution by Eidos Montreal

Portal 2 by Valve Software

Arkham City by Rocksteady Studios

Game of the Year – December 25th

What is THE game to represent this year?

– Rayman Origins by Ubisoft Montipellier

– Portal 2 by Valve Software

– Minecraft by Mojang

– Batman Arkham City by Rocksteady Studios

– Skyrim by Bethesda Softworks

Runners Up + Extras – December 26th

Who were the runners up? Best voice acting? Best DLC?


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