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'Shadow of Mordor' takes top prize at Game Developers Choice Awards

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Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, last year’s The Lord of the Rings game that helped to chart new territory in open world action games, was awarded Game of the Year at last night’s Game Developers Choice Awards.

The 15th annual GDC Awards, held as part of the 2015 Game Developers Conference, are voted on by members of the industry rather than press or players. And while Mordor won the night’s biggest prize, Monument Valley, a mobile game most recently featured on House of Cards, took home three awards during the ceremony.

The gaming world may not have an awards show on the level of the Oscars or the Emmys, but in terms of legitimacy, the GDC Awards are perhaps the closest thing around. The ceremony, in addition to highlighting some of the year’s best games, also awarded a few individuals for their efforts in the gaming industry, including Hironobu Sakaguchi, creator of the Final Fantasy series, who was honored with a lifetime achievement award.

Find the complete list of winners below.

Game of the Year

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor (Monolith Productions/Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment)

Best Debut

Stoic Studio (The Banner Saga)

Innovation Award

Monument Valley (ustwo)

Best Audio

Alien: Isolation (Creative Assembly/Sega)

Best Visual Art

Monument Valley (ustwo)

Best Narrative

Kentucky Route Zero: Act III (Cardboard Computer)

Pioneer Award

David Braben

Lifetime Achievement Award

Hironobu Sakaguchi

Ambassador Award 

Brenda Romero

Best Technology

Destiny (Bungie/Activision)

Best Design

Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft (Blizzard)

Best Handheld/Mobile Game

Monument Valley (ustwo)

Audience Award

Elite: Dangerous (Frontier Developments)