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
Marketing Manager, Level Up!
Marketing Manager, Level Up!
Editor in Chief, Level Up!
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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