Every year Sony Computer Entertainment Japan and Asia holds the PlayStation awards, to recognize the best PlayStation games of the year. Today voting started for the “Users’ Choice” award that allows PlayStation users to vote for up to five of their favorite titles online. Voting will be open until November the 5th.
The award ceremony will be held at the Grand Prince Hotel New Tanakawa in Tokyo on December the 3rd at 4:30 PM local time, and we’ll be able to check it out as well, as it will be livestreamed on UStream (the specific link has not been announced yet).
Voting is available here (you need to click on the blue button at the bottom of the page), and apparently any PSN account from any region is enough to enter, as I was able to with my usual European account (at the moment of this writing the voting page is under heavy traffic, so it may be slow or unresponsive).
If you’re not a member of the Play Community it’ll ask you to register your PSN account as one. To do so you’ll have to accept the terms of service (blue button on the right), then connect to Twitter, Facebook or continue without connecting (blue button at the bottom), insert a Japanese prefecture of residence, gender, blood type, married status and the PlayStation Hardware you have (if you use Google Chrome it’ll translate the menu voices automatically) before pressing the big blue button on the right.
The next page will ask you to connect with friends, but you can simply skip it by pressing the blue button on the right. Once you’ll have done that, you’ll be a Play Community member and you’ll be able to access the voting page again and finally proceed to cast your vote. Again, the whole thing is in Japanese, so using Chrome and its auto translation function is advisable if you don’t know the language. Selecting games by publisher will also help, or you’ll have to type in the name of the games in Katakana.
Be careful because once you make your selection and confirm your vote, you cannot change it, nor add further titles. Only one try is granted for each PSN account and voting more than once for the same title is not allowed, so once you’re done, you’re done.
Between all the voters Sony will raffle 50 invites to the ceremony, 15 new PCH-2000 PS Vita units and 15 PS Vita TV Value Packs. Unfortunately if you don’t live in Japan (or you can’t set your address to that of a Japanese friend, I guess) there’s no dice there, as prizes will be shipped to Japanese addresses only.
So, if you made it to the end of the laborious voting process, what did you vote for? Let us know in the comments.