Sumea Awards 2003

It's getting close to the time we have the Sumea Awards!! This is a chance for *everyone* to acknowledge the local industry and the games they're making. I'm currently putting together the list in each category and will update it as I go. I missed a few titles last year which were requested to be put in, but since voting had already begun, it was unfortunately too late. So if your game isn't listed, and you'd like it to be nominated, or if there needs to be some correction (some games may not be released yet - I need to check), please reply below or [url="http://www.sumea.com.au/semailpost.asp"]contact me here[/url]. Type the game name, website, and the category you want it to be in.

We'll all start voting through a webform in about 2-3 weeks, and the results will be posted sometime after the AGDC 2003 is over.

Games released in the last 12 months:

Warlords IV - Infinite Interactive
AFL Live 2004 - IR Gurus
Woody Woodpecker in Crazy Castle 5 (GBA) - Tantalus
GoJoe Pogo - Dimsdale & Kreozot
Top Gear Rally (GBA) - Tantalus
Monster Truck Madness (GBA) - Tantalus
Jurassic Park : Operation Genesis - Blue Tongue
World of Outlaws Sprint Cars - Rat Bag Games
Ultimate Trainz Collection - Auran
Grand Prix Challenge - Atari Melbourne House
Decisive Battles of World War II: Korsun Pocket - Strategic Studies Group
Trainz Railroad Simulator 2004

All these games and developers will be pushed into these categories:

1. Best Game Boy Advance game

Monster Truck Madness (GBA) - Tantalus
Top Gear Rally (GBA) - Tantalus
Woody Woodpecker in Crazy Castle 5 (GBA) - Tantalus

2. Best Console game

AFL Live 2004 - IR Gurus
Grand Prix Challenge - Atari Melbourne House
Jurassic Park : Operation Genesis - Blue Tongue

3. Best PC game

Decisive Battles of World War II: Korsun Pocket - Strategic Studies Group
Jurassic Park : Operation Genesis - Blue Tongue
Trainz Railroad Simulator 2004
Ultimate Trainz Collection - Auran
Warlords IV - Infinite Interactive
World of Outlaws Sprint Cars - Rat Bag Games

4. Best Engine technology

(I know there are much more engines than what is listed here.. let me know!)

Auran Jet - Auran
BigWorld - Microforte
Serenity - Hemiware
The Difference Engine - Ratbag
ToshiR - Blue Tongue (Jurassic Park)

5. Best overall Art

AFL Live 2004 - IR Gurus
Grand Prix Challenge - Atari Melbourne House
Jurassic Park : Operation Genesis - Blue Tongue
Trainz Railroad Simulator 2004 - Auran
Warlords IV - Infinite Interactive
World of Outlaws Sprint Cars - Rat Bag Games

6. Best overall game for 2003

AFL Live 2004 - IR Gurus
Decisive Battles of World War II: Korsun Pocket - Strategic Studies Group
Grand Prix Challenge - Atari Melbourne House
Jurassic Park : Operation Genesis - Blue Tongue
Warlords IV - Infinite Interactive
Trainz Railroad Simulator 2004 - Auran
Ultimate Trainz Collection - Auran

7. Most anticipated game

Citizen Zero - Microforte
Freedom Force vs. the Third Reich - Irrational Games
Ice Nine - Torus
Metal Shell - Tantalus
Powerslide Slipstream - Rat Bag Games
Rugby League - Sidhe
Third Strike - Bullant Studios
Transformer Armada: Prelude to Energon Atari - Melbourne House
Tribes: Vengeance - Irrational Games
Ty: Bush Rescue - Krome Studios

8. Developer of the year

Atari Melbourne House
Auran
Blue Tongue
Bullant Studios
Creative Assembly
Dimsdale & Kreozot
Halfbrick Studios
Infinite Interactive
IR Gurus
Irrational Games
Krome Studios
Microforte
Pandemic Studios
Rat Bag Games
Tantalus
TheyerGFX
THQ Studio Australia
Torus
Sidhe Interactive
Strategic Studies Group

Blitz's picture

Nominations for 15. should be interesting :P
Should Jurassic Park also be included in the PC titles? (since it was released on PC)
CYer, Blitz

inglis's picture

i wasnt around last year so...
for 11,13,15- all members with those profiles are in the running?

Blitz's picture

I don't recall there being a best "sumean" anything last year. :)
CYer, Blitz

souri's picture

Thanks Blitz, I've added Jurassic Park to the PC list. There are a few other things I need to check out - I'm not sure if those Tantalus GBA titles have been released, and I don't think Warlords IV has been released either... anyway, if anyone knows, I do appreciate the help [:)]

Yeh, the Sumea member categories are new to the awards. I thought people would find it interesting.

Daemin's picture

Yeah, but how would you find out the best programmer, I doubt that there have been many, if any people that have programmed stuff for the community...

Jacana's picture

Playing devils advocate here - I agree with Daemin on one side....

But the other side of things....

The best artist may not be the one whos done the best work but would be the most helpful in ideas, useful crits, etc. So if that could be true for an artist maybe the programmer is someone whos helpful when people run into problems, etc...

I really think Souri's poll is more of a thank-you to people who have helped shape the community - I don't think he's trying to create a rift where people say "But I am better then you are".

inglis's picture

is it open to all members with those profile types or do we have to nominate members?

Blitz's picture

But, I AM better than ALL of you.
CYer, Blitz

Daemin's picture

So you believe :-P

inglis's picture

we might as well just give the awards to blitz [:p] hes got us all there.

souri's picture

I think anyone who interprets the awards as a "I'm better than you" competition is really missing the point of it all, and perhaps taking the awards a bit too seriously. It's more like a pat on the back more than anything.

inglis's picture

yeah. gathered that from the start. i was just having a joke in reply to blitz comment.

Blitz's picture

I was being serious! :)
CYer, Blitz

Ninja's picture

when will the webform for this section be up souri ? [:)] man so many games that are good are in the running... i don't know which one to choose.......

Makk's picture

wow..out of all these games I've played only one; AFL live 2004
The solution: I NEED TO PLAY MORE GAMES!!!!!!

souri's picture

I just put up the vote form for this. You people better start voting! *shakes fist*

tachyon's picture

ummm, how does one access this vote form? i can't see a link anywhere on the site

shiva's picture

its on the front page, but heres a link too
[url]http://www.sumea.com.au/sawards2003.asp[/url]

tachyon's picture

oh yes, there it is. didn't notice it

Blitz's picture

That reminds me, Bridge It, made (at least in part?) by Auran was released a few weeks ago. Sorry for the late one :(
Now maybe i should get around to playing some of these games :)
CYer, Blitz

souri's picture

Grrr... what's it with people selecting only 2 or 3 of the 8 categories!! *shakes fist even harder*.. incomplete submissions won't get counted. Vote on all 8 categories!

Blitz's picture

Probably because people haven't (for instance) played any of those gba games etc. so they don't want to vote for them?
CYer, Blitz