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Skyrim Choice Awards GOTY

Portal 2 wins trio of awards.

As Bengt reported in his video blog this morning, the winners of this years Game Developers Choice Awards have now been announced.

These are awards that are voted on by people within the industry, rather than critics, and so for developers they carry a little more weight.

It's no surprise to anyone that The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim won the Game of the Year award, a worthy winner most would agree. Portal 2 also did very well, winning Best Narrative, Game Design and Audio.

Here's a complete breakdown of all nominees, winners and recipients of special awards:

Game of the Year

Batman: Arkham City (Rocksteady Studios)
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Bethesda Game Studios)
Portal 2 (Valve)
Deus Ex: Human Revolution (Eidos Montreal)
Dark Souls (FromSoftware)

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Bethesda Game Studios)

Best Narrative

Portal 2 (Valve)
The Witcher 2 (CD Projekt RED)
Bastion (Supergiant Games)
Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception (Naughty Dog)
Saints Row: The Third (Volition)

Best Game Design

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Bethesda Game Studios)
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword (Nintendo)
Portal 2 (Valve)
Batman: Arkham City (Rocksteady Studios)
Dark Souls (FromSoftware)

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Portal 2 (Valve)

Best Technology

Battlefield 3 (DICE)
L.A. Noire (Team Bondi)
Crysis 2 (Crytek Frankfurt/UK)
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Bethesda Game Studios)
Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception (Naughty Dog)

Best Visual Arts

Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception (Naughty Dog)
Rayman Origins (Ubisoft Montpellier)
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Bethesda Game Studios)
El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron (Ignition Japan)
Battlefield 3 (DICE)

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Battlefield 3 (DICE)

Best Debut

Supergiant Games (Bastion)
Team Bondi (L.A. Noire)
Re-Logic (Terraria)
Bioware Austin (Star Wars: The Old Republic)
Eidos Montreal (Deus Ex: Human Revolution)

Innovation Award

Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure (Toys For Bob)
Portal 2 (Valve)
Bastion (Supergiant Games)
Johann Sebastian Joust (Die Gute Fabrik)
L.A. Noire (Team Bondi)

Best Handheld/Mobile Game

Tiny Tower (NimbleBit)
Super Mario 3D Land (Nintendo)
Jetpack Joyride (Halfbrick)
Infinity Blade II (Chair Entertainment)
Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP (Capy Games/Superbrothers)

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception (Naughty Dog)

Best Audio

Bastion (Supergiant Games)
LittleBigPlanet 2 (Media Molecule)
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Bethesda Game Studios)
Dead Space 2 (Visceral Games)
Portal 2 (Valve)

Best Downloadable Game

Stacking (Double Fine)
From Dust (Ubisoft Montpellier)
Bastion (Supergiant Games)
Outland (Housemarque)
Frozen Synapse (Mode 7)

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Bastion (Supergiant Games)

Lifetime Achievement Winner

The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes the career and achievements of a developer who has made an indelible impact on the craft of game development and games as a whole.

2012 Recipient - Warren Spector
 
Pioneer Award Winner

The Pioneer Award (formerly known as the First Penguin Award) celebrates those individuals who developed a breakthrough technology, game concept, or gameplay design at a crucial juncture video game history - paving the way for the myriads who followed them.

2012 Recipient - Dave Theurer 

The Ambassador Award

The Ambassador Award honors an individual or individuals who have helped the game industry advance to a better place, either through facilitating a better game community from within, or by reaching outside the industry to be an advocate for video games and help further our art.

Ambassador Award Winner 2012 Recipients - Ken Doroshow and Paul M. Smith

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