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Game Developers Choice Awards: The Rundown

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Well the Game Developers Choice awards have come and gone for another year and, overall, I'm pretty pleased with the nominations and winners this year.

The GDC were held in San Francisco this year with Valve's own Portal 2 taking home the most awards at the end of the night. Here's the rundown:

Best Audio

LittleBigPlanet 2 (Media Molecule)

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Bethesda Game Studios)

Bastion (Supergiant Games)

Dead Space 2 (Visceral Games)
Winner:
 Portal 2 (Valve)

Best Debut

Team Bondi (L.A. Noire)

Eidos Montreal (Deus Ex: Human Revolution)

BioWare Austin (Star Wars: The Old Republic)

Re-Logic (Terraria)
Winner: Supergiant Games (Bastion)

Best Narrative

Bastion (Supergiant Games)

Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception (Naughty Dog)

Saints Row: The Third (Volition)

The Witcher 2 (CD Projekt RED)
Winner: Portal 2 (Valve)

Best Visual Arts

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Bethesda Game Studios)

Rayman Origins (Ubisoft Montpellier)

Battlefield 3 (DICE)

El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron (Ignition Japan)
Winner: Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception (Naughty Dog)

Best Downloadable Game

Stacking (Double Fine)

From Dust (Ubisoft Montpellier)

Outland (Housemarque)

Frozen Synapse (Mode 7)
Winner: Bastion (Supergiant Games)

Best Game Design

Dark Souls (FromSoftware)

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Bethesda Game Studios)

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword (Nintendo)

Batman: Arkham City (Rocksteady Studios)
Winner: Portal 2 (Valve)

Best Technology

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Bethesda Game Studios)

Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception (Naughty Dog)

L.A. Noire (Team Bondi)

Crysis 2 (Crytek Frankfurt/UK)
Winner: Battlefield 3 (DICE)

Best Handheld/Mobile Game

Tiny Tower (NimbleBit)

Infinity Blade II (Chair Entertainment)

Jetpack Joyride (Halfbrick)

Super Mario 3D Land (Nintendo)
Winner: Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP (Capy Games/Superbrothers)

Innovation Award

Portal 2 (Valve)

Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure (Toys For Bob)

Bastion (Supergiant Games)

L.A. Noire (Team Bondi)
Winner: Johann Sebastian Joust (Die Gute Fabrik)

Game of the Year

Batman: Arkham City (Rocksteady Studios)

Portal 2 (Valve)

Deus Ex: Human Revolution (Eidos Montreal)

Dark Souls (FromSoftware)
Winner: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Bethesda Game Studios)

Special
Lifetime Achievement Award: Warren Spector
Pioneer Award: Dave Theurer
Ambassador Award: Kenneth Doroshow, Paul M. Smith

What do you think? I'd say the winners were definitely deserving of their awards this year. 

Here's the entire show uploaded by Gamespot if you've got some time to kill:

Article By Travis Shuman
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