Yeah, I wasn't too thrilled about an MMO winning game of the year. Perhaps I'm "old-fashioned" but I still think they belong in their own category, and that's it. Yes, I know it's stupid.
Am I right in remembering you guys doing a separate awards thing for music last year? Because I felt there was a sad lack of music awards. The best sound award was it. And that went to an MMO. I want to know what regular/ indie games have the best music, voices, overall sound, etc.
I haven't played 99.9% of the games that won awards so I can't really comment on that. I'm sure FFIV is great for what it is. It just seems like you guys went a little too gaga over it. Maybe someday I'll understand.
Music awards are coming-- and in expanded form over last year. Just give us a little time-- I've been putting together some good stuff for it :)
I also wholeheartedly endorse FFXIV for the GOTY award, having been one of the people who voted for it. It wasn't a 'let's do something different' or 'nothing else was good enough' type of thing. The fact is, a huge chunk of our staff thinks the game is fantastic and has enjoyed it more than any other game last year. There were tons of great games in 2013, but FFXIV was easily my favorite, and several others'. I was also disappointed by SMTIV, but I wasn't disappointed by Ni no Kuni because I always thought it was an incredibly average game with pretty graphcis and Joe Hisaishi music. Soul Sacrifice was awesome as well.
Whether you agree or disagree with the staff or reader awards, all that matters (if you ask me) is that last year was awesome for rad RPGs. I don't buy that "the JRPG is dead" business, either-- plenty of good ones come out, but I'm honestly quite happy that generic "ATTACK/MAGIC/ITEM/RUN" anime trope JRPGs are on the decline, because the vast majority of them are creatively bereft and no longer have the same magic for me that they did when I was 14 and much less experienced with them. There are still plenty of good ones, though, and last year proves it.