The very best in the game industry were honored Wednesday night at the Game Developers Choice Awards in San Francisco. The 14th annual awards ceremony is part of the Game Developers Conference, happening through Friday at the Moscone Convention Center.
The Game Developer Choice Awards is a chance for the digital game industry to be honored with peer recognition. These awards go to the best developers and games over the past year when it comes to artistry, creativity and technology.
Several awards were handed out, including those for Lifetime Achievement, recognizing the total career of a developer on game development. That award went to Ken Kutaragi, the former chairman and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment.
The Pioneer Award was presented to those who came up with a game concept, design, or a breakthrough in technology when it comes to setting the stage for the future of games. The award went to Marc Merrill and Brandon Beck for League of Legends.
The Ambassador Award went to those who have helped in the advancement of the game industry. The Ambassador Award went to Anita Sarkeesian, creator of Feminist Frequency.
The Game of the Year, however, was one of the most sought after awards of the night. It is presented each year to game developers to recognize overall best game release. There were five finalists this year. For this year, the award went to The Last of Us by Naughty Dog/Sony.
There were also awards handed out for such categories as Innovation, Best Game Design, Best Visual Art, Best Downloadable Game and Best Handheld/Mobile Game, among others. Papers, Please won for Innovation, BioShock Infinite won for Best Audio and The Fullbright Company won for Best Debut of Gone Home. The Audience Award Winner was Kerbal Space Program.
The Game Developers Conference began on Monday. It is the longest-running, and largest event of its kind for professionals in the video game world.