Unlike most awards ceremonies which have yearly continuations, video games have been searching for an appropriate spot to call home. Ordinarily the TV channel Spike plays host to video game awards, but this year they have been taken over by The Game Awards 2014. Odd that something like video game awards would refrain from being called video games, but this medium is used to constantly changing. The show had awards, developers, and new gameplay footage for a few eagerly awaited games.
Created, produced, and hosted by Geoff Keighley, the Game Awards 2014 crafts its winners from a judging panel that brings together respectable sources from more than 28 publications. Each category had five nominees and a few categories actually related to actual happenings in the current world of video games, such as “eSports Team of the Year” and “Trending Gamer.” Here are all of the evening’s winners.
Winner of Best Performance – Trey Parker, South Park: The Stick of Truth
Winner of Best Fan Creation – Twitch Plays Pokemon
Winner of Best Online Experience – Destiny
Winner of Best Score – Destiny
The Composition Award Winner – Martin O’Donnell
Winner of Best Mobile/ Handheld Game – Hearthstone
Winner of Best Shooter – Far Cry 4
Winner of Best Fighting Game – Super Smash Bros Wii U
Winner of Most Anticipated Game – The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Developer of the Year – Nintendo
Best Sports / Racing Game – Mario Kart 8
Best Family Game – Mario Kart 8
Best Narrative – Valiant Hearts
Game for Change – Valiant Hearts
eSports Player of the Year – Matthew ‘NaDeSHoT’ Haag
eSports Team of the Year – Ninjas in Pajamas
Trending Gamer – Total Biscuit
Best Indie Game – Shovel Knight
Best Remaster – Grand Theft Auto V
Best Action / Adventure Game – Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
Best Role-Playing Game – Dragon Age: Inquisition
Game of the Year – Dragon Age: Inquisition
In addition to the awards, a few games got trailers and new gameplay videos. The biggest of which would have to be the Wii U Zelda game still in development. Unfortunately they did not show off very much, mostly Link riding around on horseback while demonstrating the new bow mechanics. Even this little bit of exposure is immense compared to how much the public has witnessed so far. Actual gameplay footage including use of the game pad has the potential to reveal a lot about the overall experience the next Zelda aims to deliver.
During this year’s E3 there was one particular game that amazed viewers with space travel and the promise of open world exploration like no other. Since then, fans have been curious to see more of No Man’s Sky, finally this is the opportunity they have been waiting for, as developer Hello Games showed off this two-minute video.
The Game Awards 2014 did a solid job of maintaining a respectable image without the help of the TV channel Spike. The celebration of video games over the past year shows clearly how much gamers appreciate Nintendo, which is proof that the company is alive, strong, and still pumping out great games. After all, Reggie did accept multiple awards for both the latest Mario Kart and Smash Bros. Will the Game Awards continue as the annual award ceremony for video games, or will VGX return next year?
By Garrett Jutte
The Game Awards