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 Journey ,  Dishonored ,  The Walking Dead  lead Choice Awards nominations
Journey, Dishonored, The Walking Dead lead Choice Awards nominations
January 24, 2013 | By GDC Staff

January 24, 2013 | By GDC Staff
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Organizers have revealed the finalists for the 13th annual Game Developers Choice Awards, the leading peer-based video game event celebrating the industry's top games and developers.

Winners in all categories will be honored at the Game Developers Choice Awards ceremony, taking place on Wednesday, March 27th at 6:30 pm at the Moscone Convention Center during the 2013 Game Developers Conference in San Francisco.

Independent titles are heavily represented across multiple categories this year, with games from that segment of the industry being nominated alongside some of the year’s biggest mainstream releases.

Overall, Thatgamecompany’s visually-and-aurally stunning emotional adventure Journey leads with nods in six categories: Best Design, Best Downloadable Game, Best Audio, Best Visual, Innovation and Game of the Year. Bethesda Softworks’ and Arkane Studios’ historical revenge epic Dishonored is recognized in four categories, Best Narrative, Best Visual, Best Design and Game of the Year.

Another leading nominee is Telltale Games’ The Walking Dead, a post-apocalyptic adventure title based on Robert Kirkman’s comic book series of the same name, honored in three categories for this year’s awards: Best Downloadable Game, Best Narrative and Game of the Year. Rounding out the Game of the Year finalists are BioWare and Electronic Arts’ action role-playing game Mass Effect 3, also nominated in the Best Narrative category, and Firaxis Games’ and 2K Games’ tactical role-playing strategy title X-COM: Enemy Unknown, also recognized in Best Design.

Additional titles with multiple nominations include Ubisoft Montreal’s Assassin’s Creed III and Microsoft Studios’ and 343 Industries’ Halo 4, long-running franchises which are nominated alongside newcomers like Giant Sparrow’s The Unfinished Swan and Subset Games’ FTL: Faster Than Light.

The 2013 Game Developers Choice Awards are open to any video game that was initially released and made publicly available to consumers during the 2012 calendar year, irrespective of platform or delivery medium. Industry professionals participate in open nominations for the selection of this year's finalists. Winners will be selected by the Game Developers Choice Awards-specific International Choice Awards Network (ICAN), which is an invitation-only organization comprised of leading game creators from all parts of the industry.

The complete list of nominees for the 13th annual Game Developers Choice Awards is as follows:

Best Audio
Journey (Thatgamecompany/Sony Computer Entertainment)
Hotline Miami (Dennaton Games/Devolver Digital)
Sound Shapes (Queasy Games/Sony Computer Entertainment)
Assassin's Creed III (Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft)
Halo 4 (343 Industries/Microsoft Studios)

Best Debut
Humble Hearts (Dust: An Elysian Tail)
Polytron Corporation (Fez)
Giant Sparrow (The Unfinished Swan)
Subset Games (FTL: Faster Than Light)
Fireproof Games (The Room)

Best Game Design
Dishonored (Arkane Studios/Bethesda Softworks)
Mark Of The Ninja (Klei Entertainment/Microsoft Studios)
Spelunky (Derek Yu & Andy Hull/Microsoft Studios)
Journey (Thatgamecompany/Sony Computer Entertainment)
XCOM: Enemy Unknown (Firaxis Games/2K Games)

Best Downloadable Game
The Walking Dead (Telltale Games)
Spelunky (Derek Yu & Andy Hull/Microsoft Studios)
Trials: Evolution (RedLynx/Microsoft Studios)
Mark Of The Ninja (Klei Entertainment/Microsoft Studios)
Journey (Thatgamecompany/Sony Computer Entertainment)

Best Technology
Far Cry 3 (Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft)
PlanetSide 2 (Sony Online Entertainment)
Halo 4 (343 Industries/Microsoft Studios)
Call of Duty: Black Ops II (Treyarch/Activision)
Assassin's Creed III (Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft)

Best Handheld/Mobile Game
Gravity Rush (SCE Japan Studio/Sony Computer Entertainment)
Hero Academy (Robot Entertainment)
Sound Shapes (Queasy Games/Sony Computer Entertainment)
The Room (Fireproof Games)
Kid Icarus: Uprising (Sora/Nintendo)

Best Narrative
Spec Ops: The Line (Yager Entertainment/2K Games)
Mass Effect 3 (BioWare/Electronic Arts)
Dishonored (Arkane Studios/Bethesda Softworks)
The Walking Dead (Telltale Games)
Virtue's Last Reward (Chunsoft/Aksys Games)

Best Visual Arts
Borderlands 2 (Gearbox Software/2K Games)
Journey (Thatgamecompany/Sony Computer Entertainment)
Far Cry 3 (Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft)
Dishonored (Arkane Studios/Bethesda Softworks)
Halo 4 (343 Industries/Microsoft Studios)

Innovation
Mark of the Ninja (Klei Entertainment/Microsoft Studios)
Journey (Thatgamecompany/Sony Computer Entertainment)
FTL: Faster Than Light (Subset Games)
The Unfinished Swan (Giant Sparrow/Sony Computer Entertainment)
ZombiU (Ubisoft Montpellier/Ubisoft)

Game of the Year
Dishonored (Arkane Studios/Bethesda Softworks)
The Walking Dead (Telltale Games)
Mass Effect 3 (BioWare/Electronic Arts)
XCOM: Enemy Unknown (Firaxis Games/2K Games)
Journey (Thatgamecompany/Sony Computer Entertainment)

The Game Developers Choice Awards also recognizes three Special Award categories: the Pioneer, Ambassador and Lifetime Achievement awards, which will be announced in the near-future. In addition, the first-ever Audience Award for the Choice Awards – open to all finalists for this year – will open for online voting in mid-February.

For more information about the 13th annual Game Developers Choice Awards, visit its official website. For information about the 2013 GDC, visit its official website.


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Joe E
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Interesting that "game of the year" and "best technology" categories share no games. The industry has changed, indeed..

Thom Q
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Cool categories. Just not to sure about "Best Downloadable Game". Between Steam, Xbox Live, PSN, WiiU store and the app stores there are not a lot of games that are not downloadable. Legally...

Thom Q
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Guerric: It can be even stranger:

http://www.gamasutra.com/view/news/184733/Journey_The_Walking_Dea
d_lead_DICE_Awards_nominations.php#.UQKRV7_Aerg


"Adventure Game of the Year

New Super Mario Bros. Wii U - Nintendo"

:P

John Flush
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I couldn't agree more... "Best Downloadable Game" - well I just downloaded a new release off Steam, it is now legit for the category right? Seeming it was Dishonored and that is in the GOTY category it seems like someone in the download category should be bumped now.

John Flush
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Innovation:

FTL: Faster Than Light (Subset Games) - what exactly was innovated with this game? I think I played rogue likes in the past. The fact it has a really unbalanced 2nd phase boss fight in it only rubs salt in the wound.

As for overall, it appears Journey wins by default. being nominated for 6 out of the 10 categories.

Katarina Gyllenback
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When narrative is at its best it shall not be seen and creates an experience of “you have to experience it yourself to understand how fantastic it is”. But this emotional arousal applies only to the audience/player. As a professional and not to recognise the narrative at its best is a bit embarrassing. Does everything have to be put in words and said in text to be considered as narrative?

To not put Journey in the category Best narrative is a proof that narrative, and its potential, is not fully understood yet. What the nominees in the category Best narrative show is that narrative is considered as a nonlinear narrative with multiple endings, three act story with a rising conflict and climax or as an authored sandbox with quests and missions. Nothing wrong with that. The problem is to think of narrative as a heavy text-delivering-event and miss the importance of sound and visuals as a story technique to strengthen and forward the narrative experience. Journey shows that no words have to be said to deliver a most fantastic narrative and I look forward to see this understood and explored in future.


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