2, Issue 7
December 21, 1999
the Mouth of Madness:
The Other Awards
another year has gone by here at loonygames. Whee! It's always
tough to decide
on the "best" game for each year, but this year was
were a number of personal disappointments for me. Neither Messiah
or Daikatana actually made it out this year, and I
was (still am, in fact) looking forward to playing both of them.
case, I was genuinely expecting it to give Quake III Arena
a run for its money in the Deathmatch category...but sadly, it
was delayed one last time. Messiah probably would have
made a good challenger to Unreal Tournament's action category...oh
there were some clear winners. The fun thing about this year's
awards, is that the games I voted for didn't necessarily take
the prize. Two glaring examples come to mind: the winner of our
Playstation Game of the Year Award was Silent Hill. I like
the game, no question. Heck, I think it's a great game. But better
than Final Fantasy VIII? Heck no. I blame Nick Ferguson
for that one...his vote toppled it over.
there's the N64 category. I guess I was the only one that fell
for Rare's Donkey Kong 64 hook, line, and sinker, since
I was the only one to vote for it. Oh, well.
personally torn between voting for Sonic's Pocket Adventures,
Bust-A-Move Pocket and Pokemon Yellow for my handheld
game of the year. Of course, it didn't matter anyway, since the
rest of the votes went for Pokemon Pinball, but still.
I ended voting for Pokemon Yellow, since it is by far the
largest game there (with almost 50 hours of gameplay in the normal
storyline - not including mini-games and collecting extras). And
heck, when all's said and done, it's just a fun game. I can't
argue with that. :)
were also some categories that didn't go into the regular loony
awards...which I happily present here for all to see:
Insane Number of Logos on a Game Box: Unreal Tournament
believe they managed to cram fourteen logos onto the UT
box? Some of them, okay, I can understand. The company logos need
to be there. Fine. But the Linux Penguin? Yeesh.
Packaging: Quake III Arena (limited tin box)
that thing rules. I personally bought an extra copy just to keep
it unopened. :)
Freebie in a Box: Gabriel Knight: Blood of the Sacred, Blood of
ya, that comic book that's included with the game is unbelievably
hideous. The writing is just awful, and the art, while interesting,
certainly doesn't make for easy reading.
wish they had forgone the whole thing and done a poorly shot live
action intro. Almost.
Crap in a Box: Ultima IX: Ascension (Dragon Edition)
version of the game came with all kinds of stuff, including: every
previous Ultima game (in the main series, anyway) including the
VII add-ons, a soundtrack CD, a little ankh, a cloth map, an imitation
leather journal, a stylin' spell book, and would you believe,
more? Cool stuff.
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Jason "loonyboi" Bergman is the editor in chief here
at loonygames. Boo yah!