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SvennoJ said:
Intrinsic said:


You do realize that every game picked out for GOTY has their own "genre specific" awards right? Eg GOW was also nominated for "best action/adventure game".

There is no conspiracy to anything here. 

So why are Beat saber and Tetris Effect not nominated for best audio design. All the nominated big name games don't do anything innovative with audio. Are PSVR and indie games not allowed to be nominated for a big category :p

At least RDR2 audio was still very good. Yet why is Spiderman in there. There was nothing memorable about the audio or music. Not that it was bad yet I literally can't remember any of the music in that game and I platinumed it. As for RDR2, we've had dynamic building music since SSX 3 and that still did it better than RDR2. What are the criteria for best audio design.

It's just odd to see the same big names appear in as many places as possible. It's all subjective I guess. I would have thought Detroit would trump something traditional as RDR2 for best art design. Detroit actually has art design, RDR2 merely models the past.

Anyway I'm happy there is at least a VR/AR category and Astrobot got acknowledged :) And sad there is no best platformer anymore.

Make no mistake I dont agree with all the awards given. Particularly in the categories you mentioned. But I feel popularity also plays an unfortunate big role in the game selection. 

I think fr the game awards to ever be taken seriously in my book certain things will have to be changed. 

  1. Let all released games be voted on to determine which games even get nominated by the people that have played them. The users/gamers not some panel of publications. This is because game appeal is purely subjective. As are the reviewers to and there isn't like some sort of qualification to be a reviewrer so technically their votes hold no more weight or value than the average gamer.  

  2. We have PSN and XBlive and Steam IDs.. let those be used to sign into a voting site for both nominations and votes. So basically only people that have played/owned a game can vote or nominate it. 
I think just those two changes alone will not just make the game awards more unique but it will make it so much better.