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Overview

The Game Critics Awards are decided by an independent group of worldwide media outlets. They have selected the most promising games of each Electronic Entertainment Expo since 1998, and have thus become recognized as the most respected "Best of" awards that come out of the annual show. Games qualify for nomination by having hands-on playable versions of the game at the show. Games that are not available for play by the judges (i.e. shown only in trailers, announcements, or developer walkthroughs) do not qualify, but can still be considered for Special Commendations.

Judges

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As of 2016, there are 40 media outlets considered as judges for the awards. Included among these judges are:

  • ArsTechnica
  • AusGamers (Australia)
  • Destructoid
  • Edge (UK)
  • EGM
  • Electric Playground
  • Entertainment Weekly
  • EuroGamer
  • Famitsu (Japan)
  • Fortune
  • Game Informer
  • GamesRadar
  • Gamespot
  • Gannett News Service
  • Giant Bomb
  • IGN
  • L.A. Times
  • Level Up (Mexico)
  • Link Digital Spirit/Juex Video Magazine (France)
  • Mashable
  • Meristation (Spain)
  • Nerdist
  • OUL Jogos (Brazil)
  • PC Gamer
  • Playboy
  • Polygon
  • SpieleTipps (Germany)
  • SpikeTV
  • Sun Media
  • Time Magazine
  • USA Today
  • US Gamer
  • The Verge
  • VentureBeat
  • Vice (UK)
  • Wenner Media
  • Wired
  • Yahoo!

Previous judges have included 1UP Network, AOL GameDaily, Associated Press, Business 2.0, CNN, Comcast Games, Digital Trends, The Escapist, Game-Revolution, Gamer, Games for Windows Magazine, Giant, The Hollywood Reporter, Joystiq, Kotaku, Machinima, Newsweek, Official PlayStation Magazine, Official Xbox Magazine, Penny Arcade Report, Play Magazine, PSM, Revision3, Rolling Stone, San Jose Mercury News, ShackNews, UGO, Variety, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post.

Winners

The Game Critics Awards co-chairmen, Aaron Loeb and Rob Smith, determine what categories will be open each year. After E3, the judges submit their top five nominees for each category and from those, official nominees are named. The judges then vote for their top pick in each category among those final nominations. In the event of a tie, the title with the most total nominations will break the tie.

For a full list of nominations for each year, see the corresponding E3 page for that year.

BEST OF SHOW

2016 Best of Show
2016 Best of Show

BEST ORIGINAL GAME

2002 Best Original Game
2002 Best Original Game

BEST CONSOLE GAME

1998 Best Console Game
1998 Best Console Game

BEST PC GAME

2003 Best PC Game
2003 Best PC Game

BEST HANDHELD / MOBILE GAME

2005 Best Handheld Game
2005 Best Handheld Game

BEST PERIPHERAL / HARDWARE

1999 Best Hardware
1999 Best Hardware

BEST ACTION GAME

2007 Best Action Game
2007 Best Action Game

BEST ACTION / ADVENTURE GAME

2008 Best Action/Adventure Game
2008 Best Action/Adventure Game

BEST DOWNLOADABLE GAME

2011 Best Downloadable Game
2011 Best Downloadable Game

BEST FIGHTING GAME

2000 Best Fighting Game
2000 Best Fighting Game

BEST INDEPENDENT GAME

BEST MOTION SIMULATION

BEST ONLINE MULTIPLAYER

1998 Best Online Multiplayer
1998 Best Online Multiplayer

BEST PLATFORMER

BEST RACING GAME

2004 Best Racing Game
2004 Best Racing Game

BEST ROLE PLAYING GAME

2009 Best RPG
2009 Best RPG

BEST SIMULATION GAME

2003 Best Simulation Game
2003 Best Simulation Game

BEST SOCIAL/FAMILY/CASUAL/PUZZLE/PARLOR GAME

2001 Best Casual Game
2001 Best Casual Game

BEST SPORTS GAME

2006 Best Sports Game
2006 Best Sports Game

BEST STRATEGY GAME

2000 Best Strategy Game
2000 Best Strategy Game

SPECIAL COMMENDATION FOR GRAPHICS

1999 Graphics
1999 Graphics

SPECIAL COMMENDATION FOR INNOVATION

SPECIAL COMMENDATION FOR SOUND

BEST BOOTH

BEST PARTY

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