The Game Awards 2017 recap
Audra Reigle | Technology Editor
The 2017 Game Awards were held on Dec. 7 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, but they were streamed around the world. This year was a year of firsts for The Game Awards, which were hosted for the fourth time this year. It was the first year of the awards show having an orchestra to play video game music. Phoenix also performed during the ceremony. Two new categories were introduced this year: Best Ongoing Game and Best Student Game. Media outlets helped form the nominees, but it was the media outlets and the fans that helped decide the winners of this year’s awards.
Several trailers for upcoming games were also shown at the event. These trailers included “World War Z,” “Vacation Simulator,” “Witchfire,” and “GTFO.” Game developer From Software also showed a trailer for one of their upcoming games.
A trailer for “In the Valley of Gods” was shown as well. The game will be launching in 2019. A trailer for “Soul Calibur VI” was shown. The game will be launching in 2018.
A trailer for “Bayonetta 2” was shown. The game will launch Feb. 16, and it will come with the original “Bayonetta.” A trailer for “Bayonetta 3” was also shown, but no launch date was given. It will be a Nintendo Switch exclusive.
A trailer for “PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds” was shown featuring the new desert map. The map is available for play now on test servers. It will be available on Xbox in early 2018. The PC version 1.0 launch is slated for Dec. 20 with the Xbox preview available now.
The developers of Warframe allowed the community to design trailers as a part of their newest patch. The winning trailers were shown throughout the awards ceremony.
A full list of winners is below:
Trending Gamer: Dr. Disrespect
Best Score/Music: “NieR: Automata”
Best Mobile Game: “Monument Valley 2”
Best Sports Racing Game: “Forza Motorsports 7”
Best VR/AR Game: “Resident Evil 7”
Best Handheld Game: “Metroid: Samus Returns”
Favorite Game: “JX3 HD” (as voted on by fans in China)
Best Narrative: “What Remains of Edith Finch”
Best Action Game: “Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus”
Best Art Direction: “Cuphead”
Industry Icon Award: Carol Shaw
Best Role Playing Game: “Persona 5”
Best Strategy Game: “Mario and Rabbids: Kingdom Battle”
Most Anticipated Game: “The Last of Us Part II”
Best Family Game: “Super Mario Odyssey”
Best eSports Team: Cloud 9
Best Debut Indie Game: “Cuphead”
Best Ongoing Game: “Overwatch”
Best eSports Player: Lee Sang-Hyeok “Faker”
Best Student Game: “Level Squared” by Swinburne University of Technology in Australia
Best Audio Design: “Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice”
Games for Impact: “Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice”
Best Performance: Melina Juergens in “Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice”
Best Fighting Game: “Injustice 2”
Best Game Direction: “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild”
Best Action/Adventure Game: “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild”
Best eSports Game: “Overwatch”
Game of the Year: “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild”