The excitement in the gaming world is through the roof as the nominations for The Game Awards 2023 have just been announced! Imagine it as the Oscars in the world of video gaming. This is a big one since it involves celebrating the best games of the year and their creators. This year’s gaming lineup is amazing, and everyone has been excited about this ceremony since they announced it would take place on the 7th of December.
Two games, Alan Wake 2 and Baldur’s Gate 3 are leading the race with eight nominations each. They compete for the most important award, Game of the Year, and other categories like Best Game Direction, Best Story, Best Music, and Best Acting.
But they’re not alone. Other amazing games are fighting for the Game of the Year title, like Spider-Man 2 (only available on the PlayStation 5), Resident Evil 4 Remake, Super Mario Bros Wonder, and The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom. Each game has something special, and fans are excited to see which will win.
Surprisingly, a game called Starfield, which is exclusive to Xbox, was not nominated under any of the primary categories but has been listed as the best RPG. Many are shocked that it is not listed among the big guys and wonder why this is so.
The Best Performance category is heating up with Ben Starr from Final Fantasy XVI and Idris Elba from the Cyberpunk 2077 expansion, Phantom Liberty, competing against each other. Fans are eager to see who will win the prize for their outstanding acting in these games.
Two smaller, independent games are getting attention: Cocoon, a cool puzzle adventure, and Dredge, a game that mixes fishing with HP Lovecraft’s spooky world. Both games are nominated for awards like Best New Game and Best Indie Game, showing how unique and creative smaller game developers can be.
The Game Awards started in 2014 and has become a huge deal, with 103 million people watching it live last year! It’s not just an awards show; it’s also where fans get sneak peeks at trailers and announcements for new games. Sometimes, people criticize the show for focusing too much on ads and trailers instead of giving out awards.
But it’s still a big deal because it’s where new games are revealed. Last year, they showed some of the Super Mario Bros movies and a new game by Hideo Kojima, who made Death Stranding. Plus, they gave release dates for games like Final Fantasy XVI and Diablo IV.
31 different awards cover many things like sound design, the best indie games, accessibility for players, and innovation in games. Winners are chosen by a group of gaming industry experts and fans who get to vote. The fans’ votes count for 10% of the final decision.
Everyone in the gaming world eagerly waits for December 7th to see who wins at The Game Awards 2023. It will be a night full of excitement, cheers, and recognition for the best games and the people who make them.