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2007 Games Of The Year by GAMESPY

PC Game of the Year

PC Top 10 Games of the Year

PC Action Game of the Year

PC Adventure of the Year

PC Best Strategy Game of the Year

PC Expansion of the Year

PC MMO Game of the Year

PC Multiplayer Game of the Year

PC RPG Game of the Year

Xbox 360 Game of the Year

Xbox 360 Top 10 Games of the Year

Xbox 360 Action Game of the Year

Xbox 360 Fighting Game of the Year

Xbox 360 Multiplayer Game of the Year

Xbox 360 Music Game of the Year

Xbox 360 Racing of the Year

Xbox 360 RPG Game of the Year

Xbox 360 Sports Game of the Year

PS3 Game of the Year

PS3 Top 10 Games of the Year

PS3 Action Game of the Year

PS3 Fighting Game of the Year

PS3 Multiplayer Game of the Year

PS3 Music Game of the Year

PS3 Platformer Game of the Year

PS3 Racing Game of the Year

PS3 Sports Game of the Year

Wii Game of the Year

Wii Top 10 Games of the Year

Wii Action Game of the Year

Wii Platformer Game of the Year

Wii Adventure Game of the Year

Wii RPG Game of the Year

Wii Sports Game of the Year

Wii Music Game of the Year

Wii Party Game of the Year

Wii Puzzle Game of the Year

Wii Turn-Based Strategy Game of the Year

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My opinion: I’ve never agreed with gamespy’s ranking methodology, therefore I’m not a big fan of some of the results. However it’s worth mentioning that after all these years, the mario series is still able to throw weight around.
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This is the result of the more important “VIDEO GAME AWARDS OF 2007”


GAME OF THE YEAR
BioShock

STUDIO OF THE YEAR
Harmonix

BEST SHOOTER
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (Activision/ Infinity Ward)

BEST RPG
Mass Effect (Microsoft Game Studios/ BioWare)

BEST MILITARY GAME
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (Activision/ Infinity Ward)

BEST INDIVIDUAL SPORTS GAME
skate (Electronic Arts/ EA Black Box)

BEST HANDHELD GAME
The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass (Nintendo/ Nintendo)

BEST GRAPHICS
Crysis (Electronic Arts/ Crytek)

BEST GAME BASED ON A MOVIE OR TV SHOW
The Simpsons Game (Electronic Arts/ EA Redwood Shores)

BEST RHYTHM GAME
Rock Band (MTV Games/ Harmonix)

BEST DRIVING GAME
DiRT (Codemasters/ Codemasters)

BEST ACTION GAME
Super Mario Galaxy (Nintendo/ Nintendo)

BEST TEAM SPORTS GAME
Madden NFL 08 (Electronic Arts/ EA Tiburon)

BEST SOUNDTRACK
Rock Band (MTV Games/ Harmonix)

BREAKTHROUGH TECHNOLOGY
The Orange Box/ Portal (Valve/ Valve)

BEST XBOX 360 GAME
BioShock

BEST WII GAME
Super Mario Galaxy (Nintendo/ Nintendo)

BEST PS3 GAME
Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction (Sony Computer Entertainment/
Insomniac Games)

BEST PC GAME
The Orange Box (Valve/ Valve)

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
BioShock

BEST MULTI-PLAYER GAME
Halo 3 (Microsoft Game Studios/ Bungie Studios)

MOST ADDICTIVE VIDEO GAME FUELED BY DEW
Halo 3 (Microsoft Game Studios/ Bungie Studios)

Viral Marketing 2.0

Valve’s Portal is taking the industry by storm in a not so hyped up Halo style way. Interestingly enough, one way it’s doing that is through viral marketing, similar to the ILoveBees.com campaign, done for Halo 2.

ILoveBees.com started as a URL flashed at the bottom of a Halo 2 advertisement in select theaters. Upon visiting the site, distorted images, text and overall design of the website appeared and made it look as if the site had been hacked. This was the kick off to a nationwide scavenger hunt as well as the stir of a new style of marketing from the gaming industry. Hints to things such a specific phone booth ringing at a specific time on a very real looking but fake blog connected to ILB were ways to keep people’s minds on Halo 2 for quite a while before it’s record breaking release.

Now Portal, a new game by the makers of Half Life 1 and 2 incorporating challenging puzzle style gameplay, coupled with the first person goodness of Half Life 2, has taken it to the next level. It started with http://www.aperturescience.com a mysterious website with a computer terminal style interface done in Flash. There were select commands one could use to unlock hints about the upcoming release of Portal which was already highly anticipated. With the recent release of the game, an easter egg has been uncovered, unlocking a whole new section of the website to the public.

In Test Chamber 17, there is a wall that is extended, revealing a room with images drawn on the wall of various things, including text saying “login: cjohnson password: tier3”.

wall

egg

This can be used on http://www.aperturescience.com by typing login then the username and password mentioned. From there, commands such as DIR which displays a list of 2 files, one which was released before Portal (the application or, apply.exe) and notes.exe which has background information on Aperture Science Industries, their beginnings and some other humorous fiction.

While not as well known as ILoveBees.com, Portal and aperturescience.com are certainly staying consistent, even after it’s release.

Viral marketing is starting to be looked upon by other industries, but of course while keeping traditional marketing campaigns at the frontline. “The Orange Box”, a compilation of Valve’s greatest games to date, Including Half Life 2: Episode 2, Team Fortress 2 and Portal, has been advertised on several large cable channels and certainly stands out at the retail stores on shelf. It’s literally an orange box.

The Orange Box can be found at all of the big retail and online stores for a price of around $45 USD.

Here are a few links:

http://www.halflife2.net/forums/showthread.php?t=113318

http://www.aperturescience.com

http://www.ilovebees.com