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Vol. 2, Issue 7
December 21, 1999

The 1999 loonygames Awards!

Voted on by the loonygames staff. Text by Jason "loonyboi" Bergman.




hh...the end of the year. That time when everyone with a website, magazine, or an audience of at least three decides what should be crowned The Best. As much as I like to think we're different from all those other publications...let's face it. This stuff is fun. Last year, we crowned Half-Life the Game of the Year (well, us and everyone else, apparently). This year's winner? Well, you'll just have to read on and find out.

Just a quick note about the qualifying games: in order for a game to be eligible, it had to be released between January 1st 1999, and December 17th. So that means that any games that manage to come out in the last week of December just didn't make the cut. This turned out to be less of a problem than I had originally thought, since two games that may have been nominated (Daikatana and Messiah) have been pushed back until next year.

Anyway, on to the awards!

PC Awards

Deathmatch Game of the Year: Quake III Arena

Like there was any question? Let's face it. id Software has always been, and will likely always be king of deathmatch. No matter how many great first person games come out (and this year in particular there were several) I doubt anything will ever manage to overtake id as far as pure deathmatch is concerned. Hail to the king, baby.

Action Game of the Year: Unreal Tournament

While not as good a deathmatch game as Quake III Arena (although you could make a case for it, and in fact the votes on both this and the DM category were particularly close) Unreal Tournament separates itself by having a terrific Capture the Flag mode, some amazing bot AI, some ingenious Assault levels, and a single player game that manages to be remarkably cohesive. Unreal Tournament may follow the same Mortal Kombat model of gameplay for its singleplayer game, but it surpasses Quake III Arena by far in its structure, and by golly it even manages to have a plot that makes some form of sense (however little).

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