Variety editor Ben Fritz writes:
" I don't think I ever actually noted on here that I was one of the 36 videogame writers who voted for the "Best of E3" awards announced last week, but indeed I was.
Given that I have found my taste to be a bit eclectic compared to many game writers (Last year I championed "The Simpsons Game," didn't lavish superlatives on "Super Mario Galaxy," and didn't much enjoy "Mass Effect." Though I did love "Portal" and "Bioshock" and "Rock Band" -- I'm not all completely there), it's perhaps not surprising that very few of my votes were the games that won. In fact of the 11 categories in which I voted, I only picked two of the winners. Just by pure chance I should have done at least a little better. (Those two winners were "Spore" as best PC game and "Pure" as best racing game.)
That being said, I wasn't offended by most of the choices either. "Fallout 3," "LittleBigPlanet," "Dead Space" and "Left4Dead" are all really good games with the potential, based on the limited time I got to see them, to be fantastic.
The only winner I really disagreed with was "Mirror's Edge" for best original game.
I also couldn't bring myself to vote for "Gears of War 2" for Best Action Game not because it's bad in any way, but because it's so "Gears of War 1.5.""