Last night, at the Game Developers Choice Awards in San Francisco, California, the Game of the Year Award was given to one of the following nominees; Batman: Arkham Asylum (Rocksteady Studios), The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Bethesda Game Studios), Portal 2 (Valve), Deus Ex: Human Revolution (Eidos Montreal) and Dark Souls (FromSoftware). And the winner was…The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. The win was not a huge surprise, as Skyrim took the gaming public by storm from its first day of release and was a top seller all over the world.
Bethesda’s game director and executive producer, Todd Howard, accepted the award on behalf of members of his creative team on stage and those back on the East Coast. In an excerpt from his acceptance speech, he stated;
“The first credit in the credits of (The Elder Scrolls V) Skyrim is Game Design (by) Bethesda Game Studios and so, I think, game design is one of those things that take a group of people from every discipline to pull something like this off. Everybody on the team…who made the game that we really wanted to play (and) it was just us there, working on it for 3 years, doing everything we could do to make something we thought was fun and the best that we could do. But we never imagined the reception the game would get or the success that’s it had and it’s all because of everyone out there, all of you. You know, being part of gaming and having everybody take to the game and make it their own and honor us with awards like this is really amazing…this is the greatest form of entertainment on the planet, video games, thank you all so much.”
Having won the same award in 2009 for Fallout 3, it would seem that Mr. Howard, and his team at Bethesda Game Studios, are creating a tradition of producing games that delight avid gamers and industry professionals alike and will continue to do so.