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'Fallout 3' Wins Game Developers Choice Award

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Posted March 26, 2009 - By Stephen Johnson

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Fallout 3 was honored with the coveted Game of the Year award  at the Game Developers Choice Awards held last night in San Francisco. Bethesda's post-apocalyptic RPG beat out Fable II, Left 4 Dead, LittleBigPlanet and Grand Theft Auto IV for the honor. LittleBigPlanet took home the most awards -- Sony's PS3 platformer won nearly half of all the prizes given out, taking home four out of ten awards. Nice work!

The Developers Choice Awards (unlike, say, The People's Choice awards) are voted on by professionals, fellow developers, so you have to figure winning one of these babies is particularly satisfying -- there's nothing like the appreciation of one's peers! Congratulations to all winners and nominees.

Reading about an awards show and watching it are two different things. To watch G4's coverage of the ceremony, tune in or TiVo The GDC Awards on G4: Friday April 10th at 6:30pm.

Underneath the cut is the full list of victors, as well as the also-rans, in each category. The winners are emboldened.

Game of the Year

  • Fallout 3 (Bethesda Game Studios)
  • Fable II (Lionhead Studios)
  • LittleBigPlanet (Media Molecule)
  • Left 4 Dead (Valve Software)
  • Grand Theft Auto IV (Rockstar North)

Best Writing

  • Fallout 3 (Bethesda Game Studios)
  • Far Cry 2 (Ubisoft Montreal)
  • Braid (Number None)
  • Grand Theft Auto IV (Rockstar North)
  • Metal Gear Solid 4 (Kojima Productions)


Best Game Design

  • LittleBigPlanet (Media Molecule)
  • Far Cry 2 (Ubisoft Montreal)
  • Braid (Number None)
  • Fallout 3 (Bethesda Game Studios)
  • Left 4 Dead (Valve Software)

Best Technology

  • LittleBigPlanet (Media Molecule)
  • SPORE (Maxis)
  • Grand Theft Auto IV (Rockstar North)
  • Left 4 Dead (Valve Software)
  • Gears of War 2 (Epic Games)

Best Visual Arts

  • Prince of Persia (Ubisoft Montreal)
  • Fallout 3 (Bethesda Game Studios)
  • Metal Gear Solid 4 (Kojima Productions)
  • LittleBigPlanet (Media Molecule)
  • Gears of War 2 (Epic Games)

Best Debut Game

  • LittleBigPlanet (Media Molecule)
  • Braid (Number None)
  • Sins of a Solar Empire (Ironclad Games)
  • World of Goo (2D Boy)
  • Soul Bubbles (Mekensleep)

Innovation Award

  • LittleBigPlanet (Media Molecule)
  • SPORE (Maxis)
  • World Of Goo (2D Boy)
  • Boom Blox (EA Los Angeles)
  • Braid (Number None)

Best Handheld Game

  • God Of War: Chains Of Olympus (Ready At Dawn Studios)
  • Advance Wars: Days Of Ruin (Intelligent Systems)
  • Echochrome (SCE Japan)
  • Patapon (Pyramid/SCE Japan)
  • The World Ends With You (Jupiter/Square Enix)

Best Audio

  • Dead Space (EA Redwood Shores)
  • LittleBigPlanet (Media Molecule)
  • Metal Gear Solid 4 (Kojima Productions)
  • Left 4 Dead (Valve Software)
  • Gears of War 2 (Epic Games)

Best Downloadable Game

  • World Of Goo (2D Boy)
  • Castle Crashers (The Behemoth)
  • Braid (Number None)
  • N+ (Metanet/Slick Entertainment)
  • PixelJunk Eden (Q-Games)
     

I think this list is a nearly perfect encapsulation of the year in games, and a hell of an indicator of how high the "quality bar" has been set in digital entertainment. However, in the past, when we've posted any list of "best" games, some of you have taken issue. Is this a good list or bad list? Were any of your personal favorite games of last year slighted? Do you think LittleBigPlanet and Fallout 3 are overrated? Let us know, below.

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