The Golden Joystick Awards have revealed the contenders in the Best Shooter category. Modern Warfare 2 is going to win. Just like when it’s predecessor destroyed everyone last year. No. No, it doesn’t matter that you think Borderlands revolutionised firearms loot in the RPG-FPS quasi-genre. It doesn’t matter if you think Left 4 Dead 2 was a wholly superior co-operative multiplayer experience. It just doesn’t matter. I’m so sorry. But you may well have 1,223,646 votes to compete with (2009’s turnout), and unless you’re a column of Spartans, those aren’t good odds.
Take a gander at the full list of nominees for the Shooter of the Year:
Aliens vs. Predator
Battlefield: Bad Company 2
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
Halo 3: ODST
Left 4 Dead 2
Metroid Prime Trilogy
S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Call of Pripyat
Now, considering Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 sold over 20 million copies worldwide, the proportion of voters who enjoyed it above all the other nominees is bound to work in their favour. Infinity Ward have statistics on their side. Sexy statistics.
They have something else as well. The Golden Joystick Awards are “the people’s gaming awards.” The vote is entirely up to any member of the public. This is good. Democracy, ho! Unfortunately this also means that those who vote haven’t necessarily played all of the games on each list. For instance, I have only played four of the games in the shooter category this year (disgraceful effort). How could I say that Halo 3: O.D.S.T. is better than S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Call of Pripyat, when I haven’t even played the latter? Maybe I visited Russia once and I didn’t like the airport security? Maybe I simply prefer Halo’s acronym because it is shorter. Or maybe I have no basis for such a statement at all. It would be like a barman walking into a Banksy exhibition and hijacking a guided tour, telling everyone that he’s never heard of this Van Gogh chap people keep mentioning but he’s definitely shite when compared to good ol’ Banksy.
So, Modern Warfare 2 is going to win. Simply because a potential fan base the size of a third of the UK’s population means they have something unstoppable with them in their corner: a mass of unqualified opinion.