It’s that time of year again, where we roll out the red carpet and celebrate the best that 2020 has offered us. In a year that has otherwise been so terrible, the fact that we’ve had a steady stream of such excellent games to play has been nothing but a relief.
It really has been a great year for games, from the big blockbusters right down to the most humble of projects. We’ve had surprises that have come out of nowhere, and long-anticipated games that have managed to meet and exceed our expectations when we’ve finally got our hands on them.
This year, for the DDNet awards, we have 16 different categories to recognise, and as we always do. Publishers don’t make the games that we love. That’s the job of the creative and development teams. That being said, without publishers many of our favourite games wouldn’t get made at all, and that’s what this award recognises – the publishers that are willing to take risks, fund creative projects, and support (rather than exploit) the arts. Being entirely up-front and honest here, the likes of EA and Activision are never going to win these awards. The publishers we feel are the stand-outs in the industry are the ones that end up with their names attached to games that don’t do so blistering well on Metacritic, but, by the end of the year, are the ones we remember most strongly.
Of course, we very much welcome your own picks for each category, so be sure to let us know your thoughts, and we’ll see you tomorrow for the next category!