2018 GDC and IGF Awards

The Game Developers Conference is underway, and the 2018 Game Developers Choice Awards have now been handed out, honoring Zelda: Breath of the Wild as the game of the year. The 20th annual Independent Games Festival Awards are also complete, and the results are here, showing Infinite Fall's Night in the Woods grabbed the Seumas McNally Grand Prize for Best Independent Game. Here are all the winners of the GDC Awards:

  • Best Audio
    The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo)
  • Best Debut
    Studio MDHR (Cuphead)
  • Best Design
    The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo)
  • Best Mobile Game
    Gorogoa (Jason Roberts/Buried Signal)
  • Innovation Award
    Gorogoa (Jason Roberts/Buried Signal)
  • Best Narrative
    What Remains of Edith Finch (Giant Sparrow)
  • Best Technology
    Horizon Zero Dawn (Guerrilla Games)
  • Best Visual Art
    Cuphead (Studio MDHR)
  • Best VR/AR Game
    SUPERHOT VR (The SUPERHOT Team)
  • Audience Award
    NieR:Automata (PlatinumGames)
  • Game of the Year
    The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo)
  • Ambassador Award
    Rami Ismail
  • Lifetime Achievement Award
    Tim Schafer
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Kxmode wrote on Mar 22, 2018, 15:43:
There's no way The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is Game of the Year over Horizon Zero Dawn. EVERYTHING in HZD is nearly perfect.

And yet nearly every outlet and award body gave it to Zelda.

That is not to say your view is wrong, but people have different tastes. Personally, as much as Horizon did right, I found so much of it to be completely joyless and oddly derivative of other games (especially Ubisoft games).
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