Cracked LCD 2008 Awards Show

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garybuseylgl.jpg OK, so I'm still working on the Trashies so the "naughty" awards are yet to come. But here are the Cracked LCD/Gameshark 2008 Awards as decided by me.  I tried to get Gary Busey to host, but I didn't realize that Bill Abner had a restraining order taken out against him.

Probably no big surprises overall, but I never thought I'd be handing AGRICOLA an award outside of the Trashies. DOMINION completely zeroed out- I still think it's a brilliant design, it just needs to be in a game. MAGICAL ATHELTE and THE WORLD CUP GAME weren't eligible for GOTY honors, but frankly they were the only two games I played all year that even held a candle to this year's winner.

There were some other games that I liked that deserved honorable mention- LIEBE & INTRIGE (got to hell, Robert Martin), DORN, TOUCH OF EVIL...but not award-worthy.

I thought 2008 was a pretty crap year for games. I'm only just now realizing it, but I played a lot of real garbage. In particular, I thought the AT designs we saw this year were pretty weak compared to past years since around 2003. Lots of repetition, little inspiration, and a snail's pace in terms of creative evolution.

Here's hoping 2009 turns out to be more interesting.

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Sometime in the early 1980s, MichaelBarnes’ parents thought it would be a good idea to buy him a board game to keep him busy with some friends during one of those high-pressure, “free” timeshare vacations. It turned out to be a terrible idea, because the game was TSR’s Dungeon! - and the rest, as they say, is history. Michael has been involved with writing professionally about games since 2002, when he busked for store credit writing for Boulder Games’ newsletter. He has written for a number of international hobby gaming periodicals and popular Web sites. From 2004-2008, he was the co-owner of Atlanta Game Factory, a brick-and-mortar retail store. He is currently the co-founder of FortressAT.com and Nohighscores.com as well as the Editor-in-Chief of Miniature Market’s Review Corner feature. He is married with two childen and when he’s not playing some kind of game he enjoys stockpiling trivial information about music, comics and film.

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