For the past few years I had ran a poll for Arcade Game Of The Year, although for 2014 I missed out on that, being pre-occupied with some other items on my plate. Awards for the arcade/amusement industry usually don’t generate a lot of external press but they do exist and one we have mentioned on the blog before is the Best of Show Awards (BOSA) which are put on annually by a partnership of the news service The Stinger Report and equipment distributor BMIGaming.com. They take a look at the products introduced at the IAAPA trade show event and run internal votes as to what products were deserving of Gold, Silver Bronze and Honorable Mention Awards. Those are based upon factors such as innovation, profile, chances of it selling well, etc. The story I ran on last year’s awards can be found here.
For this year, the categories are similar but they are taking a slightly different approach in gauging what is deserving of the top spots by opening up the voting to the public. You can goto this page on BMIGaming.com and place your vote. The Jurassic Park motion game was in the lead for the public vote but at the moment it appears that Pump It Up fans have caught wind of it so that has skyrocketed into 2nd place as I write this. I imagine that things will change as word spreads and it will be interesting, as it always is, to see what comes out on top. Online votes of course are not exactly what one would consider to be purely scientific but it is still fascinating to see what is being voted for. I would just like to know the ‘why’ behind every vote.
Here is a short trailer to promote the awards as well, the Gold winners will receive plaques at the upcoming Amusement Expo 2015 in Las Vegas.
So what would be your pick for such an award – or an “Arcade Game of The Year 2014” Award?