The Game Awards are an annual event that celebrates the best video games of the year. The awards are held in December, and they are voted on by a panel of industry experts and fans.
This year, all of the nominated games are accessible on the Xbox platform. This is a significant achievement for Xbox, as it shows that the company is committed to making its games accessible to a wider audience.
Xbox has been a leader in the industry when it comes to accessibility. The company has a dedicated team of engineers and designers who work to make sure that its games are playable by everyone.
In recent years, Xbox has released a number of features that make its games more accessible, including:
- Game Captioning: This feature allows players to see subtitles for all in-game dialogue.
- Text-to-Speech: This feature allows players to hear all in-game text read aloud to them.
- Customizable Controls: This feature allows players to customize the controls of their games to make them more comfortable to use.
Xbox has also partnered with a number of organizations to promote accessibility in gaming. These organizations include:
- The AbleGamers Foundation: The AbleGamers Foundation is a non-profit organization that provides resources and support to gamers with disabilities.
- SpecialEffect: SpecialEffect is a charity that helps people with disabilities use technology to play video games.
- GAME: GAME is a charity that works to improve the lives of young people by using video games as a force for good.
Xbox’s Ongoing Commitment to Accessibility
Xbox is committed to making its games accessible to everyone. The company is constantly working to improve its accessibility features, and it is committed to making sure that its games are playable by everyone.
By Jerret West, CVP Gaming Marketing, Xbox
We’re elated to unveil that our first-party studios at Xbox have received 10 nominations across 8 categories, marking a significant achievement for our gaming community. Among the 11 Game Pass nominees like Starfield, Sea of Stars, Forza Motorsport, Party Animals, and Hi-Fi Rush, Xbox Game Pass and PC Game Pass users can experience these outstanding games today. The full list of titles is available on Xbox.com.
Cast your votes for your favorites on The Game Awards’ official site. Mark your calendars for December 7, 2023, to watch the live broadcast and discover if your chosen games emerge victorious.
Today, The Game Awards disclosed their complete list of nominees, and we are thrilled to announce that Xbox players have an extraordinary lineup of acclaimed games to explore, with many of them accessible right now through Game Pass.
Xbox enthusiasts have enjoyed an exceptional array of first-party games this year, including the rhythm action game Hi-Fi Rush, the cutting-edge racing sensation Forza Motorsport, and the colossal interstellar RPG Starfield. Additionally, the numerous game nominations from our third-party partners, such as Alan Wake 2, Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty, and Sea of Stars, make this an incredibly exciting time to be a gamer!
On behalf of all the creative teams across Xbox, from Bethesda Softworks to our recent members at Activision Blizzard, congratulations to this year’s nominees.
Here’s a rundown of the nominated games available on Xbox:
- Alan Wake 2: Nominated for multiple categories including Game of the Year, Best Game Direction, and Best Narrative.
- Apex Legends™: Recognized for Best Ongoing Game.
- ARMORED CORE™ VI FIRES OF RUBICON™: Nominated for Best Action Game.
- Cocoon: Nominated for Best Independent Game.
- Company of Heroes 3: Honored as Best Sim/Strategy Game.
- Cities: Skylines II – PC Edition: Also nominated for Best Sim/Strategy Game.
- Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty: Up for Best Narrative and Best Performance.
- The Crew Motorfest – Xbox Series X|S: Recognized for Best Sports/Racing.
- Dead Island 2: Nominated for Best Action Game.
- Dead Space: Acknowledged for Best Audio Design.
- Destiny 2: In the running for Best Community Support.
- Diablo® IV: Nominated for Innovation in Accessibility and Best Multiplayer.
- DREDGE: Recognized as Best Independent Game.
- Forza Motorsport: Acknowledged for Innovation in Accessibility and Best Sports/Racing.
- EA SPORTS FC™ 24 Xbox Series X|S: Also in contention for Best Sports/Racing.
- F1® 23: Nominated for Best Sports/Racing.
- Fortnite: Recognized for Best Ongoing Game.
- Ghostrunner 2: Nominated for Best Action Game.
- Hi-Fi RUSH: Acknowledged for Best Art Direction, Best Score and Music, Best Audio Design, Innovation in Accessibility, and Best Action Game.
- HOT WHEELS UNLEASHED™ 2 – Turbocharged: Nominated for Best Sports/Racing.
- Lies of P: Acknowledged for Best Art Direction.
- Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth Standard Edition: Nominated for Most Anticipated Game.
- Mortal Kombat™ 1: Also in the running for Most Anticipated Game.
- No Man’s Sky: Recognized for Best Community Support.
- Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl 2: Acknowledged for Best Fighting Game.
- Party Animals: Nominated for Best Family Game and Best Multiplayer.
- Remnant II – Standard Edition: Recognized for Best Action Game.
- Resident Evil 4: Nominated for Game of the Year and Best Audio Design.
- Sea of Stars: Acknowledged for Best RPG and Best Independent Game.
- SONIC SUPERSTARS: Recognized for Best Family Game.
- Starfield: Nominated for Best RPG.
- STAR WARS Jedi: Survivor™: Honored for Best Action/Adventure Game and Best Performance.
- Street Fighter™ 6: Acknowledged for Innovation in Accessibility, Best Fighting Game, and Best Multiplayer.
- Star Wars Outlaws: Nominated for Most Anticipated Game.
- TEKKEN 8 Pre-Order: Also recognized as Most Anticipated Game.
- Venba: Acknowledged for Games for Impact.
It’s been an exceptional year for gamers, and we are thrilled to be part of this incredible array of nominations with our esteemed third-party partners. Visit The Game Awards’ official site to cast your votes for your preferred games. Tune in on December 7, 2023, to witness The Game Awards live and find out if your favorites secure the top prizes.
Q: What are the Game Awards?
A: The Game Awards is an annual awards ceremony honoring achievements in the video game industry. The awards are held in December, and they are voted on by a panel of experts and fans.
Q: When are the Game Awards?
A: The Game Awards 2023 will be held on December 7, 2023.
Q: Where are the Game Awards held?
A: The Game Awards are typically held at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California. However, the location of the 2023 awards has not yet been announced.
Q: Who hosts the Game Awards?
A: The Game Awards are hosted by Geoff Keighley, a video game journalist and producer.
Q: What categories are awarded at the Game Awards?
A: The Game Awards are awarded in a variety of categories, including Game of the Year, Best Game Direction, Best Performance, and Best Esports Game.
Q: How are the Game Awards voted on?
A: The Game Awards are voted on by a panel of experts and fans. The panel of experts is made up of video game journalists, developers, and other industry professionals. Fans can vote for their favorite games online.
Q: What are the Game Awards trophies like?
A: The Game Awards trophies are designed to look like a golden disc, with the Game Awards logo in the center.
Q: What are the benefits of winning a Game Award?
A: Winning a Game Award is a prestigious honor that can help to boost a game’s sales and critical acclaim.
Q: Who has won the most Game Awards?
A: The record for the most Game Awards won is held by The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, which won five awards in 2017.
Q: What are some of the most memorable moments in Game Awards history?
A: Some of the most memorable moments in Game Awards history include:
- Hideo Kojima’s acceptance speech for Game of the Year in 2015 for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
- The surprise announcement of the Nintendo Switch in 2016
- The Game Awards 2017 trailer for Death Stranding
- Christopher Nolan’s acceptance speech for Industry Icon in 2018
- The announcement of the Game Awards: Summer Game Fest in 2022
Q: What are some of the criticisms of the Game Awards?
A: Some of the criticisms of the Game Awards include:
- The awards are too focused on big-budget games
- The awards are not diverse enough
- The voting process is not transparent
Q: What are the Game Awards’ plans for the future?
A: The Game Awards are planning to expand their reach in the future by adding new categories, such as Best Mobile Game and Best Indie Game. The awards are also planning to increase their international presence by hosting events in other countries.
Q: How can I get involved with the Game Awards?
A: There are a few ways to get involved with the Game Awards. You can vote for your favorite games online, or you can attend the awards ceremony in person. You can also follow the Game Awards on social media or watch the live stream of the awards ceremony.
Q: What is the future of the Game Awards?
A: The Game Awards are a popular and well-respected event that is likely to continue to grow in popularity in the future. The awards are a valuable way to celebrate the achievements of the video game industry and to promote new and innovative games.
Q: What is the impact of the Game Awards?
A: The Game Awards have a significant impact on the video game industry. The awards can help to boost sales for winning games and to increase awareness of new and upcoming games. The awards can also help to legitimize the video game industry as a form of art and entertainment.
Q: What are the Game Awards’ contributions to society?
A: The Game Awards contribute to society by promoting creativity and innovation in the video game industry. The awards also help to raise awareness of important social issues and to promote diversity and inclusion in the gaming community.
The Game Awards 2023 is a significant milestone for Xbox. The fact that all of the nominated games are accessible on the Xbox platform shows that the company is committed to making its games accessible to a wider audience. Xbox‘s commitment to accessibility is an important step forward for the industry, and it is sure to benefit gamers of all abilities.