Originally Posted by jonglover
Yeah, but Mario All-Stars didn't contain any new content and The Orange Box is being marketed as a singular experience. Plus, 360 owners can only buy the games as a package, though I dunno' why you'd want to play any of these games with a controller.
Regardless, considering the three new games here are arguably better than any of the other huge releases so far (I've already declared Galaxy GotY, however), I think it would definitely dilute things. If you can only have five candidates, for instance, I think it's unfair that three of those would be part of the same package. That's just my opinion though and I see where you're coming from.
Well Mario All-Stars was a bad example (although I think it included the Japanese SMB 2, which was definitely new to America). Let's say Nintendo holds off on releasing Mario Party 8, Mario Strikers and packages them with Galaxy and then throws in Super Paper Mario and calls it "THE MARIO BOX," (the individual games are also sold separately). One of those games is GOTY material, the others are just icing, but still, it's a package and not a game. Also, the PC version of OB is rated significantly higher than the X360 version, so since it's the definitive version, I don't think the "it's all new for X360" is a valid reason to still consider it a game.
It's not like Spike TV's awards matter anyway. They just put in what has the most hype, I have my doubts that the people who made their nominations played any of the games in the list except Halo 3.
I havent played Galaxy yet so I can't declare it my GOTY but I think it's likely.
BTW, Orange Box is $25 on black friday at Best Buy for PC if anyone here doesn't have it yet.