Awards: Video Game Awards

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Touted as the closest thing the video game industry has to the Oscars, The Game Awards is a US annual ceremony honouring achievements in the video game industry. For parents, this creates a really helpful list of brilliant games in two ways.

Firstly, the Best Family Game category means that a huge amount of time spent nominating, assessing and judging games that specifically work for families. These include those that are age appropriate as well as those that offer new ways to enjoy gaming time together.

Secondly, the Games with Impact category uncovers many games that parents wouldn’t come across themselves. These are titles that will often be of interest for older players and parents themselves. They address important topics in unusual ways and are often games that mums and dads are surprised to want to play themselves.

We’ve spent the day leafing back through the different awards literature to compile this super-list of winners and nominations. It’s a great place to start to find game for your family as well as games you will want to play yourself once the children are in bed or at school.

BEST FAMILY GAME

For the best game appropriate for family play, irrespective of genre or platform.

2018

Winner: Mario Tennis Aces
Nintendo Labo
Overcooked 2
Starlink: Battle for Atlas
Super Mario Party

2017

Winner: Super Mario Odyssey
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle
Sonic Mania
Splatoon 2

2016

Winner: Pokémon Go 
Dragon Quest Builders
Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Ratchet & Clank
Skylanders: Imaginators

2015 

Winner: Super Mario Maker 
Disney Infinity 3.0
Lego Dimensions
Skylanders: SuperChargers
Splatoon

2014

Winner: Mario Kart 8
Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes
Fantasia: Music Evolved
Skylanders: Trap Team
Tomodachi Life

GAMES FOR IMPACT

For a thought provoking game with a profound pro-social meaning or message.

2018

11-11 Memories Retold
Celeste
Florence
Life is Strange 2: Episode 1
The Missing: JJ Macfield and the Island of Memories

2017

Winner: Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice
Bury Me, My Love
Life is Strange: Before the Storm
Night in the Woods
Please Knock on My Door
What Remains of Edith Finch

2016

Winner: That Dragon, Cancer
Block’hood
Orwell
Sea Hero Quest
1979 Revolution: Black Friday

2015

Winner: Life Is Strange
Cibele
Her Story
Sunset
Undertale

2014

Winner: Valiant Hearts: The Great War
Mountain
Never Alone
The Last of Us: Left Behind
This War of Mine

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