The Golden Joystick awards is one of the biggest award ceremonies in the games industry, and certainly the largest in the UK.

Though the games are nominated by gaming media types, the winners are all voted on by the public- so it surely gives the strongest indication of what really makes gamers happy. It’s hardly the Oscars, but nevertheless I’m at the show this year reporting live on the winners and other goings on.

The nominees for each award are listed below and when the show finishes I’ll update this post with the winners in bold. Let us know what you think of the public’s (over 2 million of them- a world record) decisions in the comments.

Update 15:00- Awards are about to start. Stay tuned! Seann Walsh off of Mock the Week and that is hosting.

Update 15:08- Seann Walsh doing gaming jokes. “Blowing into cartridges! Remember that?!” I wonder when modern gaming tropes will make it into the routines of TV comics.

Update 15:18- Angry Birds devs not able to make it. Possibly too busy trying to kill pigs. Those cold bastards.

Update 15:20- Battlefield 3 trailer, looks good but is far too loud. I certainly won’t be buying it because of that.

Update 15:24- Now they’re showing a trailer for Inversion, which looks like a shooting game where you can invert gravity. In fact, that’s exactly what it is.

Update 15:31- Sonic Generations trailer. It’s a 3D Sonic game with 2.5D sections. Sonic unleashed was awful, wasn’t it? And all those other ones after Sonic 3? Poor Sonic. He’s won an “outstanding achievement” award this year, too, despite being in no good games since the ’90s.

Update 15:36- Notch from Minecraft is on the screen thanking everyone for the award. Well, in a way.

Update 15:37- Skyward Sword trailer now. Looks good, and from what I played earlier it certainly should be.

Update 15:41- Innovation of the year winner: the Nintendo 3DS.

Update 15:43- Outstanding Contribution award is given to Sonic.

Update 15:48- That’s it and Portal 2 has won GOTY.

Best Shooter

    • FEAR 3
    • Brink
    • Crysis 2
    • Bulletstorm
    • Killzone 3

 

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops

 

 

  • Red Faction: Armageddon
  • Homefront
  • Medal of Honour
  • Singularity
  • Vanquish
  • GoldenEve 007
  • Dead Space 2

Best Action/Adventure

    • InFamous2
    • Shadow of the Damned
    • LA Noire
    • Yakuza 4

 

  • Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood

 

 

  • Amnesia: The Dark Descent
  • LEGO Star Wars II: The Clone Wars
  • Castlevania: Lords of Shadow
  • Dead Rising2
  • Enslaved: Odyssey to the West
  • Deadly Premonition
  • Crackdown II
  • Mafia II
  • MGS Peace Walker
  • Epic Mickey
  • Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective
  • Okamiden
  • Portal2
  • LBP2
  • Donkey Kong Returns

Best RPG [Role-Playing Game]

    • The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D
    • The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings
    • Dragon Age II
    • Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Revelation
    • Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together
    • Golden Sun: Dark Dawn
    • Dungeon Siege III

 

  • Fallout New Vegas

 

 

  • Pokemon Black/White
  • Fable 3
  • Magicka

Best MMO [Massively Multiplayer Online game]

    • Rift

 

  • World of Warcraft (Cataclysm (Dec 2010))

 

 

  • Eve Online Incarna (Jun 2011)
  • Aion AION: Assault on Balaurea (Sept 2010)
  • Age Of Conan Updated May 2010
  • DC Universe Online (Jan 2011)

Best Fighting Game

    • Dead or Alive Dimensions

 

  • Mortal Kombat (2011)

 

 

  • Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition
  • Fight Night Champion
  • Marvel vs Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds
  • Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition
  • BlazBlue: Continuum Shift
  • Arcana Heart 3
  • EA Sports MMA
  • WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2011

Best Racing Game

    • DiRT 3
    • Motorstorm: Apocalypse
    • SHIFT 2 Unleashed
    • Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit

 

  • Gran Turismo 5

 

 

  • nail’d
  • MotoGP 10/11 72/68
  • Test Drive Unlimited 2
  • F1 2010
  • Ridge Racer 3D

Best Sports Game

    • Top Spin 4
    • Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 3D
    • MLB 11 The Show
    • Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Masters
    • Virtua Tennis 4
    • NBA Jam

 

  • FIFA 11

 

 

  • NBA 2K11
  • NHL 11
  • Pro Evolution Soccer 2011
  • Kinect Sports

Best Strategy Game

    • The Sims Medieval
    • Total War: Shogun 2
    • R.U.S.E.
    • Pride of Nations
    • Warhammer 40K: Dawn of War 2: Retribution
    • Civilization V

 

  • Starcraft 2

 

 

  • Ghost Recon Shadow Wars
  • Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective

Best Music-based Game

    • Child of Eden
    • Dance Central
    • DJ Hero 2
    • Rock Band 3
    • Def Jam Rapstar

 

  • Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock

 

 

  • Just Dance 2
  • Michael Jackson: The Experience
  • Singstar Dance

Best Free-to-play Game

    • Allods Online
    • RuneScape
    • Runes of Magic
    • Mythos

 

  • League of Legends

 

 

  • Dragonica
  • Black Prophecy
  • Bloodline Champions
  • Forsaken World
  • Zuma Blitz
  • Empires and Allies
  • Bejewelled 3
  • World of Tanks
  • EA Sports FIFA Superstars
  • Champions Online
  • CityVille

Best Mobile Game

    • Inifnity Blade
    • Game Dev Story
    • Backbreaker 2: Vengeance
    • Dead Space
    • Tiny Wings
    • The Heist
    • Hunters: Episode 1
    • Monster Hunter: Dynamic Hunting
    • Real Racing 2
    • Street Fighter IV: Volt
    • To-Fu: The Trials of Chi
    • Order and Chaos
    • Fruit Ninja
    • Cut The Rope
    • Feed Me Oil
    • NBA Jam by EA Sports
    • Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit
    • N.O.V.A 2 – Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance
    • Sonic & Sega All Stars Racing

 

  • Angy Birds Rio

 

 

Best Downloadable Game

    • Dead Nation
    • Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light
    • Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1
    • SEGA Rally Online Arcade
    • Auditorium HD
    • Outland
    • The Dishwasher: Vampire Smile
    • Pac-Man Championship Edition DX
    • Joe Danger
    • Frozen Synapse

 

  • Minecraft

 

 

  • Trenched
  • Gods Vs Humans
  • Hydroventure
  • DeathSpank
  • Bit.Trip Fate
  • Glow Artisan
  • Limbo
  • Stacking
  • Might and Magic: Clash Of Heroes

One to Watch

  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
  • Assassin’s Creed: Revelations
  • Saints Row: The Third
  • Battlefield 3
  • Modern Warfare 3
  • Bioshock Infinite
  • Far Cry 3
  • Mass Effect 3
  • Aliens: Colonial Marines
  • Ghost Recon: Future Soldier
  • Hitman: Absolution
  • Halo 4
  • Tomb Raider
  • Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword (Wii)
  • Super Mario (3DS)
  • Metal Gear Solid: Rising
  • Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm
  • Guild Wars 2
  • Agent
  • Uncharted Golden Abyss

Ultimate Game of the Year

    • LA Noire

 

  • Portal 2

 

 

  • FIFA 11
  • Pokemon Black/White
  • Halo: Reach
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops
  • Bulletstorm
  • Killzone 3
  • Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit
  • Total War: Shogun 2
  • Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition
  • DiRT 3
  • Rock Band 3
  • The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings
  • The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D
  • Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood
  • Fallout New Vegas
  • Gran Turismo 5
  • Civilization V
  • Starcraft 2: Wings of Liberty