Minecraft sweeps GDC 2011 Awards night

This year’s GDC has featured – as always – not one, but two awards ceremonies. Both the Game Developers Choice awards and the Independent Games Festival awards were handed out in San Francisco, and while both were joyful occasions, they were also somewhat unsurprising.

Game Developers Choice Awards

Night of nights!

Indie darling Minecraft walked away the big winner from both award presentations, scooping five awards in total. Red Dead Redemption picked up four, while Amnesia: The Dark Descent took home three.

Illustrating just how wonderful Mojang‘s blocky sandbox really is, Minecraft won Best Downloadable Game, Best Debut Game and a prize for Innovation – and that’s just in the Game Developers Choice! It also picked up two more statues in the IGF awards, the audience-favourite, and the coveted Seumas McNally Grand Prize (which has a $20,000 cheque attached).

Rockstar‘s Wild West adventure picked up four awards – Best Audio, Best Technology, Best Game Design and the prized Best Game gong for the evening.

Amnesia: The Dark Descent won the Direct2Drive Vision Award, plus well-deserved recognition for its Technical Excellence and Excellence in Audio.

The full list of winners is below, including the Pioneer Award for Shenmue creator Yu Suzuki, and Lionhead head honcho Peter Molyneux’s Lifetime Achievement award (incidentally, at time of writing, we hear Peter is running a 256-player version of Populous…).

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Game Developers Choice Awards
Best Game – Red Dead Redemption
Best Game Design – Red Dead Redemption
Innovation – Minecraft
Best Technology – Red Dead Redemption
Best Handheld Game – Cut the Rope
Best Audio – Red Dead Redemption
Best Downloadable Game – Minecraft
Best Writing – Mass Effect 2
Best Debut Game – Minecraft
Best Visual Arts – Limbo
Pioneer Award – Yu Suzuki (Shenmue)
Lifetime Achievement – Peter Molyneux (Lionhead)

A GeoDome in Minecraft


Independent Games Festival Awards
Seumas McNally Grand Prize ($20,000) – Minecraft (Mojang)
Nuovo Award ($5,000) – Nidhogg (Messhof)
Excellence in Visual Art ($2,500) – BIT.TRIP RUNNER (Gaijin Games)
Excellence in Audio ($2,500) – Amnesia: The Dark Descent (Frictional Games)
Excellence in Design ($2,500) – Desktop Dungeons (QCF Design)
Best Student Game ($2,500) – FRACT (University of Montreal)
Technical Excellence ($2,500) – Amnesia: The Dark Descent (Frictional Games)
Best Mobile Game ($2,500) – Helsing’s Fire (Ratloop)
Audience Award ($2,500) – Minecraft (Mojang)
Direct2Drive Vision Award ($10,000) – Amnesia: The Dark Descent (Frictional Games)

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