The Golden Joystick Awards, which is more affectionately known as 'The People's Gaming Awards', was established by the popular magazine group, Future Publishing in 1982, and has become an important event in the gaming calendar ever since.
The Golden Joystick Awards are an annual event in the gaming calender.
Each and every winner of the prestigious Golden Joystick has been voted for by the public. Voting forms have already been included in several gaming magazines such as ONM and Official Playstation Magazine, which are both publications developed by Future Publishing PLC.
Now, the final shortlist of nominees has been revealed and Future Publishing are requesting that gamers continue to cast their votes. In a change from previous years, the 2010 awards will focus less on console-specific categories, preferring instead to award titles within specific genres instead.
Here at Mini Gamers, we are particularly interested to see who will win in the Portable Games category. It is an impressive list, and all of the nominated titles in this category certainly deserve to walk away with the prize.The shortlisted nominees for portable games are as follows:
Assassin's Creed: Bloodlines (PSP)
Assassin's Creed: Discovery (DS/DSi)
Call Of Duty Modern Warfare: Mobilised (DS/DSi)
Call of Duty: World at War: ZOMBIES (iOS)
Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars (DS/DSi, PSP, iOS)
Plants vs. Zombies (iOS, iPad)
Pokemon Heart Gold/Soul Silver (DS/DSi)
Professor Layton and Pandora's Box (DS/DSi)
The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks (DS/DSi)
The other award category to watch out for is the Ultimate Game Of The Year. Again, the list of games is impressive. Although there is very little choice for handheld gamers to choose from this year, it will be interesting to see who manages to scoop the top-spot. As well as winning the stunningly crafted Golden Joystick Trophy winners of this award are automatically included in The Guinness Book of Records as the 'Best Videogame'.
However, it has to be said that none of the nominees would win without the support of gamers everywhere. Over 421,843 votes have been cast so far and there is still plenty of time for you to take part.
For more details on the awards, or to cast your vote for this year, please click here to visit the Golden Joystick website. May the best game win!