Golden Joystick Awards 2012: Best MMO category – who are you voting for?

As voting for the Golden Joystick Awards 2012 enters its final weeks, we take a look at each of the individual categories. Today is the turn of Best MMO category.

Best MMO shortlist:

Who are we voting for?

Matt Cundy (UK Editor): EVE Online. Not going to pretend I play MMOs. I don’t. But even I enjoy watching EVE Online from the sidelines. With so much freedom given to its players, it’s a concentrated sci-fi microcosm containing all sides of human nature. Interestingly, it’s the ugly side motivated by greed with all its cunning and double-crossing and scamming that I find most appealing. Not sure what that says about me.

David Houghton (UK Associate Editor): I'm going with EVE for the same reasons as Matt. It might sounds like a cop-out answer, but the thing is that with a game like EVE you really can get that amount of satisfaction from just observing it as a drama. The brave, unrestricted, non-interventionist approach CCP has taken to player freedom makes it less a game, more a living, evolving alternate univerate. And isn't that what MMOs were supposed to be in the first place?

Justin Towell (UK Content Editor): I’m not an MMO player, but I enjoyed the few minutes with Star Wars The Old Republic that I had at Gamescom a few years ago. Does that count?

Those are the MMO games getting our votes, but what about you – who are you voting for? Tell us in the comments.

Head to Golden Joystick Awards to vote. Voting closes 22 October. The Golden Joystick Awards 2012 take place 26 October.


  • switch22 - October 15, 2012 1:40 p.m.

    This list is flawed. If a game has millions of players it is not automatically an mmo. League of Legends is not an mmo, it is a moba (massive online battle arena.) If we're going to use the flawed logic that LoL is an mmo simply because it has a large player base, then angry birds is also an mmo because it also has a huge player base. If LoL is being included then games like dota or smite should also be included. But they aren't. The list doesn't even have WoW or GW2 included, which basically define the mmo genre. Personally, I would vote EVE. Even if WoW and GW2 were included, eve has done a lot this year to improve the game quality.
  • Whit - October 15, 2012 5:28 a.m.

    No Guild War 2, No World of Warcraft--even with Mists just released--but EVE Online is on the list... Shouldn't this award be titled "Third Best MMO Award"?
  • SPEWEDHARDCOREJOY - October 12, 2012 11:47 a.m.

    I voted World of Tanks because they offered all the players a bunch of premium goodies if they won.
  • NelosAngelos - October 12, 2012 10:44 a.m.

    The Secret World gets on there...but no Guild Wars 2? What sort of voting list is this? Whatever, guess I'll go with the next best thing.
  • icbacomingupwithapropername - October 12, 2012 7:49 a.m.

    bu-bu-but, but guild wars 2.
  • pl4y4h - October 12, 2012 7:44 a.m.

    Haven't played any of these except runescape so i can't fairly vote. I will say though that runescape went through a huge update since the last time i played, fairly better graphics, exp bars, new task system, etc. It is going strong.
  • JavaManJoJo - October 12, 2012 5:17 a.m.

    Why is Guild Wars 2 not on your list?
  • taokaka - October 12, 2012 3:45 a.m.

    I went with runescape because I played it quite a bit four or five years ago.

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