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Picks With the Zkman
(2/14/2001) Were the winners as you
expected? Compare notes with the famous editor of QB: The Magazine and
see if you were closer to predicting the winners of the 2001 Gaming Golds.
Zkman had a pretty close read for Game of the Year, picking 2nd placeman
Ultimate Super Stack to win.
During last year's QB Gaming Golds, one
of the best articles we had promoting the event was "Can
Zkman Predict the Winners?" In this article, we invited QB: The
Magazine Editor Zkman to predict the winners of the 2000 QB Gaming
Gold Awards. Zkman is the best choice for this kind of article because
of his high experience as a QB journalist. During 1998, QB: The Magazine
was the best QB magazine in existence, covering both programming and games.
And when QB:TM stopped the presses in the Summer of 1999, Zkman did keep
in touch with the growing library of QB games. As a result, his experience
and knowledge of QB games and the QB community is mature and un-biased.
This makes him the perfect "game critic" to predict winners of the Gaming
So when the 2001 QB Gaming Golds
came rolling around and the competition being closer than ever, we again
asked Zkman to predict the winners for the event. Zkman pulled back his
sleeves, and picked some picks from some classic developers to win the
Gaming Golds. But how do his picks compare to the actual winners of the
Gaming Golds? Take a look at the table and see for yourself:
2001 QB Gaming Gold Award Winner
|Best Original Graphics in a Video Game:
betted that the winner of the Best Original Graphics in a Video Game would
go to Ultimate Super Stack, probably
because it pulled off some of the most dazzling effects ever in a DirectQB
||Zkman was pretty close here since he picked
who got 2nd place in this category. But it turns out that Mysterious
Song would surpass Ultimate Super Stack for Best Graphics.
|Best Original Music in a Video Game:
weighing out the five nominees in this category, Zkman believed that the
RPG Mysterious Song would probably
hold out the edge over the others in terms of Best music.
||Zkman chose wisely here, as Mysterious
Song wins the Gaming Gold in the Best Music category. Kids of
Karendow Chapter 1: Dawn of a Revolution put up a pretty good fight here
|Best Original Story in a Video Game:
Best Original Story in a Video game, Zkman set his sights on the game Mysterious
Song to bring home the prize.
Song wins the Gaming Gold. Although Darkness Ethereal is known
to make fun of its own storyline for being too cliche, the game's plot
has captivated a niche audience.
|Best Puzzle Game:
quickest pick, it didn't take a lot of time for QB guru to pick Ultimate
Super Stack as the winner of the Best Puzzle game category.
||You, the voters, concur with Zkman as
you picked Ultimate Super Stack to
win the Gaming Gold for Best Puzzle game by a considerable margin.
|Best Sound Effects/Sound Editing:
there were a lot of new games to choose from in this category, Zkman stayed
consistent and picked one of his earlier picks, Ultimate
Super Stack, to bring the Gold home for sound.
||The votes stayed consistent as well, and
it was Ultimate Super Stack who gained
the victory for Best Sound Effects/Sound editing.
|Best QB Gaming Hunk:
a lot of heavyweights in this category, but Zkman put his big money on
from Typosoft's Super Sumo Wrestling to bring home the Gaming Gold for
Best Gaming Hunk.
||With so many big heroes duking it out
in the Gaming Hunk category, it seemed natural to pick somebody who's not
from a QBRPG. But it turns out that Rydar
of ARC Legacy fame would not only be the lone representative in this category
from the RPG scene, but the winner of the Gaming Gold as well.
|Best QB Gaming Babe:
a repeat of Cookie's domination over the competitors, Zkman chose another
babe from a JawsVSoft game to win the Gaming Gold. So he picked Cindy.
||There were two winners in this category,
so that was incredibly hard to predict for anyone. But even stranger is
the fact that neither winner belongs to JawsVSoft as Zkman inferred. Showl
from Kids of Karendow Chapter 1: Dawn of a Revolution and Sandra
from the QB adult game Suds Skin were the two winners who claimed the title
of best Gaming Babe.
|Best Arcade Game:
Colonization of Jupiter to use it's Future Library and arcade-style
play to storm ahead of the pack.
||Super Sumo Wrestling hung around for 2nd
place, but it was indeed Dynamic: Colonization
of Jupiter that dominated the skies in the Best Arcade game
|Best Platform Game:
was not familiar with enough games in this category, Zkman chose to "abstain"
from making a pick for the best platform category.
||It makes sense for Zkman to abstain here,
since it was such a close race between Promzone and Sonic Xtreme 7. A single
vote separated the two cutting-edge platforms as Sonic
Xtreme 7 turned out being the winner in this category.
|Gaming Gold Generations Award:
believed the future generation of gaming belongs to former Gaming Gold
nominee Tsugumo and partner FrozenEmu for their RPG surprise, Untitled.
||Again, a single vote separated the race
here, but it was Untitled that got 2nd place and it was Ghini
Run Expo Edition that sailed to the finish line and won the
Gaming Gold in this category. And again, Zkman's pick was incredibly close.
|QB Gaming Legend:
went for the underdog in this category, shooting for the pioneer of the
bunch by picking 3D programmer Dieter Marfurt
of Kaboom and QBManche to win the Gaming Gold.
turned out being the unanimous winner this year, easily trampling over
Dieter, Marcade, Tek, and Alipha for this category. Nekrophidius is, of
course, the mastermind behind the QBRPG The Wrath of Sona, which also won
last year in the Generations Award. What else can be said? The QB community
really likes this guy.
For best RPG, Zkman pulled
back his sleeves and put his cards again on Darkness Ethereal, by picking
Song as best RPG.
||At this point, merely having the words
"Mysterious" or "Song" in your game title seems to guarantee a Gaming Gold.
But Mysterious Song does indeed deserve
the praise, as it is one of the best Darkness Ethereal RPGs ever made.
We can only await to see what Darkness Ethereal has coming up next.
|Best Programming Team:
Zkman again "abstained" here because he's not familiar with enough of the
nominees in this category to pick a best Programming team among them.
||Perhaps Zkman should have used his veteran
experience here, because it turns out that PHAT
Games, the longest-running programming team among the nominees,
would win the Gaming Gold.
|Game of the Year:
This is the golden
fleece of the bunch, and if Zkman had it his way, the Gaming Gold would
go to Oren Bartal's game, Ultimate Super Stack.
||Ultimate Super Stack is indeed one of
the best puzzle games ever made in QB. But this year again belonged the
QBRPG, and it is in big part because of Mysterious
Song. But next year will have a new list of challengers, eagerly
waiting to be next Game of the Year.
Picks Correct: 6
Number of Categories Skipped: 2
Picks Wrong: 6
Total Accuracy: 42.9% (6 out of
Although 6 out of 14 seems under average
for number of correct picks, many of Zkman's choices were 2nd place finishers
in the event, so overall Zkman is very close to predicting the winners
of the event. Of course, it's also hard to guess that Mysterious Song and
Ultimate Super Stack would clean up this year's awards anyway. Don't even
ask what I predicted to win the Gaming Golds though, because my Total Accuracy
was at 0%. I think I let myself get a little too biased by picking all
of V Games titles to win the awards. Things didn't go quite as planned
=) But hey, there's always next year!
Written by Vance Velez, Editor
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