The Game Awards return this year is the usual awards and some surprises!
2016 marked the third year for the Game Awards which are “an annual awards ceremony to honor outstanding artistic, technical and gameplay achievements in the video game industry” according to the ceremony website. Previous years have produced not only the excitement of seeing great games receive accolades, but also touching moments such as last year when Greg Miller was honored with the award for trending gamer of the year.
There was plenty of awards given out this year once again, but the ceremony seemed to lack the same emotional connection this year becoming more of a mini trade show instead of a ceremony. One of the most touching moments of the night was surely when Ryan Green accepted the Games for Impact award for the emotional title That Dragon, Cancer.
Here are some of the prominent winners of the night:
- Best game for impact: That Dragon, Cancer
- Best Art Direction: Inside
- Trending Gamer: Boogie2988
- Most Anticipated Game: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
- Game of the year: Overwatch
There were plenty of other awards given out, you can go to the OFFICIAL WEBSITE for the list of all the winners, nominees, or even watch the full show.
Besides the awards there were musical performances, as well as a spattering of trailers and gameplay videos. Hideo Kojima was honored with the industry icon award, and at the same time showed off another head scratching, but tantalizing clip from Death Stranding. We’re no closer to really knowing more about the game, but it did feature Mads Mikkelsen and Guillermo del Toro.
There were also new gameplay videos from Prey, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Mass Effect Andromeda, just to name a few. (Some of these embedded below) The flood of new and exciting things to see made up for what seemed to be what seems to be evolving into a run of the mill awards show. While providing excitement, the show seemed to become more of a commercial event like the academy awards. Only time will tell if the show sticks to the roots it laid down to keep it successful and meaningful for years to come.
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