The Best of the 33rd Golden Joystick Awards
So, Video Game Awards huh? While they won’t be hitting your TV screens soon, they do actually exist. And they happened recently! The Golden Joystick Awards, a yearly awards ceremony made different by the fact that the winners are voted for by the people, hosted by cult-ish figure Danny Wallace (producer of the first series of The Mighty Boosh, writer of Yes Man, and provider of the voice and model for Shaun Hastings in the Assassin’s Creed Series).
For a full list of winners, see the bottom of the article. First, let’s talk about the coolest things.
The Witcher 3 Cleaned Up
Hooray. Seriously, hooray for these guys. This game is basically the summation of every fantasy piece of fiction ever written, and good lord is it absolutely exploding with stuff. At over 150 hours, you might never leave your room again once you start it up. Congrats to CDProjekt Red, the developers, for winning five awards.
Strange Wins for the Win!
Are you interested in realistic spaceflight? Or piecing together crimes through video interviews? Well these guys are. Kerbal Space Program, a physics-based space simulator, and Her Story, an interactive crime fiction piece, both won awards, for Best Indie Game and Breakthrough Award respectively.
A Tribute to Satoru Iwata
Not the most widely known name, Satoru Iwata was the CEO of Nintendo, a man who pretty much saved them and brought an unprecedented era of innovation and kept Nintendo thriving. More importantly, he was a beloved husband, and a man who created and helped with Kirby, Pokemon, Smash Bros. and Earthbound. He was rightly honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Ashly Burch in Life is Strange
Ashly Burch, regular HAWP (Hey Ash, Whatcha Playin’?) member and general voice actress/funny woman/crazy manic fire-breathing entity, won the Best Gaming Performance for an absolutely stellar turn as Chloe in the serene Twin Peaks/Dawson’s Creek mash up Life Is Strange. Set in an idyllic tranquil small American town, it follows the time travelling exploits of teenager Max as she deals with relationships, amateur detective work, mysteries, and an impending apocalyptic event. Max’s cool best friend, Chloe, whilst prime Tumblr fodder in her cool neo-punk attitude and look, is also an excellent and beautifully written character.
Bloodborne wins for Lovecraft
Bloodborne won two awards, both for best game (weird I know, but there’s about four best game categories), and anything which is H.P. Lovecraft-inspired is a win for all things seriously spooky and terrifying.
PewdiePie wins Gaming Personality
Speaks for itself. No comment.
The full list of winners:
Best Original Game: sponsored by GamesRadar+ – Bloodborne
Best Storytelling – The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Best Visual Design: sponsored by 3D World – The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Best Audio: sponsored by DTS – Ori and the Blind Forest
Best Multi-Player – GTA Online
Best Indie Game: sponsored by PC Gamer Weekender – Kerbal Space Program
Best Family Game – Splatoon
Best Mobile Game – Fallout Shelter
Innovation of the Year: sponsored by techradar – First-person mode in GTA 5
Best Gaming Moment: sponsored by Absolute Radio – Bloody Baron quest in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Gaming Personality: sponsored by Kotaku UK – PewDiePie
eSports Icon: sponsored by Gfinity – Counter-Strike GO – Anders Blume
Studio of the Year: sponsored by Hype (Edge Conference) – CD Projekt RED
Best Gaming Platform: sponsored by Digital Spy – Steam
Best Gaming Performance – Ashly Burch as Chloe in Life is Strange
Best PlayStation Game: sponsored by Official PlayStation Magazine – Bloodborne
Best Nintendo Game: sponsored by Gamesmaster Magazine – Splatoon
Best PC Game: sponsored by PC Gamer – GTA 5
Best Xbox Game: sponsored by Official Xbox Magazine – Ori and the Blind Forest
Most Wanted Game: sponsored by The Sun – Fallout 4
Ultimate Game of the Year – Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Lifetime Achievement – Satoru Iwata
Playfire Most Played – GTA 5
Critics Choice – Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
Breakthrough Award – Her Story
Till next year, I guess.