Last of Us wins Game of the Year at Game Developers Choice Awards 2014

Papers, Please bagged Innovation Award and Best Downloadable Game, and media critic Anita Sarkeesian was honoured with the Ambassador Award

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As with every Game Developers Conference exhibition in San Francisco, the organisers usually celebrate the creative success of games with the annual Game Developer Awards ceremony. This year’s peer-based show had a lot of deserving titles winning prestigious awards (via Gamasutra).

Developer Naughty Dog won the Game of The Year award for its PS3 narrative-focused action game offering The Last of Us, which was the highest-acclaimed honor for the night. The developer also took home awards for Best Design and Best Narrative.

Developer Lucas Pope won the Innovation Award and Best Downloadable Game category for his indie dystopia puzzle game Papers, Please. Developer The Fullbright Company took home the Best Debut award for its first-person story-driven game Gone Home. The category had a number of heavy hitters like turn-based strategy game Card Hunter, story-driven game The Stanley Parable, sandbox space flight game Kerbal Space Program and sandbox action title State of Decay.

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The Ambassador Award, an accolade given to those who help video games advance to a higher place, went to media critic and Feminist Frequency creator Anita Sarkeesian for her video series Tropes vs. Women In Video Games. Not only was she the first woman to win the Ambassador Award, but her victory won her a standing ovation from the audience.

Other highlights include 3DS title The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds winning Best Handheld/Mobile Game, 2K Games and Irrational Games’ shooter BioShock Infinite winning Best Visual Art and Best Audio, Rockstar Games’ Grand Theft Auto V winning Best Technology, and Kerbal Space Program winning the Audience Award.

The full list of nominations and winners is below. e27 would like to say congratulations to these fine developers and their deserving games, as well as a job well done to the organisers for a stand-up show that respects the medium.

Game of the Year
Gone Home (The Fullbright Company)
Grand Theft Auto V (Rockstar North/Rockstar Games)
The Last Of Us (Naughty Dog/Sony)
Super Mario 3D World (Nintendo EAD Tokyo/Nintendo)
Tomb Raider (Crystal Dynamics/Square Enix)

Innovation Award
DEVICE 6 (Simogo)
Gone Home (The Fullbright Company)
Papers, Please (Lucas Pope)
Tearaway (Media Molecule/Sony)
The Stanley Parable (Galactic Cafe)

Best Debut
Blue Manchu (Card Hunter)
The Fullbright Company (Gone Home)
Galactic Cafe (The Stanley Parable)
Squad (Kerbal Space Program)
Undead Labs (State Of Decay)

Best Design
Grand Theft Auto V (Rockstar North/Rockstar Games)
The Last Of Us (Naughty Dog/Sony)
The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (Nintendo EAD/Nintendo)
Super Mario 3D World (Nintendo EAD Tokyo/Nintendo)
Tomb Raider (Crystal Dynamics/Square Enix)

Best Handheld/Mobile Game
DEVICE 6 (Simogo)
Fire Emblem: Awakening (Intelligent Systems/Nintendo)
The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (Nintendo EAD/Nintendo)
Ridiculous Fishing (Vlambeer)
Tearaway (Media Molecule/Sony)

Best Visual Art
BioShock Infinite (Irrational Games/2K Games)
DmC (Ninja Theory/Capcom)
The Last Of Us (Naughty Dog/Sony)
Ni No Kuni: Wrath Of The White Witch (Level 5/Namco Bandai)
Tearaway (Media Molecule/Sony)

Best Narrative
Brothers: A Tale Of Two Sons (Starbreeze/505 Games)
Gone Home (The Fullbright Company)
The Last Of Us (Naughty Dog/Sony) 
Tomb Raider (Crystal Dynamics/Square Enix)
The Stanley Parable (Galactic Cafe)

Best Audio
BioShock Infinite (Irrational Games/2K Games) 
Forza Motorsport 5 (Turn 10 Studios/Microsoft Games)
Grand Theft Auto V (Rockstar North/Rockstar Games)
Saints Row IV (Volition/Deep Silver)
Tearaway (Media Molecule/Sony)

Best Downloadable Game
Brothers: A Tale Of Two Sons (Starbreeze/505 Games)
Gone Home (The Fullbright Company)
Papers, Please (Lucas Pope)
Resogun (Housemarque/Sony)
The Stanley Parable (Galactic Cafe)

Best Technology
Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag (Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft)
Grand Theft Auto V (Rockstar North/Rockstar Games)
The Last Of Us (Naughty Dog/Sony)
Killzone: Shadow Fall (Guerrilla Games/Sony)
Tearaway (Media Molecule/Sony)

Audience Award
Kerbal Space Program

Jonathan Toyad

If you want an elaborate answer on who would win in a fight between Ultraman and Godzilla, Jonathan Toyad is your man. A six-year veteran in the game journalism industry, he did words and videos for outlets such as GameSpot, GameAxis, IGN and Stuff.TV. Fears coyotes and scorched earths.

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