The 2016 Game Awards took place today at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles, with the gaming industry's key players gathered in attendance.
Though mostly filled with musical performances, commercials, and humiliating product placements, the show found time to honour some award winners, too.
Some awards were not presented on stage, so even watching the show would not reveal all the winners; the full list of winners follows.GAME OF THE YEAR
With a quivering voice, a near-tearful Geoff Keighley awarded Hideo Kojima the Game Award for Industry Icon today.
Accepting the award in person - moderately remarkable, given his absence from the event last year - Kojima thanked Keighley and his fans, saying he had "lost nothing" thanks to fan support - and, presumably, the fact that he is a massively successful game director who nearly any studio would hire in a heartbeat.
Announcing, in classic Steve Jobs fashion, that he had "one more thing" to show, Kojima revealed a new teaser for his upcoming action game Death Stranding.
The studio behind upcoming sports title Don Bradman Cricket 17 has released a completely free no microtransactions cricket title for mobile.
Big Bash 2016 is available on Apple iOS and Android, and was built in collaboration with Cricket Australia. It is the official game for the 2016-17 KFC Big Bash League and Rebel Women’s Big Bash League season.
In Big Bash 2016, players control of their favourite clubs and lead them to glory through each match of the season.
The winners of this month's local Rainbow Six Siege ESL event will be sent to a world tournament in Canada, Ubisoft announced today.
The ANZ Cup final takes place on December 8, and the winning team will score a AU$5000 cash prize, Audio Technica Headsets, and entry into the Six Invitational, which includes travel for the entire team to Canada.
The Six Invitational will take place in Montreal, Canada on February 3-5, 2017. The prize for first place is AU$100,000.
The latest update to Kiwi physics-based brawler Swordy adds a new game mode for competitive play.
According to developer Frogshark, Champions mode is designed for customisable competitive combat. It features an equipment selection prep phase followed by game rounds that run until someone has two points. Then all equipment is reset.
Champions mode does not yet work with AI, so you currently need two or more people to play it.
Over one third of all games on Steam were released in 2016, according to a graph shared by Steam Spy creator Sergey Galyonkin.
Galyonkin today posted the following graph on Twitter, breaking down Steam releases by year:
According to the Galyonkin, 38 percent of all Steam games were released in 2016, with about 26 percent released in 2015 and a further 16 percent in 2014.
Research firm SuperData has released new sales projections for game hardware, declaring virtual reality "the biggest loser."
The new medium saw "notably fewer units sold than expected due to a relatively fragmented title line-up and modest marketing effort," the firm told GamesIndustry.biz.
PlayStation VR sales forecasts for the year were down from 2.6 million to 750,000, while Google Daydream's numbers dropped from 450,000 to 261,000.
Britain's Advertising Standards Authority has ruled No Man's Sky innocent of misleading customers via its Steam page.
Several disgruntled gamers had raised flags to the regulator after perceiving the game to have launched without features implied in Steam screenshots, descriptions, and trailers.
Developer Hello Games' argument was that while the game's procedural nature meant that every player has a different experience, it wasn't unreasonable to expect that players wcould encounter all advertised features in an average playthrough.
Competitive action-MOBA Gigantic will finally launch in open beta on Xbox and Windows this December.
Announced back in 2014, Gigantic is a colourful, free-to-play MOBA, described as "an entirely new competitive experience" by developer Motiga's product development VP James Phinney.
Teams of five choose characters from a current roster of 16 heroes to fight across a range of maps with ranged and melee weapons and magic spells.
“it's easy to recommend to players who just want to make and design things in a sandbox filled with interesting toys”
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