The Golden Joystick Awards – the second oldest in all of videogaming – were held this weekend. what makes them interesting is that they’re essentially “peoples choice” awards, as all the category voting is done by the public – and a record breaking 10 million people voted in this year’s awards.
Because it’s a public vote, the overall winner comes as a surprise to absolutely nobody – yep, multiplatform murder simulator GTA V was game of the year.Runner up? PlayStation 3 exclusive The Last Of Us, which didn’t go about empty handed either.
The post-apocalyptic survival horror action….thing was named as best newcomer and winning the award for best storytelling. Developer Naughty Dog was also named studio of the year.
the biggest surprise, I suppose was the “most wanted” winner – which wasn’t Titanfall, or Destiny, or even the Xbox One or PlayStation 4 themselves. Nope, the most wanted future gaming thing is Cd Projekt’s The Witcher 3, a sentiment I agree with wholeheartedly. Also to nobody’s surprise, the Oculus Rift was the winner of the “innovation” category.
Just two categories came down to a panel vote, the “hall of fame award,” which was picked up by the Call Of Duty franchise as a whole, and the “lifetime achievement award,” which was won by Bioshock boss Ken Levine.
Here are the winners in full:
- Best Newcomer
The Last Of Us
- Most Wanted in association with Playfire
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
- Best Indie Game
Mark Of The Ninja
- Best Visual Design
- Best Multiplayer
- Best Gaming Moment in association with Absolute Radio
Far Cry 3 – The Definition of Insanity
- Studio of the Year in association with MPG Universal
- Innovation of the Year in association with T3
- Best Storytelling
The Last Of Us
- Best Online Game
World Of Tanks
- Best Handheld Game
Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation
- YouTube Gamer Award in association with YouTube
- Best Gaming Platform in association with Digital Spy
- Best Mobile/Tablet Game of the Year
XCOM: Enemy Unknown
- Game of the Year
Grand Theft Auto V
- Hall of Fame
Activision: Call Of Duty
- Lifetime Achievement
What do you think? Agree, disagree? Is the general gamer, represented here, an idiot? Let us know.
Last Updated: October 28, 2013