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    Friday, November 18, 2005

    The RAM Raider Awards 2005 Category List


    This year’s definitive awards start right here.

    To nominate, post in the comments section or e-mail us at the usual address. There’s one important rule: you MUST give reasons for your nominations. So don’t just vote for your forum or whatever because you like it – tell us why, and give us some examples.


    Review of 2005
    Worst Review of 2005

    We’re looking for the best written, most original, entertaining and accurate review that’s been written over the last year. We also want the most unoriginal or poorly written piece of shite to grace a magazine, website or text service. There’s plenty to choose from.


    PR Hero of 2005
    PR Cunt of 2005


    Finding candidates for the first of those awards will be like spotting a decent Xbox360 release this side of Christmas, but we’re expecting the flood of nominations for PR Cunt of 2005 to rival the Indonesian tsunami. We want to hear tales of incompetence, ineptitude and stupidity.


    Magazine of 2005
    Most Awful Cunt-Rag of a Magazine 2005

    These categories include the major websites and teletext as well as traditional magazines.


    Blog / Personal Website of 2005
    Crappest Blog / Personal Website of 2005

    These categories cover the websites and blogs of any figure in the games industry, not just journalists. The journalists will probably get the most nominations though, what with us being so “insular” and “incestuous”. Like internet rednecks.


    Game of 2005
    Shittest Game of 2005


    Let’s try and make this more original than the awful Golden Joysticks. Whatever’s given you the most amount of sheer gaming joy for the first category, and anything that’s disgusted you with its ineptitude, cynicism or blandness for the second.


    Forum of 2005
    Head-up-arse Forum of 2005

    You forumites are a cliquey bunch, so let us know if you think your forum of choice is better than life itself. (or doing what you’re paid to do during the day, at least) The forums of games magazines, journalists, developers, or the whispering cabal at talk.theshining.org are all eligible.


    Up-and-Coming Journalist of 2005

    Here’s one for the little guy. The one whos name you always notice, or who you always see putting out great copy, but hasn’t been shouted about yet. Make them a star of slight renown by nominating them here.


    That’s it. Get nominating, and we’ll start announcing the results in the run-up to Christmas.

    33 comments:

    1. Blog - The Triforce

      Worst Blog - Kieron Gillen

      Game of 2005 - Gods of War

      Best Forum - Live Publishing (before it closed)

      Worst Forum - The Triforce

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    2. Anonymous11:26 am

      DUH! Everyone knows that Edward Xbox Hands is the real power behind F I N D U S.

      Mott's a mere foot soldier.

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    3. Since I've not read ALL the reviews from this year I may have missed a totally awesome\shit one. For what it's worth though,

      Review of 2005 - Kieron Gillen Boiling Point Eurogamer.

      Worst Review of 2005 - OFP: Elite "Andy" from some XBox rag - http://img222.imageshack.us/img222/1363/untitled36au.jpg

      I don't have any consoles, so again for what it's worth,

      Game of 2005 - Civ 4

      Shittest Game of 2005 - Vietcong 2 (it's hard to remember really, I tend not to buy games that are reported to be shit)

      Again I'm only a member of a few forums...

      Forum of 2005 - Civfanatics.com forums. In particular the support for modders over there has been excellent. People sharing their discoveries on what XML does what and in general a real community spirit.

      Head-up-arse Forum of 2005 - Probably PCGF, though I'm sure there are alot worse.

      I guess that'll do. These awards seem to be for gamer journos really, rather than for plebs like me.

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    4. Oooo Civ4 - I am currently addicted to that game - wouldn't say it is the best game of the year though - I need to be able to play it on anything other than the easiest level.... although that may just be cause I am a retard.

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    5. Anonymous4:20 pm

      Worst review of the year: Outrun 2 by "Daniel Emery" in The Times, whoever he is.

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    6. Anonymous4:34 pm

      ^ Yeah, another vote for that Outrun 2 review. It was fucking awful.

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    7. And a third for that outrun 2 atrocity. Spectacularly wrong on every possible level.

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    8. Anonymous4:46 pm

      I'd go with Outrun 2 for the Worst Review category.

      About as wrong as a review can be.

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    9. Anonymous4:50 pm

      One more for that Outrun 2 review. About as ill-informed and useless a review as can be found.

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    10. Anonymous5:16 pm

      Daniel Emery's Outrun 2 review. Total Codswollop. Wouldnt know a good game if it gave him a gob job.

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    11. Marlon5:25 pm

      and ANOTHER vote for Out Run 2. Did Mr Emery actually get PAID to write it? I think I need a lie down...

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    12. Anonymous5:43 pm

      Review of 2005: I'd have loved to vote for Campbell's "re-review" of OutRun 2—if only more mags would do the same sort of thing, we might get away from that bullshit "must review this before everyone else" mentality that's fucking the industry. Unfortunately, he wrote the thing last year, so I'll just have to plump for his review of Gran Turismo 4 instead.

      Worst Review of 2005: That fucking awful OutRun 2 one from The Times gets my vote, despite it being written last year. Either "Emery" was just being a little stirrer, or he hates arcade games. Or possibly himself. Hell, if this site does this awards thing next year, I'll still vote for this review. It was that bad.

      Magazine of 2005: That Zzap! magazine that was given away with Retro Gamer, because it had more heart and soul than the mags where people are actually paid to write for them.

      Most Awful Cunt-Rag of a Magazine 2005: I would say Edge, but it's clearly not as bad as any magazine with the word "official" in front of it, so: any mag with the word "official" gets my vote (along with any magazine about a console that's NOT FOR FUCKING SALE YET).

      Blog/Personal Website of 2005: UKR, without a doubt.

      Crappest Blog / Personal Website of 2005: Life's too short...

      Game of 2005: WarioWare Twisted.

      Shittest Game of 2005: That awful Marble Madness conversion for the GBA.

      Forum of 2005: Campbell's one.

      Head-up-arse Forum of 2005: NTSC-UK.

      Up-and-Coming Journalist of 2005: no-one.

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    13. Anonymous9:48 pm

      Review of 2005

      As the only alternative is to vote for one of Gillen's kerayzee Eurogamer reviews, I'll plump for the Resident Evil 4 review from Consolevania's Resident Evil special.

      Worst Review of 2005

      Outrun 2, Daniel Emery, The Times

      It should be pointed out to Daniel that giving this award to his own Outrun 2 review (as he inevitably will) won't make him look any less clueless.

      PR Hero of 2005

      Simon Byron

      PR Cunt of 2005

      Simon Byron

      Nobody cares about PR people except for the games journalists who feed off them. 'Development' 'Retail' 'Publishing' and in fact 'Journalist' (another shoe-in for Daniel Emery) cunts might yield some more interesting results.

      Magazine of 2005

      n/a

      Most Awful Cunt-Rag of a Magazine 2005

      Any with '360' in the title or any that employs Daniel Emery.

      All games magazines are shit now, but the legion of LIFESTYLE! Xbox 360 ones seem to be trying hardest to push the 'shitvelope'.

      Blog / Personal Website of 2005

      lostgarden.net

      Crappest Blog / Personal Website of 2005

      ramraider.blogspot.com

      Game of 2005

      Resident Evil 4

      Shittest Game of 2005

      DOA:Ultimate or whatever it's called this year

      I'm using the Golden Joystick definition of 'this year', obviously.

      Forum of 2005

      Any that Daniel Emery would be called a cunt on, especially the ones that he would be too intimidated to post on in the first place. So, pretty much all of them. Well done all round.

      Head-up-arse Forum of 2005

      Although Daniel will presumably use this award to complain about one of the many forums that think he's a cock, I'll vote for the Insert Credit forum (who don't think Emery's a cock yet, as they're mostly American) for presenting the nightmare scenario that there are other people out there as irrevocably fucked in the head as Tim Rogers.

      Up-and-Coming Journalist of 2005

      Sigh.

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    14. Anonymous9:49 pm

      Another thumbs-up for Campbells forum.

      Worst magazine is, without a doubt, P2. Have you seen the state of that rag?

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    15. Anonymous11:48 am

      Worst review?
      Has to be Outrun 2 by Emery in The Times. Because when Future gets stuff wrong at least there's a good reason, like the company's paid for a big bag or threatened to pull advertising. This was just WRONG, and there are very few review in history that you can say that about. It happens when you review stuuf before you've had a chance to check what people really think of the game online.

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    16. Anonymous1:53 pm

      Can anyone link to the Outrun2 review? I'm all intrigued now.

      - Feet

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    17. Anonymous2:12 pm

      It's online here, and as I said earlier it was published in 2004, so Daniel—sorry, Ram Raider—will most likely just ignore any votes for it anyway.

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    18. Anonymous11:50 pm

      Mag of 2005 is EASILY NGC. It's superb. Or gamesasylum.com. Good old games journalism

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    19. Anonymous9:55 pm

      It's pretty hard to find out if talk.theshining.org is a shitty forum with its head up its own arse - you can't read it unless you're a member.

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    20. Anonymous12:15 am

      best blog - UKR, obviously.

      best forum - UKR for the gaming porn.

      worst review- the outrun 2 one. shut the feck up emery.

      worst mag - NOM, what the fuck is going on there?

      worst forum - UKR because dork's a fucking cunt.

      PR Hero of the year - Simon Byron for coping with the way I always laugh when ringing him because his name rhymes in a spectacular way.

      up and coming journalist of the year - me.

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    21. Lester Burnham4:42 pm

      The OutRun 2 review from The Times.

      Absolute nonsense.

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    22. Anonymous6:19 pm

      review of the year is the NGC one about Gungstar Heroes. I thinlk it was kits.

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    23. Anonymous10:25 pm

      Emery's OR2 review is worst and counts for 2005 because its shitness TRANSCENDS TIME.

      RR is the shittest blog.

      PR hero of the year is Jodie from EA, for being such a willing jizzbucket.

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    24. To Russia My Homeland3:01 pm

      I take it most of the 'Anonymous' responses on here are from games journos? How about you actually spend some time reviewing the games you are paid to play properly and pack in lurking around here like a bunch of gobby, 14 year olds having a sneaky fag behind the bike sheds? I wish you had the balls to actually put your names to your responses. You really are a bunch of fucking useless shits.

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    25. Anonymous9:53 pm

      ^^^^
      So what's your name? Your real name, not your gay little internet name. Glass houses, and such.

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    26. Anonymous4:43 pm

      http://pc.boomtown.net/en_uk/articles/art.view.php?id=9877&newsletter=true

      Worst review ever?

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    27. DazednConfused9:47 pm

      Blimey I'm not feeling much love in these comments.

      Who knew that Games 'journalism' was such a cut throat business.

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    28. Anonymous10:54 am

      "How about you actually spend some time reviewing the games you are paid to play properly and pack in lurking around here like a bunch of gobby, 14 year olds having a sneaky fag behind the bike sheds? I wish you had the balls to actually put your names to your responses. You really are a bunch of fucking useless shits."

      Yes! How dare you use the internet!

      Stupid cunt.

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    29. To Russia My Homeland3:25 am

      fuck you 'anonymous', I am a gamre, I pay your wages you shit, you owe me honesty! It comes with the territoy of being a journo, if you don't agree then just admit you are a glorified PR! Most of you are shits, reading what you right is a waste of my life, I'm sure many others feel the same. Future's official magazines are the worst offenders, espcially the Xbox and 360 mags,please show your readers some respect and actually write what you think about a game, not what you are told to think. Grow some fucking balls you shits. I owe you nothing, if I pay you £4 or even £6 for a magazine, you owe me the best insight you can offer, not an opinion biased be PR jolleys and advertising revenue.

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    30. Daniel Emery7:28 pm

      Sorry folks, but I didn't like Outrun. A review is a personal opinion – and one that we *hope* reflects what the public think (or will think). Usually we get it right, sometimes our view differs wildly. Goes with the territory…

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    31. Anonymous8:58 am

      Yes, but that's like reviewing Pro Evolution and saying 'look folks, I just don't like it'. And you can't say that would be doing the developers or the paying public a service. The fact is, whether you like it or not, it's a great game. As a person that's paid to review games you're supposed to be able to recognise good games across genres or recognise that you're not the person that should be reviewing the game.

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    32. To Russia My Homeland11:57 pm

      He didn't like the game because it was shit. And I can't see why it would be like reviewing Por Evolution because thats the biggest pile of dog turd that there is.

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    33. To Russia My Homeland12:53 pm

      That's fantastic dick head. Well done.

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