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access_time January 9, 2014 at 10:34 AM in Culture by Ryan Bates

Game Developers Choice Awards picks the best of the year from studios big and small

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Accolades keep piling up for Sony’s The Last of Us, as our pick for 2013’s Best Game in the Whole Entire World finds itself sharing the top spot among the nominees for the 14th annual Game Developers Choice Awards, slated for Wednesday, March 19.

Held as part of the heralded Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, CA, the Naughty Dog smash hit has been named as a nominee in five categories, vying for the titles of Best Technology, Best Narrative, Best Design, Best Visual Art, and Game of the Year.

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But those who may think the awards will be dominated by the big money studios may want to think again; sharing top billing with The Last of Us is a PlayStation Vita title and an indie downloadable, as both Tearaway and Gone Home garnered five nominations a piece.

Indie games were not restricted to the shadows, as game developers big and small received accolades from their peers, culminating in the awards ceremony during the industry-only event in March. Titles receiving the honor of nomination in various categories include Galactic Cafe’s The Stanley Parable, Lucas Pope’s Papers, Please, and Starbreeze’s Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons.

Also faring well in the nominations was Nintendo, much to the chagrin of doomsayers throughout the gamersphere, as both Super Mario 3D World and The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds picked up multiple nominations.

The full list of nominees, along with winners from previous years, can be found on the event’s website, at http://www.gamechoiceawards.com/winners/index.html.


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