With the video game industry continually expanding and seeming to cultivate one of the largest forms of entertainment, its only fitting the medium has its own award show to celebrate the industry’s accomplishments. Simply titled, The Game Awards, this is an annual awards ceremony which aims to honour the greatest achievements in the industry; this covers achievements in art, creativity and technical areas.
As video games continually aim to incorporate aspects from a diverse range of genres, and recruiting talented individuals, which span several areas of expertise, The Game Awards ceremony spans a breadth of categories. In addition this varied range of categories, The Game Awards also aim to celebrate video game achievements across all a multitude of gaming platforms, from console to mobile and the devices in between.
To celebrate the industry, the team behind The Game Awards created a bespoke awards trophy which, to quote the website, “depicts an angel rising up through digital building blocks, showing the evolution and ascension of the video game medium.” This intriguing trophy may be an ideal representation of the genre’s growth as each year the industry continues to expand.
Twenty-nine global media and influencer outlets select votes for the award ceremony; these include prominent outlets like Kotaku, Edge and even USA Today and the Los Angeles Times, among several other notable establishments. Once voting is completed, the votes are collated and eventually a list nominees is created and a winner is chosen in each category.
This year’s award ceremony is known as The Game Awards 2016 and was presented by TV host/producer Geoff Keighley. This year there were 18 main categories which aim to represent the genre of video games. Among these categories, the most prestigious award may be the Game of the Year award. This title is awarded to the game which may have offered the most complete video game experience, creatively and technically.
This year the nominees for game of the year included several blockbuster titles, including Titanfall 2 (Respawn, Electronic Arts), Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (Naughty Dog, Sony Interactive Entertainment) and Overwatch (Blizzard Entertainment). Each of these games may have offered a unique interactive experience this year, however, the title which received the most awards, and presented with the prestigious Game of the Year award, was Blizzard Entertainment’s Overwatch, the vibrant team-based first person multiplayer shooter.
In addition to the Game of the Year award, several other categories and games were honoured. From Best Narrative, a category which celebrates outstanding storytelling in the medium, to Best Art direction, for achievements in artistic design. Rez Infinite, Civilization VI and Forza Horizon 3 also won awards for Best VR Game, Best Role Playing Game and Best Sports/Racing Game, respectively; the phenomenon Pokemon Go also took home an award for Best Mobile/Handheld game.
As well as celebrating this year’s video games, The Game Awards 2016, also gave audiences a look at what the next year may have in store as they included several new gameplay reveals and premier trailers. With footage from the new Mass Effect game and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, the video game industry aims to get players excited for another year of vibrant and varied gaming experiences.
This annual evening, aims to celebrate the teams and individuals who worked hard to bring players the interactive experiences audiences continue to enjoy. The talented individuals behind some of the most acclaimed games in the industry are given recognition in an award ceremony, which pays homage to the medium of video games. With 2016 almost at its end, players may prepare themselves for another exciting year of video game entertainment in 2017.
A complete list of all the nominees and winners can be found here.
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