was another wild ride for the gaming industry
in 2005. Two new systems made their entrance onto
center stage, the Sony PSP and Microsoft Xbox
360, which made this past year an expensive one
for early adoptees of new technology. Unfortunately
both systems had their share of technical problems
which served as a reminder that perhaps those
extended warranties aren't such a bad thing....
the past year introduced us to some relatively
new terms for the video game lexicon such as "dead
pixels", "3 red blinking lights of doom"
and "Sorry you're just going to have to wait
until March for your Xbox 360 pre-order"
but no one could say that software quality was
on the decline. Like most years in recent memory.
2005 saw its share of sequels, prequels, threequels,
fourquels and whatnot, but there were also some
incredible new games released that seemed to appear
out of left field and we pretty much played every
of of 'em. We also played some real crap. We'll
let you know about those too.
Voting Works: The staff was given only
the various award categories and were allowed
to vote for any games that they wanted to (without
being given an already defined list). When the
lists were returned we choose the top 5 games
from each category which received the most votes
(those become the nominees) and the game with
the most votes becomes the overall winner for
a category above and check out CCC's Best &
Worst of 2005!