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Golden Joysticks 2013 – vote now and watch live on 25 October!

Look, we all know that Tomb Raider is the best game of 2013*. Let’s just accept that and move on. However, there are a bunch of other categories in this year’s Golden Joysticks awards that aren’t as clear-cut. Is the best storytelling in The Walking Dead or BioShock Infinite? Is the best handheld game LittleBigPlanet (yes) or Animal Crossing: New Leaf (no)**?

Now, in the olden days, we’d settle arguments like this by slapping each other with our finest calf-skin gloves, and demanding a pistol duel. This would invariably leave someone either dead or mortally wounded. But we’ve moved on since then.

Now you can simply head over to the Golden Joystick voting page on our sister site, CVG, to settle these disputes like civilised men or women.

The Golden Joysticks award event takes place on Friday 25 October, and it’s the only video game awards voted for by YOU, the actual gamers. So make your voice heard. If you really are that bizarre little urchin who thinks Fire Emblem Awakening is the best game of 2013***, then by god, you need to make your voice heard.

The returning host, Ed Byrne recently put together this special video as a teaser for the show and to let you know about the LIVE STREAM, which is happening on, er, the 25 October:

Here’s a breakdown of all the categories, so you can carefully consider your options before heading over to CVG and voting for LBP Vita…****

Game of the Year

Borderlands 2 (2K Games)
Dishonored (Bethesda)
Forza Horizon (Microsoft)
Halo 4 (Microsoft)
The Last of Us (Sony)
Far Cry 3 (Ubisoft)
Tomb Raider (Square Enix)
BioShock Infinite (2K Games)
The Walking Dead (TellTale)
Pikmin 3 (Nintendo)
Grand Theft Auto V (Rockstar)
Call of Duty: Black Ops II (Activision)
Guild Wars 2 (NCsoft)
Fire Emblem Awakening (Nintendo)
Hotline Miami (Devolver Digital)
Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch (Namco Bandai)
Saints Row IV (Deep Silver)
Splinter Cell Blacklist (Ubisoft)

Most Wanted

Xbox One (Microsoft)
PlayStation 4 (Sony)
The Elder Scrolls Online (Bethesda)
Thief (Square Enix)
Watch Dogs (Ubisoft)
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (Konami)
Destiny (Activision)
Battlefield 4 (EA)
Call of Duty: Ghosts (Activision)
Super Smash Bros. Wii U (Nintendo)
Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (Namco Bandai)
The Division (Ubisoft)
Titanfall (EA)
Dark Souls II (Namco Bandai)
Need for Speed: Rivals (EA)
Batman: Arkham Origins (Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc)   

Best Indie Game

Hotline Miami (Devolver Digital)
Gunpoint (Suspicious Developments)
Mark of the Ninja (Klei)
State of Decay (Undead Labs)
Guacamelee! (Drinkbox Studios)
The Unfinished Swan (Giant Sparrow)
Ridiculous Fishing (Vlambeer)
FTL: Faster Than Light (Subset Games)
Super Hexagon (Terry Cavanagh)

Best Newcomer

The Last of Us (Sony)
The Walking Dead (TellTale)
Dishonored (Bethesda)
Hotline Miami (Devolver Digital)
DUST 514 (CCP)
Forza Horizon (Microsoft)
ZombiU (Ubisoft)
Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch (Namco Bandai)
Remember Me (Capcom)
State of Decay (Microsoft)
Injustice: Gods Among Us (Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc)
DayZ (Dean ‘Rocket’ Hall/Bohemia Interactive)

Best Handheld Game

Animal Crossing: New Leaf (Nintendo)
Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon (Nintendo)
Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate (Capcom)
LittleBigPlanet PSVita (Sony)
Fire Emblem: Awakening (Nintendo)
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate (Nintendo)
Assassin's Creed III Liberation (Ubisoft)
Soul Sacrifice (Sony)
Persona 4 Golden (Square Enix)
Hotline Miami (Devolver Digital)

Best Gaming Platform in association with Digital Spy

Steam (Valve)
Wii U (Nintendo)
Nintendo 3DS (Nintendo)
Xbox 360 (Microsoft)
PlayStation 3 (Sony)
PS Vita (Sony)
Gog.com (CD Projekt RED)
Google Play (Google)
iOS App Store (Apple)

Best Storytelling

The Last of Us (Sony)
BioShock Infinite (2K Games)
Metro: Last Light (Deep Silver)
The Walking Dead (TellTale)
Halo 4 (Microsoft)
Dishonored (Bethesda)
LEGO City: Undercover (Nintendo)
Tomb Raider (Square Enix)
Call of Juarez: Gunslinger (Ubisoft)
Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons (505)
COD: Black Ops II (Activision)
Virtue's Last Reward (Rising Star Games)

Best Mobile/Tablet Game of the Year

XCOM: Enemy Unknown (2K Games)
Ridiculous Fishing (Vlambeer)
Super Hexagon (Terry Cavanagh)
Deus Ex: The Fall (Square Enix)
Rayman Jungle Run (Ubisoft)
Total War Battles: Shogun (Sega)
Joe Danger Touch (Hello Games)
Year Walk (Simogo)
Punch Quest (Rocketcat)

Best Online Game

World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria (Blizzard)
ShootMania Storm (Ubisoft)
Firefall (Red 5)
PlanetSide 2 (Sony Online Entertainment)
SimCity (EA)
DayZ (Dean ‘Rocket’ Hall/Bohemia Interactive)
Curiosity – What’s Inside the Cube? (22Cans)
Defiance (Trion Worlds)
World of Tanks (Wargaming.net)
League of Legends (Riot Games)
Dota 2 (Valve)
Eve Online – Odyssey (CCP)
Guild Wars 2 (NCsoft)
Runescape 3 (Jagex)
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn (Square Enix)
Star Wars: The Old Republic (EA)
Disney Infinity (Disney Interactive)
The Secret World (EA/Funcom)
Rift (Trion Worlds)
Aion (Gameforge)
 

Best Multiplayer

FIFA 13 (EA)
PES 2013 (Konami)
Call of Duty: Black Ops II (Activision)
Nintendo Land (Nintendo)
Halo 4 (Microsoft)
Borderlands 2 (2K Games)
Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed (Sega)
StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm (Blizzard)
Company of Heroes 2 (Sega)
F1 2012 (Codemasters)
Battlefield 3 End Game Expansion (EA)
Payday 2 (505 Games)

Innovation of the Year in association with T3

Ouya
Twitch.tv
Nintendo Direct (Nintendo)
Miiverse (Nintendo)
Wonderbook (Sony)
SmartGlass (Microsoft)
Oculus Rift (Oculus)
Defiance (Trion Worlds)
Curiosity – What’s Inside the Cube? (22Cans)
Earforce XP510 headset (Turtle Beach)

Studio of the Year

TellTale Games
Ubisoft Montreal
Naughty Dog
343 Industries
EA Canada
Irrational Games
Nintendo Intelligent Systems
Ninja Theory
Playground Games
Riot Games
DICE
Arkane Studios
The Creative Assembly
Sports Interactive

Best Visual Design

BioShock Infinite (2K Games)
Dishonored (Bethesda)
Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch (Namco Bandai)
Hotline Miami (Devolver Digital)
The Unfinished Swan (Giant Sparrow)
Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon (Ubisoft)
Borderlands 2 (2K Games)
Pikmin 3 (Nintendo)
DMC (Capcom)
The Last of Us (Sony
Metro: Last Light (Deep Silver)
Halo 4 (Microsoft)
God of War: Ascension (Sony)

Best Gaming Moment in association with Absolute Radio

Trying Oculus Rift for the first time (Oculus)
MGS Revengeance - Senator boss fight (Capcom)
Bioshock Infinite - Hallelujah (2K)
Mass Effect 3 - Citadel DLC party (EA)
DMC - Bob Barbas boss fight (Capcom)
Dishonored - Lady Boyle's Last Party (Bethesda)
Far Cry 3 - The Definition of Insanity (Ubisoft)
Hotline Miami - Chapter 8 (disco) (Devolver Digital)
The Walking Dead - The boy in the attic (Telltale)
Assassin’s Creed III - The Templar Twist (Ubisoft)
The Unfinished Swan - The King’s Dream (Giant Sparrow)
The Last of Us – Joel’s loss  (Sony)
Tomb Raider - Radio Tower climb (Square Enix)
Dead Space 3 – A surprising death (EA)
Halo 4 – Cortana’s fate (Microsoft)

The YouTube Gamer Award

Yogscast 
Ali A 
Smooth McGroove 
Francis 
Fitzthislewitz 
Tam McGleish (Gamewank) 
Bitsocket  

*We’re trolling you. You know that, right?
**Still trolling. Have you voted yet?
***Yup, that’s us trolling again.
****Seriously, are you not getting how this is working by now?