The Game Awards 2023: A Comprehensive Breakdown of the Nominees

The Game Awards 2023: A Comprehensive Breakdown of the Nominees

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The Game Awards, one of the most prestigious events in the gaming industry, is gearing up for another spectacular show scheduled for December 7th. Known for its star-studded roster of nominees, the event recognizes outstanding achievements in a variety of categories. This year, host Geoff Keighley has revealed over 30 categories, including Game of the Year, Best Independent Game, Best VR/AR Game, and many more.


A Brief History of The Game Awards

Established in 2014, The Game Awards has been celebrating the best in the industry for nearly a decade. Each year, games are nominated by a jury panel of around 100 media outlets, influencers, and industry experts who play hundreds of titles to decide on the year’s standout experiences. Fans also get the chance to vote for their favorites in various categories.

The Game of the Year Nominees

This year’s Game of the Year category includes a diverse mix of highly anticipated titles. Both “Alan Wake 2” and “Baldur’s Gate 3” present deep and engaging narratives, while “Marvel’s Spider-Man 2,” “Resident Evil 4,” “Super Mario Bros. Wonder,” and “The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom” showcase their respective studios’ impressive ability to reinvent beloved franchises.

It’s interesting to note that “Alan Wake 2” and “The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom” are also nominated in several other categories, including Best Game Direction, Best Narrative, Best Art Direction, and Best Score and Music. This marks a strong year for Remedy Entertainment and Nintendo, showcasing their prowess in game development across multiple aspects of the gaming experience.

Best Independent Game and Best Debut Indie Game

The indie scene, known for generating creative and boundary-pushing games, is well-represented in this year’s Best Independent Game and Best Debut Indie Game categories. Titles like “Cocoon,” “Dave the Diver,” “Dredge,” “Sea of Stars,” and “Viewfinder” offer a wide variety of gameplay experiences that cater to diverse audiences. Newcomers like Geometric Interactive, MINTROCKET, Black Salt Games, Sad Owl Studios, and Visai Games demonstrate the industry’s bright future by providing immersive, artistically driven experiences in their debut titles.

Controversies and Shortcomings

Though the list of nominees is largely well-received, a small controversy arises around the inclusion of “Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty” in the Best Narrative category. Many fans argue that numerous technical issues and unpolished gameplay in the base game hamper the narrative experience. In contrast, its inclusion as a nominee for Best Ongoing Game and Best Community Support is seen as well-deserved, given CD Projekt Red’s commitment to improving the game post-launch.

The Impact of Technology and Adaptations

This year’s nominees showcase the industry’s continuous evolution, embracing new technologies such as VR/AR with titles like “Gran Turismo 7,” “Humanity,” “Horizon Call of the Mountain,” “Resident Evil Village VR Mode,” and “Synapse.” Additionally, Best Adaptation Category marks the growing crossover between games and other media forms, featuring “Castlevania: Nocturne,” “Gran Turismo,” “The Last of Us,” “The Super Mario Bros, Movie,” and “The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.”

Overall, the 2021 E-sports Awards show that there’s no sign of the industry slowing down. With some new nominees joining veterans like FIFA and Valorant, it’s clear that esports is still pushing boundaries. From adapting established franchises to embracing emerging technologies, this year’s nominees prove that e-sports has a  lot to offer both newcomers and long-time fans. With the awards still up for grabs, here’s hoping that the best of e-sports will be recognized and celebrated in 2021.

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