Bethesda's The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim was named the Game of the Year award at the 12th Annual Game Developers Choice Awards in San Francisco last night . Valve's Portal 2 received three awards for Best Game Design, Narrative and Audio.
Bastion from indie developer Supergiant Games also took home two Choice Awards: Best Debut and Best Downloadable Game. EA DICE won the Best Technology award for the Frostbite 2 engine used in Battlefield 3, while Naughty Dog's Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception snagged the Best Visual Arts award.
Superbrothers and Capybara Games' Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP earned the Best Handheld and Mobile Game awards. Finally, the Innovation Award went to Johann Sebastian Joust, Die Gute Fabrik's no-graphics, physical party game designed for PlayStation Move.
Warren Spector was honored by the Choice Awards Advisory Committee with the Lifetime Achievement Award, for his contributions to the art and science of games with a career spanning nearly 30 years. The ceremony also presented the Ambassador Award to Ken Doroshow and Paul M. Smith, the legal team which represented the game industry in the U.S. Supreme Court ruling – Brown v. EMA.
Finally, the 2012 Pioneer Award was given to Dave Theurer, Atari pioneer and creator of such iconic arcade games as Missile Command, Tempest, and I, Robot.
For more information on this year's awards, visit www.gamechoiceawards.com.
On a related note, Polytron’s Fez won the Seumas McNally Grand Prize during the IGF Awards, while Frozen Synapse won the Audience Award The list of IGF Awards are below:
Seumas McNally Grand Prize: Fez
Audience Award: Frozen Synapse
Best Mobile Game: Beat Sneak Bandit
Technical Excellence: Antichamber
Excellence in Design: Spelunky
Excellence in Audio: Botanicula
Excellence in Visual Art: Dear Esther
Student Game Award: Way
Nuovo Award: Storyteller
Congratulations to all of this year’s winners.