Golden Joystick Awards 2011

This weekend saw the 29th occurrence of the annual Golden Joysticks, held in London.

The 2011 event also managed to break the Guinness World Record for most votes for a gaming awards event: over the 15 categories, the public cast more than 2 million votes.

The awards have now been going for 1 shy of 30 years, the longest running in the games industry. Like any awards ceremony worth its salt, there’s a lifetime achievement award – this time going to a certain little blue hedgehog. Meanwhile, Valve’s Portal 2 took the biggest prize on offer, being named ultimate game of the year.

Here is the full list of winners:

  • Outstanding Contribution – Sonic The Hedgehog
  • Innovation – Nintendo 3DS
  • Mobile – Angry Birds Rio
  • Downloadable – Minecraft
  • RPG – Fallout: New Vegas
  • MMO – World of Warcraft
  • Strategy – Starcraft II
  • Shooter – Call of Duty: Black Ops
  • Racing – Gran Turismo 5
  • Music – Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock
  • Action/Adventure – Assassins Creed: Brotherhood
  • Sport – FIFA 11
  • Free to Play – League of Legends
  • Fighting – Mortal Kombat
  • One to Watch – Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
  • Ultimate Game of the Year – Portal 2

Written by Raj Mahil

Game collector. Journalism graduate. Batman addict. Movie goer. WWE nut. Sports obsessive. Arsenal fan. Sub-Editor.

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  • Some of those are funny. Like the Sonic one and N3DS.

  • Derek / Beaver6622

    Outstanding Contribution???  ok….  
    Portal 2 is my game of the year…  So good.

  • Glad to see Mortal Kombat up there.

  • Anonymous

    I’m most shocked about the music category. The umpteenth guitar hero game over DJ Hero 2? That’s pretty ridiculous in my opinion. DJ Hero we hardly knew yee.

    • Raj S.M.

      awesome game. i managed to pick up the turntable and both games (all still sealed) for less than the price of 1 new release. one of the best gaming bargains i’ve had. wish they hadn’t stopped the series though.