noddy.jpg So we've been reading the 'Best Of E3' lists from the consumer sites with some interest - for example,'s list tips its hat to a lot of the stuff we dug too, including Spore and Assassin's Creed. But we were kinda weirded out by GameDaily's press release for its E3 'Nods', which picked a multitude of games in a weird publisher-specific layout.

Most other people do 'Best X Game', but GameDaily's style this year is just to nominate multiple games for each publisher: for example, Sega has four nominations for Chrome Hounds (Xbox 360), Sonic Wild Fire (Wii), Super Monkey Ball Banana Blitz (Wii), and Virtua Tennis 3 (Xbox 360/PS3), and even semi-shovelware firm Game Factory made it onto the list for, uhh, Noddy and the Magic Book (PS2).

Our disconcertedness is further underlined by the comment immediately before the 'Nod' winners: "GameDaily Nod awards ensure confidence in purchasing decisions as both retailers and consumers look forward to the busy holiday season. Publishers seeking marketing artwork and editorial quotes may contact Cory D. Lewis..." Seems like these awards were much more publisher-facing than reader-facing, for some odd reason?