The Golden Joysticks are the longest-running gaming awards out there, a shindig that no less than the BBC describes as the Oscars of the gaming world. Perhaps more important than that, however, is that the awards shortlist is voted upon by the public: it's your chance to big up the stuff you've loved in this past year of gaming.
And boy there's been some great stuff, eh? Kingdom Hearts III, Fire Emblem: Three Houses, Days Gone, Judgment, Gears 5, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Slay the Spire, Borderlands 3, Observation... not to mention the ongoing journey of titles like No Man's Sky and the somewhat incredible resurrection act that is World of Warcraft: Classic. Well, the Golden Joysticks shortlists have room for them all.
Each of the categories has a shortlist and you can vote here. This year there's also a bit of a bonus: cast your votes and then take your pick of a free ebook: choices include 'The Ultimate Guide To Minecraft (Volume 25)', 'Retro Gamer Annual 2019', 'PC Gamer Annual 2019', 'The Ultimate Guide to Metal Gear Solid', 'Edge Annual 2019', and 'The Complete Guide to Fortnite Battle Royale.'
So: speak your brain, and then fill it with high-quality video game journalism. What's not to like? Here are the categories.
- Best Storytelling
- Best Visual Design
- Best Audio
- Best Indie Game
- Best Multiplayer Game in partnership with Servers and Gameye
- Best Game Expansion
- Still Playing Award
- Esports Game of the Year in partnership with Corsair
- Best VR / AR Game
- Best Gaming Hardware
- Studio of the Year
- Mobile Game of the Year
- Nintendo Game of the Year
- PlayStation Game of the Year
- PC Game of the Year
- Xbox Game of the Year
- Most Wanted Game
Voting runs until October 25, after which the Golden Joysticks Awards 2019 will take place on November 16 at London's Bloomsbury Big Top. Comedian Danny Wallace returns for hosting duties, and the whole thing will be livestreamed on the day. To get involved, vote here.
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