Yeah yeah yeah, GTA: San Andreas swept the board at Friday night's Golden Joystick Awards. I'd never have guessed. Other obvious gongs went to Resident Evil 4 for GameCube Game of the Year (from what I've heard about the GameCube at retail, I'm surprised the console still has an award of its own), Halo 2 for Xbox Game of the Year (OMG I don't believe it), Half Life 2 for PC Game of the Year (ahhckkk, I'm choking on my complete lack of surprise, Lord save me!) and World of Warcraft for The Sun Online - Online Game of the Year (now I'm dead).
But, sarcasm aside, all these winners are probably fair choices. No-one can deny that GTA: San Andreas is an amazing game, and the individual platform winners are sound choices. They even awarded Fahrenheit the Unsung Hero of the Year award, and made Nintendo Publisher of the Year, which is nice, if a tad unrealistic. Kudos to the Golden Joystick Awards.
BUT, there were some surprises, and ridiculous surprises at that. Best Film-Based Game of 2005 - Resident Evil. Er, is that a joke? If so I'm not getting it. Last time I checked, the Resident Evil franchise wasn't based on a film, films were based on it.
The Game One Gaming Innovation of the Year - PSP. Err, no thanks. DS wins it for me I'm afraid. Dual Screen, stylus, sensors etc vs. small PS2 with a nice screen.
This one is hilarious - The One to Watch for Xmas - The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. Hehe.
The Girl's Choice for 2005 - The Sims 2. I know, let's give the girls their own award - that won't make them feel even more excluded from the male dominated game fraternity than they already are.
Full list of winners
Ultimate Game of the Year: Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
PlayStation 2 Game of the Year: Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
GameCube Game of the Year: Resident Evil 4
Xbox Game of the Year: Halo 2
PC Game of the Year: Half-Life 2
The Carphone Warehouse Handheld Game of the Year: Super Mario 64 DS
Best Film-Based Game of 2005: Resident Evil 4
BBC Radio One - Colin and Edith's Best Game Soundtrack of 2005: Grand Theft Auto San Andreas
The Sun Online Online Game of the Year: World of Warcraft
Publisher of the Year: Nintendo
The In Stock Magazine Retailer of the Year: Play.com
The Game One Gaming Innovation of the Year: PSP
The MCV One to Watch for Xmas: The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
The Sun's One to Watch for 2006: Resident Evil 5
Hero of 2005: CJ from Grand Theft Auto San Andreas
Villain of 2005: Officer Tenpenny from Grand Theft Auto San Andreas
The Girl's Choice for 2005: The Sims 2
Editor's Game of the Year: Resident Evil 4
Unsung Hero of the Year: Fahrenheit
The full version of this article can be found in the Sunday Supplement, Pro-G's weekly look at the most interesting videogame news.