By AARON YNCLAN, Staff Writer
The nominees for this year’s Game Developer Choice Awards have officially been announced.
Considered by most to be the gaming medium’s equivalent of the Oscars, the Game Developers Choice Awards are nominated by members of several different areas of the gaming industry, with the winners selected by the International Choice Awards Network. Split into 10 categories this year, the awards cover a wide range from Innovation and Narrative to Downloadable Game and, of course, Game of the Year. While a few “shoe-ins” have made the cut for several categories, there are also a fair number of surprises.
Though a banner year for high profile releases, multiple indie titles have also received recognition from the committee. Gone Home and Tearaway received as many nominations as heavy favorites Grand Theft Auto V and The Last of Us, respectively, and Brother: A Tale of Two Sons and The Stanley Parable have scored spots in several major categories.
Not all triple-A titles were left to the side, however, as Crystal Dynamics Tomb Raider reboot and Nintendo darlings Super Mario 3D World and The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds managed a few key nominations each. Mario and Lara Croft’s latest adventures will join GTAV, The Last of Us and Gone Home as the contenders for Game of the Year.
The most significant surprise, however, is the omission of Bioshock Infinite from all of the major categories. The latest from Irrational Games has been a point of contention amongst fans and critics ever since its release, and while Infinite certainly wasn’t lacking in ambition the games use of quantum mechanics as well as the story’s hotly debated ending may have proven too divisive among committee members to consider for nomination.
Despite this, this years categories feature an excellent assortment of high profile and indie titles from incredibly talented developers. The winners will be announced on Wednesday, March 19th at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco.
For a full list of the nominees, visit the Game Developers website at gamechoiceawards.com