Friday, November 26, 2010

Thanksgiving & 2010's Video Game Turkey Award

Coffee Beans:
     Well, another year has passed, and today(technically yesterday) was Thanksgiving.  I hope that you all had a good Thanksgiving, and perhaps an excellent Thanksgiving meal at some point today.
     I started a pot of coffee when we woke up this morning, then fixed another one early in the evening; and I was even able to play some Call of Duty: Black Ops multi-player for a little while today.
     Mrs. CoffeewithGames and I spent the day relaxing at the house with our son, and Mrs. CwG prepared us some excellent food:  turkey, green bean casserole, baked macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes, rolls, cherry pie, and of course canned cranberry sauce!

     If you weren't following my blog last November, you may have missed my, "2009's Gaming Turkey Award" post.
     The "Gaming Turkey Award", now the "Video Game Turkey Award", goes to either a video game company, or a person, within the video game industry; that through their actions or words, repeatedly caused uproars in the video game community; and in return, the company/person was roasted/baked/fried(like a good turkey is!) with comments from video game community.

The 2010 Video Game Turkey Award goes to...

...Michael Pachter!
     Why does Michael Pachter get the 2010 Video Game Turkey Award?
     Well, here's a partial list of things that Michael Pachter said/did in 2010, that caused uproars in video game communities:
     January 2010Pachter started off 2010 with a prediction, continued from 2009, that Nintendo would introduce the Wii HD.
     May 2010Michael Pachter spoiled David Jaffe's new Twisted Metal game appearance before E3, even causing David Jaffe to "lie" about the issue.
     July 2010 - Pachter said Activision should charge for Call of Duty's online multi-player.
     November 2010 - Mr. Pachter had another comment in an interview, that set message boards and comment sections on fire on certain sites; he said, "I use the press to promote myself..."(this was a three page article/interview, and that one line is what everybody focused on)

     Those are just four quick examples of where Michael Pachter said something in 2010, and the results of what he said caused him to get baked/fried/roasted in the comments sections on video game websites.
     I even take issue with things Michael Pachter says, and wrote a post about it titled, "Analyzing the Analyst: Michael Pachter is Wrong", earlier this year.

     First, did any of you play some games on Thanksgiving this year?  Second, do you agree with my 2010 Video Game Turkey Award?  If so, what things did Mr. Pachter say that caused you to bake/fry/roast him with a comment somewhere?  If you don't agree, who would you give the 2010 Video Game Turkey Award to?


  1. Happy turkey day man - hope you had a great one. I love your choice as a turkey - I didn't see all of those things, but I recall the comment about pay to play CoD (and boy did that set people off at the time) and the Wii HD as well. What was your biggest game 'turkey of the year'? Ign had a countdown the other day on it and tabbed FF XIII, which I found interesting given the good review of it they handed out.

    I played a bit of Fable 3 (which is coming close to turkey status for me right now. I'm hoping it gets better) and Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn on my Wii the last couple of days. Hope you had a good Thanksgiving!

  2. I'm not really sure about biggest game "turkey of the year".
    I know a friend purchased Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II for the PS3, and thought that was a horrible ripoff.
    I didn't buy many games during 2010, but the ones I did buy, I have enjoyed so far.

  3. this T-Giving I was at my in-laws house and we played some 4-player GoldenEye007, NSMBWii and Mario Kart Wii (32 race circuit!).

    it confirmed my suspicions that GoldenEye007 is a cut above most FPSs and worthy of a purchase.

    today I had "2nd Thanksgiving" with my side of the family. my other brother-in-law brought his PC and showed us Puzzle Quest 2. I think I will officially be getting the DS version someday. looks really fun.

    also, I agree with your Turkey award 100%. much like G4 and other gaming media outlets, I used to really respect Pachter's opinion and enjoy his insight. but now I see their offerings for what they really are: sensationalism, trolling and pandering to the moronic "hardcore".

    be prepared to give Pachter the award again next year as he will probably do just as much damage to gaming culture in 2011 =P


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