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Golden Joysticks 2014 voting begins

The people's games awards celebrates a new generation

Voting has officially opened for the annual Golden Joystick Awards, which in 2014 enters its 32nd year as the world's biggest public-voted gaming awards.

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The Joysticks were launched by CVG magazine in 1982, with Ultimate's Jetpac taking home the first award, and in 2014 features 16 publicly-voted categories designed to reflect the diversity of modern gaming.

The 32nd Joysticks builds on 2013's successful revamp - our ten new categories attracted 10 million votes - with the addition of the Audio and Personality awards, the latter of which is designed to celebrate the talented people behind the medium.

2014's leading nominees are a roster of creativity, with Media Molecule's endearing platformer Tearaway leading with seven, followed closely by stylish iOS thriller Device 6 with yes, six.

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Ken Levine won 2013's Lifetime Achievement

Konami's Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes (5), Nintendo's Mario Kart 8 (4) and Housemarque's PS4 shooter Resogun are also among the top nominees.

Both Sony Computer Entertainment and Ubisoft lead the publisher nominations with more than 20 each.

As always, the Golden Joysticks shortlist was chosen by an editorial panel comprised of Future games editorial staff from publications including PC Gamer, Edge, Kotaku UK and more.

The Joysticks are the world's longest running games awards, but more importantly they're the only annual awards voted for by the public. In 2013 the awards amassed more than ten million votes, with BioShock creator Ken Levine collecting a Lifetime Achievement award and The Last of Us ending up the biggest winner of the night.

With your votes, we hope the 32nd Golden Joysticks ceremony will deliver the most relevant and exciting awards yet, and showcase the passion and innovation that's ripe across the industry.

SLIDESHOW: 32 years of Joysticks

The 2014 Golden Joystick Awards ceremony will see a change of venue, with the ceremony set to be held at the IndigO2 at London's O2 Arena on Friday, October 24, once again hosted by comedian Ed Byrne, with live coverage right here on CVG.

To cast your vote, visit www.goldenjoystick.com and stay in the loop by following it on Facebook or Twitter.

The Golden Joystick Awards 2014 shortlist

This year's nomination window includes games released between September 2013 and October 2014. Future games may be added to the shortlist based on critical reception. Only one set of votes per user will be counted.

Best Original Game
Broken Age (Double Fine)
Child of Light (Ubisoft Montreal)
DayZ (Bohemia Interactive)
Device 6 (Simogo)
Don't Starve (Klei Entertainment)
Monument Valley (ustwo)
Nidhogg (Messhof)
OlliOlli (Roll7)
Resogun (Sony / Housemarque)
Shovel Knight (Yacht Club)
The Stanley Parable (Galactic Café)
Tearaway (Sony / Media Molecule)
Titanfall (EA / Respawn)
Towerfall Ascension (Matt Thorson)
Transistor (Supergiant)
Valiant Hearts: The Great War (Ubisoft Montpellier)
Watch_Dogs (Ubisoft Montreal)
The Wolf Among Us (TellTale)

Most Wanted
Assassin's Creed Unity (Ubisoft Montreal)
Batman: Arkham Knight (Warner / Rocksteady)
Bloodborne (Sony / From Software)
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (Activision / Sledgehammer)
Dragon Age: Inquisition (EA / BioWare)
Elite Dangerous (Frontier)
Evolve (2K Games / Turtle Rock)
Far Cry 4 (Ubisoft Montreal)
Fortnite (Epic Games)
Halo 5: Guardians (Microsoft / 343 Industries)
Homefront: The Revolution (Koch / Crytek)
The Legend of Zelda Wii U (Nintendo)
Mirror's Edge 2 (EA / DICE)
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (Konami / Kojima Productions)
No Man's Sky (Hello Games)
Rise of the Tomb Raider (Square Enix)
Splatoon (Nintendo)
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U & 3DS (Nintendo)
Sunset Overdrive (Microsoft / Insomniac)
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Siege (Ubisoft Montreal)
Tom Clancy's The Division (Ubisoft Massive)
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (Namco Bandai / CD Projekt Red)
Uncharted 4: A Thief's End (Sony / Naughty Dog)

Best Indie Game
Broken Age (Double Fine)
DayZ (Bohemia Interactive)
Device 6 (Simogo)
Don't Starve (Klei Entertainment)
Jazzpunk (Necrophone)
Luftrausers (Vlambeer)
Nidhogg (Messhof)
OlliOlli (Roll7)
Outlast (Red Barrels)
Republique (Camouflaj)
Resogun (Housemarque)
Super Time Force (Capybara)
Shovel Knight (Yacht Club)
The Stanley Parable (Galactic Café)
Towerfall Ascension (Matt Thorson)

Best Visual Design
Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag (Ubisoft Montreal)
Child of Light (Ubisoft Montreal)
Contrast (Focus / Compulsion)
Device 6 (Simogo)
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (Nintendo / Retro Studios)
Don't Starve (Klei Entertainment)
Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft (Blizzard)
Hitman GO (Square Enix)
Infamous Second Son (Sony / Sucker Punch)
Killzone: Shadow Fall (Sony / Guerrilla Games)
Kinect Sports Rivals (Microsoft / Rare)
Mario Kart 8 (Nintendo EAD)
Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes (Konami / Kojima Productions)
Monument Valley (Ustwo)
Resogun (Sony / Housemarque)
Ryse: Son of Rome (Microsoft / Crytek)
South Park: The Stick of Truth (Ubisoft / Obsidian)
Tearaway (Sony / Media Molecule)
Thief (Square Enix / Eidos Montreal)
Transistor (Supergiant)
Valiant Hearts: The Great War (Ubisoft Montpellier)

Best Multiplayer
Battlefield 4 (EA / DICE)
Call of Duty: Ghosts (Activision / Infinity Ward)
Killer Instinct (Microsoft)
Kinect Sports Rivals (Microsoft / Rare)
Lego Marvel Super Heroes (Warner Bros. Interactive)
Mario Kart 8 (Nintendo EAD)
Nidhogg (Messhof)
Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare (EA / Popcap)
Sportsfriends (Die Gute Fabrik)
Super Mario 3D World (Nintendo EAD Tokyo)
Titanfall (EA / Respawn)
Trials Fusion (Ubisoft / Redlynx)
Towerfall Ascension (Matt Thorson)
Ultra Street Fighter IV (Capcom)
Watch_Dogs (Ubisoft Montreal)

Studio of the Year
Blizzard
Bohemia Interactive
Frontier Developments
Housemarque
Media Molecule
Nintendo EAD
Respawn
Telltale Games
Turn 10
Ubisoft Montreal
Vlambeer

Innovation of the Year
DualShock 4 (Sony)
Kinect 2.0 (Microsoft)
Oculus Rift DK2 (Oculus VR)
Project Morpheus (Sony)
Twitch (Twitch)
Game DVR (Microsoft)
Remote Play (Sony)

Best Audio
Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag (Ubisoft Montreal)
The Banner Saga (Stoic)
Battlefield 4 (EA / DICE)
Broken Age (Double Fine)
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (Nintendo / Retro Studios)
Forza Motorsport 5 (Microsoft / Turn 10)
The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (Nintendo EAD)
Mario Kart 8 (Nintendo EAD)
Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes (Konami / Kojima Productions)
Super Mario 3D World (Nintendo EAD Tokyo)
Tearaway (Sony / Media Molecule)
Thief (Square Enix / Eidos Montreal)
Transistor (Supergiant)
The Wolf Among Us (TellTale)

Best Gaming Moment
Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag - Sea shanties (Ubisoft)
Battlefield 4: Levolution (EA)
Dark Souls 2 - Return of the Dragon Slayer (Namco Bandai)
The Last Of Us: Left Behind - The kiss (Sony)
Mario Kart 8 - Luigi death stare (Nintendo)
Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes - Rescuing Kojima (Konami)
Monument Valley - Totem Friends Forever (Ustwo)
Rayman Legends - The music levels (Ubisoft)
Tearaway - Creating a crown for the Squirrel King (Sony)
Titanfall - Calling in a Titan (EA)
Wolfenstein: The New Order - The timeline choice (Bethesda)
Watch_Dogs: Being invaded (Ubisoft)

Best Storytelling
Broken Age (Double Fine)
Child of Light (Ubisoft Montreal)
Device 6 (Simogo)
The Last of Us: Left Behind (Sony / Naughty Dog)
Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes (Konami / Kojima Productions)
Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney (Capcom / Level 5)
The Stanley Parable (Galactic Café)
South Park: The Stick of Truth (Ubisoft / Obsidian)
Tearaway (Sony / Media Molecule)
Valiant Hearts: The Great War (Ubisoft Montpellier)
The Wolf Among Us (TellTale)
Wolfenstein: The New Order (Bethesda / Machine Games)

Best Online Game
DayZ (Bohemia Interactive)
The Elder Scrolls Online (Bethesda / Zenimax Online)
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn (Square Enix)
Grand Theft Auto Online (Rockstar Games)
Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft (Blizzard)
War Thunder (Gaijin Entertainment)
WildStar (NCSoft / Carbine)
World of Tanks: Xbox 360 Edition (Wargaming.net)
World of Warplanes (Wargaming.net)

Best Handheld Game
Bravely Default (Square Enix / Nintendo)
Football Manager Classic 2014 (Sega / Sports Interactive)
The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (Nintendo EAD)
OlliOlli (Roll7)
Pokemon X & Y (Nintendo / Game Freak)
Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney (Capcom / Level 5)
Shovel Knight (Yacht Club)
Tearaway (Sony / Media Molecule)
TxK (Llamasoft)

Best Mobile Game
Boom Beach (Supercell)
Broken Age (Double Fine)
Device 6 (Simogo)
Football Manager Handheld 2014 (Sega / Sports Interactive)
Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft (Blizzard)
Hitman GO (Square Enix)
Monument Valley (Ustwo)
Threes! (Sirvo)
World of Tanks Blitz (Wargaming.net)
Wayard Souls (Rocketcat Games)

Gaming Platform of the Year
Google Play (Google)
iOS App Store (Apple)
Nintendo 3DS
PlayStation 3
PlayStation 4
PS Vita
Steam
Xbox 360
Xbox One
Wii U

Gaming Personality of the Year
Aisha Tyler (Presenter)
Anita Sarkeesian (Campaigner)
Charlie Brooker (Channel 4)
Dean Hall (DayZ)
Ian Livingstone CBE
Palmer Luckey (Oculus VR)
PewDiePie (YouTuber)
Rami Ismail (Vlambeer)
Shuhei Yoshida (Sony)

Game of the Year
Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag (Ubisoft Montreal)
Battlefield 4 (EA / DICE)
Dark Souls II (Namco Bandai / From Software)
Device 6
Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft (Blizzard)
The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (Nintendo EAD)
Mario Kart 8 (Nintendo EAD)
Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes (Konami / Kojima Productions)
Resogun (Sony / Housemarque)
South Park: The Stick of Truth (Ubisoft / Obsidian)
Super Mario 3D World (Nintendo EAD Tokyo)
Tearaway (Sony / Media Molecule)
Titanfall (EA / Respawn)
Towerfall Ascension (Matt Thorson)
Watch_Dogs (Ubisoft Montreal)
The Wolf Among Us (TellTale)
Wolfenstein: The New Order (Bethesda / Machine Games)

To cast your vote, visit www.goldenjoystick.com and stay in the loop by following it on Facebook or Twitter.

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