Game Developers Choice Awards Today

With the Game Developers Conference nearing its end, so begins the annual Game Developers Choice Awards. The 11th Annual Game Developers Choice Awards will feature ten categories as well as three special awards presented. The three special awards single out specific people for their contributions to the industry. The Lifetime Achievement Award is given to those who exemplify devotion to gaming and whose impact on the industry is invaluable. The Pioneer Award is given to those who brought something new to the industry allowing others to follow in their footsteps. The final individual award is the Ambassador award which will be presented to those who helped advance the industry to different demographics or regions.

The Lifetime Achievement Award: Peter Molyneaux

The Pioneer Award: Yu Suzuki

The Ambassador Award: Tim Brengle and Ian MacKenzie

This year’s categories and nominees are (Bold denotes winners):

Game of the Year:

  • Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood – Ubisoft Montreal
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops – Treyarch
  • Limbo – Playdead
  • Mass Effect 2 – BioWare
  • Red Dead Redemption – Rockstar San Diego

Best Audio:

  • Battlefield: Bad Company 2 – DICE
  • Halo: Reach – Bungie
  • Limbo – Playdead
  • Mass Effect 2 -BioWare
  • Red Dead Redemption – Rockstar San Diego

Best Debut Game:

  • Darksiders – Vigil Games
  • Limbo – Playdead
  • Minecraft – Mojang
  • Monday Night Combat – Uber Entertainment
  • Super Meat Boy – Team Meat

Best Downloadable Game:

  • Costume Quest – Double Fine
  • Limbo – Playdead
  • Minecraft – Mojang
  • Monday Night Combat – Uber Entertainment
  • Super Meat Boy – Team Meat

Best Game Design:

  • God of War III – SCE Santa Monica
  • Limbo – Playdead
  • Mass Effect 2 -BioWare
  • Red Dead Redemption – Rockstar San Diego
  • Super Mario Galaxy 2 – Nintendo

Best Handheld Game:

  • Cut the Rope – 2eptoLab
  • Dragon Quest IX – Level 5
  • Game Dev Story – Kairosoft
  • God of War: Ghost of Sparta – SCE Santa Monica and Ready at Dawn
  • Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker – Kojima Productions

Best Technology:

  • God of War III – SCE Santa Monica
  • Heavy Rain – Quantic Dream
  • Mass Effect 2 – BioWare
  • Red Dead Redemption – Rockstar San Diego
  • Starcraft 2 – Blizzard Entertainment

Best Visual Arts:

  • Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood – Ubisoft Montreal
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops – Treyarch
  • God of War III – SCE Santa Monica
  • Limbo -Playdead
  • Red Dead Redemption – Rockstar Santa Monica

Best Writing:

  • Costume Quest – Double Fine
  • Fallout: New Vegas – Obsidian
  • Heavy Rain – Quantic Dream
  • Mass Effect 2 – BioWare
  • Red Dead Redemption – Rockstar Santa Monica

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