Golden Joystick Awards - Make your vote count

It's that time already - the Golden Joysticks Awards have opened for the first stage of voting, and it's your chance to have your say on the year's releases. Which is great, of course. But even better is that this year you can win a share of a prize hoard worth over £10,000 simply for hitting upthe Golden Joysticks websiteand choosing your favourite games.

Don't agree that Gears of War should have scooped last year's ultimate accolade? There's only one way to prevent further miscarriages of justice - your votes are the only ones that count with the Golden Joysticks Awards. So don't miss this opportunity to stick your oar in, cast your opinion liberally around and get your half-tuppence worth. And so on. The categories this year are...

Ultimate Game of the Year
The Sun Family Game of the Year
Nuts All Nighter Award
Soundtrack of the Year
Bliss Handheld Game of the Year
Editor's Choice
The One To Watch Award
4Talent Mobile Game of the Year
Nintendo Game of the Year
Online Game of the Year
PC Game of the Year
PlayStation Game of the Year
Xbox Game of the Year
Publisher of the Year
Retailer of the Year
UK Developer of the Year

Last year nearly three quarters of a million people voted online for the Golden Joysticks Awards - let's make that a cool million this time around, eh? Find the answers to all your questions, see the photographic history of this great gaming event and get busy with the actual voting process at

Ben Richardson is a former Staff Writer for Official PlayStation 2 magazine and a former Content Editor of GamesRadar+. In the years since Ben left GR, he has worked as a columnist, communications officer, charity coach, and podcast host – but we still look back to his news stories from time to time, they are a window into a different era of video games.