The Game Awards 2014 Recap: The Awards

[Part 1 of 2] The 2014 Game Awards show was just one of many events from this weekend; the following is a recap of the show’s many awards, updates, and announcements for 2015.

Friday evening marked the first ever Game Awards show, Geoff Keighley’s successor to the Spike TV VGAs and the one-time VGX event. Apart from several awards, the three-hour show played host to several new game reveals and memorable performances.

The 3-hour event opened and closed with a musical performance by legendary Nintendo composer Koji Kondo, with the closing number being the “Great Fairy’s Fountain” theme from Ocarina of Time, performed by Kondo and Imagine Dragons. Online viewers and show attendees also had the pleasure of listening to “Karma” by Jamie N Commons, Lindsey Stirling performing the theme to Dragon Age: Inquisition, and a lazer-piano medley from musician Greg Stewart.

Nintendo was the most-winning developer/publisher of the evening, winning awards for “Best Sports/Racing Game”, “Best Fighting Game”,  “Best Family Game”, and “Developer of the Year”.  Shovel Knight, the crowdfunded Kickstarter game from Yacht Club, won the award for “Best Indie Game”.  Sierra Entertainment founders Ken and Roberta Williams received the “Industry Icon Award” for their contributions to the early PC gaming industry. The complete list of award recipients is as follows:

Best Performance
Trey Parker, South Park: The Stick of Truth

Best Score/Soundtrack
Destiny (Marty O’Donnell, Bungie Composer)

Best Online Experience

Best Mobile/Handheld Game
Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft

Best Fighting Game
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

Developer of the Year

Best Sports/Racing Game
Mario Kart 8

Best Shooter
Far Cry 4

Games for Change
Valiant Hearts: The Great War

Best Narrative
Valiant Hearts: The Great War

Industry Icon
Roberta and Ken Williams (Sierra Entertainment)

Best Independent Game
Shovel Knight

Game of the Year
Dragon Age: Inquisition

Best Remaster
Grand Theft Auto 5

Best Action/Adventure Game
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

Best Role-Playing Game
Dragon Age: Inquisition

Best Family Game
Mario Kart 8

Most Anticipated Game
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (CD Projekt Red/Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment)

eSports Player of the Year
Matt “NaDeSHoT” Haag (OpTic Gaming, Call of Duty series pro)

eSports Team of the Year
Ninjas in Pyjamas (Counter-Strike, CS: GO, League of Legends)

Trending Gamer
John Bain “TotalBiscuit”

Best Fan Creation
“Twitch Plays Pokemon” by Anonymous

The complete list of announcements and debut trailers can be found here. The entire Game Awards event can be viewed on the official TGAs YouTube channel.

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