Video Game Awards!

It’s that time of year again, folks: trophies have been handed out, trailers have been debuted, and the 2017 Game Awards have come to a close. As promised by show’s producer Geoff Keighley the Game Awards was a lavish affair, almost as if it were the Oscars of the gaming world. There were sweeping orchestral performances, grandiose speeches, and even a few Hollywood celebrities in attendance. The real star of the show, however, was the myriad of highly anticipated game trailers that were released. We’ve already talked about a few of them (*cough*, In the Valley of Gods) but there truly were a lot.

Of course, the real reason for the show is the awards themselves. There were a lot of great games released this year and it’s really no surprise which ones won big – “Legend of Zelda: Breathe of the Wild” took home Game of the Year, Best Game Direction, and Best Action/Adventure game. Brutally-hard indie darling “Cuphead” managed to score Best Art Direction, Best Independent Game, and Best Debut Indie Game. Best Narrative (an award I’m personally always interested in) was snagged by walking sim “What Remains of Edith Finch”. Of course, that’s just a small sampling of this year’s winners. Take a look at the other categories below:

– Chinese Fan Game Award: “jx3 HD”
– Student Game Award: “Level Squared”
– Best e-Sports Team: Cloud 9
– Best e-Sports Player: Lee Sang-hyeok (a.k.a. “Faker”)
– Trending Gamer: Guy Beahm (a.k.a. “Dr. Disrespect”)
– Most Anticipated Game: “The Last of Us Part II”
– Best Sports/Racing Game: “Forza Motorsport 7”
– Best Strategy Game: “Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle”
– Best Family Game: “Super Mario Odyssey”
– Best Fighting Game: “Injustice 2”
– Best Roleplaying Game: “Persona 5”
– Best Action Game: “Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus”
– Best VR/AR Game: “Resident Evil 7: Biohazard”
– Best Handheld Game: “Metroid: Samus Returns”
– Best Mobile Game: “Monument Valley 2”
– Best e-Sports Game: “Overwatch”
– Best Ongoing Game: “Overwatch”
– Games for Impact: “Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice”
– Best Performance: Melina Juergens
– Best Audio Design: “Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice”
– Best Score/Music: “NieR: Automata”

As I said, none of the awards are too surprising. I will say, however, that it’s nice to see Nintendo sweeping up a whopping 6 awards total. It seems that after their slump with the Wii/Wii-U the “Big N” is finally starting to come back in to the limelight. It’s also refreshing to see award categories for prominent people in the gaming community, and not just awards for the games themselves. I’m speaking mainly of categories like “Best e-Sports Team” and “Trending Gamer” – In a lot of ways modern gaming has become just as much a spectator media as TV or film, so it’s nice to see our players recognized as such.

About Ginny

I'm addicted to gaming, and you probably are too. Gamers will take over the world soon. We can bet on it! I play mainly MOBA games and the occasional RPG. My all-time favourite has got to be Zelda, however cliche that may be...

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