Skyrim, Fez Awarded Top Honors at GDC

During the Game Developers Conference last night, the 14th annual <a target="_blank" href="http://www.igf.com/" target="_blank">Independent Games Festival</a> and 12th annual GDC Choice Awards took place. The IGF handed out nine awards to notable independent games, while the Choice Awards highlighted higher-profile releases from throughout 2012.<br/><br/> <object id="vid_26badc9e0364a3d4ef1c4845ceab99e0" class="ign-videoplayer" width="468" height="263" data="http://media.ign.com/ev/prod/embed.swf" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"><param name="movie" value="http://media.ign.com/ev/prod/embed.swf"/><param name="" value="true"/><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"/><param name="bgcolor" value="#000000"/><param name="flashvars" value="url=http://www.ign.com/videos/2012/03/06/fez-long-trailer"/><param name="wmode" value="opaque"/></object> <div style="width:468px"><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ign.com/videos/2012/03/06/fez-long-trailer"><center>Fez Trailer</center></a></div><br/><br/>The top award and $30,000 prize at the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.igf.com/" target="_blank">Independent Games Festival</a> went to Fez, while smaller awards went to Dear Esther, Beat Sneak Bandit and Frozen Synapse, among others. The full list of IGF Winners is below:<br/><br/><UL> <li> <b>Seumas McNally Grand Prize:</b> Fez </li> <li><b>Nuovo Award:</b> Storyteller</li> <li><b>Excellence in Visual Art:</b> Dear Esther</li> <li><b>Technical Excellence:</b> Antichamber</li> <li><b>Excellence in Design:</b> Spelunky</li> <li><b>Excellence in Audio:</b> Botanicula</li> <li><b>Best Mobile Game:</b> Beat Sneak Bandit</li> <li><b>Audience Award:</b> Frozen Synapse</li> <li><b>Best Student Game:</b> Way</li></UL><br/><br/>For more on some of the winners, check out our <a target="_blank" href="http://xbox360.ign.com/objects/019/019159.html" target="_blank">preview of Fez</a>, our <a target="_blank" href=" http://pc.ign.com/articles/121/1218568p1.html" target="_blank">review of Dear Esther</a>, our <a target="_blank" href="http://wireless.ign.com/articles/121/1219237p1.html" target="_blank">review of Beat Sneak Bandit</a> and our <a target="_blank" href="http://pc.ign.com/articles/117/1176256p1.html" target="_blank">review of Frozen Synapse</a>.<br/><br/>Meanwhile, the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.gamechoiceawards.com/" target="_blank">Choice Awards</a> recognized thirteen of the notable games released in 2012. Game of the Year went to The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim while other awards went to Portal 2, Uncharted 3, Bastion and Battlefield 3. Warren Spector, Dave Theurer, Ken Doroshow and Paul M. Smith were also honored. <br/><br/> <object id="vid_4ebb4c3e7ebbd819c700001d" class="ign-videoplayer" width="468" height="263" data="http://media.ign.com/ev/prod/embed.swf" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"><param name="movie" value="http://media.ign.com/ev/prod/embed.swf"/><param name="" value="true"/><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"/><param name="bgcolor" value="#000000"/><param name="flashvars" value="url=http://www.ign.com/videos/2011/11/10/the-elder-scrolls-v-skyrim-video-review"/><param name="wmode" value="opaque"/></object> <div style="width:468px"><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ign.com/videos/2011/11/10/the-elder-scrolls-v-skyrim-video-review"><center>Our Video Review of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim</center></a></div><br/><br/>The recipients of the Choice Awards were:<br/><br/><UL> <li><b>Game of the Year:</b> The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim</li> <li><b>Innovation Award:</b> Johann Sebastian Joust</li> <li><b>Best Debut:</b> Bastion</li> <li><b>Best Audio:</b> Portal 2</li> <li><b>Best Game Design:</b> Portal 2</li> <li><b>Best Technology:</b> Battlefield 3</li> <li><b>Best Visual Arts:</b> Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception</li> <li><b>Best Narrative:</b> Portal 2</li> <li><b>Best Downloadable Game:</b> Bastion</li> <li><b>Best Handheld/Mobile Game:</b> Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP</li> <li><b>Lifetime Achievement Award:</b> Warren Spector</li> <li><b>Pioneer Award:</b> Dave Theurer</li> <li><b>Ambassador Award:</b> Ken Doroshow and Paul M. Smith</li></UL><br/><br/>For all the news from GDC, check out our <a target="_blank" href="http://www.ign.com/events/gdc" target="_blank">GDC 2012 event hub</a>.<br><br><br/><br/>&#169;2012-03-08, IGN Entertainment, Inc. All Rights Reserved
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