Video Game Award Nominees and Winners
Video games continue to flourish at a rapid pace and enjoy all kinds of innovative technology advancements such as the new Nintendo Switch hybrid console. They have also made a breakthrough into Ultra high-definition 4K display, thanks to the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X, and with the introduction of the Oculus Go, VR gaming will soon be available to the masses as well.
If there's anything that stands out about gaming it's that this incredible hobby has truly expanded in recent years. Gaming has transformed into a live-event thanks to eSports and simultaneously produced endless hours of entertainment for everyone. Whether you're a video game enthusiast using a modest setup or a luxury gamer using top-of-the-range technology, an enormous 4K television, and VR accessories, what truly unites gamers is the wide range of games. A great game is a great game for everyone, regardless of the tech you use to enjoy the game.
However, with games expanding into more avenues such as mobile, VR, home consoles, and handheld consoles, it can quickly become rather difficult to know which game you should play next. It's for this very reason that video game awards were introduced to help you make a more informed decision. Like the BAFTA's and Oscars for movies, the Game Awards is an annual celebration to honour the best accomplishments in gaming. These awards also offer previews of video games that are being developed, including game trailers and developer interviews.
How Are Nominees and Winners Chosen for Game Awards?
Unlike the BAFTA's and Oscars, the Game Awards doesn't feature a panel of voters. Instead, there's an advisory committee that consists of hardware producers, developers, and event backers from Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment, Valve, Ubisoft, Telltale Games, Rockstar Games, Activision, Electronic Arts, AMD, Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft.
The advisory committee also elects 51 of the most influential video-game news outlets globally to form a jury, such as Wired, Edge, and IGN. The jury then proceeds to select their picks for the nominated video games in each of the categories. The advisory committee then examines the jury's picks and selects the most-nominated video games in every field. Thereafter, the jury will vote on the final list. Furthermore, there's a public vote from the 14th of November to the 6th of December. In jury-voted categories, however, the public vote will only account for 10% towards the final vote.
The Game Awards: 2017 Winners
It was a remarkable year for video games in 2017, which means it was also rather difficult to determine the best of the best. However, the Game Awards committee did exactly that on December 7, releasing the full roster of winners. The 2017 roster of nominees included 102 video games spread across 30 various categories.
Every year, the Game Awards broadcast in several locations online, including every major stream service like YouTube and Twitch, as well as gaming platforms such as Xbox, PlayStation, and Steam. In addition, you can easily live stream through several social media apps such as Facebook Live and Twitter, or through various gaming sites, including Gamespot and IGN to view the results.
The 2017 Game Awards ceremony produced 30 awards categories, the most popular of which include Game of the Year, Best Narrative, Best Performance, Best Ongoing Game, Best Mobile Game, Best AR/VR Game, Best Action Game, Best Fighting Game, Best Family Game, Best Action/Adventure Game, Best Strategy Game, and Best Racing/Sports Game.
Video Game Awards 2018
For the past 3 years, the annual Game Awards have been held at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles, California and is hosted by none other than Geoff Keighley who is a renowned Canadian television presenter and video game journalist. The Game Awards take place in December each year, recognizing the technical and creative excellence in the video game industry. The 2018 nominees will only be revealed later this year. In the meantime, gamers can look forward to loads of 2018 trailers that will showcase the best video games of 2018.
While some will patiently wait to watch the 2018 Game Awards to see who won the Game of the Year, most gamers will be looking forward to brand-new video game releases. If 2017 is any indication, there's no doubt that 2018 will feature one of the biggest line-ups of reveals and announcements in the history of the show. With the video gaming industry continuously breaking new ground on several platforms every year, more and more gamers have started showing an interest in mobile game awards as well. With mobile gaming growing exponentially within the last decade, it comes as no surprise that more focus is placed on developing more superior games for handheld devices.