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Level-Up! Gaming Blog Award Finalists: A Big Joke at the Philippine Blog Awards 2
Saturday, September 20, 2008


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A few weeks ago, Rocky and I nominated our gaming website GameOPS to the special game blog category of the Philippine Blog Awards 2008 sponsored by Level-Up! Games. GameOPS is celebrating its 10th year this year FYI. :~)

Sponsor Award: The Level Up! Gaming Blog Award

The Level Up! Gaming Blog Award is open to:

1. A blog about gaming (console/handheld/online) in general or about Level Up!'s games only.
2. Philippine based Filipino Bloggers only


Mon Macutay
Marketing Manager, Level Up!

Carlo Ople
Marketing Manager, Level Up!

Kevin Codamon
Editor in Chief, Level Up!

Judging Criteria

1. Content - 80%
The post itself and all its totality from the headline to the manner and style of writing is considered. Content and how the content was presented is critical. It is the total package, from the headline to the grammar and even to the effective use of images and sound, that is considered. Content for content sake is not enough it must be told in a manner that effectively conveys the idea and leaves an imprint in the readers’ mind.

2. Design and Usability - 20%
This refers to aesthetic and usability features of the blog. Not only should it look pretty but it should also be functional and stress free to navigate within. Is it pretty and user-friendly?

The nomination period is from August 27 to September 2008. Last day of for submitting nominations is on September 15, 2008. last day of submitting is on September 19, 2008 at Midnight.

The list of the finalists was released today and boy we were all surprised. GameOPS didn't make it to the finals but surprise, surprise! A couple of blogs that are barely a month old with 3 posts did make it to the official list.

First is this blog that was created this September with only 3 blog posts. THREE!

Here's another blog. Same with the first blog, this has 3 posts and barely a month old!

This blog is a month old with 10 posts and sports an unstoppable and annoying autoplay background music. What happened to the 80% content and 20% Design and Usability criteria with these three blogs?

To the owners of the blogs above, it's nothing personal. I'm only questioning the process on how Level-Up! Games managed to come up with the finalist while leaving GameOPS out. Is it because Andrew posted some not so good articles against Level-Up! Games's GMs and Forum Moderators? Or maybe because we're not posting on a regular basis lately?

Or because we blog about Level-Up's competitors too? Take note of the word OR on the eligibility requirement. "1. A blog about gaming (console/handheld/online) in general or about Level Up!'s games only." Which means the blog can contain gaming in general (console/handheld/online). And I presume online means ALL online games, even games from Level-Up! Games' competitors. Again, take note of the word OR. So let's scratch that idea of not being on the list because we blog about Lineage, Tri-Isys, etc.

According to one criteria of the blog award, "...Content and how the content was presented is critical. It is the total package, from the headline to the grammar and even to the effective use of images and sound, that is considered. Content for content sake is not enough it must be told in a manner that effectively conveys the idea and leaves an imprint in the readers’ mind."

Not that I'm bragging but GameOPS did left imprints on our readers' mind. Remember the little drama we had with some PinoyXbox members? How about when we started our mini-series called Pirates 'R Us? This series got the attention of big international gaming websites like GamePro, PC World, Nintendo Wii Fanboy, The Tanooki, Kotaku, GameTrailers, GoNintendo, GameRevolution, and a lot of other international and local blogs and forums.

Remember the Toys 'R Us story we published? DS Fanboy and MaxConsole picked them up too. How about Maria Ozawa? They've got her covered here and in Wikipedia too!

Of the eight finalists, only masterdiwa.com and games.testermulo.com deserve the title "finalist".

I don't want to sound bitter but if the finalists have blogs that are barely a month old and with less than 5 posts, then GameOPS should have been included too. Winning the top spot isn't the issue here. It's how they chose the finalist.

If they continue this tradition then I might as well start a blog about Flip-Flops and name it CAPTAIN ISLANDERS SANDAL LOG.

Anyway, who wants my passes for tomorrow's award's night? I have a slot since my blog and video entry are finalists. I just lost my excitement.

UPDATE: My Turn - In Defense of My Friend Rocky

*Computer end log*

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Posted by Blogger Siopao Master on Sunday, September 21, 2008 at 1:54:00 AM GMT+8:  
oh yeah I remember about that xbox thing. What happened to that gay anyway?

WTF is happening to LUG anyway? Why did they let the retards run freely?

Posted by Blogger Jepoy on Sunday, September 21, 2008 at 1:58:00 AM GMT+8:  
@siopao master - I dunno. But I sometimes see him online on TipidPC :P

Poring overload = retards?

Posted by Anonymous reyna elena on Sunday, September 21, 2008 at 8:43:00 AM GMT+8:  
dude! just stopping over! hahah! don't have any comments at the moment other than giving you some pat in the back for one good write-up and support for you and i hope those people behind those blogs won't get upset.

Posted by Blogger anonymark on Monday, September 22, 2008 at 1:55:00 AM GMT+8:  
well level up is a business and its about making publicity if they had it their way they wont even sponsor. good publicity=money bad publicity=bad news.

Posted by Blogger Boy Kuripot (stingy) on Monday, September 22, 2008 at 4:23:00 PM GMT+8:  
very interesting! Hmm...

Posted by Anonymous Prudence on Monday, September 22, 2008 at 6:49:00 PM GMT+8:  
Thanks so much for considering my gaming blog deserving of being a finalist.

I'm actually surprised Master Diwa did not win this category. But well, yeah, they've chosen a popular blog, as all PW players know janelh.wikidot. But, I think it's more of a wiki than a blog.

Posted by Blogger Jepoy on Monday, September 22, 2008 at 7:22:00 PM GMT+8:  
@reyna elena - walang personalan :D

@anonymark - that's why this category is nonsense

@boy kuripot - interesting indeed

@Prudence - Since this is a Level-Up!-sponsored award, might as well choose someone who promotes them with players. This category is the biggest joke in the awards night.

Posted by Blogger Reesie on Friday, September 26, 2008 at 12:27:00 AM GMT+8:  
nako po..ano ba yan.. ang obvious naman na lutong makaw to..lol..but i guess, you don't need a Philippine Blog Award to say that your blog is award0winning.. what is 3 judges to thousands (or millions) of readers..??? d vah..sino sila.. at the end of the day, ang readers pa rin ang may karapatan magjudge..

Posted by Anonymous Aiza on Friday, September 26, 2008 at 2:57:00 PM GMT+8:  
Hehe, I know how you feel, you guys. Prudence is right, its not even a blog site and it was included as a finalist in the PBA. Well it has a blog, but 10 posts hardly makes it a blog site per se.

I'm from LU and I hope you guys won't deem me a retard, because I know I'm not. I'm a game blogger too (gamerlite.com) and I'm not happy with the results of the gaming category either.

I just think the finalists and the winner was not well thought of as opposed to it being cooked.

Posted by Blogger Jepoy on Friday, September 26, 2008 at 3:10:00 PM GMT+8:  
@aiza - you're a retard! hehehe, just kidding. Of course I wont look at you as a retard. What we're questioning is the selection process. If a blog with 3 posts made it to the finals, why didn't they include gameops? If Level-Up! wants a blog award that blogs about their games only, they should have been clear from the start.

Nothing personal right? Yung iba kasi pinersonal yung comment namin :)

Posted by Anonymous Aiza on Friday, September 26, 2008 at 3:26:00 PM GMT+8:  
None, taken, no worries.

You're right, di lang talaga tugma yung mechanics and the finalists.

Posted by Anonymous Anonymous on Friday, September 26, 2008 at 3:38:00 PM GMT+8:  
madami pa anumalya dyan sa award na yan... clique kasi eh...

got this from another blog:

"...may isa pang anumalya. ang news and media category, sadya bang wala ang mga blogger na galing sa traditional or old media. may bias ba against sa mga taga old media na nag cross over sa new media? may mga active kasi sa blog circle ng blog awards na ito na nag declare ng disgust nila sa old media eh. old or new, the traditional media bloggers are bloggers din. why give out an award para sa kategorya na iyan kung di naman saklaw ang mga dapat na naryan? asan ang nanalo last year na pcij, its not as if they stopped blogging? just go over to mlq3's site or pcij's site and there's a LONG list of journalist bloggers there. buti na lang journalist pa rin ang nanalo sa category, kundi isang malaking farce naman po iyun. imagine, nominated sa blog na iyan si mar roxas? oooooops... keynote speaker nga pala si mr future president nila na nakahuntahan nila sa isang exlusive bloggers meet mar event. dyan pa lang mejo, iba na ang amoy. okay okay ang logic ay blogger din si mar, pero yun na nga bloggers din ang pcij and the rest of the journalist bloggers sa blogosphere. why not them? you can debate with me about this and reason out na walang malisya ang mar roxas angle... pero you can't blame anyone who finds this really really fishy. ipinost nyo pa pics ng blogger meet na yun sa mga site nyo e...."

Posted by Blogger Jepoy on Friday, September 26, 2008 at 3:41:00 PM GMT+8:  
@aiza - the problem with others is they immediately diss us as "bitter ocampos" without even understanding what Rocky found.

Posted by Anonymous Eugene on Monday, September 29, 2008 at 3:56:00 AM GMT+8:  
Anonymous said: "sadya bang wala ang mga blogger na galing sa traditional or old media."

Er, Gibbz Cadiz, who won the best Culture & Arts Blog Award, is actually a lifestyle section editor of a broadsheet.

Anon, please stop raising issues for the sake of raising issues. Tsk, tsk, tsk.

Posted by Blogger Impbuster on Wednesday, October 1, 2008 at 4:12:00 AM GMT+8:  
Wow, those blog entries are deader than K-Fed's career...

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