Minecraft Wins Game of the Year

Date: Apr 09 2012 03:20:59 Source: Press Release Views:
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Boston, MA - April 9, 2012 - The National Academy of Video Game Testers and Reviewers Corp. has announced winners in 53 categories for its 11th annual awards honoring the best of video game art, technology, and production.

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Minecraft is the first game to win Game of the Year without winning any other awards. The closest feat dates back to the first awards year (2001), when Grand Theft Auto III won only two awards (Game of the Year, Outstanding Action Game Sequel).

Each Game of the Year nominee won an award except Dark Souls.

Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception won five awards, more than any other game this year.

L.A. Noire and Portal 2 both won three awards each.

Batman: Arkham City won for Control Design 3D and Lighting/Texturing. Bastion won for Lead Performance in a Comedy (Logan Cunningham) and Original Role Playing Game. Catherine won for Supporting Performance in a Drama (Michelle Ruff) and Writing in a Drama. Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim won for "Game Design, Franchise" and Outstanding Role Playing Game Sequel.

Several smaller games pulled out victories against big-budget competition. Notable upsets include Alice: Madness Returns, Stacking, Spacechem, Lost in Shadow, Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet, Papa Sangre, The Baconing, and Payday: The Heist.

This year's Honorary Award went to Skip Rizzo for the use of virtual reality, motion control, and gaming technologies in pain distraction for surgery and chemotherapy, as well as for training, stress relief, and rehabilitation of cognition and memory loss. The award was announced by Tara Platt and Tom Sizemore earlier this year.

The complete list of winners is available at

Each year, 640 registered voters determine the recipients of the NAVGTR AWARDS.

More than any other professional group in the industry, testers spend the most time playing games and are therefore most apt to evaluate them on a technical level with intense detail or analysis.

Reviewers in the media also spend a great deal of time analyzing and writing about games from a creative perspective to aid consumers in their evaluations. The best reviewers sometimes parlay their reputation into industry jobs as producers or testers.

For these reasons, the recommendation of testers and reviewers serves as a special mark of quality that balances important creative and technical perspectives and represents the most hard-core enthusiasts from industry and media.

The NAVGTR Caribbean Cabal, an informal fan gathering, will take place at the Melia Caribe Tropical resort in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, on August 9-11, 2012. Rates apply three days before and three days after for extended stays. Booking links are available at


NAVGTR Corp. is a 501(c)(6) non-profit corporation devoted to promoting and recognizing the developments and achievements of the interactive entertainment industry for public awareness and education.

Through annual awards, television specials, videos, special events, and other future plans, the Academy hopes to preserve the history of the medium as well as honor the creative and technical individuals who have paved the way for new ideas and innovations.

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