Skyrim takes home Game of the Year honors at 2012 GDC Awards

Bethesda’s The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim took home the coveted Game of the Year award at this year’s Game Developers Choice Awards, but Valve’s Portal 2 was the big winner of the night. The story of Chell, GLaDOS, and Wheatley won Best Audio, Best Game Design, and, of course, Best Narrative.

The other big winner of the night was Supergiant Games and Bastion. The title from the small seven-man team was awarded Best Downloadable Game as well as Best Debut.

A trio of special awards were also handhed out last night:

  • Epic Mickey and Deus Ex developer Warren Spector received the Lifetime Achievement Award.
  • Atari’s Dave Theurer received the Pioneer Award for his work on Tempest and Missile Command.
  • Lawyers Ken Doroshow and Paul M. Smith were presented with the Ambassador Award for their defense of the game industry in the Supreme Court case (Brown v. EMA/ESA) that established First Amendment protection for video games.

Hit the jump for a complete list of award winners including Best Technology, Best Visual Arts, Best Handheld/Mobile Game, and more.

12th Annual Game Developers Choice Awards Winners

Game of the Year
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Innovation Award
Johann Sebastian Joust

Best Debut
Bastion – Supergiant Games

Best Audio
Portal 2

Best Game Design
Portal 2

Best Technology
Battlefield 3

Best Visual Arts
Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception

Best Narrative
Portal 2

Best Downloadable Game
Bastion

Best Handheld/Mobile Game
Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP

Lifetime Achievement Award
Warren Spector

Pioneer Award
Dave Theurer

Ambassador Award
Ken Doroshow and Paul M. Smith

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