It should come as no surprise that Naughty Dog's award-winning PS3-exclusive game The Last of Us has won some more awards. At last night's Game Developers Choice Awards, it was awarded Game of the Year. The 14th annual Game Developers Choice Awards ceremony took place last night during the 2014 Game Developers Conference at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. The Last of Us was also honored with Best Design and Best Narrative Awards during the event, which was emcee'd by popular PR veteran and marketing genius Abbie Heppe.
Irrational Games' BioShock Infinite won awards for Best Audio and Best Visual Art, while Lucas Pope's Papers, Please won the Innovation Award and the honor for Best Downloadable Game. It also won several awards during the IGF Awards ceremony earlier in the evening.
Other winners included The Fullbright Company, creators of the interactive narrative adventure Gone Home; The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds was honored as the Best Handheld Game; Grand Theft Auto V, won the award for Best Technology; and the Audience Choice Award went to the creative sandbox space flight game, Kerbal Space Program.
The Ambassador Award went to media critic Anita Sarkeesian, creator of Feminist Frequency, a video series that explores representations of women in game and pop culture narratives. Sarkeesian is the first woman to win the Ambassador Award. The Pioneer Award was given to Riot Games’ co-founders Brandon Beck and Marc Merrill, for creating the global hit League of Legends. Finally, this year's Lifetime Achievement award was given onstage to the “Father of the PlayStation,” Ken Kutaragi. PlayStation 4 lead architect Mark Cerny presented the award to Kutaragi.
The full list of winners can be found below:
Game of the Year: The Last of Us from Naughty Dog
Ambassador Award: Anita Sarkeesian
Best Narrative: The Last of Us from Naughty Dog
Best Visual Art: BioShock Infinite from Irrational Games
Best Technology: Grand Theft Auto V from Rockstar Games
Best Game Design: The Last of Us from Naughty Dog
Best Handheld/Mobile Game: The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds from Nintendo
Best Audio: BioShock Infinite from Irrational Games
Pioneer Award: Brandon Beck and Marc Merrill of Riot Games
Best Debut: The Fullbright Company for Gone Home
Innovation Award: Papers, Please by Lucas Pope
Audience Choice Award: Kerbal Space Program by Squad
Lifetime Achievement Award: Ken Kutaragi
Best Downloadable Game: Papers, Please by Lucas Pope
Congratulations of all of this year's winners. The awards are particularly special because they are selected by the game developers' peers.