Future Publishing’s Golden Joystick Awards have been a mainstay of the UK gaming industry for some time (the awards first started in 1983) and this year we are being offered the opportunity to vote for “Best Game of All Time” to celebrate the 50th anniversary of gaming.
To get to this milestone, the Golden Joystick Awards brought together a panel of judges from industry experts and legends, including Katsuhiro Harada (Tekken series), MBE Debbie Bestwick (Team17), Gary Penn (DMA Design, Grand Theft Auto), Keith Stewart, Keza MacDonald (both from The Guardian), Shahid Ahmad (former head of Sony’s strategic content division) and a wide range of journalists from Future’s gaming brands such as Edge magazine, Retro Gamer and GamesRadar.
This team had to narrow the initial list of 150 games from 1.1 million-plus video games released since its inception. Computer space back in 1971 – the first commercially available game. The list was then reduced by a jury to 20 games, taking into account such elements as critical reception, legacy, commercial influence, social influence and their personal opinion.
If you’re curious, here’s the final shortlist:
- mine craft
- The last of us
- Doom (1993)
- Super Mario 64
- Street Fighter II
- Space Invaders
- Pokemon GO
- Super Mario Kart
- Grand theft auto v
- Super Mario Brothers 3
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
- Halo: Combat Evolved
- Dark souls
- Metal gear solid
- Half life 2
- Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
- SimCity (1989)
As you can see, there are a few additions from the Nintendo world, as well as some notable omissions, but as Future quickly points out, there was a way to madness:
The judges were repeatedly faced with the problem: how many titles from a given franchise should we include? How do you rate which game from this or that series deserves to rise above all the others? These decisions have been discussed at length – to a depth you may not believe – but they were based on the judging criteria listed above. Quite often, a game was chosen that was not even “technically” the best in its own series.
The awards will also allow you to vote for the best gaming equipment of all time.
Go to Golden Joystick Awards Page to vote and let us know what you think of this list of 20 games by leaving a comment.