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Golden Joystick Awards

September 22nd, 2010 by

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

Bioshock 2


Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

Halo 3: ODST

Left 4 Dead 2

Metro 2033

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.

Chris Tarrant hosted it in 1989. No, really.

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.

7 Responses to “Golden Joystick Awards”
  1. avatar Mogg says:

    I’d love to see borderlands win being a new IP but it’s never going to happen. Another white-wash for MW2.

  2. avatar xeroxeroxero says:

    Bioshock 2 gets my vote.

  3. I think L4D2 gets my vote. Great game and still updating to this day!

  4. avatar Adamski UK says:

    I’d have to go with BFBC2. Long range and close quarters combat to suit different gamers. Stick in vehicles and destructible scenery and its keeps it pretty fresh.
    …oh hang on…is the based on its single player content or as an overall package?

    In which case I’d plump for MW2…doesn’t happen very often, but I remember one or two scenes (not counting the Airport) were very well emotionally presented. I don’t normally shout “NOOOooooo……!!!” at the TV, but I did with that title.

  5. avatar Phizzy says:

    I’m gonna vote for ODST just to be cool and edgy.

  6. avatar Robert says:

    Many people might have bought modern warfare 2, but there was also a huge hatred for the game. The pc community turned its back on it. I know a lot of friends that loved cod4 but couldn’t stand MW2. I myself did buy the game, but I played for 10 hours before shelving it. In my honest opinion Battlefield bad company 2 was a much better offering! There is just something about matchmaking I hate with a passion and I know I am not alone in this!

  7. avatar espedair says:

    Battlefield all the way…! Or Modern Warfare… or … Borderlands. Hum.. looking at my collection I just seem to have fps style games…. actually no I have a copy of football manager 2 somewhere…

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