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Skyrim Wins Game Of The Year At GDC, Zelda Skyward Sword Doesn’t Win Anything

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim managed to win the coveted game of the year award at this years Game Developers Choice Awards which took place at the Games Developer Conference in San Francisco. Sadly, the incredible The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword didn’t even get a look-in, and failed to scoop up any awards. Here’s the list of winners:

  • Best Audio – Portal 2 (Valve)
  • Best Debut – Bastion (Supergiant Games)
  • Best Narrative – Portal 2 (Valve)
  • Best Visual Arts – Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception (Naughty Dog)
  • Best Downloadable Game – Bastion (Supergiant Games)
  • Best Game Design – Portal 2 (Valve)
  • Best Technology – Battlefield 3 (DICE)
  • Best Handheld/Mobile Game – Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP (Capy Games)
  • Innovation Award – Johann Sebastian Joust (Die Gute Fabrik)
  • Game Of The Year – The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Bethesda)
  • Lifetime Achievement – Warren Spector
  • Pioneer Award – Dave Theurer
  • Ambassador Award – Ken Doroshow and Paul M Smith

110 comments

    1. This list is crap.
      Here is my list.
      Game of the year -Zelda Skyward Sword-
      Best man of the year -Sickr-

      1. It isn;’t crap, just because it’s not your choice -_-.
        I LOVE Zelda, but we’re just all fans off the whole series, and thereby the games themselfs, it doen’t mean a new Zelda game was the best game in general

      2. the list isn’t complete crap….. i agree with skyrim being best game of the year……. but i havn’t propaly played the others

    2. I don’t want to come off as a troll here, but I don’t think it really deserved Game of the Year…I know they wanted to mix up the “Zelda Formula” a little to provide something new, but honestly I prefer the old formula…Also, the game was just too darn easy, I beat it with less than 30 hours logged on my file…I’ve spent more time listening to the CD that came with it, because that CD is a masterpiece. Maybe if they kept to the original “Zelda Formula”, and had Koji Kondo make the music, while providing an actually nice overworld, then maybe it could have won game of the year.
      But Super Mario 3D Land should have won handheld game of the year! That game was pure genius!

    1. PC WILL NEVER DIE IT WILL LIVE THROUGH VARIOUS MEDIUMS BUT VIDEO GAME COMPANIES LIKE NINTENDO WILL EVENTUALLY DIE ESPECIALLY WHEN CONSOLES R BECOME PC CLONES=INSTANT DEATH TRAP IT WILL HAPPEN CONSOLES WILL BECOME OBSOLETE DIE NINTENDO 4EVER says:

      WII U 3RD PARTY WILL KILL NINTY 1ST PARTY. EVERY YEAR CONSOLES BECOME MORE LIKE PCS ONCE SHITENDO GETS TO THAT STEP IT OVER PC WILL RAPE IT OUT OF EXISTANCE. MICROSOFT ADDING WINDOWS 8 TO XBOX AWW CRY ZELDA SUCKS ITS FUCKING UGLY AND MOTION GIMMICK MADE IT FAIL YA THE BIAS BITCHES. I HOPE MIYAMOTO CRYS OVER THIS LOST I HOPE HE CRIES AND DIE OF THE MOST INTENSE DEPRESSION FUCKING LOSER LOST HES OLD GARBAGE METRIOD M FAIL THIS ZELDA FAIL TWICH.

      BTW GUINNESS WORLD RECORD SAY COD THE BEST SELLING GAME EVER EVEN ALPHAOMEGASIN CRY AND WENT TO BED IN HIS POKEMON PAJAMAs. ALSO CELL SHAD FOR LAZY NOOBS TO WEAK TO MAKE POWERFUL GRAPHICS. 3DS VIDEO SUCKS SMALL SCREEN GARBAGE.

      TONIGHT I DRINK WINE AND THE FINEST BLUE CHEESE A TOAST TO MIYAMOTO SOON DIYING I ONLY HOPE HE FAILS MISERLBY TO BILL GATES BEFORE DEATH.

      1. U know…GET A LIFE YOU JACKASS,GET YOURSELF IN A FIRE WITH YOUR PLAYSTATION AND YOUR WINE.PLAYING COD IS FOR LOSERS WHO DOESN’T KNOW WHAT’S BETTER IN THIS WORLD!!!DO YOU KNOW HOW HARD IS TO EXTRACT LIQUID CRYSTAL IN A SCREEN??!GET YOUR ASS WITH ALL DA TROLLZ IN DA WORLD AND GO IN A FIRE!!!!!

    1. PC WILL NEVER DIE IT WILL LIVE THROUGH VARIOUS MEDIUMS BUT VIDEO GAME COMPANIES LIKE NINTENDO WILL EVENTUALLY DIE ESPECIALLY WHEN CONSOLES R BECOME PC CLONES=INSTANT DEATH TRAP IT WILL HAPPEN CONSOLES WILL BECOME OBSOLETE DIE NINTENDO 4EVER says:

      Zelda is overrated u biased lying nostalgia cracker faggots.
      reason why zelda overrated:
      1.weak story plots all rehase link to past or ocarina of time
      2.weak fucking ending with no cinematic voice acting
      3. same fucking dungeon,temples and weapons
      4.almost all bosses are ganon
      5.same story plot of triforce zelda dyke gets raped
      6.weak character development like zelda is strong at one point yet gets CAPTURE like a weak hoe the next.
      7.hyrule again
      8.same characters recolored/remodel=innovaton zomg
      9.same fucking ending using master sword urgh
      10. instrument gimmicks
      11.music epic but sooo overplayed it boring.
      12. sadly metriod has more diverse story plots than ocarina of link to the twilight wind toon world.
      13. no character development nor game=no voice acting, no hdtv and no cinematic cutscenes

      1. Oh my god, shut up. You’re annoying as hell and if I had the time, I would counter the majority of those arguments, but I don’t have time right now, later.

      2. I agree with this guy on some parts. Zelda does need to change. I haven’t seen a true ocarina of time equal in a long time. Though skyrim does deserve the award its a great game. Sadly my opiniun means nothing to the xbox hating trolls on this website.
        Anyway I didn’t really enjoy skyward sword, call me an idiot but I got bored of it only 2 hours in and continued to play unsatisfied, my opiniun is,
        Skyrim is much better to me I just could NOT get into it, but when the time comes I’ll play it.

        P.S a game isn’t bad if there is no voice acting.

      3. Oh,and one more thing.CONSOLES FIRST!!!ALL CRITICS WILL DIE TOGETHER BECAUSE THEY HAVE NO FUTURE!!NOW YOU CAN DIE LIKE A STUPID!!!

  1. Codswallop. Skyward Sword was MUCH better designed than Skyrim. Not that Skyrim was bad, but christ, Bethseda’s game design just can’t match up

    1. PC WILL NEVER DIE IT WILL LIVE THROUGH VARIOUS MEDIUMS BUT VIDEO GAME COMPANIES LIKE NINTENDO WILL EVENTUALLY DIE ESPECIALLY WHEN CONSOLES R BECOME PC CLONES=INSTANT DEATH TRAP IT WILL HAPPEN CONSOLES WILL BECOME OBSOLETE DIE NINTENDO 4EVER says:

      STFU ZELDA LOST CUZ ITS

      1.OVER MILKED
      2.UGLY 10 YRS OUTDATED GRAPHICS ON A WEAK PATHETIC CONSOLE THAT SOLD BUT STILL ITS SHOVELWARE TRASH THAT PPL BOUGHT OUT OF PITY OF NINTENDO FAIL
      3.NO NEW INNOVATIONS JUST ADD ON AND TWEAKS SINCE OCARINA OF TIME.
      AM GLAD BIASED SHITENTENDO MANCHILDREN LOST U GUYS ARE THE BIGGEST BUNCH OF FUCKING LOSER GO SPEND ON GOOD CONSOLES YA POOR CHEAP TRASH KEEP PLAYING POKESHIT AND YA REMAIN VIRGINS ONLY GIRLS AND GAY TWINKS PLAY YOSHI GAY SHIT. YA LOSER BUY TO ADD TOYS TO YOUR BASEMENT TO SHOW OFF * clap WOW WUT LOSERS AND GET A SUNTAN YA FUCKING PALE WEAK RACE AND GO CRY LIKE GIRLS WHILE MY RACE TAKE YOUR WHITE TRASH HOES.

      1. We dont need graphics.
        I mean Earthboud, Mother 3, Tloz A link to the past, SMB 3, Mario Kart 64 are better games than skyrim, and those game have poor graphics.
        Not even the best 360 or ps3 games can overpass this games.
        You failed Troll

      2. PC WILL NEVER DIE IT WILL LIVE THROUGH VARIOUS MEDIUMS BUT VIDEO GAME COMPANIES LIKE NINTENDO WILL EVENTUALLY DIE ESPECIALLY WHEN CONSOLES R BECOME PC CLONES=INSTANT DEATH TRAP IT WILL HAPPEN CONSOLES WILL BECOME OBSOLETE DIE NINTENDO 4EVER says:

        “we don’t need graphics”

        who are you kidding sure thats why
        1.wii u is playing catch up oh wait graphics plus stealing xbox live integrations* clap clap
        2. earthbound is overated even nintendo knows it sucks thats why they dont release that crap its to kiddy failed once fail again
        3.nintendo needs 3rd party help
        4.and lastly thats why ZELDA LOST IT WASNT EVEN MENTION

        U FAIL GOOD SIR
        FUCK JUST GIVE ME YOUR ADDRESS AND ILL SEND MONEY SO U CAN BUY A 360 AND KNOW WHY THE REST OF THE WORLD LOVES HIGH TECH WONDERS YOU’LL NEVER LOOK BACK.US

      3. Excuse me, but just becaue Microsoft was first to implement an online system doesn’t mean Nintendo “copied” them. Usernames and user accounts were in existence way before Xbox Live was born.

      4. PC WILL NEVER DIE IT WILL LIVE THROUGH VARIOUS MEDIUMS BUT VIDEO GAME COMPANIES LIKE NINTENDO WILL EVENTUALLY DIE ESPECIALLY WHEN CONSOLES R BECOME PC CLONES=INSTANT DEATH TRAP IT WILL HAPPEN CONSOLES WILL BECOME OBSOLETE DIE NINTENDO 4EVER says:

        so when I prove countless time japs copy us ya defend but if it the other way around ya attack smh. As an Xbox live fan I will show some class and dignity and apologize for such fowl indignant remark but you Nintendo kids need to grow up and respect other people purchased choice.
        HERE HAVE A *VIRTUAL COOKIE , run along now you little trouble making rascal.

      5. ….read your posts…I mean like, READ them…..and realize how stupid you are okay?

      6. Actually Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis both had online systems, wait no I think Nes had an internet accessary also.

      7. And a last thing.A present.I usually used to hear stupid Skyrim jokes,but it’s time to
        | |
        <-| |—< ALL DA TROLLZ LIKE YOU!!
        (___)

      1. i just don’t why how so many people are into skyrim. I honestly have not seen any gameplay of skyrim since it’s not my type of game of all. Watch skyrim is going to be forgotten when a highly anticipated game comes out this year

      2. People play it because its pretty freaking addictive. It seems to be a love/hate game though among people. I for one love both games but I just stoped playing Zelda :/ Wii isnt even plugged into my TV anymore and I cant bebotherd to plug it back in.

    1. yay, the game with more bugs than the amazon rainforest and one of the most moronically overused internet memes known to man won game of the year! it’s times like this that i start losing hope in the gaming community

  2. Fanboys gonna fanboy… Skyrim is the most overated game ever -___- I mean, it’s good. But it can never really beat a Zelda game.

    1. Well, apparently it can. (:
      And it is not overrated. It can’t be overrated by the whole world.
      Why don’t you just accept the defeat ? It is obvious that Skyrim is a pretty awesome game. Yes, The Legend of Zelda is awesome too but looks like majority of the people think Skyrim is better. I’m a huuuge TLOZ-fan myself but I think Skyrim does deserve it.
      Deal with it, it’s not like TLOZ games are the best games that ever exist in universe.

      1. The fact that Skyrim is multiplatform also helps too. Not that I want to see Zelda ever do that, that would be just terrible :|

        I love them both, but I play skyrim a hell of a lot more.

      2. Well said =). IMO Skyward Sword is a “good” game, not a great game like many others “ZELDA’s”. I barely feel any memorable moments. More like frustrating moments. I felt disappointed wth this game.

      3. …I love Zelda but I think Skyward Sword is the Overrated game here.. I Finished the game in 30h and I felt disappointed. S.S takes THREE HOURS.. to become a little more interesting. the early game is boring like Hell.

      4. Agreed. (I’m the one who you answered, btw)
        I love TLOZ, but that’s no reason to go all fangirl about it and refuse to face the facts.
        And to be honest, I still didn’t finish Skyward Sword, even though I bought it months ago. I don’t know, but it just isn’t that fascinating as the previous TLOZ games. When playing the old games the first time, going to sleep was frustrating because I simply didn’t want to stop playing. Or going to school was even more torturing than it already was anyway, I just couldn’t wait to go home as fast as I can to finally continue playing. With Skyward Sword, I didn’t feel anything close to that. That doesn’t mean I think that it’s a bad game, not at all, but it just doesn’t have that special “something” all the older TLOZ games had. Anyway, for me Skyward Sword undoubtedly is nothing compared to the older Zelda games like Ocarina of Time, Windwaker or A Link to the Past. That’s just my opinion.

      5. EXACTLY !
        1 – ” That doesn’t mean I think that it’s a bad game, not at all, but it just doesn’t have that special “something” all the older TLOZ games had “.
        2- When playing the old games the first time, going to sleep was frustrating because I simply didn’t want to stop playing….With Skyward Sword, I didn’t feel anything close to that.
        3- I love TLOZ, but that’s no reason to go all fangirl about it and refuse to face the facts.
        3-

      6. While Skyrim IS simply a great game, it doesn’t delve deep like Zelda. The reason Skyrim is rated so highly is because 1. Anyone can just play it, while Zelda takes getting used to all the controls etc, 2. Graphics. So many people choose graphics over gameplay these days, it isn’t even funny, and Skyrim’s graphics aren’t even that great. 3. There’s blood and you can kill whoever. BAM, the reason why every child aged 13-15 wants the game.

        I played both the PS3 and PC versions, and it took me 3 save files on the PS3 before I gave up because I couldn’t even finish the main quest. Even on PC, I needed to download patches to fix about three parts of the main quest. Looking back at Zelda, it makes the underpowered Wii graphics into a beautiful game, with an incredible amount of depth and it was the second coming of Ocarina of Time in my opinion. Overall, the two games are incredible and both games have well over 200 hours from me. While Skyward Sword won it for me, I’m happy that one of them one GOTY at gdc.

      7. I agree; this is why we need great 3rd party support. Nintendo makes some of the best games, but we need more options besides those same franchises.

    2. Well Zelda is only for one system. Skyrim is for three so there is more people to like it. I haven’t played Skyrim yet but Oblivion was so true to life and was such a good design. If you play the new one on a good PC I am sure it would be like eye candy. Zelda is the best on Nintendo though that is for sure.

  3. It would have been different if Zelda had more hardcore games and better graphics, because that is mostly what the “hardcore” gamers want these days. Or if Zelda was on 360 and PS3.

    That is of course not needed and a bit stupid but there is not many hardcore gamers on the Wii. My GOTY was definitely Zelda with Skyrim and Uncharted 3 close behind.

  4. The Zelda games, especially Skyward Sword, are generally safe titles. There’s little in terms of innovation; it’s basically rehashing an old formula with updates here and there on graphics and weapons alongside a different plot with a same general goal. I’m not saying they’re bad games, but it’s not going to stand out against something that’s more innovative and creative than its predecessors.

    Also, the comments saying Skyrim fanboys are cancerous and that the game is soooo overrated are dripping with irony.

    1. I’m a Zelda fan and I’d have to agree with everything he’s said. Btw I admire the courage to be blunt about what Zelda pretty much is, and that is a rehash. Very awesome rehash at that, but unlike other rehashes each Zelda manages to have their own feel to it. which is what makes it so lovable. One thing I disagree with. It isn’t that it can’t go up against “innovative” games or whatever. It can’t go up against the “hardcore” fanbase or whatever.

    2. Umm… Skyrim is not innovative -___- It’s also playing on the safe formula of the Elder Scroll francise… Just saying :S

      1. Skyrim itself isn’t innovative,since it feature features that where featured in previous Elder Scrolls games too,but the point is that a very large portion of the people that played Skyrim never played an Elder Scrolls game before and thus never even knew of these features.
        And no,don’t say that Skyrim plays it safe and keeps the same formula.
        Skyrim has a completely different level up system,and all classic Elder Scrolls Attributes,Classes and some Skills where removed,as a part of a simplification process that dumbed the general gameplay of the series,to make the game to appeal to a larger crowd.

  5. I agree with the whole list except for Skyrim winning game of the year. I’m a zelda fanboy sure but I’m not saying skyward sword should be in skyrims place, but just that skyrim is one of the worst, poorly put together games I have ever seen and it winning game of the year just makes me weep.

    I’m sick of how the game industry runs these days. You get crap like Skyrim and CoD filling the market with bullshit and attracted the worst kinda gamers, the CoD and Skyrim fanboys. It’s ridiculous. Why can’t they shed light on the more innovative and clever games that actually bring new stuff to the table? Not this same old crap. A new CoD game is released every year and all the people do on it is play multiplayer anyway. Why don’t activision save their damn money and make the game into an MMO thats download only and then just release expansions every few months or so instead of releasing a new game every year and clogging the market with its shit.
    It really saddens me that the better games that actually try are getting no light shed on them whatsoever and this rehashed trash is getting all the attention.

    1. Just to further add, I know Zelda uses the same formula each game just like CoD but Zelda atleast brings a new ‘gimmick’ with each game. Motion control for Skyward sword, the wolf in TP, Cartoon link in WW, Masks in MM, Instruments in Ooct…
      But this isn’t about why Zelda is better than Skyrim because that’s just my opinion. Clearly there were more skyrim fans at GDC than Zelda fans which is why Skyrim won. If such a conference was held in Japan im sure Skyward Sword would have won and a bunch of american CoD-heads would have been whining at how Skyward beat CoD etc etc. My point is the market doesnt get much new stuff nowadays and when it does it’s buried under all this big, rehash shit.

      1. people think that zelda series is a game which is for gays and they think that a zelda game is for girls because of its tittle.”the legend of ZELDA”.god miyamoto please punish them with a great zelda game for wii2

      2. Aprently Zelda isnt very popular in Japan. Probally would of been some JRPG that no one ever heard of that would of won it if this was in Japan like you said lol

    2. How can you say that CoD and Skyrim fans are the same ?
      CoD is an uber-dumbed,super-short game that comes out every year,while Elder Scrolls are super-complex,super-large games that come out every 5-6 years.
      Putting Skyrim in the same bag with Call of Duty is a crime.
      Skyrim is an RPG,and one that wasn’t a part of a very popular series like Fable or WoW or Final Fantasy either.
      It’s not the ‘same crap’,it’s the outsider.

      1. Yeah you’re right CoD and Skyrim dont deserve to be put on the same shelf. However, Skyrim had around the same production time as Skyward Sword (5 years?) And its quality when it came out was absoloutely horrible and unforgivable. Shigeru Miyamoto has a famous quote that I’ll never stop saying, “A delayed game is eventually good, a bad game is bad forever.” Sure patches can fix the problems bit even now after a lot of patches Skyrim still has a ton of faults in it. The thing that pisses me off is although it has all these faults its won game of the year… That’s criminal. Bethesda should be fucking ashamed of themselves but they aren’t, they’re laughing at how they sold a pile of shit to all these people and won game of the year aswell…

  6. I agree, Skyward Sword should’ve won something. Whether or not it should have replaced Skyrim, I’m a little on the fence, as they’re both great games. But I’d have no problem is SS knocked Skyrim out of GOTY.

  7. Okay, I love me some Zelda and haven’t played skyrim. (But DAMN Portal 2 was awesome!) SkySwo hasn’t captured me the same way TP or WW did. I’m slowly getting through it but the separation each place feels and The sky ain’t no Hyrule field. IN MY OPINION… FOR ME… Zelda games should feel like one big land of exploration and discovery. SS is a spot over here, a spot over there, some spots in the sky and some spots to put on your map (extremely helpful BTW!) It’s not the most absorbing Zelda I have played (DON’T JUDGE ME!) All Zelda games deserve the time and effort and I am yet to find an exception. Only using Zelda games as a reference SS….. BBAhh I don’t even know you people.. Portal 2 was ficking awesome and it should have won!!!!!!!1

    1. Aza McG , I Agree with EVERY SINGLE WORD you said about Skyward sword. It didn’t touch me like other Zelda games. Comparing to other Zelda’s, Skyward Sword is a “playable” game.

    2. I agree, Skyward Sword was too fragmented to ever be considered open world. And that really pissed me off. It really wasn’t as absorbing as you say, because not many things in the game were compelling. You can tell even the makers didn’t think too much of it either because of how they promoted the butt out of the game. And they normally never promote Zelda so much like that! They said, “The world has depth,” “You’ll be playing it 50-100 hours,” “I’m never going back to traditional controls.” All of this: Bullshit. Fact is, they didn’t even have faith in their own game to let it promote itself. Despite all of this, however, I really liked how Skyward Sword stood distinguished from the other Zelda games in that it has its own identity and can be easily thought of as separate from the others, and it’s the narrative it has that makes it so different, and I like that. Not the best game in the world, but certainly has its place.

  8. zelda should won the gameplay,plot and more.fucking people cant they vote a real game and not a shit!?

  9. Congrats to Skyrim. But even if its Game of the yea, I still won’t buy/play it :) Sorry to me Skyward Sword is simply better.

  10. I’m disappointed that Skyward sword didn’t win anything, but that’s just the way it goes sometimes. We all know SS is awesome and that’s all that matters. There are still other s awards SS can capture, I think.

    Leave luck to heaven.

    1. I love you. No, really. Your comments are always so nice and optimistic. It makes me happy.

      1. I totally agree and feel the same way. Whener I read his comments they always seem so nice and forgivin. I was actually bout to post somethin good about him before I read yours

      1. No, I know it wasn’t the best game in history. Though it is my personal favorite. I still believe Ocarina of Time was, though I prefer Skyward Sword.

  11. The Legend Of Zelda Skyward Sword shouldn’t win game of the year.It doesn’t deserve it. It deserves the award for the best game of all time…

  12. i was hoping from the picture that this article was going to be about Skyrim being confirmed for the WiiU :(

  13. “Best Game Design – Portal 2”
    What?
    I mean don’t get me wrong, Portal 2 is a good game, damn good, but really? I have seen better game design before, this one is good, but not something that catch so much attention.

      1. Not saying that game design equates to game difficulty, but with Portal the levels were a bit more immersive. Portal 2, however, its levels were very straightforward once you knew what to do.

  14. Why can one game have multiple spots on the list?

    …By the way, if it was at the Game Developers Conference, were the Game Developers the ones voting?

  15. Perhaps they should have condensed all of the awards Portal 2 won into a “Best Valve game” category. Seriously, it won nearly half of the awards. They were all incredibly deserved (GOTY for me personally) but at least give some other developers a chance, lol.

  16. Skysuck Suck sucks. So that’s ok.
    But —> Best Handheld/Mobile Game – Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP (Capy Games).
    Bullshit. Every 3DS game is better than shit on Apple.

  17. Sorry guys these are professionals and if it doesn’t look better than their game or have an out standing addictive idea like portal then it will not win. Skyrim won’t win over gamers addicted to fps though. Zelda did start out too slow like most RPGs. Yet the wiiu version has every thing we all want to see.

  18. This would bother me if the decision was made by a limited number (like 4 or 5) intelligent judges that are actual game designers that know what they were talking about. But since it is just a decision based on the number of votes made by the masses, it loses its validity. Why do I say this? Well, most hardcore gamers don’t use the Wii. Most of the votes were made by hardcore gamers that own either an Xbox360, a PS3, or a Gamerigged PC. Naturally the votes that Zelda got were to be overwhelmed by the massive number of drooling Skyrim fanboys that don’t care to look into other systems, just because the press has labeled them as casual. I am sorry for them, and for this world controlled press. In my opinion, since I have played both, I think that Zelda is the better game. I could go ahead and list why I think so, but it would be a long list. I don’t feel like writing an essay to prove drooling skyrim fans wrong. Not that they would listen anyways, lol.

  19. Why so much hate for Skyrim ? Gee.
    You don’t get everyday single player games with 500+ quests and 200+ dungeons.
    Skyrim won people because of its ‘open world’ world,because it allows you to go wherever you want anytime you want,and because it allows you to become who you want,and live an alternative life in a virtual world.
    This game has so much detail,you can even cook been soup and get a job chopping wood,get married,do whatever you want and live a virtual life…
    The game itself features a new system of auto-generating random quests,so the quests and stories that the player can do NEVER END.It’s the unlimited,unending game,first of its kind,yet somehow some people in the comments here seem to ignore that,and say that Skyrim isn’t innovative.
    Well it is.
    And let me give you a suggestion guys,don’t limit that much your options on gaming.Play more games,even if they are not made by Nintendo.
    Some people act like all other software developers are evil demons or something,give those guys a break please!
    I like Nintendo games too,at least I liked them,but face the truth: Nintendo has being stuck for some years now and re-heatens the same food over and over.
    They are out of ideas,and it’s visible,everyone can see that.
    While there are other people out there who actually HAVE ideas,their own ideas,ideas you don’t know and you never will,because you hate games not made by Nintendo with passion,and you are blind and can’t see.

    1. Ideas? Like another fuckin FPS? Cut me a break! Nintendo is the only creative force out there. (I’ve nothing against Skyrim btw).

    2. And another thing. The only innovative idea you gave was the automatically generated quest thingy. Who wants to cook been soup in a game? I applause that and I find this fascinating yeah, but that is nothing new and was a common thing in any MMORPG since World of Warcraft. And even further, you could say that ShenMue did that in his own way.

      I don’t hate on skyrim and I’ll admit that’s fanboyism to hate on it; but when the best game Nintendo produced in 2011 gets totally ignored, well to me that’s fanboyism too.

    3. THANK YOU all the fanboys need to see this. This is exactly what I was thinking. People need to stop limiting themselves to games made by just a certain company. I am a HUGE Zelda fan. I have played every one and love all of them. I didn’t get skyrim when it first came out, but realized it seemed amazing, and went out and got t. Half the people posting here saying, “omg skyrim sucks” and “no innnovation” are just robbing themselves of an amazing experience. I used to be the same way, but now I realize that good games come from many companies, not just one. Is there anything wrong with being amazed by Zelda AND Syrim (*GASP*) The answer is a resounding YES. Both games are amazing in their own right. If you have not tried SKyrim yet, and refuse to just because it isn’t from your favorite company, you are robbing yourself of an amazing experience. Nintendo is my favorite company by the way and I own more nintendo games than I do games on other consoles.

      1. Skyrim isn’t the thing to be blamed. The thing to be blamed is that Zelda won absolutely nothing. Even you are saying it’s an amazing game. So how com it got nothing? Why not give it a “best motion control” awards or something. You have to admit, that’s being biased too, isn’t it? I mean face it, some people just hate Nintendo (just like some people just hate Skyrim for no reason)

  20. Well, there are some really weird people in the gaming industry, and I don’t think I’ll ever understand them for one; and on the other side, I wonder why they haven’t given a “motion control’ award. Maybe they were afraid to put a Nintendo game on the list.

    There’s so much hatred against Nintendo, it’s unbelievable…

  21. Wanna know why it didn’t win? It’s not american. Those kinds of awards completely ignore Japanese games, even though Nintendo basically saved the gaming industry in the 80s.

    1. Was just gonna bring this up. DEVELOPER Choice awards. So basically the developers voting for their own games or for companies they’ve had ties with.

      Just be glad Call of Duty didn’t win anything

  22. I figured. It just…doesn’t really stand out as much as it should.

    Meh, but I’ve been thinking every award show has been rigged for a while anyway.

  23. Trolls used to troll on this article lots… But then they took an counter comment to the brain ;)

  24. my bet is that Bethesda will be announcing a game of the year edition for skyrim at e3 and say that it is coming to the wii u with all of the dlc along with it

  25. I hate to see Zelda lose, but if it did, I’m glad it was to Skyrim. Skyrim is amazing, and it did deserve game of the year in my opinion. It just stinks for Zelda that it came out in the same year as that other masterpiece.

  26. Wind Waker will always be my #1 favorite Zelda game. But I still wish Skyward Sword had won just as a big “f*ck-you” to the hardcore gamers.

  27. Zelda graphic are old on wii. Most americans hardcore gamers r in love with graphics. I played both, zelda was better but with the graphics it like been there done that. We will see what wii u have in store for zelda. Its clearly going to be good and with the graphics to talk…

  28. Have to say that while skyward sword is good it doesn’t compare to Ocarina of Time. I first played Ocarina of Time on the 3DS. I ended up buying both games at the same time. I found myself ditching Skyward Sword for Ocarina of Time. I would spend all my free time after school playing Ocarina of Time. I don’t know how good Skyrim is since I haven’t saved enough to buy a PS3, but Skyward Sword is unfortunately not the next coming of Jesus Christ.

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