The People's Vote
My name is Mel Croucher, and according to the history books I founded the UK videogames industry 40 years ago. Even though I’ve won a load of computer awards, I will still byte the hand that feeds me when I think it’s necessary.
In all the years I’ve been using personal computers I have discovered that some computer awards are a bit suspect. PC awards are no different from awards like the Oscars, when once a year a small bunch of elitists view a small number of pre-selected entries and proclaim which is “the best”, thereby affecting the fate of the entire industry. These are not genuine awards, they are mere opinions, and these opinions are swayed by lobbyists and their money. A bit like both sides of a certain referendum.
The only computer awards that can possibly be valid are those voted for by real users of real products and real performance. So, as a professional cynic who has been writing computer reviews for PC magazines longer than most users have been alive, I can honestly declare that there is always one exception to every rule. And the name of that exception is this independent British PC manufacturer based in Poole on the South coast of England: Chillblast.
When one PC manufacturer wins the PC of the Year Award, year after year, and when I examine the genuine votes from readers of the magazines that I actually write for, then I am happy to declare that the two dozen “PC of the year” awards won by Chillblast are the real deal. They are not fake news churned out by paid hacks writing sycophantic puff pieces. They are the people’s vote. And in my humble opinion, when it comes to choosing the best PC on the market, you should always listen to the voice of the people.