Though are still some hours of voting left, it has become apparent that the Reader’s Choice for #TWRMGOTY2006 is either Okami or The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. These Reader’s Choice events remind us of how wide the subjective tastes of the Well-Red Mage‘s readers really are. This is not the result that I was hoping for; my campaign paragraph was not able to convince the most voters. This is somewhat disappointing, but the Well-Red Mage has built its subculture in such a way that there’s never any lasting animosity between writers or patrons. That’s why these events are never about the nominees or the vote itself. It’s about celebrating the medium we love, and the results of this vote reinforce how many games from one year can represent this for us. That’s why I’m a Mage. I’d like to congratulate the presumptive winner and runner-up, the Wandering Mage and the Hyperactive Coffee Mage (irrespective).
The respect for subjective opinions is what makes the Well-Red Mage a good (virtual) place to be and is why so many of us have indeed chosen to be here. Those values have prospered for us so far, and they will continue to do so if we allow them to. Video games are an indiscriminate medium, and we are collectively a reflection of that. It’s why we have to keep remembering it and acting on it. I’d like to thank the Well-Red Mage for hosting this event and Jon Burton, creative director of LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy. This was not my first Reader’s Choice TWRM GOTY event, nor shall it be my last. It’s for all the reasons I’ve already described that these events are worth holding. Of course I hope that one of my nominated games will win eventually, but that’s not why any of us are in this. I feel blessed every day to be able to write for the Well-Red Mage and consistently feel excited for what’s coming next, and for who’s joining next.