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.

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.

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.

The Best Independent Games category is useful as this includes games you may not have heard of. Also, because they are created by smaller team they are often more personal and about themes not included in other titles.

The Best Narrative category is also worth keeping an eye on as this includes games that tell good stories in unusual ways. Characters, worlds and plot combine in unique ways with the interactive nature of video games so that encountering a story in this way can be powerful, moving, playful or more long-lasting than other media.

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.

2019

Luigi’s Mansion 3
Ring Fit Adventure
Super Mario Maker 2
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Yoshi’s Crafted World

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.

2019

Concrete Genie
Gris
Kind Words
Life is Strange 2
Sea f Solitude

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

BEST INDEPENDENT  GAME

These are games made by small studios or lone individuals. Because of their more artistic nature, they often cover unusual subjects. Some of these games will have been made with only adults in mind.

2019

Baba Is You
Disco Elysium
Katana Zero
Outer Wilds
Untitled Goose Game

2018

Winner: Celeste
Dead Cells
Into the Breach
Return of the Obra Dinn
The Messenger

2017

Winner: Cuphead
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice
Night in the Woods
Pyre
What Remains of Edith Finch

2016

Winner: Inside
Firewatch
Hyper Light Drifter
Stardew Valley
The Witness

2015

Winner: Rocket League
Axiom Verge
Her Story
Ori and the Blind Forest
Undertale

2014

Winner: Shovel Knight 
Broken Age Act I
Monument Valley
Transistor
The Vanishing of Ethan Carter

BEST NARRATIVE GAME

These are games with strong stories and characters. They will vary in rating and some of them have been designed for adults only.

2019

A Plague Tale: Innocence
Control
Death Stranding
Disco Elysium
The Outer Worlds

2018

Winner: Red Dead Redemption 2
Detroit: Become Human
God of War
Life Is Strange 2
Marvel’s Spider-Man

2017

Winner: What Remains of Edith Finch
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice
Horizon Zero Dawn
Nier: Automata
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

2016

Winner: Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
Firewatch
Inside
Mafia III
Oxenfree

2015

Winner: Her Story
Life Is Strange
Tales from the Borderlands
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Until Dawn

2014

Winner: Valiant Hearts: The Great War
South Park: The Stick of Truth
The Walking Dead: Season Two
The Wolf Among Us
Wolfenstein: The New Order

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