The 2013 Vidya Gaem Awards

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Reading Rainbow Award

for best writing

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This is a tricky thing to say, but BioShock Infinite's characters, if nothing else, are compelling enough to keep you going. Elizabeth is a lot of fun to be around, Booker is slightly more than a generic protagonist, oh boy does Comstock have some stuff going on, and the Luteces are funny, even if the fanbase overexposes them.
BioShock Infinite
Irrational Games and 2K Australia
Ubisoft took full advantage of the Neo 80s craze with the introduction of cyborg commando Rex Power Colt. Mixing throwback references, meta seppuku, and VHS crass, Blood Dragon proves that an expansion doesn't have to be more of the same.
Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon
Ubisoft Montreal and Ubisoft Shanghai
Rockstar's decision to alter the tried-and-true GTA formula by adding three playable characters provided an immensely satisfying narrative experience. With haggard Michael, anti-urban Franklin, and psychotic Trevor, the game featured backstories with depth and importance coupled with top-notch dialogue.
Grand Theft Auto V
Rockstar North
Metro: Last Light bathes you into its grim, grueling atmosphere. You are fettered by the dank and dreary universe with the thinnest sliver of hope. In the post-cataclysm of the universe, it succeeds in making you feel totally boxed in.
Metro: Last Light
4A Games
More than just a sexy adventure, Monster Girl Quest left off where the previous two did, and finished a completely fleshed out (literally) story for its audiences. With the new younger version of Alice, the game opened up in more ways than thought potential for an independent Japanese porn game.
Monster Girl Quest: Chapter 3
Torotoro Resistance
The cramped booth of a border control agent is an unlikely setting for a video game. But in Papers, Please, the crafting of a dystopic government and all its bureaucratic intricacies, combined with the raw emotions of its weary citizens, makes for a subtle and gut-wrenching experience.
Papers, Please
Lucas Pope
Somehow, Capcom's managed to avoid fucking up Phoenix Wright's most important trait: The writing. The fifth game's characters are still quirky, the story's still dark, and there's still an overarching plotline that makes you feel like a genius when you put it together. IN JUSTICE WE TRUST!
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies
The writing in The Last of Us makes the fungal apocalypse seem appropriately depressing. The characters interact in a desperate and believable way considering how screwed up everything is. Bleak. Joel made the right choice.
The Last of Us
Naughty Dog
With charming writing, Kevan Brighting did an excellent job narrating through this charming story. While thought of as pretentious when taken serious, taken lightheartedly the game is as close to a Hitchhikers Guide game as we will ever see. You know, except that Hitchhiker's Guide game. But who cares about that?
The Stanley Parable
Galactic Cafe
Based on the popular Vertigo series, Fables, the Wolf Among Us continues the Telltale trend of character based drama the player can become invested in. In the first episode of this new series they waste no time in pulling players into the strange and absurd world of Fabletown and making us care about the all too human (but also Toad) characters that live there.
The Wolf Among Us - Episode 1
Telltale Games
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The Awards

Most Hated Award

for most hated game of the year

Least Worst Award

for least worst game of the year

Press X To Win The Award

for worst gameplay

"Actually Kind of Fun" Award

for best gameplay

Fanfiction Award

for most atrocious writing

Reading Rainbow Award

for best writing

You're Waifu Award

for worst character

Doomguy Award

for best character

Blunder of the Year

for setting a new standard for failure

Not in Another Castle Award

for a great sequel

"We're Sorry®" Award

for most egregious technical problem

Hyperbole Award

for best trailer

Pixels Are Art Award

for most pretentious indie game

/v/irgin Award

for best new IP

4chan Pass Award

for biggest cashgrab

Golden Voice Award

for best voice acting performance

Challenger Award

for the worst console launch

Cranky Kong Award

for best soundtrack

Precipitation Award

for biggest emotional impact

IP Twist Award

for best new implementation of an old franchise

Plot & Backstory Award

for the best representation of women

Eye Candy Award

for best visual aesthetics

Shareholder's Award

for betraying your own industry

SammyClassicSonicFan Award

for least cancerous vidya personality

/v/ Grammy Award

for the best song from /v/ - The Musical