Bad news


We’re too popular.

The Kunkel Awards for Video Game Journalism debuted exactly one week ago, and we’ve already received 104 nominations representing 33 websites and webcasters…

  • AlphaOmegaSin
  • AngryJoeShow
  • Breitbart
  • Don’t Die
  • Entertainment Software Association
  • Errant Signal
  • The Escapist
  • Eurogamer
  • Gamasutra
  • GamesNosh
  • The Guardian
  • GDC
  • Harmful Opinions
  • Innuendo Studios
  • Liana K
  • Kotaku
  • Medium
  • Metaleater
  • New York magazine
  • The New Yorker
  • Niche Gamer
  • Offworld
  • One Angry Gamer
  • Polygon
  • Liam Robertson
  • Super Bunnyhop
  • Superheroes in Racecars
  • SuperNerdLand
  • TechRaptor
  • TotalBiscuit
  • USgamer
  • Wired

…which means our judges are gonna be swamped. Even worse for them, there are still seven weeks left in the year.

Since all Kunkel-nominated stories and streams need to be posted in 2015, it’s quite likely some award-savvy gaming writers and casters will intentionally produce their most excellent work before New Year’s Day.

From those 104 nominations so far, we’ve drawn the following…


1. Gaming media will compete against mainstream media. So far, multiple nominations have rolled in for The Guardian newspaper and The New Yorker and New York magazines. We’ve been asked if Slate and Forbes can be nominated, and we replied hell yeah, because…

2. Anyone can commit an act of journalism. It might seem odd that the Entertainment Software Association and Game Developers Conference were also nominated. But we don’t care about the source, only the content. If a story or stream is accurate, balanced, ethical, and excellent, it just might win – regardless of the author.

3. GamerGate lovers and haters are already here. GamerGaters will adore nominations from Breitbart, TotalBiscuit, and One Angry Gamer. Their opponents will be pleased with nominations from Kotaku, Offworld, and Polygon. We believe life – and awards – are richer with all sides represented.

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