Game Developers Choice Awards

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Game Developers Choice Awards
Awarded for Outstanding game developers and games
Presented by Game Developers Conference
First awarded 2001
Official website gamechoiceawards.com

The Game Developers Choice Awards are annually presented by the Game Developers Conference for outstanding game developers and games.[1] Introduced in 2001, the Game Developers Choice Awards were preceded by the Spotlight Awards, which were presented from 1997 to 1999.[2]

The 2013 award presentation was held March 27, 2013, at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, California, USA.[1]

The 2014 award presentation were held on March 19, 2014, at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, California, USA.The Nominees were announced on January 9, 2014 with The Last of Us, Gone Home and Tearaway leading the nominees.[3]

Nomination and voting process[edit]

In 2007, gamasutra.com took over management of the awards from the IGDA.[4] An advisory board selected by the editors of gamasutra.com and Game Developer magazine oversees the selection process.

Nominations are accepted from those registered gamasutra.com users confirmed by Choice Award organizers[who?] to be game developers, and from the advisory board. Once the nomination process is complete, the advisory board identifies five finalists for each regular category.

The recipients of the Lifetime Achievement, First Penguin (Pioneer since 2007) and Maverick awards are selected by the advisory board. For the other awards, a vote open to all those who participated in the nomination process chooses a recipient from each category's finalists.[5]

List of winners[edit]

Note: Years listed are when award was received for work released in the previous calendar year.

Game of the Year/Best Game[edit]

The Best Game award recognized the overall best game released during the previous calendar year, as interpreted by the members of the Game Developers Association.

2014: The Last of Us
2013: Journey
2012: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
2011: Red Dead Redemption
2010: Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
2009: Fallout 3
2008: Portal
2007: Gears of War
2006: Shadow of the Colossus
2005: Half-Life 2
2004: Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
2003: Metroid Prime
2002: Grand Theft Auto III
2001: The Sims

Best Debut Game[edit]

The Best Debut Game Award recognizes the best game from any development studio which released its first publicly available title during the calendar year. This was formally known as the New Studio of the Year Award. In years prior to 2008, the award was awarded to the studio name, as opposed to the game title.

2014: The Fullbright Company (for Gone Home)
2013: Subset Games (for FTL: Faster Than Light)
2012: Supergiant Games (for Bastion)
2011: Mojang (for Minecraft)
2010: Runic Games (for Torchlight)
2009: Media Molecule (for LittleBigPlanet)
2008: Realtime Worlds / Microsoft Game Studios (for Crackdown)
2007: Iron Lore Entertainment (for Titan Quest)
2006: Double Fine Productions (for Psychonauts)
2005: Crytek (for Far Cry)
2004: Infinity Ward (for Call of Duty)
2003: Retro Studios (for Metroid Prime)
2002: Bohemia Interactive Studio (for Operation Flashpoint: Cold War Crisis)
2001: Counter-Strike team (for Counter-Strike)

Best Handheld Game[edit]

Best Handheld Game Award recognizes the overall best game commercially released on any handheld platform.

2014: The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
2013: The Room
2012: Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP
2011: Cut the Rope
2010: Scribblenauts
2009: God of War: Chains of Olympus
2008: The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass

Best Downloadable Game[edit]

Best Downloadable Game Award recognizes the overall best game released on console or PC platforms specifically and solely for digital download - with an emphasis on smaller, more 'casual'-friendly titles.

2014: Papers, Please
2013: Journey
2012: Bastion
2011: Minecraft
2010: Flower
2009: World of Goo
2008: flOw

Excellence in Audio[edit]

The Excellence in Audio award recognizes the overall excellence of audio in a game, including sound effects, musical composition, sound design and orchestration.

2014: BioShock Infinite
2013: Journey
2012: Portal 2
2011: Red Dead Redemption
2010: Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
2009: Dead Space
2008: BioShock
2007: Guitar Hero II
2006: Guitar Hero
2005: Halo 2
2004: Call of Duty
2003: Medal of Honor: Allied Assault
2002: Halo: Combat Evolved
2001: Diablo II

Excellence in Game Design[edit]

The Excellence in Game Design award recognizes the overall excellence of design in a game, including gameplay, mechanics, puzzles, play balancing and scenarios.

2014: The Last of Us
2013: Journey
2012: Portal 2
2011: Red Dead Redemption
2010: Batman: Arkham Asylum
2009: LittleBigPlanet
2008: Portal
2007: Wii Sports
2006: Shadow of the Colossus
2005: Katamari Damacy
2004: Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
2003: Battlefield 1942
2002: Grand Theft Auto III
2001: Deus Ex

Best Technology[edit]

The Technology award recognizes the overall excellence of technology in a game, including graphics programming, artificial intelligence, networking and physics.

2014: Grand Theft Auto V
2013: Far Cry 3
2012: Battlefield 3
2011: Red Dead Redemption
2010: Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
2009: LittleBigPlanet
2008: Crysis
2007: Gears of War
2006: Nintendogs
2005: Half-Life 2

Excellence in Visual Arts[edit]

The Excellence in Visual Arts award recognizes the overall excellence of visual art in a game, including animation, modeling, art direction and textures.

2014: BioShock Infinite
2013: Journey
2012: Uncharted 3
2011: Limbo
2010: Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
2009: Prince of Persia
2008: BioShock
2007: Gears of War
2006: Shadow of the Colossus
2005: World of Warcraft
2004: The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker
2003: Kingdom Hearts
2002: ICO
2001: Jet Grind Radio

Excellence in Writing/Best Narrative[edit]

The Excellence in Writing award recognizes the quality of writing in a game, including story, plot construction, dialogue and branching narratives.

2014: The Last of Us
2013: The Walking Dead
2012: Portal 2
2011: Mass Effect 2
2010: Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
2009: Fallout 3
2008: BioShock
2007: The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
2006: Psychonauts
2005: Half-Life 2
2004: Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
2003: Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell

Game Innovation Spotlights[edit]

The Game Innovation Spotlights recognize games that demonstrate innovation and push the boundaries of games as an expressive medium. Multiple awards are given each year.

2014: Papers, Please
2013: Journey
2012: Johann Sebastian Joust
2011: Minecraft
2010: Scribblenauts
2009: LittleBigPlanet
2008: Portal
2007: Line Rider; Ōkami; Wii Sports
2006: Nintendogs; Guitar Hero
2005: Donkey Konga; I Love Bees; Katamari Damacy
2004: EyeToy: Play; Viewtiful Joe; WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$!
2003: Animal Crossing; Battlefield 1942; Medal of Honor: Allied Assault; The Thing
2002: Black and White; Grand Theft Auto III; ICO; Majestic; Rez
2001: Counter-Strike; Crazy Taxi; Deus Ex; Jet Grind Radio; No One Lives Forever

Special Awards Recipients[edit]

Lifetime Achievement Award[edit]

The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes the achievements of a developer who has impacted games and game development.

2014: Ken Kutaragi
2013: Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuk (Bioware)
2012: Warren Spector (Deus Ex, System Shock, Thief: The Dark Project)
2011: Peter Molyneux (God games)
2010: John Carmack (Doom series)
2009: Hideo Kojima (Metal Gear series)
2008: Sid Meier (Civilization series and many different simulators)
2007: Shigeru Miyamoto (creator of Mario, Donkey Kong and The Legend of Zelda)
2006: Richard Garriott (Ultima)
2005: Eugene Jarvis (Defender and Robotron: 2084)
2004: Mark Cerny (SEGA, Sonic the Hedgehog)
2003: Gunpei Yokoi (1941–1997) (Game Boy, Super Mario Land series, Metroid series)
2002: Yuji Naka (Sonic the Hedgehog)
2001: Will Wright (Sim games)

The Pioneer Award[edit]

Known as the First Penguin award until 2007, the Pioneer Award celebrates individuals who developed a breakthrough technology, game concept or gameplay design.

2014:Brandon Beck and Marc Merrill (creators of Riot Games)[6]
2013: Steve Russell (creator of Spacewar!)
2012: Dave Theurer
2011: Yu Suzuki
2010: Gabe Newell (founder of Valve Corporation)
2009: Alex Rigopulos and Eran Egozy (founders of Harmonix)
2008: Ralph Baer (inventor of the Magnavox Odyssey)
2007: Alexey Pajitnov (creator of Tetris)
2006: Don Woods, Will Crowther (creators of the early text game Adventure)
2005: Richard Bartle (co-creator of MUD, ancestor to MMOs)
2004: Masaya Matsuura (founder of NanaOn-Sha, pioneer of music/game integration)
2003: David Crane, Larry Kaplan, Jim Levy, Alan Miller, Bob Whitehead (founders of Activision)
2002: Hubert Chardot ("for his risk-taking work on Alone in the Dark")
2001: Chip Morningstar and Randy Farmer (creators of Lucasfilm's Habitat)

Ambassador Award[edit]

The Ambassador Award is given to individuals within or outside the industry who helped video games "advance to a better place."[7] It replaced the IGDA Award for Community Contribution after 2008.[8]

2014: Anita Sarkeesian (Feminist Frequency)[6]
2013: Chris Melissinos (Sun Microsystems)
2012: Kenneth Doroshow and Paul M. Smith (the lawyers in Brown v. Entertainment Merchants Association who argued for the Entertainment Merchants Association in the US Supreme Court.)
2011: Tim Brengle and Ian Mackenzie (Organizers of the Game Developers Conference volunteer program for 20+ years[9])
2010: Jerry Holkins, Mike Krahulik and Robert Khoo
2009: Tommy Tallarico
2008: Jason Della Rocca

Audience Award[edit]

These awards are voted by the audience for best game of that year.

2014: Kerbal Space Program
2013: Dishonored

Retired awards[edit]

The following award categories have been retired or replaced with a different focus.

Character Design[edit]

The Character Design award recognizes the overall excellence of non-licensed character design in a game, including originality, character arc and emotional depth.

2007: Ōkami
2006: Shadow of the Colossus
2005: Half-Life 2

Excellence in Level Design[edit]

2003: Metroid Prime
2002: ICO
2001: American McGee's Alice

Excellence in Programming[edit]

2004: Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
2003: Neverwinter Nights
2002: Black and White
2001: The Sims

IGDA Award for Community Contribution[edit]

The IGDA Award for Community Contribution recognized developers for significant efforts "building community, sharing knowledge, speaking on behalf of developers and/or contributing to the art form of game development".[8] The Ambassador Award replaced it after 2007.[7]

2007: George Sanger
2006: Chris Hecker
2005: Sheri Graner Ray
2004: Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuk
2003: Doug Church (Eidos Interactive)
2002: Jeff Lander
2001: John Carmack

Original Game Character of the Year[edit]

2004: "HK-47" from Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
2003: "Sly Cooper" from Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus
2002: "Daxter" from Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy
2001: "Seaman" from Seaman

Maverick Award[edit]

The Maverick Award recognizes the current achievements of a developer who exhibits independence in thought and action while experimenting with alternate/emerging forms of digital games.

2007: Greg Costikyan
2006: Mike Dornbrook, Eran Egozy, Greg LoPiccolo, and Alex Rigopulos (Harmonix Music Systems)
2005: Matt Adams, Ju Row Farr, and Nick Tandavanitj (Blast Theory)
2004: Brian Fiete, Jason Kapalka, and John Vechey (PopCap Games)

Best New Social/Online Game[edit]

2010: FarmVille

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Game Developers Choice Awards". Retrieved February 2009. 
  2. ^ "Archive". Retrieved February 2009. 
  3. ^ "14th-annual-game-developers-choice-awards-nominees-announced.aspx". Retrieved January 2014. 
  4. ^ "Press Release:THE 2008 GAME DEVELOPERS CHOICE AWARDS". December 20, 2007. Retrieved February 2009. 
  5. ^ "rules and regulations". Retrieved February 2009. 
  6. ^ a b "Anita Sarkeesian, Riot co-founders win GDCA 2014 Special Awards". www.gamasutra.com. Gamasutra. February 11, 2014. Retrieved February 17, 2014. 
  7. ^ a b "Ambassador Award Archive". http://www.gamechoiceawards.com. Game Developers Choice Awards. 2014. Retrieved April 4, 2014. 
  8. ^ a b "Community Contribution Archive". http://www.gamechoiceawards.com. Game Developers Choice Awards. 2014. Retrieved April 4, 2014. 
  9. ^ www.gamechoiceawards.com (March 2011). "Ambassador Award Archive". Retrieved 16 January 2012. 

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