"Around the time of the Oscars every year, I often hear people say things like, "Who picks the winners, anyway?" When I explain that it's the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, an organization with 6,000+ "motion picture professionals," a few people say, "They should let the people pick 'em." Frankly, I think it's a good thing that life doesn't work that way, as the general populace often doesn't know what the hell it's doing (e.g., American Idol).
Here's some more evidence of that. Last night, X-Play aired an hour-long special on its "G-Phoria 2008" Awards, which are purposely set during the summer so "gamers can find respite from the heat and take advantage of time off to engage in their passion." To be eligible, a game had to have been released between July 31, 2007, and July 31, 2008. All 19 awards were selected by viewer votes (online at G4tv.com and via text message), so I guess it's not entirely fair for me to bitch since I didn't voice my opinion. Whatever, I'm going to do it anyway.
You'd think that, with the window shifted to include the first seven months of this year and the last five of last year, people would've gotten over the whole "ZOMG Halo 3 IS THE BEST GAME EVAR!" thing -- but apparently not. So they picked it as the best game released in the past twelve months. *Sigh* Personally, I could name at least five games that are better in my opinion..."