Around the Web: Year-End Celebration Edition

We’ve reached the final hours of 2012, and since our last update, numerous sites have bestowed year-ending honors to Dishonored.

After receiving thousands of votes, Eurogamer announced that the game topped their Readers’ Top 50 Games of 2012! Big thanks to the Eurogamer community for voting one of our titles #1 for the second year in a row.

The roll call of accolodes for Dishonored continues at these sites:

Also worth celebrating, Xbox LIVE is ending the year with a one-day sale on The Elder Scrolls. Titles include:

  • Skyrim (Games on Demand) – $29.99
  • Dawnguard – 800 MS Points
  • Hearthfire – 200 MS Points
  • Oblivion (Games on Demand) – $9.99
  • Shivering Isles – 600 MS Points
  • Knights of the Nine – 200 MS Points
And in id Software news, Wolfenstein, DOOM, and QUAKE are all prominently discussed in GamesRadar’s recent feature on the history of the first-person shooter. Elsewhere, GameRevolution ranks Wolfenstein 3D as one of the 10 Most Influential Retro Games of All Time.

Around the web: Award Season

Updated: Congrats to Arkane and BGS for winning Best Action/Adventure Game and Best DLC, respectively, tonight at the VGAs!

Starting… right now, the 10th Annual VGA Awards are live on SPIKE — with both Dishonored and Dawnguard up for nominations. Best of luck to the developers at Arkane and Bethesda Game Studios.

Elsewhere, voting and nominee announcements for other year-end awards are beginning to surface on numerous gaming sites. They include:

VGA Nominations: Honoring Dishonored and Dawnguard

Nominations for the 10th Annual SPIKE Video Game Awards were announced today and we’re happy to share that both Dishonored and Dawnguard received nominations. Huge congrats to both Arkane Studios and Bethesda Game Studios for this well-deserved honor.

Here’s the nomination breakdown:

Dishonored

Game of the Year
Best XBOX 360 Game
Best PS3 Game
Best Action Adventure Game
Best Graphics

Arkane Studios

Studio of the Year

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Best DLC – Dawnguard

See all the nominees and learn about the advisory panel behind the awards at Spike.com. Then tune in for the VGAs, hosted by Samuel L. Jackson, on Saturday, December 7th at 9 PM ET.

Skyrim Hat Trick at Golden Joysticks

Earlier today, Skyrim came away as the big winner at the UK’s most prestigious gaming award show, The Golden Joysticks. The game captured the night’s biggest award, Ultimate Game of the Year, as well as awards for Best RPG and Best Moment (visiting the Throat of the World).

Congrats to Bethesda Game Studios on this accomplishment, and thanks to all you that played the game and voted!

Golden Joystick reminder

There’s still time to vote for this year’s Golden Joystick Awards, including Bethesda titles in the following categories:

  • Ultimate Game of the Year – Skyrim
  • Best RPG – Skyrim
  • Top Gaming Moment – Skyrim, Throat of the World
  • Best use of DLC – Dawnguard and the Creation Kit
  • One to Watch – The Elder Scrolls Online
  • Best Shooter – RAGE

Head over to the official page to cast your votes.

Gamescom 2012: Dishonored wins Game of Show

This morning the official Gamescom 2012 awards were announced and we’re excited to share that Dishonored captured three awards: Best Xbox 360 Game, Best PlayStation 3 Game, and Overall Game of the Show!

In addition to winning the official Game of Show awards, both Eurogamer and Gamestar have announced it as their Game of Show.

Congrats to Arkane Studios on this amazing accomplishment!

For more Gamescom 2012 coverage, visit these sites…

New hands-on previews of the Boyle mission – courtesy of The Sixth Axis and Lazy Gamer

Rock, Paper, Shotgun – Jim Rossignol discusses Dishonored’s unique flavor with co-creative director, Raf Colantonio

PlayStation.Blog (EU) – Harvey Smith tackles non-lethal playthrough and stealth mechanices

OPM UK – Six Ways Dishonored Will Save Gaming

VG247 – New video preview below.

Game Critics Awards nominations!

Congrats to Arkane Studios, Bethesda Game Studios, and id Software on their newly-announced “Best of E3 2012″ nominations from the Game Critics Awards’ judging panel. In total, Team Bethesda scored six nominations.

Tied for the most nominations of any game (four), Dishonored received nominations for Best Action/Adventure Game, Best Console Game, Best Original Game, and the overall Best of Show award!

Meanwhile, John Carmack’s VR presentation of DOOM 3 BFG Edition scored a nomination for Best Hardware, while Skyrim’s first game add-on, Dawnguard, was nominated for Best RPG.

Catch up on E3 highlights for all three titles, which only I refer to as “The Triple D”, in the roundup posts below.

Tonight on Gamespot: Catch the Game Developers Choice Awards (Update)

Update: At tonight’s award show, Bethesda Game Studios won the night’s final award, Game of the Year! Congrats to the whole team!

To watch an Encore presentation of the awards, visit Gamespot. And for pictures from the event, visit the GDCA Flickr page.

Original Post: This year’s Game Developers Conference is underway in San Francisco. Last night BGS level designer Joel Burgess discussed Skyrim in a panel titled Pursuing Elegance, and tonight, the 12th Annual Game Developers Choice Awards will be announced.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is nominated for five awards in tonight’s ceremony, including Game of the Year, Best Game Design, Best Technology, Best Visual Arts, and Best Audio. If you’re interested in cheering the game along, you can watch Gamespot’s livestream beginning at 6:30 PM PST.

On the subject of awards, you can still vote for Skyrim in the BAFTA GAME GOTY award category. BAFTA winners will be announce next Friday.

Skyrim takes home five AIAS awards

The Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences held their award show last night at the DICE conference, and Skyrim took home five trophies, including Game of the Year.

The awards are voted on by the 20,000 members of the AIAS. In addition to the top honor, the distinguishments included Best Story, Role-playing/MMO Game of the Year, Outstanding Achievement in Gameplay Engineering, Outstanding Achievement in Game Direction.

Congrats to the team!