Golden Joysticks 2012

Skyrim crowned Ultimate Game of the Year, full list of winners revealed at 30th hmv GamesMaster Golden Joystick Awards

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The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim has scooped the big gong at this year's Golden Joystick Awards, fighting off competition from the likes of Mass Effect 3, Modern Warfare 3 and Battlefield 3 to be anointed The Ultimate Game of the Year. Jarls everywhere raised a mead-filled skull in stern approval of its triumph.

Hit the jump for the full list of winners.

LIVE: the 30th hmv GamesMaster Golden Joystick Awards

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It's the 30th birthday of the Golden joystick Awards and it promises to be the biggest yet. Over four million of you voted, breaking the world record for a gaming event. And you will be rewarded for your diligent support of our fine medium with a glitzy and glamorous awards ceremony. Winners! Celebs! Secrets! Exclusives! And above all: games! All of which you can consume from 2.50pm BST onwards via the embedded livestream after the jump or over at the Golden Joystick Awards site.

Watch the 30th hmv GamesMaster Golden Joystick Awards live stream here

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IT'S TIME. Time for the biggest games of the past year to come together and compete for your favour in the 2012 Golden Joysticks ceremony. It'll be like that bit in Gladiator where Maximus fights a tiger but with more lights and polite applause. It's due to kick off at exactly 3pm BST / 4pm CET / 5pm EET / 7am PDT. More than four million people have voted around the world, but only a few winners will get have the chance to grip the slick golden shaft of a gong. And Graham will be there!

Big names are going head to head this year. Diablo 3, Dark Souls, Mass Effect 3, The Witcher 2 and Skyrim are facing off for an RPG award, and Battlefield 3 will go up against Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. WHO WILL WIN? Watch the live stream below to find out.

HMV GamesMaster Golden Joystick Awards 2012 breaks voting record

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Well done, diligent gaming public. Together we successfully broke the world record for the largest number of votes cast in a gaming award - with over four million players checking in to vouch for their favourite games of the last year.

But which games have scooped the gongs? Will it be Skyrim or Arkham City? Battlefield 3 or Modern Warfare 3? You can find out which comes out victorious on Friday 26th October 3pm BST - either by tuning into the first ever livestream of the Golden Joystick Awards right here in this news story, or over on the website.

HMV GamesMaster Golden Joystick Awards 2012 - voting ends today!

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The hour of the Joystick is nigh! This Friday, The Golden Joystick Awards 2012 will anoint the year's best games - and you can decide which get the gongs. But not for much longer, as voting remains open for one final day only. If the thought of being kingmaker isn't enough to get you down to the ballet box at, how about a potential £4000 of tech swag from event sponsors HMV? Check the site for details.

PC gaming needs you: Golden Joysticks 2012 voting now LIVE

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The 30th edition of the HMV Gamesmaster Golden Joysticks are here, giving you the chance to whack your stamp of approval on the past year's releases for the good of PC gaming and JUSTICE. It's going to be a fierce competition. Diablo 3, Dark Souls, Mass Effect 3, The Witcher 2 and Skyrim are all battling for first place in the RPG category and Modern Warfare 3 is up against Battlefield 3 in the shooter category. As always, it's up to you to decide which games deserve to win.

To let your opinion be known, simply head over to the shiny new Golden Joysticks 2012 site, check out the categories and start voting. You can follow all the action on the Golden Joysticks Facebook page and the Golden Joysticks Twitter feed.