Annual Caucus / Live Debate

Final “War of Awards” contenders uniquely qualify only by first winning a competitive award from a recognized major organization in a similar category.

Online polling is unofficial, as the final result is determined by annual caucus attendees LIKE YOU at the last live “War of Awards” debate of the year. For 2018, PAX East was the venue in the Cuttlefish Theatre inside the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.

The nominees were:

ART DIRECTION
Cuphead (DICE Awards, Golden Joystick, The Game Awards, SXSW Gaming, GDC Awards, NAVGTR Awards)
Persona 5 (NAVGTR Awards)
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (NAVGTR Awards)
Horizon Zero Dawn (SXSW Gaming)
Chuchel (IGF Awards)

AUDIO
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice (The Game Awards)
Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Golden Joystick, GDC Awards)
NieR: Automata (The Game Awards, SXSW Gaming)
Cuphead (DICE Awards, G.A.N.G. Awards)
Super Mario Odyssey (DICE Awards, SXSW Gaming)
Resident Evil 7: Biohazard (NAVGTR Awards)
Uurnog Uurnlimited (IGF Awards)

CHARACTER/PERFORMER
Horizon Zero Dawn – Aloy (Golden Joystick)
Hellblade – Senua (DICE Awards, The Game Awards, NAVGTR Awards)
Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series – Peter Quill (NAVGTR Awards)
Uncharted: The Lost Legacy – Chloe Frazer (G.A.N.G. Awards)

DESIGN
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (DICE Awards, The Game Awards, SXSW Gaming, GDC Awards)
Super Mario Odyssey (NAVGTR Awards)
Horizon Zero Dawn (NAVGTR Awards)
Baba is You (IGF Awards)

GAME OF THE YEAR
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (DICE Awards, Golden Joystick, The Game Awards, SXSW Gaming, GDC Awards)
Super Mario Odyssey (NAVGTR Awards)
Night in the Woods (IGF Awards)

NARRATIVE
Horizon Zero Dawn (DICE Awards, Golden Joystick)
What Remains of Edith Finch (The Game Awards, SXSW Gaming, GDC Awards)
Night in the Woods (NAVGTR Awards, IGF Awards)
Persona 5 (NAVGTR Awards)
Uncharted: The Lost Legacy (G.A.N.G. Awards)

NEW IP/DEBUT
Cuphead (The Game Awards, GDC Awards)
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice (The Game Awards)
Horizon Zero Dawn (Golden Joystick, NAVGTR Awards, SXSW Gaming)
Snipperclips (DICE Awards)
PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS (SXSW Gaming)
Night in the Woods (IGF Awards)
So Let Us Melt (G.A.N.G. Awards)

TRENDING PERSONALITY (No Change)
Markiplier (Golden Joystick)
Guy Beahm as “Dr. Disrespect” (The Game Awards)

For next year, new nominees are added as winners from the awards circuit become known by March 23. Online predictions are ongoing throughout the year until the live in-person debate. Only supporters in physical attendance can vote to anoint the best of the season’s winners.

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