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Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild wins “Game of the Year” at 2018 DICE Awards

Nintendo was definitely the big winner at last night’s DICE Awards presentation. The Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences awarded 11 victories to the consolemaker, including “Game of the Year” for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Link’s newest adventure also received accolades for “Adventure Game of the Year,” “Game Design,” “Game Direction.”

Studio MDHR’s Cuphead received several awards for its outstanding sound and visual at the 2018 DICE Awards, including “Original Music Composition,” “Animation,” and “Art Direction.”

Developers for several other games strode to the stage to collect multiple awards during last night’s ceremony. That list includes Guerrilla’s Horizon: Zero Dawn (“Story” and “Technical Achievement”), PUBG Corporation’s PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (“Action Game of the Year” and “Online Gameplay”), Nintendo’s Snipperclips: Cut It Out Together (“Family Game of the Year” and the “D.I.C.E. Sprite Award”), and Oculus’s Lone Echo/Echo Arena (“Immersive Reality Technical Achievement” and “Immersive Reality Game of the Year”).

Congratulations to everyone who won big at the 2018 DICE Awards. A complete list of all the winners can be found after the break. (more…)

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Horizon: Zero Dawn wins “Outstanding Achievement in Videogame Writing” at 2018 Writers Guild Awards

The Writers Guild of America handed out the 2018 Writers Guild Awards over the weekend, and Guerrilla’s Horizon: Zero Dawn took home the award for “Outstanding Achievement in Videogame Writing.”

Narrative Director John Gonzalez and Lead Writer Benjamin McCaw were the leading creative force responsible for the post-apocalyptic tale, but the award will also be shared by four other writers at Guerrilla (Ben Schroder, Anne Toole, Meg Jayanth, and Dee Warrick).

Horizon: Zero Dawn beat out Dishonored: Death of the Outsider, Futurama: Worlds of Tomorrow, and Madden NFL 18‘s “Longshot” Story Mode to win this year’s “Outstanding Achievement in Videogame Writing” award.

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Horizon, PUBG, Nier: Automata, Zelda: BOTW, Super Mario Odyssey will compete for “Game of the Year” at 2018 SXSW Gaming Awards

The nominees for the 2018 SXSW Gaming Awards have been announced, and for once, there doesn’t appear to be a clear-cut favorite in any of the categories.

Six games are currently leading the pack after receiving a total of six nominations apiece. Horizon: Zero Dawn, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, Nier: Automata, and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild all pulled off the double hat trick, and each game also secured a nomination for “Video Game of the Year.” Cuphead and Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice were shut out of the “Video Game of the Year” category, but both games also managed to earn six total nominations.

Rounding out the “Video Game of the Year” field is Super Mario Odyssey, which earned five total nominations.

As in years past, fans are invited to vote for their favorites at IGN.com. The winners in each category will ultimately be decided by a 50/50 vote between the public and the SXSW Gaming Advisory Board.

The 2018 SXSW Gaming Awards will be held on Saturday, March 17, and the full list of nominees in all categories can be found after the break. (more…)

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2018 DICE Awards nominees announced and Horizon: Zero Dawn leads the way with ten

The Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences has announced the nominees for this year’s DICE Awards, and Horizon: Zero Dawn leads the pack with ten.

The action-adventure game from Guerrilla will compete for “Game of the Year,” as well as… deep breath… “Adventure Game of the Year,” “Outstanding Achievement in Character” (for Aloy), “Outstanding Achievement in Game Design,” “Outstanding Achievement in Game Direction,” “Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Composition,” “Outstanding Achievement in Story,” “Outstanding Technical Achievement,” “Outstanding Achievement in Animation,” and “Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction.”

Whew.

Other games nominated for “Game of the Year” include Studio MDHR’s Cuphead, PUBG Corporation’s PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, and Nintendo’s Super Mario Odyssey and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

The 2018 DICE Awards will be handed out in a ceremony at the conclusion of this year’s DICE Summit on February 22. A complete list of this year’s nominees can be found after the break. (more…)

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Dishonored: Death of the Outsider, Futurama: Worlds of Tomorrow, Horizon, Madden 18 will compete for 2018 Writers Guild Award

With the Game Awards in the rearview mirror and the GDC and DICE Awards coming up, we are definitely smack dab in the middle of awards season.

Earlier today, the Writers Guild of America chimed in with their nominees for the 2018 Writers Guild Award for “Outstanding Achievement in Videogame Writing.” Four games will compete for the writing award next month, and the list includes Bethesda’s Dishonored: Death of the Outsider, TinyCo’s Futurama: Worlds of Tomorrow, Guerrilla’s Horizon: Zero Dawn, and the “Longshot” Story Mode from EA’s Madden NFL 18.

The winner of this year’s Writers Guild Award for “Outstanding Achievement in Videogame Writing” will be announced on February 11. The complete list of nominated writers can be found after the break. (more…)

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Warp Zoned’s 2017 Golden Pixel Awards: A New Beginning for Video Games

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When we looked over the gaming landscape at the beginning of 2017, we opined that game publishers had done their best to wipe the slate clean throughout all of 2016. Many of gaming’s most mysterious projects were finally released, Nintendo closed the door on the Wii U, the VR revolution was in full swing, and upgraded versions of the PS4 and Xbox One were on the horizon.

In these first few days of 2018, I think it’s safe to say the last 12 months definitely fulfilled that promise. Nintendo’s Switch roared out of the gate in March and the consolemaker filled the calendar with big titles on “Day One” and throughout the rest of the year. Night in the Woods, Persona 5, and Golf Story told new kinds of stories that gamers had never seen before. Cuphead delivered a decidedly retro side-scroller packaged within a unique visual playground packaged. And someone even managed to create a fun Friday the 13th game.

It was quite a year, and you can find more of our favorites from 2017 after the break. (more…)

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Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Horizon: Zero Dawn lead all nominees at 2018 GDC Awards

gdcawardsThe organizers of the Game Developers Conference have announced the nominees for this year’s Game Developers Choice Awards.

Nintendo and Sony have a lot to celebrate this year as The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Horizon: Zero Dawn tied for the most nominations, with six apiece. Both games are in the running for “Game of the Year,” and both were also nominated in the “Best Audio,” “Best Design,” “Best Technology,” and “Best Visual Art” categories. Breath of the Wild tacked on one more nominations for the “Innovation Award,” while Horizon nabbed a nomination for “Best Narrative.”

Both games should probably be considered the frontrunners for the “Game of the Year” award, but they’ll also have to compete with PUBG Corporation’s PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, Platinum Games’s Nier: Automata, and Nintendo’s Super Mario Odyssey for the coveted honor.

Outside of the “Game of the Year” competition, Studio MDHR’s Cuphead captured three nominations for “Best Audio,” “Best Debut,” and “Best Visual Art.”

The 2018 GDC Awards ceremony will take place on on Wednesday, March 21, at 6:30 PM (Pacific Time). The full list of nominees, and all the Honorable Mentions, can be found after the break. (more…)

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New Retail Releases: Horizon Zero Dawn Complete, Dead Rising 4 PS4, The Walking Dead Collection, More

It’s a good time for re-releases, as four well-loved games will be available in new editions this week.

First up, Sony and Guerrilla will repackage Horizon: Zero Dawn in a “Complete Edition” for the PS4. This re-release includes the original game, the Frozen Wilds expansion, and all the bonus content from the Digital Deluxe Edition.

Coming to the PS4 for the first time this week is Dead Rising 4: Frank’s Big Package. The PC/Xbox One game was originally released in 2016, and it makes its PS4 debut in a new collection that includes the original game, all the downloadable content and expansions, and the new Capcom Heroes expansion.

Speaking of zombies, Telltale Games will re-release their entire Walking Dead saga as The Walking Dead Collection for the PS4 and Xbox One. Players will be able to prepare themselves for the final season with The Walking Dead, The Walking Dead Season 2 (and the 400 Days epilogue), The Walking Dead: A New Frontier, and The Walking Dead: Michonne.

Finally this week, Ubisoft will release Steep: Winter Games Edition for the PS4 and Xbox One. The Winter Games Edition will bundle the original game with the brand new Road to the Olympics expansion.

A complete rundown of this week’s new retail releases can be found after the break. (more…)

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