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.
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.
Ryan Bates is a native of Southern California currently in a love/hate relationship with Las Vegas, Nevada. (It’s complicated.) Ryan is a Nintendiehard but does not discriminate against other consoles. He is also involved with the growing Gaymer movement.
When not gaming, Ryan enjoys boxing, trying out new foods, and theme parks, and has a sick yet totally radical fascination with ’80s and ’90s pop culture.