The world’s video game community can now cast their votes following a classic year for video game releases as the 28th annual Golden Joystick Awards announce the shortlists for this year’s awards.
Nearly 270,000 votes have already been cast in the long list stage that saw the introduction of a number of new categories.
Moving on from console-specific categories, the 2010 Golden Joysticks Awards will honor the best titles in specific genres, including Action, Strategy and Music. The awards continues to celebrate UK talent with the ‘UK Developer of the Year’ category while the blue riband ‘Ultimate Game of the Year’ category remains, as does ‘One to Watch’, the hot tip of so many huge video game hits over the years.
Golden Joystick Awards 2010 categories;
- One To Watch
- UK Developer
- Ultimate Game
You can see the full list of nominees and cast your votes at the official event website.
Last year saw Activision’s blockbuster Call of Duty series dominating the event, scooping three awards, while gamer power won out as Fallout 3 was named ‘Ultimate Game of the Year’. Once again, the combined might of the online community was recognized when fans of ‘Runescape’, the world’s largest free-to-play MMORPG rallied to honor Jagex as ‘UK Developer of the Year’.
Known by many as ‘the people’s gaming awards’ the Golden Joystick Awards is also held in high esteem by the video games industry, with nearly 1,000 executives attending the glittering ceremony, which will this year be held at London’s Park Plaza Westminster Bridge hotel on 29th October.
The ever-growing Golden Joystick Awards has been the ultimate accolade in gaming since 1982 and is now recognized as the biggest and most popular gaming awards on the planet. 1,223,646 votes were cast by gamers in 2009 as the Joysticks scooped its own honor, being named ‘Worlds most popular video games awards’ by Guinness World Records.