What turned out to be a crazy two days of video game goodness, all began with a train journey to London. The 27th Annual Golden Joystick Awards were the first port of call and, although over very quickly, the winners of the awards will be feeling the effects for a long time to come. Here is the official press release.
Gaming innovation celebrated at record breaking Golden Joystick Awards
Boom for event as gamers cast 1.2m votes and name Fallout 3 their ultimate game
1500 HRS October 30th 2009 â€“ The video games industry was recognized as the fastest-growing entertainment medium and the UK was acknowledged as a centre of creative excellence today as the winners of the worldâ€™s most popular video game awards show, the 27th annual Golden Joystick Awards were announced in London.
Fallout 3 was crowned â€œUltimate Game of the Yearâ€, whilst Call of Duty continued its annual winning streak with a hat-trick of accolades.
With UK consumers spending Â£2.7billion on gaming over the last year, the industry remains resilient through the current downturn. As games continue to increase in popularity, organisers of the Golden Joystick Awards reported a 47% surge in voting, with over 1.2m votes in another record breaking year.
The popular Call of Duty series from Activision Blizzard once again proved it was a fan favourite, scooping a trio of awards in 2009.Â Â Call of Duty: World at War won â€œMultiplayer Game of the Yearâ€ and â€œNintendo Game of the Year.â€Â TheÂ forthcoming Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 looks set to rule Christmas 2009, bagging the â€œOne to Watchâ€ award.
The haul of awards for Activision Blizzard continued with Guitar Hero: World Tour winning â€œSoundtrack of the Yearâ€, while the gaming giant rounded-off its haul with â€œPublisher of the Yearâ€.
There was strong showing for UK-developed titles, as â€œFamily Game of the Yearâ€ was taken by Guildford-based Media Molecule for LittleBigPlanet on PlayStation 3 – an innovative platform game voiced by Stephen Fry. â€œHandheld Game of the Yearâ€ was won by Rockstar Leedâ€™s Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars for Nintendo DS. The â€œUK Developer of the Yearâ€ category saw Cambridge company Jagex smash all-comers as the makers of Runescape â€“ the biggest free massively multiplayer online role-playing game in the world – outflanked rivals in the category by an overwhelming margin.
The full list of winners in the 2009 Golden Joystick Awards is;
Family Game of the Year: LittleBigPlanet
Bliss Handheld Game of the Year: Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars
Retailer of the Year: GAME
Mobile Game of the Year: Metal Gear Solid Touch
Nintendo Game of the Year: Call of Duty: World at War
MSN Multiplayer Game of the Year: Call Of Duty: World At War
The Rampage Soundtrack of the Year: Guitar Hero World Tour
Xbox Game of the Year: Gears of War 2
PC Game of the Year: Fallout 3
Amiqus Games UK Developer of the Year: Jagex
PlayStation Game of the Year: Killzone 2
Publisher of the Year: Activision Blizzard
Online Game of the Year: Left4Dead
ShortList One to Watch: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
Ultimate Game of the Year, together with Zavvi.co.uk: Fallout 3
Rounding off the afternoon in style, the Golden Joystick Awards themselves were officially recognised by Guinness World Records as the â€œWorldâ€™s Most Popular Video Game Awards.â€ The Golden Joysticks polled 1,223,646 votes in its 27th year.
Emma Parkinson is Organiser of the Golden Joystick Awards:
â€œThe games industry remains innovative and vibrant despite economic pressures.Â Many of the winners at the Golden Joystickâ€™s demonstrate that UK talent remains crucial to the success of this industry across the globe and must be nurtured at all cost.
Iâ€™m delighted by the record number of votes â€“ gamers deserve to have their say about their favourite games, having spent Â£2.7billion of their hard-earned cash in the toughest year the industry has experienced.â€
And thus it ends for another year. Contenders for next years awards are already making themselves apparent, but until next year, we can only speculate.