And the winners are…

Shaggy January 1, 2010 9

While it is not quite 2010 yet where I am right at the moment, for the website the timer has passed onto the new year and so our Game of the Year/Decade polls are now closed. So what were your choices?

Game of the DecadeH2Overdrive – Raw Thrills’/Specular Interactive’s follow-up to Hydro Thunder took the cake by quite a lead for the best game of this past decade. In second place In The Groove 2 came in with 12 votes and DJ Max Technika and Outrun 2 SP tied for third with 10 votes each.

Game of the Year 2009DJ Max Technika – This took an early lead and managed to hold onto it, even though for a time it looked like H2Overdrive would catch up. Coming in a very distant third place would be BlazBlue: Continuum Shift.

Pinball Game of the YearLord of the Rings Limited Edition – Even though the new LotR pinball re-release has only been available for a short time, it handily came out on top in the poll. Following behind were CSI and King of Diamonds.

This also reminds me that I will have to make a new page for game releases in 2010, especially where there are some exciting projects to look forward to  If you hadn’t seen our 2009 page, click here. Thanks for your votes and Happy 2010!

(BTW – I am hoping that I will have a look at a new game I will be debuting at my arcade soon – a tank combat game by an indie PC game developer who I convinced to make an arcade version out of it. It wasn’t hard since the developer will be my future brother-in-law. Anyways, it is very close to being done but the motherboard that was going to be used in the machine was bad so we need to get a new one to make the thing work. stay tuned)


  1. Brent Silby January 1, 2010 at 2:48 am - Reply

    Wow! H2Overdrive is game of the decade. That’s amazing. It is a pretty good game, but I have to question whether it is the best game in the last 10 years. Oh well, its a poll, and the readers have voted. Who am I to question the popular choice? It is a good game.

  2. editor January 1, 2010 at 12:51 pm - Reply

    Any chance I can chat with your brother-in-law about the tank game?

  3. igo January 1, 2010 at 2:00 pm - Reply

    Here are my picks.

    Game of the Decade- Marvel vs. Capcom 2, I picked it because this has been an extremly popular fighter. The ps2 port is selling for over $60 used is one indicator of the popularity.

    Game of the Year 2009-For me this one was either razing storm or guitar hero. I picked razing storm because I was i little disappointed with guitar hero. I guess I had my hopes up too high. I was hoping for online play to be up by now and a music list that that has more arcade exclusive songs.

    Pinball Game of the Year- CSI. The centrifuge is pretty cool I guess.

  4. black Jebus January 2, 2010 at 6:58 am - Reply

    I’m glad to see H2Overdrive taking Game of the Decade. I realize it’s a brand new game and not yet readily available and all, but we have 2 nearby and I’m completely hooked! It’s everything Hydro Thunder was, plus much more. I’ve never played an arcade game with so much depth. You can save your progress by creating a profile. You can level each boat from 1 to 40. There’s a military ranking system that gives you promotions the more you play. There are dozens of achievements per track. And lots of secrets to unlock. Plus, it’s the best looking arcade racer I’ve ever seen.

    So, seek one out and have a blast!

  5. Phil Arrington January 3, 2010 at 7:25 pm - Reply

    H2overdrive game of the Decade? I’m shocked by this.

    • igo January 3, 2010 at 11:03 pm - Reply

      I wouldn’t take the poll results too seriously. I know I wouldn’t vote for a game that has only been own for just a few months.

      I know hydro thunder would deserve to be in the top games of the decade but, it was one year early (1999).

  6. Dave_K. January 3, 2010 at 7:30 pm - Reply

    I mentioned this in the other voting thread, I believe Ikaruga (2000) was the most influential of the lot (for this decade), given it thrust arcade shooters back into the main stream, most notably on home consoles.

  7. Shaggy January 5, 2010 at 1:13 am - Reply

    One thing that helped was that on the Specular Interactive homepage they linked to the poll. We really didn’t have any other websites mobilize their fanbase for the other games on this particular poll, although the same can’t be said for the game of the year, which had pretty good mobilization by DJ Max Technika fans.

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