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Golden Joystick Awards 2011 - Shortlists announced

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It's that time of year again! The voting is now open for the Gamesmaster Golden Joystick Awards 2011 and there are prizes aplenty for taking the time to vote.

Games are placed into 14 categories including 'Ultimate Game of the Year', a category which contains the main heavyweights from the last 12 months. Contenders include Call of Duty Black Ops, Assassin's Creed Brotherhood and L.A Noire.

Voting is live now at Voters who participate in all 14 public categories are in with a chance of winning the GamesMaster Ultimate Gaming Prize - including consoles and many of the award-nominated games.

Robin Alway, Editor-in-Chief of GamesMaster says: “The combination of 1.5 million votes last year and an outstanding 12 months for games meant the pressure was really on when it came to picking the shortlist for the Golden Joysticks. But while that was difficult, voting is easier than ever and we want every gamer to have their say.

“The shortlist features huge sequels living up to the hype, new IP establishing itself, and incredible innovation and creativity wherever you look. There could be some major upsets when the winners are announced.”

The Joystick awards are going from strength to strength, seeing over 1.5 millions votes cast last year, and this has spurred them on to put in place a number of enhancements for this year. New categories have been added recognising the increasing prominence of mobile and web based gaming with the industry (Angry Birds et al), along with a brand new website, making it easier for gamers to cast their votes and utilise social media networks (if you like that sort of thing).

GamesMaster Golden Joystick Awards 2011 categories

  • Ultimate Game of the Year
  • One To Watch
  • Best Shooter
  • Best Action/Adventure
  • Best RPG [Role-Playing Game]
  • Best MMO [Massively Multiplayer Online game]
  • Best Fighting Game
  • Best Racing Game
  • Best Sports Game
  • Best Strategy Game
  • Best Music-based Game
  • Best Free-to-play Game
  • Best Mobile Game
  • Best Downloadable Game

The 2011 shortlist has been selected by a hand-picked panel of Future’s gaming experts, chaired by GamesMaster Editor-in-Chief Robin Alway.

Winners are announced at the awards ceremony, taking place at the Westminster Bridge Park Plaza on Friday 21st October. Among the surprises on the night will be a number of exclusives and reveals from all across the games industry.

Simon Maxwell, Group Publisher of Future’s Entertainment portfolio, says: “We’re drawing on 29 years of heritage to make this year’s Golden Joysticks the biggest and best ever. Table sales are moving at speed, so don’t delay if you want to be in the room for the gaming event of the year.

“We can’t wait to crown the very best gaming has to offer – get voting and make sure your favourite gets the recognition it deserves.”

To check out the brand new website and (obviously) vote in the GamesMaster Golden Joystick Awards 2011 visit

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