While 2021 has been a sleepier year for games, that doesn't mean we haven't seen some absolute bangers grace our monitors this year. We've seen a strong library of releases over the last 12 months, and now you get to decide which ones were the best of the best. The 39th Golden Joystick awards (opens in new tab) are upon us, so get your voting caps on.
There's a bunch of categories for you to have your say on like best game expansion, best performer, and that one game you can't quite put down even after all these years. There's a great mix of both big-budget blockbusters and fantastic indie hits to choose from. The PC Game of the Year category featuring some of our favourite Top 100 games (opens in new tab)—including Wildermyth, Hitman 3 and Old World.
It's also the 50th anniversary of videogames, which somehow feels both far too long and too short for games to have existed. Computer Space, the first coin-operated arcade machine launched in November 1971, marking the birth of commercial gaming. To celebrate our weird and wonderful hobby, there are two special categories this year—the Ultimate Game of All Time and Best Gaming Hardware of All Time. Voting doesn't open for these until November 8, so you've got plenty of time to think about your all-time fave.
Voting for all other categories is open right now on the Golden Joystick Awards (opens in new tab) website, running until 4pm PDT/7pm EDT/11pm GMT on November 5. The winners will be announced on November 23.