The Game Awards are upon us

 

It’s that Time Again

Up until 2013, Spike Television brought to us an annual award show known as the Spike Video Game Awards, the show’s decade long run showed a vested interest by the public for a televised program centered around deciding the best games of the year in separate categories were, similar to the oscars or the Screen Actors Guild Awards. After support for the VGX’s died down, interest still brewed for a video game award show that showcased new and upcoming titles, as well as recognized excellence.

The 2015 Game Awards will take place on December 3, 2015.

In 2014 Geoff Keighly, darling of many beloved video game based media, decided to produce, write and present his own version of the Spike Awards, the aptly named “The Game Awards” Started in 2014 with universal support from online broadcasters and gaming personalities alike. Coverage ranged from sites like Youtube and Twitch.tv; Niconico in Japan and IGN as an alternative american source. The winner of last year’s game of the year award was Dragon Age: Inquisition but other categories were assigned for graphics, innovation, storytelling, and even awards for indie developed games.

As an industry really coming into its own, The Game Awards are a testament to the popularity of gaming as a medium, gaming has grown up from the notion of being only for “geeks and nerds” and a televised show demonstrating the best and brightest that gaming has to offer is a natural progression of the medium.

Like E3, vendors are going to utilize the award show to release “world premier” titles and trailers.

The Nominees (courtesy of Destructoid)

Game of the Year

Bloodborne (FromSoftware / Sony Computer Entertainment)
Fallout 4 (Bethesda Game Studios / Bethesda Softworks)
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (Kojima Productions / Konami)
Super Mario Maker (Nintendo)
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (CD Projekt Red / Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment)

Developer of the Year 
Bethesda Game Studios
CD Projekt Red
FromSoftware
Kojima Productions
Nintendo

Best Independent Game
Axiom Verge (Tom Happ)
Her Story (Sam Barlow)
Ori and the Blind Forest (Moon Studios)
Rocket League (Psyonix)
Undertale (tobyfox)

Best Mobile/Handheld Game
Downwell (Moppin / Devolver Digital)
Fallout Shelter (Bethesda Game Studios | Behaviour Interactive / Bethesda Softworks)
Lara Croft GO (Square Enix Montreal / Square Enix)
Monster Hunter 4: Ultimate (Capcom)
Pac-Man 256 (Hipster Whale / Bandai Namco Entertainment)

Best Narrative
Her Story (Sam Barlow)
Life Is Strange (DONTNOD Entertainment / Square Enix)
Tales From The Borderlands (TellTale Games)
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (CD Projekt Red / Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment)
Until Dawn (Supermassive Games / Sony Computer Entertainment)

Best Art Direction
Batman: Arkham Knight (Rocksteady Studios / Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment)
Bloodborne (FromSoftware / Sony Computer Entertainment)
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (Kojima Productions / Konami)
Ori and the Blind Forest (Moon Studios / Microsoft Studios)
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (CD Projekt Red / Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment)

Best Score/Soundtrack
Fallout 4 (Bethesda Game Studios / Bethesda Softworks)
Halo 5: Guardians (343 Industries / Microsoft Studios)
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (Kojima Productions / Konami)
Ori and the Blind Forest (Moon Studios / Microsoft Studios)
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (CD Projekt Red/ Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment)

Best Performance
Ashly Burch as Chloe Price (Life is Strange)
Camilla Luddington as Lara Croft (Rise of the Tomb Raider)
Doug Cockle as Geralt (The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt)
Mark Hamill as The Joker (Batman: Arkham Knight)
Viva Seifert (Her Story)

Games for Change Award
Cibele (Nina Freeman)
Her Story (Sam Barlow)
Life Is Strange (DONTNOD Entertainment / Square Enix)
Sunset (Tale of Tales)
Undertale (tobyfox)

Best Shooter
Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 (Treyarch / Activision)
Destiny: The Taken King (Bungie / Activision)
Halo 5: Guardians (343 Industries / Microsoft Studios)
Splatoon (Nintendo)
Star Wars Battlefront (DICE / Electronic Arts)

Best Action/Adventure Game
Assassin’s Creed Syndicate (Ubisoft Quebec / Ubisoft)
Batman: Arkham Knight (Rocksteady Studios / Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment)
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (Kojima Productions / Konami)
Ori and the Blind Forest (Moon Studios / Microsoft Studios)
Rise of the Tomb Raider (Crystal Dynamics / Microsoft Studios)

Best Role Playing Game
Bloodborne (FromSoftware / Sony Computer Entertainment)
Fallout 4 (Bethesda Game Studios / Bethesda Softworks)
Pillars of Eternity (Obsidian Entertainment / Paradox Interactive)
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (CD Projekt Red/ Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment)
Undertale (tobyfox)

Best Fighting Game
Guilty Gear Xrd –SIGN– (Arc System Works / Aksys Games)
Mortal Kombat X (NetherRealm Studios / Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment)
Rise of Incarnates (Bandai Namco Entertainment)
Rising Thunder (Radiant Entertainment)

Best Family Game
Disney Infinity 3.0 (Avalanche Studios / Disney Interactive Studios)
LEGO Dimensions (Traveler’s Tales / Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment)
Skylanders: SuperChargers (Vicarious Visions | Beenox Studios / Activision)
Splatoon (Nintendo)
Super Mario Maker (Nintendo)

Best Sports/Racing Game
FIFA 16 (EA Canada / Electronic Arts)
Forza Motorsport 6 (Turn 10 Studios / Microsoft Studios)
NBA 2K16 (Visual Concepts / 2K Sports)
Pro Evolution Soccer 2016 (PES Productions / Konami)
Rocket League (Psyonix)

Best Multiplayer
Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 (Treyarch / Activision)
Destiny: The Taken King (Bungie / Activision)
Halo 5: Guardians (343 Industries / Microsoft Studios)
Rocket League (Psyonix)
Splatoon (Nintendo)

Most Anticipated Game
Horizon Zero Dawn (Guerrilla Games / Sony Computer Entertainment)
No Man’s Sky (Hello Games)
Quantum Break (Remedy Entertainment / Microsoft Studios)
The Last Guardian (GenDesign/ Sony Computer Entertainment)
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (Naughty Dog / Sony Computer Entertainment)

eSports Player of the Year
Kenny “KennyS” Schrub (Counter-Strike Global Offensive / Team EnVyUs)
Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok (League of Legends / SK Telecom T1)
Olof “olofmeister” Kajbjer (Counter-Strike Global Offensive / Fnatic)
Peter “ppd” Dager (Dota 2 / Evil Geniuses)
Syed Sumail “Suma1L” Hassan (Dota 2 / Evil Geniuses)

eSports Team of the Year Evil Geniuses
Fnatic
Optic Gaming
SK Telecom T1 Team SoloMid

eSports Game of the Year
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (Sledgehammer Games / Activision)
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (Valve)
Dota 2 (Valve)
Hearthstone (Blizzard Entertainment)
League of Legends (Riot Games)

Trending Gamer
Total Biscuit
Christopher “MonteCristo” Mykles
Greg Miller
Markiplier
PewDiePie

Best Fan Creation
GTA V – Targets (Hoodoo Operator)
Real GTA (Corridor Digital)
Portal Stories: Mel (Prism Studios)
Super Mario Maker e-Reader Levels (Baddboy78 / theycallmeshaky)
Twitch Plays Dark Souls (Twitch Community)

 

 

Rodney Figueroa

Author: Rodney Figueroa

Rodney Figueroa is a returning staff writer for the Palomar Telescope. He’s previously written for now defunct gaming website MMO Attack and talks a lot about issues pertaining to popular culture, video games and technology. Figueroa also serves as a teacher in real life, a professor of game design, his understanding and knowledge of how the industry works and some writing credits give him some amount of clarity into his articles. Well versed in social media and social affairs, he centers his writing around current events and opinion pieces at Palomar College. Before Palomar, Figueroa worked at a Visual Effects firm where he learned how to survive on coffee and determination, when not writing or working, he’s probably playing a videogame or indulging himself in fixing his car.

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