Train2Game News Golden Joysticks 2017 2 week countdown

The world’s largest public voted gaming awards will be held November 17th in London. 

Every vote counts, as the most tightly-contested Golden Joystick Awards in recent memory closes public voting in only two weeks (Friday 3rd November) so if you want to make sure your favourite game wins, vote NOW at or using the Golden Joysticks Facebook Voting Bot! Every person who votes will receive a free videogames e-bookazine[i] worth up to £15.99 after they vote.        

This year’s event will take place at London’s Bloomsbury Big Top, on November 17th and will be hosted by comedian Danny Wallace.  It will also be exclusively livestreamed via Twitch, the world’s leading social video service and community. The Golden Joystick Awards live stream will cover all the awards and a pre-show hosted by Kotaku UK editor Keza MacDonald and comedian and games journalist Ellie Gibson. To view the Twitch stream, click here.       

The Golden Joystick Awards presented with OMEN by HP honour the people and products that have transformed the games industry in 2017. The event features 25 categories, the majority of which are voted for by the global gaming public. The event was first held in 1983 and since then it has grown to become the world’s largest public voted gaming awards brand.

Some categories are incredibly close and your vote could make the difference for your favourite game; as breakout indie titles jostle with familiar AAA hits for the coveted Golden Joystick trophies. Dan Dawkins, Global Editor-In-Chief, GamesRadar+ said: “So far we have had millions of votes across the awards categories which include ‘Ultimate Game of the Year’, ‘Still Playing Award’ and ‘Most Wanted’ game. Only a few votes are splitting key categories, with some potential shocks in the offing, so if you don’t want your favourite game to miss out, vote now!”
Please see below for three of the shortlisted game categories, for the full list of shortlisted games and to vote visit or use the Golden Joysticks Facebook Voting Bot.     

Ultimate Game of the Year Shortlist

    Assassin’s Creed Origins – Ubisoft

    Destiny 2 – Bungie

    Dishonored 2 – Arkane Studios

    Horizon: Zero Dawn – Guerrilla Games

    Monument Valley 2 – Ustwo Games

    Persona 5 – Atlus

    PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds – PUBG Corporation

    Resident Evil 7 – Capcom

    Super Mario Odyssey – Nintendo EPD

    The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Nintendo EPD

    What Remains of Edith Finch – Giant Sparrow

Best Indie Game of the Year in collaboration with Square Enix Collective Shortlist

    Dream Daddy – Game Grumps

    Everything – David OReilly

    Friday the 13th: The Game – IllFonic

    Night in the Woods – Infinite Fall

    Pyre – Supergiant Games

    Slime Rancher – Monomi Park

    Stories Untold – No Code

    Tacoma – Fullbright

    Thimbleweed Park – Terrible Toybox

    What Remains of Edith Finch – Giant Sparrow


Esports Game of the Year presented with OMEN by HP Shortlist

    Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare – Infinity Ward

    Counter-Strike: Global Offensive – Valve

    Dota 2 – Valve

    FIFA 17 – Electronic Arts

    League of Legends – Riot Games

    Overwatch – Blizzard

    Rainbow Six: Siege – Ubisoft

    Rocket League – Psyonix

    SMITE – Hi-Rez Studios

    StarCraft II – Blizzard
To stay up to date with news from the Golden Joystick Awards presented with OMEN by HP follow on Twitter or Facebook.

Train2Game Golden Joystick Awards 2017

The Golden Joystick Awards are back! Marking 35 years of celebrating everything we love about the world’s most dynamic creative industry. 

This year’s event will take place at a new venue, London’s Bloomsbury Big Top, on November 17 and will be hosted by comedian and former host, Danny Wallace. 

The Golden Joysticks will once again feature over 25 award categories voted for by the great global gaming public, including ‘Best Multiplayer Game’, ‘Game of the Year’ and ‘Most Wanted Game’ as well as new awards for 2017. Dubbed the ‘People’s Gaming Awards’, last year’s Golden Joystick Awards received a record 9 million global votes.

“I’m delighted to return to host the legendary Golden Joysticks, and to find out what the gamers themselves think are deserving of the industry’s most undeniably golden awards.” Danny Wallace returns to host the 2017 Golden Joystick Awards.

Key dates to watch out for:

    -The Golden Joystick Award Categories and Shortlist will be announced on September 21, with public voting commencing that night.

    -The public vote will close on November 3.

    -The Awards will take place on November 17, at the Bloomsbury Big Top, with the whole event being live streamed on Twitch.
“For 35 years the Golden Joystick Awards have been celebrating the very best of video games. Whether they’re highlighting the brilliance of the games themselves, the creatives who make them, or the communities and personalities who play them, the Golden Joysticks have always been a wonderful reminder of the passion and excellence inherent in our industry. Being the largest publicly voted gaming awards in the world, the Golden Joysticks enable the ever-increasing and diversifying communities of players to connect with and celebrate the games they truly love… and that’s why they’re stronger than ever after 35 years.” Dan Dawkins, Global Editor-In-Chief, GamesRadar+.

To stay up to date with news from the Golden Joysticks follow us on Twitter or Facebook

Train2Game news: Portal 2 wins ‘Ultimate Game of the Year’ at Golden Joystick Awards

Train2Game students will know Portal 2 as a great example of game design and may be pleased to hear that the puzzle title has been named Ultimate Game of the Year at the Golden Joystick Awards.

The event took place at Park Plaza Westminster Bridge in London.

The Train2Game blog has previously reported that Valve regard Portal 2 as their best single player game, and it seems the general gaming public agree having voted it as Ultimate Game of the Year.  Portal 2 was UK No.1 for 2 weeks earlier this year.

Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim walked away with the ‘One to Watch’ award, regarded by many as the second biggest award of the night, while Call of Duty: Black Ops took the award for Best Shooter.

FIFA 11 fought of PES 2011 to win the Best Sports Game Award, while Train2Game forum user favourite Minecraft took Downloadable Game of the Year. Sonic the Hedgehog won the Golden Joystick for Outstanding Contribution.

Train2Game students can see the full list of winners below:

Action/Adventure Game of the Year:  Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood (Ubisoft)

Mobile Game of the Year: Angry Birds Rio (Rovio)

Roleplay Game of the Year: Fallout: New Vegas (Bethesda Softworks)

MMO  Game of the Year: World of Warcraft (Blizzard Entertainment)

Fighting Game of the Year: Mortal Kombat  (Warner Bros. Interactive)

Racing Game of the Year: Gran Turismo 5 (Sony)

Sports Game of the Year: FIFA 11 (EA Sports)

Strategy Game of the Year: Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty (Blizzard Entertainment)

Music Game of the Year: Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock (Activision)

Free-to-play Game of the Year: League of Legends (Riot Games)

Downloadable Game of the Year: Minecraft (Mojang)

Shooter Game of the Year: Call of Duty: Black Ops (Activision)

One To Watch: Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Bethesda)

Innovation of the Year: Nintendo 3DS

Outstanding Contribution: Sonic the Hedgehog (SEGA)

Ultimate Game of the Year:  Portal 2 (Valve)

So Train2Game, what are your thoughts on the Golden Joystick Awards? Is Portal 2 a worthy winner? Who did you vote for?

Leave your thoughts here on the Train2Game blog, or on the Train2Game forum.

Golden Joystick Awards 2010 – The Winners

Here are the freshly announced winners at this years annual Golden Joystick Awards:

Action/Adventure Game Of The Year – Assassin’s Creed II

Download Game Of The Year – Plants Vs Zombies

Fighting Game Of The Year – Super Street Fighter IV

Music Game Of The Year – Guitar Hero 5

One To Watch – Call of Duty: Black Ops

Online Game Of The Year – League Of Legends

Portable Game Of The Year – Pokémon Heart Gold/Soul Silver

Puzzle Game Of The Year – World Of Goo

RPG Of The Year – Mass Effect 2

Racing Game Of The Year – Forza 3

Shooter Of The Year – Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

Soundtrack Of The Year – Final Fantasy XIII

Sports Game Of The Year – FIFA10

Strategy Game Of The Year – Plants Vs Zombies

UK Developer Of The Year – Jagex

Ultimate Game of the Year – Mass Effect 2

So Train2Game, what are your thoughts on the winners? Does Mass Effect 2 deserve the title of Ultimate Game of the Year? Who did you vote for?

As usual, leave your thoughts here or on the Train2Game forum.