The world's oldest video game awards return for their 26th year, and they need your opinion. Voting has opened for the 26th annual Golden Joysticks, Future UK's yearly video game awards decided strictly by votes taken from the gamers themselves. Last year over 750,000 votes were tallied to prove that people really, really liked Gears of War. This year they aim to up that to over a million folks telling us how good BioShock was.
You can head over to the website at www.goldenjoystick.com right now and watch it desperately try to load up, or you can simply wait a bit later after the initial announcement frenzy has died down and cast your vote in a more relaxed fashion.
We need you! Name your favourite games and be counted
Make a difference by voting in the 26th Annual Golden Joystick Awards
19/05/08 - Voting is now open for the 26th Annual Golden Joystick Awards and your vote really can make a difference in helping crown the UK's favourite games.
Visit www.goldenjoystick.com now and vote in as many of the 15 gamer voted categories as you like. Let us know your favourite games from the last year and you could be in with a chance of winning some top prizes from a stack of the latest gaming gear worth more than £10,000!
Organised by Future UK, the Golden Joystick Awards are voted for by gamers only - you'll find no industry suits or company bosses calling the shots or deciding your favourite games.
The games industry loves the Golden Joystick Awards, with these awards seen as the ultimate recognition of their hard work. As the granddaddy of gaming awards, the Golden Joystick Awards have been taking place since 1982, when a ZX Spectrum was the pinnacle of UK gaming, and PlayStation was just a dodgy nightclub in Romford. Last year UK gamers cast almost 750,000 votes, and with your help, the 26th Annual Golden Joystick Awards will smash 1,000,000.
By voting NOW, you can help to shape the shortlists, which are announced at midday on Monday, June 23rd.
26th Annual Golden Joystick Awards
Ultimate Game of the Year
The Sun Family Game of the Year
Nuts All Nighter Award
BBC 1Xtra Soundtrack of the Year
Bliss Handheld Game of the Year
The One To Watch Award
4Talent Mobile Game of the Year
Nintendo Game of the Year
Online Game of the Year
PC Game of the Year
PlayStation Game of the Year
Xbox Game of the Year
Publisher of the Year
Retailer of the Year
UK Developer of the Year
If you are totally fed up with your favourite games not getting the praise and attention they deserve from the folks writing the websites and magazines, why not start your own voting campaign? Join up with fellow fans online and make that ignored game finally get the praise and recognition you believe it deserves.
To find out more about the 26th Annual Golden Joystick Awards and to be in with the chance of winning some cool gaming goodies, visit www.goldenjoystick.com now.