After we finished up last year's Best
awards we knew that this year we wanted to do things
a little differently. The end of the decade has come, and if we look
back over the last ten years between 2001 and 2010 a lot of signifcant
things have happened in the MMOG industry. Heck, the genre was only
really recognized in 1997 or 1999 (depending which game you consider
the first MMOG).
So throughout the year the staff at Ten Ton Hammer has been giving a
lot of consideration to the games we've played over the past decade.
There's no denying we've seen the genre evolve into something that has
become much larger than anyone may have thought possible last millenium.
So which games have really made their mark? There are a lot of MMOGs
out there now. We have 421 of them listed on Ten Ton Hammer alone. But
over the past decade some of those games have really impacted the
industry in one way or another. We've considered each element and have
come up with a short list of eight awards for this decade. There's no
doubt we could have had 100 more awards, but this ain't a seven hour
Academy Award Marathon. This is about recognizing excellence in the
past 10 years and celebrating that excellence.
While we would have loved to have been able to include all MMO games
for award consideration, only games or expansions that were released
between 2001 and 2010 were eligible.
For your convenience each award has been set up on its own page with an
easy drop-box navigation. So, skip to the award of your choice, or flip
through each page. It's all up to you. Let's celebrate the MMOG Decade
Awards at Ten Ton Hammer.