Skyrim, Portal 2 Win Big at GDC Awards

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

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.

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