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The Last of Us and Papers, Please win big at GDC and IGF Awards

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The latest videogame awards ceremony (and the last for 2013′s games?) took place last night in San Francisco as part of the on-going Game Developers Conference, where dozens of games and development teams were recognised for their amazing work in the games industry in 2013.

The ceremony was split into two parts, namely the Independent Games Festival Awards and the Game Developers Choice Awards, each focussing on different spheres of the videogame world but both aiming to highlight the outstanding contributions that developers have made to their industry recently. As has been the trend, Naughty Dog led the GDC Awards with a host of wins in different categories for The Last of Us, while the stark empathy game ‘Papers, Please’ did very well for itself in the IGF Awards.

Check out the full list of winners and runner-ups in each category below, and let us know which games you’ve played, which you thought should have won, and which you’ll be trying out based on the awards results:

Game Developers Choice Awards Winners and Runner-ups

Game of the Year

Winner: The Last Of Us — Naughty Dog/Sony

Finalists:

- Gone Home — The Fullbright Company
- Grand Theft Auto V — Rockstar North/Rockstar Games
- Super Mario 3D World — Nintendo EAD Tokyo/Nintendo
- Tomb Raider — Crystal Dynamics/Square Enix

Innovation Award

Winner: Papers, Please — Lucas Pope

Finalists:

- DEVICE 6 — Simogo
- Gone Home — The Fullbright Company
- Tearaway — Media Molecule/Sony
- The Stanley Parable — Galactic Cafe

Best Debut

Winner: The Fullbright Company — Gone Home

Finalists:

- Blue Manchu — Card Hunter
- Galactic Cafe — The Stanley Parable
- Squad — Kerbal Space Program
- Undead Labs — State Of Decay

Best Design

Winner: The Last Of Us — Naughty Dog/Sony

Finalists:

- Grand Theft Auto V — Rockstar North/Rockstar Games
- The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds — Nintendo EAD/Nintendo
- Super Mario 3D World — Nintendo EAD Tokyo/Nintendo
- Tomb Raider — Crystal Dynamics/Square Enix

Best Handheld/Mobile Game

Winner: The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds — Nintendo EAD/Nintendo

Finalists:

- DEVICE 6 — Simogo
- Fire Emblem: Awakening — Intelligent Systems/Nintendo
- Ridiculous Fishing — Vlambeer
- Tearaway — Media Molecule/Sony

Best Visual Art

Winner: BioShock Infinite –Irrational Games/2K Games

Finalists:

- DmC — Ninja Theory/Capcom
- The Last Of Us — Naughty Dog/Sony
- Ni No Kuni: Wrath Of The White Witch — Level 5/Namco Bandai
- Tearaway — Media Molecule/Sony

Best Narrative

Winner: The Last Of Us — Naughty Dog/Sony

Finalists:

- Brothers: A Tale Of Two Sons — Starbreeze/505 Games
- Gone Home — The Fullbright Company
- Tomb Raider — Crystal Dynamics/Square Enix
- The Stanley Parable — Galactic Cafe

Best Audio

Winner: BioShock Infinite — Irrational Games/2K Games

Finalists:

- Forza Motorsport 5 — Turn 10 Studios/Microsoft Games
- Grand Theft Auto V — Rockstar North/Rockstar Games
- Saints Row IV — Volition/Deep Silver
- Tearaway — Media Molecule/Sony

Best Downloadable Game

Winner: Papers, Please — Lucas Pope

Finalists:

- Brothers: A Tale Of Two Sons — Starbreeze/505 Games
- Gone Home — The Fullbright Company
- Resogun — Housemarque/Sony
- The Stanley Parable — Galactic Cafe

Best Technology

Winner: Grand Theft Auto V — Rockstar North/Rockstar Games

Finalists:

- Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag — Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft
- The Last Of Us — Naughty Dog/Sony
- Killzone: Shadow Fall — Guerrilla Games/Sony
- Tearaway — Media Molecule/Sony

Audience Award

Winner: Kerbal Space Program


Independent Games Festival Awards Winners and Runner-ups

Seumas McNally Grand Prize

Winner: Papers, Please

Finalists:

- DEVICE 6
- Dominique Pamplemousse in “It’s All Over Once the Fat Lady Sings!”
- Don’t Starve
- Jazzpunk
- The Stanley Parable

Excellence in Visual Arts

Winner: Gorogoa

Finalists:

- DEVICE 6
- Drei
- Perfect Stride
- Samorost3
- The Banner Saga

Excellence in Design

Winner: Papers, Please

Finalists:

- 868-HACK
- Crypt of the NecroDancer
- Don’t Starve
- Mushroom 11
- TowerFall Ascension

Excellence in Audio

Winner: DEVICE 6

Finalists:

- Crypt of the NecroDancer
- Dominique Pamplemousse in “It’s All Over Once the Fat Lady Sings!”
- Samorost3
- The Stanley Parable
- The Yawhg

Excellence in Narrative

Winner: Papers, Please

Finalists:

- DEVICE 6
- Dominique Pamplemousse in “It’s All Over Once the Fat Lady Sings!”
- Paralect
- The Stanley Parable
- The Yawhg

Nuovo Award (Innovation)

Winner: Luxuria Superbia

Finalists:

- Corrypt
- Dominique Pamplemousse in “It’s All Over Once the Fat Lady Sings!”
- Extrasolar
- Papers, Please
- Perfect Woman
- Save the Date
- SoundSelf

Best Student Game

Winner: Risk of Rain

Finalists:

- Cyber Heist
- Engare
- Foiled
- Museum of Simulation Technology
- Rhythm Doctor
- Symmetrain
- Westerado

Audience Award

Winner: The Stanley Parable


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