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Hugo Nominations...

Mine are in.

Remember, there's a category for "Best Interactive Video Game." I think it's crap, personally, but I still nominated We (heart) Katamari in it.

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karisu_sama
Mar. 6th, 2006 05:13 pm (UTC)
Are you saying the category is crap, or that We <3 Katamari is crap? :p

(Mindless amusing highly addictive crap!! :D )
bovil
Mar. 6th, 2006 05:48 pm (UTC)
the category is crap.
karisu_sama
Mar. 6th, 2006 06:36 pm (UTC)
Then I MUST nominate likewise. :)
boywhocantsayno
Mar. 6th, 2006 07:08 pm (UTC)
As opposed to "Best Non-Interactive Video Game"? ;) (Which is, I suppose, another phrase for "watching television"...)

And yes, I agree that this category is not a particularly good idea. I wouldn't go so far as to use the word "crap," though, as I don't know exactly why it was decided to add this category. Was it by popular demand? If so, then far be it for me to criticize others' tastes. If it was the whim of the concom, I'd be interested in knowing what led to the decision.

I haven't looked at the description of the category, but I hope that the administrator actually knows something about video games. Otherwise stuff that has no SF content could end up being nominated.
bovil
Mar. 7th, 2006 05:03 pm (UTC)
Each WorldCon committee may create a "special" Hugo award category for their year. Interaction and ConJosé both chose to do "Best Related Website." This was not a category without flaws, but it was much better defined.

This is the category:
Best Interactive Video Game (Added by the L.A.con IV committee, under section 3.3.14 of the WSFS Constitution)
Any interactive computer, game console, or on-line graphics-based game whose subject is science fiction or fantasy and which has been released for the first time during the previous calendar year. Games reissued or ported to new platforms but not substantially changed do not qualify as new games for purposes of this award.


Haven't the foggiest idea why they chose it, probably just to experiment.

Based on that, if I were administrator I would probably bounce almost all the MMORPGs; most of them are just version-ups from previous years and wouldn't meet my criteria for "substantially changed" or "reissued."

Greg Costikyan trashed the category (scroll dowh to January 4) because it doesn't really reflect game development, developers or the industry (in his perspective at least, and he's got the industry credentials).
boywhocantsayno
Mar. 7th, 2006 09:46 pm (UTC)
Each WorldCon committee may create a "special" Hugo award category for their year.

Right, I recall that from discussion of the WSFS constitution on SMOFS. (I think I was actually the one who came up with the dividing line between the two categories of Best Dramatic Presentation during the discussion of the split, actually. :) )

Interaction and ConJosé both chose to do "Best Related Website." This was not a category without flaws, but it was much better defined.

That's my concern. This definition isn't the clearest. For instance, what determines whether or not a game is science fiction or fantasy? Just to use some games that I'm familiar with - they're not new, but not being a gamer I only know the famous ones :) - would The Sims count? Grand Theft Auto? I'm sure that both have SFish elements, but would that be enough to make them eligible had the category existed when they were released?

Haven't the foggiest idea why they chose it, probably just to experiment.

There's nothing wrong with that in theory - that's why the constitution allows for the one-time-only Hugo. I just think this was a really bad idea for an award.

Based on that, if I were administrator I would probably bounce almost all the MMORPGs; most of them are just version-ups from previous years and wouldn't meet my criteria for "substantially changed" or "reissued."

I'll take your word for that. :) That being said, aren't City of Heroes and City of Villains newish? At least, it seems like about half of my online friends only started playing it within the last six months.

Greg Costikyan trashed the category (scroll dowh to January 4) because it doesn't really reflect game development, developers or the industry (in his perspective at least, and he's got the industry credentials).

I see that he makes some of the points I have. I hadn't really considered the issue he raises with tabletop games, but that's another good point. Shouldn't they be eligible for a gaming-related award as well?
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