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The 2017 Game Awards Recap

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The trophy that is given to the winners. Photo courtesy of polygon.com.

The trophy that is given to the winners. Photo courtesy of polygon.com.

The trophy that is given to the winners. Photo courtesy of polygon.com.

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The Game Awards are a yearly ceremony that honors the best video games released throughout the past year. The ceremony took place on December 7, 2017 was hosted by Geoff Keighley and held at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. The event was lived stream throughout various internet platforms like YouTube, Twitch, and Twitter. 2017 was a great year for video games. Many fantastic video games were released this year. Some that resurrected dying franchises and others the introduced new faces to the industry.

The ceremony had many special appearances by celebrities and important icons from the game industry. In addition, developers attended the ceremony to announce their new games that in development. Games announced or shown off during the ceremony include Accounting+, Bayonetta 3, Death Stranding, Dreams, Fade to Silence, Fortnite, GTFO, In the Valley of Gods, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Metro Exodus, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, Sea of Thieves, Soulcalibur VI, Vacation Simulator, A Way Out, Witchfire, and World War Z.

Of course, the major part of the ceremony was the awards that were given out for the best games of the year. There were many categories that had many games in them with many nominated for six categories.

The winners include:

  • Chinese Fan Game Award – jx3 HD – developed by Kingsoft Corporation
  • Best eSports Team – Cloud9
  • Best eSports Player – Lee Sang-hyeok “Faker” (SK Telecom 1, League of Legends)
  • Best eSports Game – Overwatch – developed by Blizzard Entertainment
  • Trending Gamer – Guy Beahm (“Dr. Disrespect”)
  • Most Anticipated Game – The Last of Us Part II – developed by Naughty Dog
  • Best Debut Indie Game – Cuphead – developed by StudioMDHR
  • Student Game Award – Level Squared – developed by Kip Brennan, Stephen Scoglio, and Dane Perry Svendsen, Swinburne University
  • Best Multiplayer – PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds – developed by PUBG Corporation
  • Best Sports/Racing Game – Forza Motorsport 7 – developed by Turn 10 Studios
  • Best Strategy Game – Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle – developed by Ubisoft
  • Best Family Game – Super Mario Odyssey – developed by Nintendo
  • Best Fighting Game – Injustice 2 – developed by NetherRealm Studios
  • Best Role Playing Game – Persona 5 – developed by Atlus
  • Best Action/Adventure – The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – developed by Nintendo
  • Best Action Game – Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus – developed by MachineGames
  • Best VR/AR Game – Resident Evil 7: Biohazard – developed by Capcom
  • Best Handheld Game – Metroid: Samus Returns – developed by MercurySteam and Nintendo
  • Best Mobile Game – Monument Valley 2 – developed by ustwo games
  • Best Independent Game – Cuphead – developed by StudioMDHR
  • Best Ongoing Game – Overwatch – developed by Blizzard Entertainment
  • Games for Impact/Best Performance/Best Audio Design – Melina Juergens as Senua – Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice – developed by Ninja Theory
  • Best Score/Music – Nier: Automata – music by Keiichi Okabe and Keigo Hoashi
  • Best Art Direction – Cuphead – developed by StudioMDHR
  • Best Narrative – What Remains of Edith Finch – written by Ian Dallas
  • Best Game Direction – The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – directed by Hidemaro Fujibayashi
  • Game of the Year – The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – developed by Nintendo

Those were defiantly some well-deserved wins especially since the winners were under stiff competition from other studios.  In addition, to the winners above, Carol Shaw was awarded a special industry icon award for being on the first female video game designs in the industry. The Game Awards were defiantly something that should not be missed. Ernesto Madrid (12) reflected on the event by saying, “I’m just happy Zelda won game of the year.”

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