I haven’t eaten pizza all week, which I plan on overcompensating for over the next 60 hours. Mmmmm chicken and avocado… GET IN MY BELLY! Don’t expect me at work on Monday Geoff, unless you plan on sending a forklift to help me roll out of bed…
Weekend YEEEEEEEEEEAH! It’s time to kick back, relax, and get lost in some good ol’ fashioned gaming goodness. I will be spending the next 2.5 days catching up on two weeks worth of lost Dota. Can it be done? Yes, yes it can, but enough about me, let’s talk about you. What are your plans for the weekend?
What a tough week. I had to get up early like, 3 times. What an absolute pain! If only we had enough public holidays to fill out an entire 5-day week… I think the world would be a much better place if that were the case. Lazier, yes, but much nicer overall. Also, there would be more time for gaming. If that doesn’t guarantee world peace, then I don’t know what will!
Seriously weather, make up your goddam mind! You’re hot, cold, rainy, sunny, overcast, and windy… all on the same day. I’m tired of klapping attire that sits somewhere between Eskimo and Durban beach bum, wearing shorts with a jacket just in case, and eating ice-cream with a warm cup of coffee to bring balance to the force. PICK A SEASON DAMMIT!
Cast your mind back a few long months. Back to the weeks leading up to the launch of space sim Elite: Dangerous near the end of last year, to be a little more exact. Developer Frontier offered up a challenge to the most dedicated players, with a hefty sum of prize money to incentivise everyone. The four milestones have been hit, and four Elite: Dangerous legends are rather wealthy for their efforts.
Last week, I told you about the BAFTA awards which were simply BAFfling. This past weekend was SXSW and unlike its directionally dissimilar Hitchcock movie, its awards were much as you'd predict. There are still some oddities in the mix, but most of the games you'd expect to win grabbed the awards that they should have.
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) have awards every year and they're one of the few mainstream organizations to recognize achievements in gaming. Winning games get a ton of attention, but it's not just about the exposure. It's great to see game developers recognized and winning little statues for their incredible creations. This year's BAFTAs gave recognition to a wide variety of games, but its biggest awards raised some eyebrows.
The D.I.C.E awards are a little different from the usual game awards you see every year. Awarded by the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences, they’re the closest we’ve got in the industry to the Oscars or the Emmies, making them just somewhat more official – because they’re peer voted. The academy’s made up of publishers, developers and members of the Independent Game Developers Association; the people who make and release games, judging the games that have been released. And according to them, Dragon Age: Inquisition was last year’s best game. It wasn’t, however, the biggest winner.
We don't need no roads, because we’re clearly still stuck in the past! Join Zoe and I this week, plus some other random guy who dropped into our chat, as we re-discussinate our awards from last year. Drama! Secrets! Awkward silence! It could only be the Lazygamer Podcast Remastered!
This Friday, we’re going to be clocking off for a few days to recharge our batteries and prepare ourselves for day one patches. As usual however, we’ll be closing out the year with the only awards that matter, the Lazygamer Game Of The Year awards show. Glitz! Glamour! A terrible budget that means that I’ll have to host from my kitchen! Here’s how we make such an event possible.
Red carpets, paparazzi, screaming fans… wait, this isn’t The Oscars, is it? Nope, it’s better than that actually, accolades you actually care about! Did you watch The Game Awards this year? Of course you didn’t. You probably had no power for days on end (thanks Eskom, YOU DA REAL MVP!). If you’ve missed the results, we have them right here.
Negotiations are currently underway for our in-house voting for awards this year. 2014 wasn't the most impressive year for games, but we did have some gems. We know that you all think we're idiots when we release our awards for the year, so we're letting you be the idiots in your own category this time. I mean, um, we're letting you have a "reader's choice" award.
EA has been doing all kinds of things to make themselves seem more appealing. From giving away free games to releasing a beloved Bioware title, people are finding fewer reasons to hate EA. Now there is another one.
Geoff Keighley has branched out on his own, distancing himself from the atrocity that the VGX has become. His Video Game Awards look pretty cool, and the nominees line up with some of the names we've been throwing around for our awards, too.
There are so many opportunities for games to nab awards. Beyond the typical E3 and Gamescom nominations, plenty of other award ceremonies also honor those games that have done something rather well. Now there will be another one, and it will probably be pretty cool.