Future Publishing’s Golden Joystick Awards have been a mainstay of the UK game industry for some time (the awards started in 1983) and this year we have the chance to vote for the “Ultimate Game Of All Time” 50 Years of Gaming.
To get to this stage, the Golden Joystick Awards gathered a jury of industry experts and legends, including Katsuhiro Harada (Tekken Series), Debbie Bestwick MBE (Team17), Gary Penn (DMA Design, Grand Theft Auto), Keith Stuart, Keza MacDonald (both The Guardian), Shahid Ahmad (former head of Sony’s Strategic Content Division) and a variety of journalists from Future gaming brands – such as Edge Magazine, Retro Gamer and GamesRadar.
This team had to narrow the initial shortlist of 150 games from the approximately 1.1 million video games released since it was launched Computer room 1971 – the first commercially available game. That list was then reduced to 20 games by the jury, taking into account elements such as critical reception, legacy, commercial impact, social impact, and their own personal point of view.
In case you’re wondering, here is the final shortlist:
- The last of us
- Downfall (1993)
- Super mario 64
- Street fighter II
- Space Invaders
- Pokémon GO
- Super Mario Kart
- Grand Theft Auto V.
- Super Mario Bros. 3
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
- Halo: Combat Evolved
- Dark souls
- Solid metal gear
- Half-life 2
- Call of Duty 4 Modern Warfare
- SimCity (1989)
As you can see, there are some additions from the world of Nintendo there, as well as some notable omissions – but, as Future quickly discovers, the madness had method:
The jury was faced with this challenge again and again: How many titles should we include from a particular franchise? How do you rate which game from a particular series deserves a raise above all the others? These decisions have long been debated – to a depth you may not believe – but by leaning against the evaluation criteria listed above. It is not uncommon for a game to be selected that is * technically * not even the best of its own series.
The awards also allow you to vote for the best gaming hardware ever.
Head over to the Golden Joystick Awards page to vote and let us know what you think of this 20 game shortlist by leaving a comment.