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Skyrim honored as Game of the Year at GDC

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Last night at the Game Developers Choice Awards, select members of the video game industry chose The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim as Game of the Year. Hosting this year's ceremony was Gears of War lead Cliff Bleszinski.

Editors of the magazine Game Developer and website Gamasutra handpicked a committee of distinguished industry veterans, who then chose the award winners after public nomination concluded. This year, the top winner was Skyrim, which released for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC on November 11, 2011.

The exceedingly high scores on Metacritic (ranging from 92-96 in critic reviews, depending on the version) and the many flawless ratings from gaming websites and publications (Famitsu awarded it the magazine's first perfect score for a Western-developed game) prove that the committee made a fine decision in selecting Skyrim for the prestigious award.

In response to the honor, Skyrim director Todd Howard said, "We never imagined the reception the game would get, or the reception that it has had. This has been an amazing ride for us, not just for this game, but for the last 25-plus years at Bethesda."

Other outlets previously named Skyrim their Game of the Year for 2011. Here at GameZone, we credited the game with Best Use of Atmosphere and Best RPG.

For the full list of winners, visit Gamesutra.

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