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Game of the Year (abbreviated GotY) is an award given by various gaming publications and dedicated award events to a video game that they feel represents the pinnacle of gaming that year.

Awards

British Academy Games Awards (formerly BAFTA Interactive Entertainment Awards)

The British Academy Games Awards are an annual British awards ceremony honoring "outstanding creative achievement" in the video game industry. First presented in 2004 following the restructuring of the BAFTA Interactive Entertainment Awards, the awards are presented by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), and are thus commonly referred to as the BAFTA Games Awards.

Year Game Genre Platform(s) Developer(s)
1998 GoldenEye 007[1] First-person shooter Nintendo 64 Rare
1999 The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time[2] Action-adventure Nintendo 64 Nintendo EAD
2000 Console: MediEvil 2[3] Action-adventure PlayStation SCE Cambridge Studio
Handheld: Pokémon Yellow[4] Role-playing Game Boy Game Freak
PC: Deus Ex[5] Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, Mac OS Ion Storm
2001 Console: Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec[6] Racing PlayStation 2 Polyphony Digital
Handheld: Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2[7] Sports Game Boy Advance Vicarious Visions
PC: Max Payne[8] Third-person shooter Microsoft Windows Remedy Entertainment
2002 Console: Halo: Combat Evolved[9] First-person shooter Xbox Bungie
Handheld: SMS Chess[10] Purple Software
PC: Neverwinter Nights[11] Role-playing Microsoft Windows BioWare
2003 Call of Duty[12] First-person shooter Microsoft Windows Infinity Ward
2004 Half-Life 2[13] First-person shooter Microsoft Windows Valve
2006 Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter[14] Tactical shooter Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 2, Xbox, Xbox 360 Ubisoft Paris
2007 BioShock[15] First-person shooter Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360 Irrational Games
2008 Super Mario Galaxy[16] Platformer Wii Nintendo EAD Tokyo
2009 Batman: Arkham Asylum[17] Action-adventure Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Rocksteady Studios
2010 Mass Effect 2[18] Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 BioWare
2011 Portal 2[19] Puzzle-platformer Microsoft Windows, OS X, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Valve
2012 Dishonored[20] Action-adventure Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Arkane Studios
2013 The Last of Us[21] Action-adventure PlayStation 3 Naughty Dog
2014 Destiny[22] Action role-playing PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One Bungie
2015 Fallout 4[23] Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One Bethesda Game Studios
2016 Uncharted 4: A Thief's End[24] Action-adventure PlayStation 4 Naughty Dog
2017 What Remains of Edith Finch[25] Adventure Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One Giant Sparrow
2018 God of War[26] Action-adventure PlayStation 4 SIE Santa Monica Studio

Czech Game of the Year Awards

The Czech Game of the Year Awards are annual awards that recognize accomplishments in video game development.[27]

Year Game Genre Platform(s) Developer(s)
2010 Mafia II[28] Action-adventure game Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 2K Czech
2011 Family Farm Strategy video game Microsoft Windows Hammerware
2012 Dead Trigger First-person shooter iOS, Android Madfinger Games
Botanicula Adventure Microsoft Windows, OS X, iOS, Android Amanita Design
2013 ArmA III Tactical shooter Microsoft Windows, OS X, Linux Bohemia Interactive
Lums: The Game of Light and Shadows Arcade game iOS Hyperbolic Magnetism
2014[29] Medieval Engineers Sandbox Microsoft Windows, OS X Keen Software House
Dex Action RPG Platformer Microsoft Windows, OS X, Linux, Ouya, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox One Dreadlocks Ltd
Monzo Simulation video game iOS, Android Madfinger Games
Coraabia Online Card Browser ARK8
2015[30] Factorio Real-time strategy Microsoft Windows, OS X, Linux Wube Software
Rememoried Art Adventure Microsoft Windows, OS X, Linux Vladimír Kudělka
Czechoslovakia 1938–89: The Assassination Educational Microsoft Windows Charles University
2016 Samorost 3[31] Adventure Microsoft Windows, OS X, iOS, Android Amanita Design
2017 Attentat 1942[32] Adventure Microsoft Windows, OS X Charles University

D.I.C.E. Awards (formerly Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences)

The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS) is a non-profit organization of industry professionals and presents a series of annual Interactive Achievement Awards. The awards were renamed to the D.I.C.E. Awards in 2013, which stands for "Design, Innovate, Communicate, Entertain".[33]

Year Game Genre Platform(s) Developer(s)
1997 GoldenEye 007[34] First-person shooter Nintendo 64 Rare
1998 The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time[35] Action-adventure Nintendo 64 Nintendo EAD
1999 The Sims[36] Life simulation Microsoft Windows, Mac OS Maxis
2000 Diablo II[37] Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, Mac OS Blizzard North
2001 Halo: Combat Evolved[38] First-person shooter Xbox Bungie
2002 Battlefield 1942[39] First-person shooter Microsoft Windows Digital Illusions CE
2003 Call of Duty[40] First-person shooter Microsoft Windows Infinity Ward
2004 Half-Life 2[41] First-person shooter Microsoft Windows Valve
2005 God of War[42] Action-adventure PlayStation 2 SCE Santa Monica Studio
2006 Gears of War[43] Third-person shooter Xbox 360 Epic Games
2007 Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare[44] First-person shooter Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Infinity Ward
2008 LittleBigPlanet[45] Puzzle-platformer PlayStation 3 Media Molecule
2009 Uncharted 2: Among Thieves[46] Action-adventure PlayStation 3 Naughty Dog
2010 Mass Effect 2[47] Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 BioWare
2011 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim[48] Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Bethesda Game Studios
2012 Journey[49] Adventure PlayStation 3 Thatgamecompany
2013 The Last of Us[50] Action-adventure PlayStation 3 Naughty Dog
2014 Dragon Age: Inquisition[51] Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One BioWare
2015 Fallout 4[52] Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One Bethesda Game Studios
2016 Overwatch[53] First-person shooter Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One Blizzard Entertainment
2017 The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild[54] Action-adventure Nintendo Switch, Wii U Nintendo EPD
2018 God of War[55] Action-adventure PlayStation 4 SIE Santa Monica Studio

Electronic Gaming Awards (formerly Arcade Awards)

The Arcade Awards, also known as the Arkie Awards, was one of the first video game awards, dating back to the golden age of arcade video games and lasting up until the video game crash of 1983. It was held since 1980 (for games released in 1979 and earlier) and were announced annually by Electronic Games magazine since 1981, covering several different platform categories.[56] Following the magazine's revival in 1992, it published the Electronic Gaming Awards in January 1993 for the best video games released in 1992.[57] The 1992 and 1993 issues asked their readers to vote for the game of the year.

Year Arcade Standalone Console Computer
1979 (1st) Space Invaders
1980 (2nd) Asteroids Superman
1981 (3rd) Pac-Man Asteroids Star Raiders
1982 (4th) Tron Galaxian Demon Attack David's Midnight Magic
1983 (5th) Pole Position Q*bert Under 16K: Ms. Pac-Man
Over 16K: Lady Bug
Lode Runner
1984 (6th) Star Wars Zaxxon Space Shuttle Ultima III: Exodus
1992 (7th) Street Fighter II NHLPA Hockey '93
Sonic the Hedgehog 2
1993 (8th)[58] Street Fighter II Turbo
Mortal Kombat
Genesis: Disney's Aladdin / Sonic Spinball
SNES: Bubsy Bobcat / Rock & Roll Racing

The Game Awards (formerly Spike Video Game Awards)

The winners of the Spike Video Game Awards, hosted by Spike between 2003 and 2013, awarded the Game of the Year using an advisory council featuring over 20 journalists from media outlets.[59] The show's title was changed to VGX in 2013 before Spike TV dropped the show entirely. It was replaced by The Game Awards in 2014.

Year Game Genre Platform(s) Developer(s)
2003 Madden NFL 2004 Sports Game Boy Advance, GameCube, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation, PlayStation 2, Xbox EA Tiburon
2004 Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas Action-adventure PlayStation 2 Rockstar North[60]
2005 Resident Evil 4 Survival horror GameCube, PlayStation 2 Capcom
2006 The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360 Bethesda Game Studios
2007 BioShock First-person shooter Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360 Irrational Games
2008 Grand Theft Auto IV[61] Action-adventure Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Rockstar North
2009 Uncharted 2: Among Thieves Action-adventure PlayStation 3 Naughty Dog
2010 Red Dead Redemption Action-adventure PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Rockstar San Diego
2011 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Bethesda Game Studios
2012 The Walking Dead Graphic adventure iOS, Microsoft Windows, OS X, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Telltale Games
2013 Grand Theft Auto V Action-adventure PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Rockstar North
2014 Dragon Age: Inquisition Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One BioWare
2015 The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One CD Projekt Red
2016 Overwatch First-person shooter Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One Blizzard Entertainment
2017 The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Action-adventure Nintendo Switch, Wii U Nintendo EPD
2018 God of War Action-adventure PlayStation 4 SIE Santa Monica Studio

Game Developers Choice Awards

The Game Developers Choice Awards are chosen by registered game developers and unveiled at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco.

Year Game Genre Platform(s) Developer(s)
2000 The Sims[62] Life simulation Mac OS, Microsoft Windows Maxis
2001 Grand Theft Auto III[63] Action-adventure PlayStation 2 DMA Design
2002 Metroid Prime[64] Action-adventure GameCube Retro Studios
2003 Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic[65] Role-playing Microsoft Windows, Xbox BioWare
2004 Half-Life 2[66] First-person shooter Microsoft Windows Valve
2005 Shadow of the Colossus[67] Action-adventure PlayStation 2 Team Ico
2006 Gears of War[68] Third-person shooter Xbox 360 Epic Games
2007 Portal[69] Puzzle-platformer Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Valve
2008 Fallout 3[70] Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Bethesda Game Studios
2009 Uncharted 2: Among Thieves[71] Action-adventure PlayStation 3 Naughty Dog
2010 Red Dead Redemption[72] Action-adventure PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Rockstar San Diego
2011 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim[73] Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Bethesda Game Studios
2012 Journey[74] Adventure PlayStation 3 Thatgamecompany
2013 The Last of Us[75] Action-adventure PlayStation 3 Naughty Dog
2014 Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor[76] Action-adventure Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One Monolith Productions
2015 The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt[77] Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One CD Projekt Red
2016 Overwatch[78] First-person shooter Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One Blizzard Entertainment
2017 The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild[79] Action-adventure Nintendo Switch, Wii U Nintendo EPD
2018 God of War[80] Action-adventure PlayStation 4 SIE Santa Monica Studio

Golden Joystick Awards

The Golden Joystick Awards is the second oldest gaming award ceremony and is the longest-running video game award. The inaugural ceremony took place in 1984 in London's Berkeley Square.[81]

Year Game Genre Platform(s) Developer(s)
1983 Jetpac[82] Shooter Commodore VIC-20, ZX Spectrum Ultimate
1984 Knight Lore[82] Action-adventure ZX Spectrum Ultimate
1985 Way of the Exploding Fist[83] Fighting Commodore 64 Beam Software
1986 Gauntlet[82] Hack & Slash Arcade Atari Games
1987/88 Out Run[82] Racing Arcade, Sega Master System Sega AM2
1988/89 8-Bit: Operation Wolf[84] Shooting gallery Arcade, NES Taito
16-Bit: Speedball[84] Sports Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64, Sega Master System Bitmap Brothers
1989/90 8-Bit: The Untouchables[85] Shooter Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum Ocean Software
16-Bit: Kick Off[85] Sports Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, ZX Spectrum Dino Dini
1990/91 8-Bit: Rick Dangerous 2[85] Platformer Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, ZX Spectrum Core Design
16-Bit: Kick Off 2[85] Sports Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, ZX Spectrum Dino Dini
1991/92 Sonic the Hedgehog[86] Platformer Sega Master System, Sega Game Gear Ancient
1992/93 Street Fighter II[82] Fighting Amiga, Arcade, Atari ST, Commodore 64, Sega Genesis, SNES Capcom
1996/97 Super Mario 64[87] Platformer Nintendo 64 Nintendo EAD
2002 Grand Theft Auto III[82] Action-adventure PlayStation 2 DMA Design
2003 Grand Theft Auto: Vice City[88] Action-adventure PlayStation 2 Rockstar North
2004 Doom 3[82] First-person shooter Linux, Microsoft Windows id Software
2005 Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas[89] Action-adventure PlayStation 2 Rockstar North
2006 The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion[90] Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360 Bethesda Game Studios
2007 Gears of War[91] Third-person shooter Xbox 360 Epic Games
2008 Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare[92] First-person shooter Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Infinity Ward
2009 Fallout 3[93] Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Bethesda Game Studios
2010 Mass Effect 2[94] Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 BioWare
2011 Portal 2[95] Puzzle-platformer Microsoft Windows, OS X, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Valve
2012 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim[96] Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Bethesda Game Studios
2013 Grand Theft Auto V[97] Action-adventure PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Rockstar North
2014 Dark Souls II[98] Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 FromSoftware
2015 The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt[99] Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One CD Projekt Red
2016 Dark Souls III[100] Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One FromSoftware
2017 The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild[101] Action-adventure Nintendo Switch, Wii U Nintendo EPD
2018 Fortnite Battle Royale[102] Battle royale Microsoft Windows, macOS, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, iOS, Android Epic Games
2019 Resident Evil 2[103] Survival horror Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One Capcom

Japan Game Awards (formerly CESA Awards)

The winners of the Grand Award annually given by the Japan Game Awards, formerly known as the CESA Awards, since 1996. There are some years where two games shared the Grand Award.[104]

Year Game Genre Platform(s) Developer(s)
1996 Sakura Wars[105] Tactical role-playing Sega Saturn Overworks
1997 Final Fantasy VII Role-playing PlayStation Square
1998 The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Action-adventure Nintendo 64 Nintendo EAD
1999 Doko Demo Issyo Strategy PlayStation Sony Computer Entertainment
Final Fantasy VIII[106] Role-playing PlayStation Square
2000 Phantasy Star Online Action role-playing Dreamcast Sonic Team
2001/2 Final Fantasy X Role-playing PlayStation 2 Square
2003 Final Fantasy XI MMORPG PlayStation 2, Microsoft Windows Square
Taiko no Tatsujin Rhythm PlayStation 2 Namco
2004 Monster Hunter Action role-playing PlayStation 2 Capcom
2005 Dragon Quest VIII Role-playing PlayStation 2 Level-5
2006 Final Fantasy XII Role-playing PlayStation 2 Square Enix
Dr. Kawashima's Brain Training Puzzle Nintendo DS Nintendo SDD
2007 Wii Sports Sports Wii Nintendo EAD
Monster Hunter Portable 2nd Action role-playing PlayStation Portable Capcom
2008 Wii Fit Fitness Wii Nintendo EAD
Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G Action role-playing PlayStation Portable Capcom
2009 Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots Action-adventure PlayStation 3 Kojima Productions
Mario Kart Wii Racing Wii Nintendo EAD
2010 New Super Mario Bros. Wii Platformer Wii Nintendo EAD
2011 Monster Hunter Portable 3rd Action role-playing PlayStation Portable Capcom
2012 Gravity Rush Action-adventure PlayStation Vita Project Siren
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle Fighting PlayStation 3 CyberConnect2
2013 Animal Crossing: New Leaf Social Simulation Nintendo 3DS Nintendo EAD
2014 Monster Hunter 4 Action role-playing Nintendo 3DS Capcom
Yo-kai Watch Role-playing Nintendo 3DS Level-5
2015 Yo-kai Watch 2 Role-playing Nintendo 3DS Level-5
2016 Splatoon Third-person shooter Wii U Nintendo EAD
2017 The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Action-adventure Nintendo Switch, Wii U Nintendo EPD
2018 Monster Hunter: World[107] Action role-playing PlayStation 4, Xbox One Capcom

NAVGTR Awards

The NAVGTR Awards are handed out by the National Academy of Video Game Trade Reviewers.

Year Game Genre Platform(s) Developer(s)
2001 Grand Theft Auto III[108] Action-adventure PlayStation 2 DMA Design
2002 Grand Theft Auto: Vice City[109] Action-adventure PlayStation 2 Rockstar North
2003 Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time[110] Action-adventure Game Boy Advance, PlayStation 2, GameCube, Xbox, Microsoft Windows Ubisoft Montreal
2004 Half-Life 2[111] First-person shooter Microsoft Windows Valve
2005 Shadow of the Colossus[112] Action-adventure PlayStation 2 Team Ico
2006 Ōkami[113] Action-adventure PlayStation 2 Wii Clover Studio
2007 BioShock[114] First-person shooter Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360 Irrational Games
2008 LittleBigPlanet[115] Puzzle-platformer PlayStation 3 Media Molecule
2009 Batman: Arkham Asylum[116] Action-adventure Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Rocksteady Studios
2010 Red Dead Redemption[117] Action-adventure PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Rockstar San Diego
2011 Minecraft[118] Sandbox Microsoft Windows, OS X, Linux, Android, IOS Mojang
2012 Journey[119] Adventure PlayStation 3 Thatgamecompany
2013 The Last of Us[120] Action-adventure PlayStation 3 Naughty Dog
2014 Dragon Age: Inquisition[121] Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One BioWare
2015 The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt[122] Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One CD Projekt Red
2016 Overwatch[123] First-person shooter Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One Blizzard Entertainment
2017 Super Mario Odyssey[124] Platform Nintendo Switch Nintendo EAD
2018 God of War[125] Action-adventure PlayStation 4 SIE Santa Monica Studio

SXSW Gaming Awards

The winners of the SXSW Gaming Awards, started in 2014, are judged by the SXSW Gaming Advisory Board, which is composed of over 40 industry experts that are well-versed in the industry.

Year Game Genre Platform(s) Developer(s)
2013 The Last of Us[126] Action-adventure PlayStation 3 Naughty Dog
2014 Dragon Age: Inquisition[127] Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One BioWare
2015 The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt[128] Action role-playing Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One CD Projekt Red
2016 Uncharted 4: A Thief's End[129] Action-adventure PlayStation 4 Naughty Dog
2017 The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild[130] Action-adventure Nintendo Switch, Wii U Nintendo EPD
2018 God of War[131] Action-adventure PlayStation 4 SIE Santa Monica Studio

VSDA Awards

The Video Software Dealers Association's VSDA Awards for home entertainment handed out awards for the best video games of the year until 2001.[132]

Year Game Genre Platform(s) Developer(s)
1983 Pac-Man[133] Maze Arcade, Atari 2600 Namco
1994 NBA Jam Sports Arcade, Game Gear, Sega Genesis, SNES, Game Boy, Sega CD Midway Games
1995 Donkey Kong Country Platformer SNES Rare
1996 Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest Platformer SNES Rare
1998 GoldenEye 007 First-person shooter Nintendo 64 Rare
1999 The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Action-adventure Nintendo 64 Nintendo EAD
2000 Pokémon Stadium Strategy Nintendo 64 Nintendo EAD
2001 Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 Sports PlayStation, Microsoft Windows, Game Boy Color, Dreamcast Neversoft

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