Golden Joystick Award

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The Golden Joystick Award is a British award for computer games, which began in 1983 and runs to the present day. The number of categories has steadily expanded to include video game consoles, Publisher of the Year, Soundtrack of the Year and others.

In the first years the awarded categories were:

  • Game of the Year
  • Best Original Game of the Year
  • Adventure Game of the Year
  • Strategy Game of the Year
  • Arcade-Style Game of the Year
  • Programmer of the Year
  • Software House of the Year

Starting in 1989 awards were made separately for 8-bit and 16-bit games, but this sub-categorisation was dropped a few years later.

In the C64-Wiki, we consider the history of the award and the awards from the viewpoint of the Commodore home computers until the mid-1990s.

Games[edit]

The following games have received the Golden Joystick Award:

Year Title Category
1983 Manic Miner Best Arcade-Style Game of the Year
1984 Lords of Midnight Best Strategy Game of the Year (ZX Spectrum version)
1984 Elite Best Original Game of the Year (BBC Micro and Acorn Electronic version)
1985 The Way of the Exploding Fist Game of the Year
1985 Commando Arcade-Style Game of the Year
1986 Gauntlet Game of the Year
1986 Sanxion Best Soundtrack of the Year
1986 The Sentinel Best Original Game of the Year
1986 Uridium Arcade-Style Game of the Year
1988 Nebulus Best Original Game
1989 Armalyte Best Graphics of the Year
1989 Microprose Soccer Best Simulation Game of the Year

Programmer of the Year[edit]

The following games or teams have received the Golden Joystick Award:

Software House of the Year[edit]

The following game companies have received the Golden Joystick Award:

Links[edit]

WP-W11.png Wikipedia: Golden_Joystick_Award