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Uncharted 2 wins five awards at GDC awards

Friday, 12th March 2010 07:36 GMT By Johnny Cullen

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Uncharted 2: Among Thieves was the big winner at last night’s GDC awards, winning five awards at the event, including Game of the Year.

The Naughty Dog actioner also won Best Writing, Best Technology, Best Visual Arts and Best Audio. It didn’t, however, win the Best Design award, which went to Batman: Arkham Asylum developer Rocksteady.

Best Handheld Game went to 5th Cell’s Scribblenauts, while thatgamecompany’s Flower won Best Downloadable Game.

Valve boss Gabe Newell and id founder John Carmack both picked up their Pioneer and Lifetime Achievement Awards, before the night ended with the Deus Ex: Human Revolution trailer.

Find the full batch of nominees and winners below, thanks to Gamespot, who also have video of the full event. Watch it to see host Warren Spector come in a Mickey Mouse hat.

10TH ANNUAL GAME DEVELOPERS CHOICE AWARDS:

Lifetime Achievement Award
John Carmack, id Software

Pioneer Award
Gabe Newell, Valve Software

Game of the Year
Assassin’s Creed II (Ubisoft Montreal)
Batman: Arkham Asylum (Rocksteady Studios)
Demon’s Souls (From Software)
Dragon Age: Origins (BioWare)
WINNER: Uncharted 2 (Naughty Dog)

Best Game Design
Assassin’s Creed 2 (Ubisoft Montreal)
WINNER: Batman: Arkham Asylum (Rocksteady)
Flower (Thatgamecompany)
Plants vs. Zombies (PopCap)
Uncharted 2 (Naughty Dog)

Best Handheld Game
Flight Control (Firemint)
Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars (Rockstar Leeds/Rockstar North)
Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks (Nintendo EAD)
WINNER: Scribblenauts (5th Cell)
Spider: The Secret of Bryce Manor (Tiger Style)

Best Visual Art
Assassin’s Creed II (Ubisoft Montreal)
Borderlands (Gearbox Software)
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (Infinity Ward)
Flower (Thatgamecompany)
WINNER: Uncharted 2 (Naughty Dog)

Best Technology
Assassin’s Creed II (Ubisoft Montreal)
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (Infinity Ward)
Killzone 2 (Guerrilla Games)
Red Faction: Guerrilla (Volition)
WINNER: Uncharted 2 (Naughty Dog)

Best Writing
Batman: Arkham Asylum (Rocksteady Studios)
Brutal Legend (Double Fine)
Dragon Age: Origins (BioWare)
Halo 3: ODST (Bungie)
WINNER: Uncharted 2 (Naughty Dog)

Best Audio
Brutal Legend (Double Fine Productions)
Dragon Age: Origins (BioWare)
Flower (Thatgamecompany)
Rock Band: The Beatles (Harmonix)
WINNER: Uncharted 2 (Naughty Dog)

Innovation
Demon’s Souls (From Software)
Flower (Thatgamecompany)
Plants vs. Zombies (PopCap)
WINNER: Scribblenauts (5th Cell)
Uncharted 2 (Naughty Dog)

Best Debut
League of Legends (Riot Games)
The Maw (Twisted Pixel)
Spider: The Secret of Bryce Manor (Tiger Style)
WINNER: Torchlight (Runic Games)
Zeno Clash (ACE Team)

Best Downloadable Game
WINNER: Flower (Thatgamecompany)
PixelJunk Shooter (Q Games)
Plants vs. Zombies (PopCap)
Shadow Complex (Chair Entertainment)
Trials HD (RedLynx)

Best New Social/Online Game
Bejeweled Blitz (PopCap)
Dungeon Fighter Online (Neople/Nexon)
WINNER: Farmville (Zynga)
Free Realms (Sony Online Entertainment San Diego)
Restaurant City (Playfish)

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  1. Erthazus

    Uncharted 2 is on fire.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. DrDamn

    Yep well deserved – though even as a big Uncharted 2 fan what was it doing in the Innovation category? :)

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Aimless

    Technological innovation, I assume.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. DrDamn

    Which is why it won the Technical award. All the other titles in the category seem to be there on the basis of innovation in gameplay terms.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Aimless

    No, I mean technological innovation that impacts on gameplay, notably the way that player is able to control their character whilst on a dynamic object: the collapsing building and train are two prime examples.

    I don’t expect your average gamer to appreciate the advancement that much, but these are the Game Developers Choice Awards. That’s likely the same reason Scribblenauts won several awards, despite not actually being that well rounded a game.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. DrDamn

    Yeah I see where you are coming from. I’d expect something which is nominated for that sort of thing to have something more tangible and embedded in the gameplay though. Just an opinion. It would have been my GoTY last year if it wasn’t for Demon’s Souls.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. reask

    Playing it atm and have to say well deserved.
    @ aimless

    Whats your average gamer. :)

    #7 4 years ago
  8. Aimless

    Obviously there’s no such thing, but from the context I felt it was pretty clear what I mean: someone that doesn’t take an interest in the technical side of games.

    It’s a bit like how a really impressively engineered shot in a movie might leave a film student impressed by the technical difficulties overcome to shoot it, whereas I’d probably just think it was cool; both appreciative, just coming at it from a different perspective.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. reask

    I was only messing with ya aimless. :)
    You made valid points in all fairness.

    #9 4 years ago