The Golden Joystick Awards Runs for the 29th Time

by Dale Wright

The winners in the annual Golden Joystick awards have been announced, with Portal 2 winning the prestigious Ultimate Game award for 2011.

Last year Mass Effect 2 won the top gong, and in 2009 it was awarded to Fallout 3.

This year Portal 2 fought off strong competition from Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D on the Nintendo 3DS.

The Golden Joystick awards are arguably the biggest awards in the gaming industry, and certainly the first to gain worldwide recognition. This year, the winners were evenly spread among a number of games. All the awards in the ceremony are voted for by gamers rather than industry representatives, making them a true reflection of gaming fans’ tastes.

This year’s awards bash is the 29th in Golden Joystick history, making it one of the longest-running industry events for gamers. The Golden Joystick was launched way back in 1982 when most gamers were playing arcade classics like Donkey Kong Jr, Millipede, Joust and Q*bert. The first ever winner of the Ultimate Game award was Jetpac for the Sinclair Spectrum, with Acornsoft’s classic space game Elite winning in 1984.

This year, Call of Duty: Black Ops won the award for Best Shooter, and Warriors of Rock, the latest in the Guitar Hero series, won the Best Music Game award. FIFA 11 won Best Sports, and Assassins Creed won Best Action And Adventure. The award for Innovation went to the 3DS, Nintendo’s struggling 3D games console which has been heavily discounted in the run up to Christmas.

The Outstanding Contribution award went to Sonic the Hedgehog who celebrates his 20th birthday this year, having first appeared on the Sega Mega Drive and Genesis in 1991. The accolade for Best Mobile Game went to Angry Birds Rio, and the best free game went to League of Legends.

The Golden Joystick awards have set their own world record this year: more than 2 million people logged on to the website to vote for their favourite video game.

Which game would win your Ultimate award for 2011?

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