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2008 Aggie Awards

Aggie Awards
Aggie Awards

Article updated Friday, February 20th. Already read about Day One and Day Two? Skip straight ahead to the final day's presentation!

 


Almost a decade ago, two brave explorers ventured out into the gaming wilds in pursuit of an ancient artifact of incredible beauty and unspeakable power. Its legends far surpassed the likes of mere Atlantis, but its secrets were told only in whispers, and none that sought it ever lived to tell the tale. Still, fortune seekers knew that its discovery would dwarf the glory of the greatest of ancient Egyptian finds or the wealth of the largest of Templar hoards.

Finally, when all others had failed, these Adventure Gamers set out… and they alone returned with the fabled treasure in hand. That triumphant moment was forever captured in the logo of our website:

Image #1

To mere mortal eyes, it is only a small idol, a simple golden statuette. Beneath its shiny surface, however, lurks a mystical force that is not to be trifled with. Described by its creator in historical lore as the “god of warning”, the sword in one hand and sheaf of wheat in the other is a cry for vigilance against both war and famine; its skull a testament of the failure to comply: death. (And quite possibly, a life of civil servitude after death.)

As its modern day keepers, this is a challenge Adventure Gamers has taken very seriously in the years that followed. This is no mere trinket for display, no ticket to easy fame, but a divine calling to protect the genre from competition and neglect.

Since that glorious first day of discovery, never has the public seen the golden prize again, and never close up. It’s been for your protection as much as ours. Until we were sure we understood its demands, never would we dare to unleash its dangers on unsuspecting fans. Even now, we can't risk showing the real figure, but at long last, faithful followers, we now proudly present the first detailed visual representation of "The Aggie".


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Don’t look for too long… be wary! Even its mere depiction is not solely for admiring, but comes with a charge. And so in keeping with the ever-present need for vigilance, we are pleased to bestow this golden reproduction to only the best and brightest games in the genre from 2008 in Adventure Gamers’ first-ever awards presentation.

Read along, then, to discover the inaugural winners of the coveted “Aggie Awards”!

Continued on the next page...

 

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Community Comments

And today we see a bunch of ungrateful gamers rejoicing the bankruptcy of Telltale.
Sep 30, 2018
Some fantastic games. Wonderful write-ups, too. Games I hadn't heard of before sounded utterly brilliant. It gives a guy some small hope that things aren't as bad as they've seemed lately. Thanks to the AG Staff for all of the time and work that went into this presentation. And I like the clever use of the name 'Aggie' for the award. Fantastic picture, too.
Mar 2, 2009
Best puzzle was in the original set of awards, but the nominators didn't come to a consensus on those to put up for a vote after all the nominations were tallied, so it got scrapped. We thought of it, though! :)
Feb 25, 2009
Best puzzle would be awesome!!! And best easter egg, except I would be thinking a game from the past. ;)
Feb 25, 2009
Enjoy both Time Hollow and Overclocked mszv, they are truly little adventure gems :)
Feb 25, 2009
Great feature! I missed though: 1) The best puzzle 2) The coolest easter egg
Feb 22, 2009
Ok - you've done it Adventure Gamers! Aside from waiting for Momento Mori and Sill Life 2, I'm going to buy Overclocked tonight (Oh god, thank you, a download from your site, no blasted DVD to find and install) and Time Hollow. I can play Time Hollow on the plane when I go visit my parents. I can play Overclocked at my parents. I like the whole award thing - clever and informative. Nicely done. It gives me ideas.
Feb 22, 2009
MG - I thank you and whole production team for the opportunity to play a game I thoroughly enjoyed, despite some minor drawbacks. For me, Overclocked was one of the most enjoyable experiences (in AGs) in 2008.
Feb 20, 2009
Hey, AG staff and readers, now that the the final results are in, I'd like to take the opportunity and say 'Thank You' to the staffers and readers who voted for (and awarded) Overclocked. The team here at the HoT WHQ is happy that the game was amongst the nominees in four categories, and recieved recognition. Personally, I'd like to thank you all for the 'Best Writing - Drama' Award. It's a meaningful thing to a writer to see work recognised and appreciated (by both staff and readers). I'm pleased that some of what I've tried to put into this difficult project has found its way to you, our audience. Congratulations to all winners!
Feb 20, 2009
I´ve got to say I´m quite satisfied with the results. Not all the games I voted for got to the list, some aren´t even runner-ups, but all in all, I believe the results are fair, from the overall point of view.
Feb 20, 2009
The most obvious question presents itself: how many PC adventure gamers own DS-es?
Feb 19, 2009
I was surprised "The Lost Crown" didn't win the Best Sound design, which Jonathan Boakes' is known for. But Iw as so ecstatic that "The Lost Crown" won the best setting!! I thought it had it and it did!!! ;)
Feb 19, 2009
Critised by some, praised by others. Yey Overclocked! :P Way to go! :) *screams O-V-E-R-C-L-O-C-K-E-D with the funny stuff cheerleaders have in their hands*
Feb 19, 2009
Bear in mind this wasn't simply a forum poll. Whether silent or active, forum members represent only a small part of AG's overall reader-base, so these poll results include plenty of other people out there we don't generally hear from. Not everyone who casts a ballot attends the rallies. :D
Feb 19, 2009
Ascovel, I'm also happy Overclocked got an Award, I thought it was a great game. Correct me if I'm wrong, I still feel that the game was received much better in Germany. Askobar, yes, I meant the active members. Btw, I do remember your nickname from the forums. :) Of course silent lurkers are also part of the AG community, so did we just hear them vote for the Awards in large numbers or did the active forum members change their minds?
Feb 19, 2009
Funny. My votes and all the awards are a perfect match so far. The jury has a good taste. :) Fienepien. I wouldn't go so far as to say that people who voted are not the same crowd populating the forums. By that crowd you probably meant the active members of the forums. But then again there are a lot of "lurkers" like me, who read the forum very often but participate rarely. And yet I feel that I'm part of the AG community and part of the forum population. One more thing. Overclocked was criticized but that's no surprise. People give negative feedback much more often than positive one. IMO a game has to be of a superb quality before you start to see a lot of positive feedback.
Feb 19, 2009
Actually, Overclocked is the only game I'm happy about that it won.
Feb 19, 2009
Heh... apparently I'm a "traditionalist" because I share your sentiment. I take back everything I said about being able to predict the Award results. It now seems to me (and of course I may be way off) that the people who voted are not the same crowd populating the forums... for instance, Overclocked was severely criticised on the adventure forum.
Feb 19, 2009
Tragic. That last one of day one will not do anything to stem the tide of mind-numbing inanity taking over as a "concept" appreciated by adventure gamers. It's not true, developers! Please, disregard! Heed not the death knell! Jonathan Boakes! Matthew Clark! Arberth! Save Us!
Feb 18, 2009
Yay!!! At least "The Lost Crown" got honorble mentions. ;) It HAS to win "Best Sound", though!!! ;)
Feb 18, 2009
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