We play video games all year long, then as the year ends, we start to think about what games we played were the best around. There’s a ton of options, and at times it can be hard to determine which is the best, and which isn’t. So, naturally, people try and find ways to figure it out. Many sites do “Game of the Year” awards, with many games getting nominated for various categories. But many of them are based on the people who work at that site or place. The Game Awards though…they’re doing something different.
For they let the fans determine who wins, all by going to their website and selecting the game that they feel should win. No overall bias, just fan selection. Now, to be fair, The Game Awards isn’t the best awards show around, they’ve had many issues over the years, and many have called them out for certain things they do. But, you still have to appreciate the fact that they put the votes in the hands of the fans.
Cause that is the difference. Because if one game wins, you can’t say that “oh that committee neglected to think about this and this…”, because that “committee” is now the legions of gamers who voted. In fact, on the first day, The Game Awards got 2.5 million fan votes, on day one! That shows that the fans want to make their voices heard, and affect who wins.
For developers, this is also a special kind of awards show, for they get to hear from their fans (potentially) that their game was the best, and that it really resounded with them so much that they voted for it to be the best in their category. That has to mean something.
In the end, while there are many awards shows and contests, this one is special because every single winner is picked by fans. And not only does it make things fair, it makes it interesting.