Double Jump’s Game Awards

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While we have nothing personal against any of the games that won their respective Game Awards — it’s a wonderful feat — there were definitely games that we’ve played this year that we felt were a little overlooked. If we were nominating games for categories in the Game Awards, we’d add a little more variety.

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By variety, we mean Nintendo and more Indie games. Because, let’s face it, that’s pretty much all we play. We love the “family” games and tend to have more fun with those. We enjoy puzzles games, mystery, and certainly love Pokemon, though we adore games that have rich stories and engaging characters. With that, we’ve had quite a few favorites this year.

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For instance, if we were nominating a few different games for the Art Direction category, we probably would have added Minit, A Case of Distrust, and The Lion’s Song (which came out for the Nintendo Switch this year, even if it was originally published in 2016). Each of them takes art in a completely different direction. Minit was more pixel-y, with back and white images, while A Case of Distrust was very minimal to ensure the player was focused on the mystery of the story. The Lion’s Song had almost soft and light animation with a sienna-color palette, a style that we definitely enjoyed.

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I would also keep in Octopath Traveler for that category as well. Speaking of, if I were to nominate a couple of games for the best soundtrack, I’d nominate Octopath Traveler, Deltarune, and The Lion’s Song. Deltarune has some great, upbeat music while music was a huge part of the gameplay for The Lion’s Song. Octopath Traveler had fabulous music for battles and various areas in the world that always gets stuck in my head.

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Deltarune would be fantastic contender for the narrative category as well, in my opinion. I definitely enjoyed the lore of that game and can’t wait for the full version! It could fit in with the role-playing category, depending on how you play the game, too. Other games that could have been recognized in the role-playing category could have been the Let’s Go Pokemon titles and The Sword of Ditto, a rogue-like game that can be played co-op where you get one life.

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Well, if there was a multiplayer category, The Sword of Ditto would be on that list. Overcooked 2 would, for sure, be nominated. That game is perfect for multiplayer and I’m sure that’s kind of the point.

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There was a multiplayer category, but I believe it catered more to online multiplayer rather than local, which seemed to be the family category. Burnstar, which was first available on the Switch this year, was great, and we can’t forget about Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, which seemed to have missed the cut due to timing. A category I would have really liked to see more variety in would have been the Content Creators. This year, it seemed to be all about Fortnite streamers. I would have loved to see Twitch and YouTube channels like Black Girl Gamers or Normal Boots be nominated, to name a few smaller channels.

Rachel Mii Double Jump
For sure. We definitely have our own opinion and may be a little biased with indie and Nintendo games. Though this is what we like and what we would love to see. However, there are no bad games. Each and every game deserves an award.

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The Game Awards 2018

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First of all, congratulations to all of the games and teams that were nominated and won awards in The Game Awards this past Thursday! We watched most of it live Thursday night then finished it up Friday morning. It was a good show, even if we weren’t as enthusiastic about it as we were last year, mainly due to the two of the three biggest games — God of War and Marvel’s Spider-Man — all being exclusive on the Playstation 4. We don’t have the Playstation 4. While Red Dead Redemption 2 is also on the Xbox One as well as PS4, it wasn’t something that piqued our interest, despite how much it won in the awards.

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The overall show was pretty great. I enjoyed the orchestra and all the performers. I also enjoyed a good amount of the world premieres. However, I’ll admit, a lot of them are rated M or too intense for me to actually play. Still, the presentation of it all was well done.

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The orchestra was fantastic! Aside from the musical performances, I also enjoyed the Gaming Icon sequence as well as the Global Gaming Citizens profiles. Those three stories were wonderful and definitely deserved to be shared.

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Yes, for sure! It’s always great to hear about people making such a difference and it’s a wonder we haven’t heard about them before. But the diversity was also great. Gaming truly is for everyone.

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I just kind of wish there had been more diversity in the nominations for all the categories. I’ve only heard good things about Red Dead Redemption 2, God of War, and Spider-Man, and I have nothing against them, but I feel as if there were plenty of more games that deserved some sort of recognition. I also wonder what time frame the Game Awards uses for their nominations, as Smash Bros. Ultimate surely would have been in at least the Fighting game or Multiplayer categories if The Game Awards happened later this month or even in January.

Rachel Mii Double Jump
I agree. I wasn’t as excited about it this year because I felt as though there was no variety to the games. The same games were nominated for various categories. Even though I don’t know much about Red Dead Redemption 2, I’m happy they won three awards. I’m sure they surely deserve it. I just wish other games had more of a shot as well for the categories.

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By the sounds of it, we didn’t watch the Game Awards for the games itself. We watched it mainly for the orchestra, the Global Gaming Citizens and Gaming Icon profile, and so we knew what people were talking about on Twitter. Still, it was a good show and many of the speeches were heartfelt and nice to hear.

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Right, the show itself was good and the presentations were nice to see along with the profiles and music. I do hope there’s more of a variety in the game choices for next year though. I’m a biased Nintendo girl, but I hope to see more from them next year as well.

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Friday Favorites: Game Awards 2017 Moments

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Friday, everyone!

The Game Awards have come and gone this year, and we really enjoyed the show. There are a few parts, however, that still stand out to me. Here is a list of my favorite parts of the 2017 Game Awards.

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Orchestra Performance

I’m an absolute sucker for the music in video games — soundtracks are what I listen to all the time, so much so that I don’t have an answer whenever someone asks who my favorite singer or band is. I would adore it if the Game Awards orchestra decided to tour. Hearing the mash-up of video game music, especially with Tina Guo on the cellist and a live performance of “Jump Up, Super Star!” sung by Kate Higgins, was amazing!

Best Student Game and Best Independent Game

Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo are the three biggest names in the video game industry, with good reason. However, it gave me warm and fuzzy feelings to hear the awards for Best Student Game and Best Independent Game. Celebrating the future of the gaming industry and those who will keep the industry moving forward is awesome, and the winners certainly deserved their awards!

Carol Shaw

I’m appalled that I have never heard of this woman before the Game Awards honored her with their Industry Icon. Carol Shaw was one of the first female programmers and she worked for Atari. Seeing a woman being recognized for her work and inspiration to others in the video game industry was phenomenal, and learning about this trailblazer was the highlight of the Game Awards for me. And the standing ovation that she received? Absolutely heartwarming.

What were your favorite parts of the Game Awards? Any moments that especially stood out to you?

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Reactions To The Game Awards 2017

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While we weren’t able to watch the Game Awards live, we watched the stream through YouTube this weekend. This was the fourth year for the Game Awards, but our first year watching. I wasn’t expecting them to showcase upcoming games and announce new ones. I honestly thought it was just going to strictly awards plus a few fun entertaining songs here and there. Needless to say, the Game Awards didn’t disappoint.

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We really enjoyed the show! Aside from the awards and seeing some trailers for new games, I really enjoyed the Game Awards Orchestra. Pretty sure we recognized Tina Guo — we’ve shared one of her videos before — with her electric cello, and the music from multiple video game franchises blending beautifully together was just awesome. Wish I could have heard it all live!

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Yes, the music was amazing, especially the final song when they ended the melody off with a live performance of Jump Up, Superstar! It amazes me how much work gets put into such a show.

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With the awards, we realized that we haven’t played as many games as we thought we did throughout the year. We heard of a good chunk of them but, honestly, the few that we really knew were Breath of the Wild, Super Mario Odyssey, and Cuphead. It was still nice to hear and see the acceptance speeches and how excited the developers and the like got when they got the award!

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We knew pretty much only the games on the Nintendo Switch, while we’ve heard of some of the other games, we didn’t know anything about them. I got warm and fuzzy whenever someone won an award because I know how hard they’ve worked and I know that their video game is their baby, especially the Cuphead team.

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We knew Cuphead would win something with how innovative it seemed, especially with the graphics and action gameplay. We personally haven’t played Cuphead, but it’s been a great Let’s Play topic, and we’ve enjoyed seeing some of our favorite YouTubers play the game. Perhaps we’ll splurge ourselves on it, and see how well we can work together during the boss battles, haha! I was definitely excited to see the Game of Year award go to Breath of the Wild, their third award of the night!

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I was so happy that Breath of the Wild won a few awards! They certainly deserved it. Then again, every single game that won or was nominated in general, all deserved it. The gaming industry is truly a great one. They all work so hard and have fun doing so. It really brings people together.

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The Game Awards

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Monday, everyone!

… That sounded like an oxymoron, didn’t it?

So, this past Thursday had been The Game Awards. Rachel and I, instead of watching it, played The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past because we’re in a different timezone and we sort of forgot about the awards.

Oops.

We’ll probably watch the replay of it at some point, but we did hunt down a list of the winners to see what had won. Some definitely weren’t too surprising — of course Breath of the Wild is the most anticipated game, Pokemon GO had to win something with how popular it was, and Overwatch pretty much swept up a good chunk of awards — but I was a little disappointed in myself for not trying many of the games for this year.

Rather, the only game on that list that I’ve played is Pokemon GO. I’ve heard of most, if not all, of the games on the list, but I haven’t had the pleasure of playing them yet. It’s a bit funny, as I’m a gamer, I enjoy playing video games, but my circle of games seems pretty small at the moment. I better fix that, don’t you think?

At the very least, I was able to add quite a few more games to my “need to check out” list!

What about you? What did you think of the awards? Any different games you would have picked as the winners if you had been in charge?