Golden Joystick Award

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The Golden Joystick Awards, also known as the People's Gaming Awards, are the world's second oldest gaming award ceremony (after the Arcade Awards), awarding the best home computer and video games of the year, as voted for by the general public. The ceremony is in its 31st year running (as of 2013).

The awards were initially focused on computer games, but was later extended to include console games as well, following the success of video game consoles such as the Sega Master System and the Sega Mega Drive in the United Kingdom. This award ceremony is not related to the prize given away to successful contestants on GamesMaster, a British television show.

Winners[edit]

1983[edit]

Awards were presented by DJ Dave Lee Travis at a ceremony in London's Berkeley Square.

Award Winner[1] Nominees
Best Arcade-Style Game of the Year Manic Miner Arcadia, Penetrator, Galaga
Strategy Game of the Year The Hobbit Football Manager, Planet Invasion, Scrabble
Best Original Game of the Year Ah Diddums Ant Attack, Pssst, Splat!
Game of the Year Jetpac Arcadia, Manic Miner, The Hobbit
Software House of the Year Ultimate Play The Game Imagine Software, Llamasoft, Melbourne House

1984[edit]

Award Winner James Foster[2]
Game of the Year Knight Lore
Software House of the Year Ultimate Play The Game
Best Original Game of the Year Elite
Best Adventure Game of the Year Claymorgue Castle
Best Strategy Game of the Year Lords of Midnight
Best Arcade-Style Game of the Year Daley Thompson's Decathlon
Best Programmer of the Year Ultimate Team

1985[edit]

Awards were presented by Jools Holland, at a ceremony on a Thames Riverboat.

Award Winner[3] Runners-up
Game of the Year Way of the Exploding Fist Elite, Summer Games II
Software House of the Year Melbourne House U.S. Gold, Elite Systems, Firebird Software
Best Original Game of the Year Little Computer People Spy vs. Spy, Paradroid
Adventure Game of the Year Red Moon Gremlins, Bored of the Rings
Strategy Game of the Year Theatre Europe Shadowfire, Battle of Britain
Arcade-Style Game of the Year Commando Hyper Sports, Dropzone
Programmer of the Year Stephen Crow Jeff Minter, Andrew Braybrook, Bo Jangeborg

1986[edit]

The ceremony took place at Cadogan Hall.

Award Winner[4] Runners-up
Game of the Year Gauntlet Uridium, Space Harrier
Software House of the Year Elite Systems U.S. Gold, Hewson Consultants
Best Original Game of the Year Sentinel Trap Door, Trivial Pursuit
Adventure Game of the Year The Pawn Lord of the Rings, Heavy on the Magick
Strategy Game of the Year Vietnam Johnny Reb II, Silent Service
Arcade-Style Game of the Year Uridium Gauntlet, Ghosts'n Goblins
Programmer of the Year Andrew Braybrook Chris Butler, Stephen Crow
Best Soundtrack of the Year Sanxion Knucklebusters, Star Glider

1988[edit]

Awards were presented by Chris Tarrant.

Award Winner[5] Runners-up
Game of the Year Out Run The Last Ninja, Renegade
Software House of the Year U.S. Gold Ocean Software, Elite Systems
Best Original Game of the Year Nebulus Wizball, Driller
Adventure Game of the Year The Guild of Thieves Knight Orc, Shadows of Mordor
Strategy Game of the Year Vulcan Defender of the Crown, Annals of Rome
Arcade-Style Game of the Year Out Run Renegade, Bubble Bobble
Programmer of the Year Jon Ritman Andrew Braybrook

1989[edit]

The ceremony took place at Kensington Roof Gardens.

Award Winner (8-bit)[6][7] Winner (16-bit) Runners-up
Best Graphics of the Year ' Rocket Ranger Last Ninja 2, Starglider 2
Best Soundtrack of the Year Bionic Commando International Karate + RoboCop, Starglider 2
Best Simulation Game of the Year Microprose Soccer Falcon Project Stealth Fighter, F/A-18 Interceptor
Adventure Game of the Year Corruption Fish! Ingrid's Back, Corruption
Best Coin-Op Conversion of the Year Operation Wolf Operation Wolf R-Type, Pac-Mania
Software House of the Year Ocean Software Mirrorsoft U.S. Gold
Programmer of the Year John Phillips The Bitmap Brothers Mev Dink, John Twiddy, John Phillips
C&VG Console Award Thunder Blade (Sega Master System) R-Type (PC Engine)
Game of the Year Operation Wolf Speedball Last Ninja 2, Starglider 2

1991[edit]

Award Winner
Best Soundtrack Speedball 2[8]

1992[edit]

Award Winner
Game of the Year Street Fighter II[9]
Fighting Game of the Year Mortal Kombat

1993[edit]

1994[edit]

1995[edit]

1996[edit]

1997[edit]

1998[edit]

1999[edit]

2000[edit]

2001[edit]

2002[edit]

Award Winner Runners-up
Game of the Year Grand Theft Auto III[9] Halo (Microsoft Game Studios), Medal of Honor: Allied Assault(EA Games)
Online Game of the Year Counter-Strike (Vivendi Universal Games)' Medal of Honor: Allied Assault (EA Games), Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos (Vivendi Universal Games)
PC Game of the Year Medal of Honor: Allied Assault (EA Games) Grand Theft Auto III (Rockstar Games), Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos (Vivendi Universal Games)
Best Use of a Film Licence The Thing (Vivendi Universal Games) Spider-Man (Activision), The Sum of all Fears (Ubi Soft Entertainment)
Sports Game of the Year Pro Evolution Soccer (Konami) Championship Manager (Eidos), FIFA 2002 (EA Sports)
Game Innovation of the Year Grand Theft Auto III (Rockstar Games) Max Payne (Take 2 Interactive), The D-Day landing in Medal of Honor: Allied Assault (EA Games)
Hardware of the Year Microsoft Xbox AMD Athlon XP Processor, Nintendo GameCube
British Developer of the Year Rockstar North Electronic Arts
Rare Publisher of the Year Electronic Arts Activision/LucasArts, Microsoft Game Studios
Retailer of the Year Gameplay.com GAME, Amazon.co.uk
Most Wanted Game for Christmas Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (Rockstar Games) Splinter Cell (Ubi Soft), Super Mario Sunshine (Nintendo)
Xbox Game of the Year Halo (Microsoft Game Studios) Dead or Alive 3 (Tecmo), Max Payne (Take 2 Interactive)
GameCube Game of the Year Resident Evil (Capcom) Star Wars Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader (LucasArts), Super Smash Bros. Melee (Nintendo)
Handheld Game of the Year Golden Sun (Nintendo) Mario Kart: Super Circuit (Nintendo), Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2 (Nintendo)
PS2 Game of the Year Grand Theft Auto III (Rockstar Games) Final Fantasy X (SCEE), Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty (Konami)

2003[edit]

Award Winner Runners-up
PS2 Game of the Year Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (Rockstar) EyeToy: Play (SCEE), Pro Evolution Soccer 2 (Konami)
GameCube Game of the Year The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (Nintendo) Metroid Prime (Nintendo), Resident Evil Zero (Capcom)
Handheld Game of the Year Advance Wars 2: Black Hole Rising (Nintendo) Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire (Nintendo), The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (Nintendo)
Xbox Game of the Year Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (Activision/LucasArts) Soul Calibur II (Electronic Arts), Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell (Ubisoft)
PC Game of the Year Championship Manager 4 (Eidos) Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (Rockstar), Battlefield 1942 (Electronic Arts)
Online Game of the Year Battlefield 1942 (Electronic Arts) Phantasy Star Online I & II (Sega), Unreal Championship (Atari)
Film Adaptation of the Year The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (Electronic Arts) Enter the Matrix (Atari), Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Electronic Arts)
The Award for Best of British Championship Manager 4 (Eidos) Conflict: Desert Storm II (SCi), Republic: The Revolution (Eidos)
Publisher of the Year Nintendo Electronic Arts, Rockstar Games
Retailer of the Year GAME Amazon.co.uk, Gameplay.com
Hardware of the Year Nintendo Game Boy Advance SP SCEE EyeToy, Microsoft Xbox Live!
Unsung Hero Game of the Year Viewtiful Joe (Capcom) No One Lives Forever 2: A Spy In H.A.R.M.'s Way (Monolith Productions), Steel Battalion (Capcom)
Hall of Fame Industry Personality of the Year Shigeru Miyamoto (Nintendo)
Editor's Award: Game of the Year Pro Evolution Soccer 3 (Konami) Call of Duty (Activision), The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (Nintendo)
Most Wanted Game for Christmas Mario Kart: Double Dash!! (Nintendo) Pro Evolution Soccer 3 (Konami), WWE SmackDown! Here Comes the Pain (THQ)
Most Anticipated Game for 2004 Half-Life 2 (VU Games) Doom III (Activision), Halo 2 (Microsoft)
Ultimate Game of the Year Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (Rockstar) The Legend of Zelda: the Wind Waker (Nintendo), Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (Activision)

2004[edit]

Award Winner Runners-up
PS2 Game of the Year Burnout 3: Takedown (Electronic Arts) Pro Evolution Soccer 3 (Konami), Spider-Man 2 (Activision)
Game Cube Game of the Year Mario Kart: Double Dash!! (Nintendo) Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes (Konami), Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles (Nintendo)
Handheld Game of the Year Sonic Advance 3 (THQ) Metroid Zero Mission (Nintendo); Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga (Nintendo)
Xbox Game of the Year Fable (Microsoft) Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow (Ubisoft), GTA: Double Pack (Rockstar)
PC Game of the Year Doom 3 (Activision) X2: The Threat (Deep Silver), Far Cry (UbiSoft)
Online Game of the Year Battlefield Vietnam (Electronic Arts) Burnout 3: Takedown (Electronic Arts), Counter-Strike: Condition Zero (Valve Corporation)
Publisher of the Year Electronic Arts THQ, Ubisoft
Retailer of the Year Amazon.co.uk GAME, Play.com
Hardware of the Year Nintendo GBA SP NES Classic Edition Creative Labs Gigaworks S750, GBA Wireless Adapter
Unsung Hero Game of the Year (Editors' Award) The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay (VU Games) The Suffering (Midway), Mashed (Empire Interactive)
Game of the Year (Editors' Award) Pro Evolution Soccer 4 (Konami) The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords (Nintendo), Joint Operations: Typhoon Rising (NovaLogic)
Hall of Fame - Industry Personality of the Year Warren Spector (Ion Storm)
Most Wanted Game For Xmas GTA San Andreas (Rockstar Games) Half-Life 2 (VU Games), Halo 2 (Microsoft)
Most Wanted Game For 2005 The Legend of Zelda (Nintendo) Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater (Konami), Resident Evil 4 (Capcom)
Ultimate Game Of The Year Doom 3 (Activision) Fable (Microsoft), Pro Evolution Soccer 4 (Konami)
Ultimate Gaming Hero Sonic the Hedgehog (Sega) Master Chief (Halo 2, Microsoft); Lara Croft (Tomb Raider, Eidos)

2005[edit]

Award Winner
PlayStation 2 Game of the Year Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (Rockstar)
GameCube Game of the Year Resident Evil 4 (Capcom)
Xbox Game of the Year Halo 2 (Microsoft)
PC Game of the Year Half-Life 2 (Valve Software)
Handheld Game of the Year Super Mario 64 DS (Nintendo)
Best Film-Based Game of 2005 Resident Evil 4 (Capcom)
Best Game Soundtrack of 2005 Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (Rockstar)
Online Game of the Year World of Warcraft (Blizzard)
Publisher of the Year Nintendo
Retailer of the Year Play.com
Gaming Innovation of the Year PSP
One to Watch for Xmas The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (Nintendo)
One to Watch for 2006 Resident Evil 5 (Capcom)
Hero of 2005 CJ (GTA: San Andreas, Rockstar)
Villain of 2005 Officer Tenpenny (Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Rockstar)
The Girl's Choice for 2005 The Sims 2
Editor's Game of the Year Resident Evil 4 (Capcom)
Unsung Hero of the Year Fahrenheit (Quantic Dream)
Ultimate Game of the Year Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (Rockstar)

2006[edit]

Award Winner
Ultimate Game of the Year The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (Bethesda Softworks)
PC Game of the Year The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (Bethesda Softworks)
PlayStation Game of the Year Resident Evil 4 (Capcom)
Xbox Game of the Year The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (Bethesda Softworks)
Nintendo Game of the Year New Super Mario Bros (Nintendo)
Online Handheld Game of the Year Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories (Rockstar)
Online Game of the Year Age of Empires III (Ensemble Studios)
The All-Nighter Award Pro Evolution Soccer 5 (Konami)
The One to Watch 2007 PlayStation 3 (Sony)
The Editor's Choice Award Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter (Ubisoft)
Publisher of the Year Electronic Arts
Retailer of the Year GAME
Soundtrack of the Year Need for Speed: Carbon (Electronic Arts)
Innovation Award Xbox Live Marketplace (Microsoft)
Family Game of the Year Nintendogs (Nintendo)
Favourite Character Award Lara Croft (Tomb Raider, Edios)
Girls' Choice Award Nintendogs (Nintendo)

2007[edit]

Award Winner
Ultimate Game of the Year Gears Of War (Epic Games)
Xbox Game of the Year Gears Of War (Epic Games)
PC Game of the Year Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar (Midway)
PlayStation Game of the Year 2007 God of War II (SCE Studios Santa Monica)
Nintendo Game of the Year The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (Nintendo)
The Editor's Choice Award Gears of War (Epic Games)
Publisher of the Year Nintendo
Retailer of the Year GAME
The One to Watch Assassin's Creed (Ubisoft)
UK Developer of the Year Codemasters
Online Game of the Year World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade (Blizzard Entertainment)
All-Nighter Gears of War (Epic Games)
Soundtrack of the Year Guitar Hero II (Harmonix Music Systems)
Innovation of the Year Nintendo Wii
Mobile Game of the Year Final Fantasy
Handheld Game of the Year GTA: Vice City Stories (Rockstar)
Family Game of the Year 2007 Wii Sports (Nintendo)
Girls' Choice Game of the Year 2007 Guitar Hero II (Harmonix Music Systems)

2008[edit]

Award Winner
Nuts All-Nighter Award Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare[10] (Activision)
Handheld Game of the Year The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass[10] (Nintendo)
Mobile Game of the Year Bejeweled 2[10] (PopCap Games)
Mobile Game Pitch 2008 Finders Keeper[10] (Tobias Rowe)
Nintendo Game of the Year Super Smash Bros: Brawl[10] (Nintendo)
PC Game of the Year Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare[10] (Activision)
Retailer of the Year Play.com[10]
Official PlayStation Magazine HD PlayStation Game of the Year Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots[10] (Konami)
Soundtrack of the Year Grand Theft Auto IV[10] (Rockstar games)
Xbox Game of the Year Grand Theft Auto IV[10](Rockstar games)
Most Wanted Award Fallout 3[10](Bethesda)
Online Game of the Year Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare[10] (Activision)
UK Developer of the Year Rockstar North[10]
Grand Master Flash Award Stickman Madness[10]
One To Watch Call of Duty: World at War[10] (Activision)
UK Publisher of the Year Activision Blizzard[10]
Ultimate Game of the Year Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare[10] (Activision)

2009[edit]

Award Winner
Family game of the year LittleBigPlanet[11]
Handheld game of the year Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars[11]
Retailer of the year GAME[11]
Mobile game of the year Metal Gear Solid Touch[11]
Nintendo game of the year Call of Duty: World at War[11]
Multiplayer game of the year Call of Duty: World at War[11]
Soundtrack of the year Guitar Hero World Tour[11]
Xbox Game of the Year Gears of War 2[11]
PC game of the year Fallout 3[11]
UK developer of the year Jagex[11]
PlayStation game of the year Killzone 2[11]
Publisher of the year Activision Blizzard[11]
Online game of the year Left4Dead[11]
ShortList one to watch Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2[11]
Ultimate game of the year Fallout 3[11]

2010[edit]

Award Winner
Action/Adventure Game of the Year in association with Nuts Assassin's Creed II[12]
Download Game of the Year Plants vs. Zombies[12]
Fighting Game of the Year Street Fighter IV[12]
Music Game of the Year Guitar Hero 5[12]
The One to Watch Call of Duty: Black Ops[12]
Online Game of the Year League of Legends[12]
Portable Game of the Year Pokémon HeartGold/Soul Silver[12]
Puzzle Game of the Year World of Goo[12]
Racing Game of the Year Forza Motorsport 3[12]
RPG of the Year Mass Effect 2[12]
Shooter of the Year Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2[12]
Soundtrack of the Year Final Fantasy XIII[12]
Sports Game of the Year FIFA 10[12]
Strategy Game of the Year Plants vs. Zombies[12]
UK Developer of the Year Jagex[12]
Ultimate Game of the Year Mass Effect 2[13]

2011[edit]

Award Winner
Shooter of the Year Call of Duty: Black Ops[14]
Action/Adventure Game of the Year Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood[14]
Download Game of the Year Minecraft[14]
Fighting Game of the Year Mortal Kombat[14]
Free to Play Game of the Year League of Legends[14]
Music Game of the Year Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock[14]
The One to Watch The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim[14]
Online Game of the Year World of Warcraft[14]
Mobile Game of the Year Angry Birds Rio[14]
Racing Game of the Year Gran Turismo 5[14]
RPG of the Year Fallout: New Vegas[14]
Sports Game of the Year FIFA 11[14]
Best MMO World of Warcraft[14]
Strategy Game of the Year StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty[14]
Innovation of the Year Nintendo 3DS[14]
Outstanding Contribution Sonic the Hedgehog[14]
Ultimate Game of the Year Portal 2[14]

2012[edit]

Award Winner
Shooter of the Year Battlefield 3[15]
Action/Adventure Game of the Year Batman Arkham City[15]
Download Game of the Year Minecraft[15]
Fighting Game of the Year Mortal Kombat Komplete Edition[15]
Free to Play Game of the Year Slender: The Eight Pages[15]
Hand-held Game of the Year Uncharted: Golden Abyss[15]
Top Gaming Moment Skyrim: Throat of the World[15]
DLC of the Year Portal 2's Perpetual Testing Initiative[15]
One to Watch Grand Theft Auto V[15]
MMO Game of the Year World of Tanks[15]
Mobile Game of the Year Angry Birds Space[15]
Racing Game of the Year Forza 4[15]
RPG of the Year Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim[15]
Sports Game of the Year FIFA 12[15]
Strategy Game of the Year Civilization V: Gods & Kings[15]
Ultimate Game of the Year Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim[15]
YouTube Gamer The Yogscast[15]
Outstanding Contribution FIFA[15]

2013[edit]

Award Winner
Best Newcomer The Last of Us[16]
Most Wanted The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt[16]
Best Indie Game Mark of the Ninja[16]
Best Visual Design Bioshock Infinite[16]
Best Multiplayer Payday 2[16]
Best Gaming Moment Far Cry 3: "The Definition of Insanity"[16]
Studio of the Year Naughty Dog[16]
Innovation of the Year Oculus Rift[16]
Best Storytelling The Last of Us[16]
Best Online Game World of Tanks[16]
Best Handheld Game Assassin's Creed 3: Liberation[16]
YouTube Gamer Award The Yogscast[16]
Best Gaming Platform Steam[16]
Best Mobile/Tablet Game of the Year XCOM: Enemy Unknown[16]
Game of the Year Grand Theft Auto V[16]
Hall of Fame Call of Duty[16]
Lifetime Achievement Ken Levine[16]

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