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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Her Story the big winners at 16th Annual Game Developers Choice Awards

CD Projekt RED continue to rake in the awards for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt after scooping both Game Of The Year and the award for Best Technology in Video Games for The Witcher 3’s complex game engine that combines both brilliant visuals with a huge open game world. The polish based developers were honored at last night’s 16th annual Game Developers Choice Awards (GDCA) ceremony, which took place during the 2016 Game Developers Conference (GDC) at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, California.

Other winners include Her Story, the interactive crime fiction game from independent game developer Sam Barlow, which earned the most awards of any nominee of the night, taking home awards for Innovation, Best Narrative and Best Handheld/Mobile Game. Starring actress/musician Viva Seifert, Her Story brilliantly combines taped confessions and a simple computer interface to pull players into a compelling murder investigation.

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There was also more honors for Moon Studios and Ori and the Blind Forest as the studio earned two Choice Awards, for Best Debut and Best Visual Art. Ori and the Blind Forest is an action platformer set against a visually stunning hand-painted world and offers players a deeply emotional story about love, sacrifice and hope.

Rocket League, the wildly fun and deeply competitive soccer-meets-rocket cars title earned developer Psyonix the award for Best Design. The Audience Award, which is chosen from among all of the GDCA finalists through a public online voting process, was presented to Life Is Strange developers DONTNOD Entertainment for the episodic teen drama which places players in control of Max Caulfield, a teenage girl with mysterious time altering powers. The title puts players in control of Maxine Caulfield, a teenage girl with mysterious powers. Elsewhere Minecraft creator  Markus “Notch” Persson picked up the Pioneer Award and Todd Howard of Bethesda picked up the Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Below is a full list of the evening’s winners.

Best Debut
Moon Studios (Ori and the Blind Forest)

Best Audio
Crypt of the NecroDancer (Brace Yourself Games)

Innovation Award
Her Story (Sam Barlow)

Best Technology
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (CD Projekt RED)

Best Visual Art
Ori and the Blind Forest (Moon Studios)

Best Narrative
Her Story (Sam Barlow)

Best Design
Rocket League (Psyonix)

Best Handheld/Mobile Game
Her Story (Sam Barlow)

Audience Award
Life is Strange (DONTNOD Entertainment)

Game of the Year
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (CD Projekt RED)

Pioneer Award
Markus “Notch” Persson

Ambassador Award
Tracy Fullerton

Lifetime Achievement Award
Todd Howard (Bethesda)

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Dan has been gaming for nearly 30 years and has survived everything from Nuclear Fallouts to Zombie Outbreaks but his main love is Survival Horror and don't we all know it. Favourite games include Resident Evil and Grand Theft Auto, he can be regularly found cruising the streets of Vice City listening to the classics.

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