On March 28th, 2009, at 3:00 P.M. EDT, the XYZZY Awards Ceremony was held at ifMUD. Below is the transcript of the event, including side-comments that those in attendance made on the #peanut-gallery channel. Should you not wish to see those comments, an expurgated version is also available.
inky clambers back up on stage. "Right, then, our first award is of course 'Best use of medium.'"
olethros claps politely
[peanut-gallery] vimes says, "Teleportation is really the only difference between ifmud and real life, though."
[peanut-gallery] olethros says, "perhaps"
Gunther says, "won for the tenth consecutive time by Madame Clairvoyance"
inky says, "Best Use of Medium is a good one to start with because it is fraught with controversy over what exactly it means"
olethros unfurls his 'STOP MEDIUM AWARDS' banner
inky says, "but that hasn't stopped this year's finalists:"
inky says, "Afflicted, by Doug Egan"
inky says, "Everybody Dies, by Jim Munroe (with spectacular timing)"
inky says, "Gun Mute, by C. E. J. Pacian"
JimMunroe walks out from under the archway south of here, although you didn't notice it approaching it from the other side.
[peanut-gallery] jdouglass says, "isn't 'medium' wishy-washy? How about Best Use of Awesome"
olethros asks, "who is mr timing?"
inky says, "The Moon Watch, by Paolo Maroncelli and Alessandro Peretti"
inky says, "and Violet, by Jeremy Freese"
[peanut-gallery] nm says, "some of these games didn't even have a medium in them"
[peanut-gallery] Jota says, "Or 'Best Use of Extra-Spicy'."
[peanut-gallery] Lucea says, "best use of well-done"
olethros claps repeatedly and mutters
[peanut-gallery] Taleslinger says, "Best Use of Hard, Best use of Nightmare"
DavidW cheers all the finalists.
Taleslinger says, "Oh my good, the tension"
NamelessAdventurer arrives from backstage pushing an enormous crystal ball.
nm holds his own breath
[peanut-gallery] olethros asks, "what about the stage jokes?"
jdouglass just keeps. on. clapping.
inky says (to NamelessAdventurer), "ha ha, very funny"
[peanut-gallery] olethros says, "oh"
[peanut-gallery] Gunther says, "oh god, it's going to be "HAZY ASK AGAIN LATER" *again*"
[peanut-gallery] Gunther says, "see you in two weeks, folks"
[peanut-gallery] McMartin says, "I didn't realize Nameless actually was someone"
[peanut-gallery] Ellison says, "haha"
inky says, "...wait, the ball, it's glowing white!"
[peanut-gallery] olethros says, "haha"
[peanut-gallery] DavidW says, "ha ha"
[peanut-gallery] vimes | >GET ALL BREATH
[peanut-gallery] Jota says (to Gunther), "Ha."
[peanut-gallery] Lucea says, "heh"
[peanut-gallery] vimes | You can't hold that much!\
inky asks, "...numbers?"
inky says, "aha! I deduce the winner is ... The Moon Watch, by Paolo Maroncelli and Alessandro"
inky says, "Peretti!"
[peanut-gallery] McMartin says, "Well, and here I was going to say it wasn't Best Use Of Magic 8-Ball"
dougegan pushed a button, which caused an earthquake!
DavidW says, "hooray!"
maga says, "wow, awesome"
olethros whistles, claps and makes strange animal noises
Grocible says, "woo"
inky asks, "Paolo or Alessandro, are you here?"
Taleslinger says, "Yay!"
DavidW says, "Now we have to make spooky moon noises."
Taleslinger says, "Yay for games about clocks!"
Gunther asks (of DavidW), "mOoOoOoOoOn?"
DavidW says (to Gunther), "Close enough."
Taleslinger says, "eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee - Jupiter, 12 months later"
olethros curls up in his comfort blanket.
Gunther says (to Taleslinger), "astonishingly good approximation of the soundtrack"
Taleslinger claps some more.
maga says, "your puny award is irrelevant to the march of world socialism"