The 2016 Golden Joystick Awards


The 2016 Golden Joystick Awards happened a few days ago. It was James Veitch who opened the proceedings to the 34th Golden Joystick Awards ceremony. He looked the part of a seasoned gamer in his nerdy glasses and converse trainers. He intrigued the audience with his famous TED talk spam mail routines and online antics drew resounding applause and laughter from the audience.

The awards started off and the audience just wanted to move on to the good stuff. Well, with introduction to the nominations and top names in the videogame journalism world and lots of videos later, it was finally time for the real award show! Overwatch was the winner for the best multiplayer games as it had also won many other accolades like PC Game of the Year, Competitive Game of the Year and Best Gaming Moment for its play of the game feature.

Another multi award winning game was The Witcher 3: Blood and Wine whose multiple wins always invited loud round of applauses from the crowd and fellow developers, press and those who were watching online. Beating the other big names in the nomination run; Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End and Firewatch, The Witcher 3: Blood and Wine picked up the Best Storytelling Award and the Best Visual Design Award at the 2016 Golden Joystick Awards. Doug Cockle, the voice behind Geralt of Rivia also got some action by winning the Best Gaming Performance title by beating Uncharted’s Nolan North by a few votes. CD Projekt Red also came out on top in the race for Studio of the Year. Fallout 4 won the Best Audio. However, it seemed a bit odd that Battlefield 1 was nowhere to be seen in the category listing. Firewatch was hailed as the Best Indie Game, much to the crowd’s delight.

The announcement for the Innovation of the Year award was met with some confusion from those present because it was won by Pokemon Go. This maybe because the nominations included HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, Playstation VR as well as Guitar Hero Live, No Man’s Sky and Quantum Break. Pokemon Go surely deserves an award, but does it break the biggest innovation of the year, VR headsets? Not sure!

Eiji Aonuma won the lifetime achievement award. A much deserved win for the heavyweight developer of the Legend of Zelda series. He praised a lot of tribute to Shigeru Miyamoto, the original creator of The Legend of Zelda. For fans of old school video games, Lara Croft was also inducted to the Golden Joystick Awards Hall of Fame on the 20th anniversary of the Tomb Raider. With some emotional footage of early gameplay and nostalgic memories shared by those on the judging panel, the win was confirmed with some sweet and emotional tears from the crowd as well.

Being a predominantly player – voted award show, it is not surprising that No Man’s Sky fell short of all awards. However, it seemed very suspicious that Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End only won a single award the whole night. The Indie sensation Inside went unnoticed despite being nominated for the highly coveted Game Awards 2016.

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