Although the ancient geezers of fandom don’t seem to know it, or are just too old to either know or care about games, both computer and video games are eligible for the Hugo Award for Dramatic Presentation Long Form as they are included in the definition of “any medium of dramatized science fiction or fantasy” that lasts more than 90 minutes. Ergo, my recommendations for the category will probably look a little different than most this year.
- The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
- Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
- Until Dawn
- Avengers: Age of Ultron
- The Martian
I should mention that this is NOT my list of the three best games of the year, because not all games are dramatic presentations nor are they all science fiction and fantasy. These are simply the best dramatic presentations of science fiction and fantasy longer than 90 minutes, three of which happen to be games.
Other 2016 Hugo categories
- Best Editor (short-form)
- Best Editor (long-form)
- Best Semiprozine
- Best Fanzine
- Best Fancast
- Best Fan Writer
- Best Fan Artist
- Best New Writer
UPDATE: If you still haven’t received your pin number from MidAmericaCon II, email them at email@example.com and request it.
In other news, lest you doubt that the SJWs in SF will do anything and everything they can to ensure that their stacked decked remains stacked in their favor, the Hugo administrators at MidAmericaCon II have announced, contra previous promises, that they will not release nominating data in any form to anyone… except those to whom they have already given it.
Other than the EPH validation, it is not our intention to release nominating data in any form, even to other people wishing to test software under an NDA. The Hugo administrators already have sufficient software to handle the needs of the awards even if the nomination counting rules ends up being confirmed as changed at the business meeting in Kansas City.
This statement completely lacks credibility, as do all of the public statements of those to whom the data was given, because “the people they gave the data announced on file 770 that they had not
only ran Single Vote Transferable on the data, but had examined the data
to count puppy ballots and slate discipline.”
The behavior of the Hugo administrators is dishonest and downright antiscientific. If the data is not open and cannot be replicated, it must be ignored. Nothing the Hugo administrators’ pet investigators announce should be taken at face value by anyone, pro or con. It can be easily dismissed by a simple statement of fact: “So you say. Where is the evidence to support that?”
I’m not saying this because I oppose EPH. To the contrary, I support it, because EPH enshrines the Rabid Puppies as one of the five primary factions in science fiction and gives us equal status with the Tor Cabal. So, I fully support the decision of the fandom to give the Supreme Dark Lord of the Evil Legion of Evil the right to at least one nomination per category in perpetuity. It gives the Tor Cabal the same, of course (which is why it was a cabal initiative), and initially the other two or three factions will reliably favor Tor in reaction to the establishment of the Puppies, but that will change over time, as deals are made and new alliances are formed.
As I have said, I am a patient man.