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Votes Are In, Call Of Duty 4 Wins

October 31, 2008

Call of Duty 4, a modern combat-themed first person shooter, is the clear winner at the 2008 Golden Joystick Awards.

The game captured the “Ultimate Game of the Year”, “Online Game of the Year” and “PC Game of the Year” awards.

The Gold Joystick Awards are in their twenty-sixth year.  They consist of 16 categories and are voted for by UK gamers.

Other winners at the event included Guitar Hero 3, Grand Theft Auto 4, and Super Smash Bros.

The two main British awards a video game can win are either a Bafta Video Game Award, or a Golden Joystick.

The Baftas are chosen by experts in the games industry, but the Golden Joystick is voted on by the public, which had 850,000 gamers voting for the 2008 awards.

Call of Duty 4 is a departure for the series. Previous editions were all set in World War II and this version has players taking on the dual role of an NCO in the SAS and a US Marine sergeant.

David Tyler, marketing director at Activision, said, “We’re really honored to receive this award. We’d like to thank everyone involved, especially the development team, Infinity Ward”.

“The Golden Joysticks’ importance has grown year on year and it has helped raise the profile of the games industry as a whole.”

Wins for Grand Theft Auto 4 means the series has now acquired a Gold Joystick Award for seven years running.

The game won the BBC 1Xtra Soundtrack of the Year and Xbox Game of the Year awards. Its developers, Rockstar North, won CVG’s Developer of the Year award.

Since its inception, the series has courted controversy.  Organizations including Mothers Against Drunk Driving, officials from New York City and the MP George Galloway have all criticized the game.

Guitar hero 3 Legends of Rock picked up The Sun’s “Family Game of the Year” award.  Nintendo’s Legend of Zelda Phantom Hourglass was Handheld Game of the Year.

Developer Tobias Rowe won the Mobile Game Pitch for his game Finders Keepers, while the new Grandmaster Flash Award was given to Darius Bagdziunas for his Stickman Madness game.

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