The Game Awards, Geoff Keighley's annual tribute to Hideo Kojima and possibly other game developers, begins today at 5:30 p.m. Pacifico and will be broadcast on almost every platform that can be transmitted, including Twitch, YouTube, Steam and Mixer (we have incorporated the previous YouTube broadcast).
The show will include prizes, but more importantly, trailers. We know we will see more of Metro Exodus, appearances by Guillermo Del Toro and Kojima, as well as games from the desert map of PUBG.
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Advisors have no say in who wins what: nominees are seen by a variety of media, including PC Gamer, and winners are chosen by the international jury and public voting. The games for the Game of the Year award 2017 are: Super Mario Odyssey, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the wild, Battlefields of unknown players, Person 5 and Horizon Zero Dawn. So, a game for PC, and not the best this year.
The most granular categories are a bit better from the PC gaming perspective: Divinity: Original Sin 2 is nominated for the best RPG (and I should definitely win, but I'm afraid Final Fantasy XV will take it), Total War : Warhammer 2, Tooth and Tail and XCOM 2: War of the Chosen are nominated for the best strategy game, and the best independent game includes Cuphead, Night in the Woods, Pyre, what's left of Edith Finch, and Hellblade: Sacrifice of Senua. One of our favorites of the year, Hollow Knight, is also nominated for Best Debut Indie Game.
The dumbest prize, and I'm not inventing it, is "The most anticipated game presented by McCafé." But leaving aside the focus of the console and the absurdity of awarding a prize for coffee to be anticipated, the last years of Game Awards have been quite nice productions, and it is great to see some of the faces behind the games we like.
We expect a surprise or two, too. In a video update on the number of exclusive trailers we'll see, Keighley said "there are about 15 games in the program," but he asks that we not mention that, because "things changed." We did it anyway because we are rebels. "There will be new game announcements," he adds, so we'll be seeing and publishing all the important stories if it's lost.
There are so many surprises in #TheGameAwards tonight, we can not wait to reveal them all! For all who ask for world premieres, @GeoffKeighley has a message for you … pic.twitter.com/E7yiTHy852December 7, 2017