For the last couple of years, I’ve devoted December to a series of “alternative awards” based on things I’ve experienced and written about over the course of the last year.
The MoeGamer Awards provides both me and you with an opportunity to review what we’ve seen in the last year here on MoeGamer, to revisit some things that I feel are worth looking at again, and to highlight some things that I don’t feel got enough attention first time around.
A big part of the fun of this event is getting suggestions from you lot as to what I should write about, so I am once again soliciting suggestions from you, yes, you, dear reader. Hit the jump to find out more!
Once again, I’m not looking for specific game nominations, I’m looking for categories. And the more specific/obscure/weird those categories are, the better.
In other words, I’m not looking for “you should give an award to Senran Kagura“; I’m looking for, I don’t know, “best use of condensed milk in a video game”. (Although there’s clearly only one choice for that one.) And, crucially, the award should be relevant to something I’ve previously covered here on MoeGamer, preferably in the last year or so. Hit up the Cover Games, All Games or Index By Date pages to see what your options are — there are plenty of ’em!
And, as before, the more creative the better. I’m not at all interested in boring The Game Awards-style categories like “best graphics”, “best sound” or whatever; I want things that will provide interesting writing prompts and opportunities to talk about a wide variety of weird and wonderful stuff. So I’m posting this early so you have plenty of time to think!
Leave your suggestions in the comments on this post. And if you need some inspiration, here’s what we covered last year!
The Most Terrifying Room award highlights excellence in environmental design, taking into account audio, visuals, architecture and all manner of other things. Anyone who played Project Zero 4: Mask of the Lunar Eclipse will not be surprised to hear that room from this game took the top spot.
The Weirdest Character award celebrates a character who was always herself and didn’t give a shit what anyone else thought. It went, unsurprisingly, to the Kyary Pamyu Pamyu-inspired Sylvie Paula Paula from SNK Heroines.
The Best System to Collect For in 2018 award is pretty self-explanatory — which platform did I most enjoy collecting games for that year? I went for the underappreciated Wii U; although many of its hits are being ported to Switch, the console remains a delightfully compelling curiosity, and in years to come I have little doubt it will be held in the same regard as other beloved niche curiosities like the Neo Geo and PC Engine.
The Best Common Architecture award celebrates the best everyday architecture you find yourself staring at for the majority of a game. This will probably be the only positive award you’ll ever see Sonic 2006 winning anywhere on the Internet… though I really, genuinely, unironically enjoyed that game!
The This Game Has An Excellent Female Lead and is About Being a Girl, Stop Whingeing There Aren’t Any Games About Such Things award speaks for itself, really. Blue Reflection proved that, indeed, there are games with excellent female leads that are about being a girl, so people whingeing that there aren’t any shout probably just shut their cakehole, get off Twitter and actually look beyond the tedium of triple-A.
The Coolest Transportation Method award explores the most interesting way to get around in a game world. There were a few possibilities for this award in 2018, but it ultimately went to the Uppy Engine from the fantastic Evenicle.
The Best Girl 2018 award is the natural companion to the Best Boy 2018 award. And, given that I played a Neptunia game in 2018, there’s no way this was ever going to go to anyone else but my beloved Nepgear.
The Character I Learned to Love award celebrates a character I thought would be unlikable, but who turned out to be interesting and sympathetic, even if certain aspects of his personality remain completely reprehensible. This dubious honour went to Wilfred Heisenburg from Re;Lord: The witch of Herfort and stuffed animals, one of the only times I’ve ever seen a genuinely right-wing lead handled in an honest, balanced manner.
The Best Lightning and Storm Effects award is about sunshine and puppies. Just kidding! It provided a suitable opportunity to rave about how good Project Zero 5: Maiden of Black Water’s storm effects are.
The Shutterbug award celebrates the Project Zero series as a whole, and forced me to come to the difficult decision as to which one I liked the most. It was a difficult decision, but ultimately it had to go to the incredible experience that was Project Zero 4: Mask of the Lunar Eclipse.
And the Game of the Year 2018 award, as you might expect, reflects my favourite experience that I had in 2018 — note that when I do a “Game of the Year” award I define it by things I played in 2018, not those that were necessarily released in 2018. And given that Xenoblade Chronicles 2 released too late in 2017 to get any mainstream Game of the Year Awards… well, I didn’t really have a choice here, now, did I?
So that’s that! I’ll kick off the awards on the 2nd of December — that’s the first Monday in December — so be sure to leave some suggestions by then, including if you want to see a repeat of any of the previous awards. I’ll continue to take suggestions until partway through the month depending on how much of a response I get, so please leave any categories and awards you’d like to see in the comments below.
I don’t have any “prizes” to award for being picked or anything, but if you include your social media, website, YouTube info or whatever, I’ll make sure to include it when I credit you for the award concept.
One last thing to note; as with previous years, these awards are intended to be positive in tone, so anything along the lines of “worst game” or “most incompetent games journalist” won’t make the cut, I’m afraid. If you want negativity, you should know by now that you are emphatically in the wrong place!
Thanks in advance for all your bright ideas, friends; I look forward to seeing what you come up with!
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