The Winners of the 2012 Game Developers Choice Awards

The 12th Game Developers Choice Awards took place in San Francisco on the night of March 7th, 2012. For the uninitiated The GDC Awards is the most prestigious award show in the video game industry, mainly because the winners are selected by game developers. First, here are the 2012 Game Developers Choice Award nominees (you can find the winners right after the list of nominees):

 

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)

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 (From Software)

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)

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)

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)

Lifetime Achievement Winner

Warren Spector

Pioneer Award Winner

Dave Theurer

Ambassador Award Winner

Ken Doroshow and Paul M. Smith

 

And the winners are:

Game of the Year: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Bethesda Game Studios)

Best Narrative: Portal 2 (Valve)

Best Game Design: Portal 2 (Valve)

Best Technology: Battlefield 3 (DICE)

Best Visual Arts: Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception (Naughty Dog)

Best Debut: Supergiant Games (Bastion)

Innovation: Johann Sebastian Joust (Die Gute Fabrik)

Best Handheld/Mobile Game: Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP (Capy Games/Superbrothers)

Best Audio: Portal 2 (Valve)

Best Downloadable Game: Bastion (Supergiant Games)

Source: Joystiq