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Skyrim wins best game, but Portal 2 takes the plaudits

Skyrim may have won best game but Portal 2 was the big winner at the Game Developers Choice Awards.

There were a few surprises at the Game Developers Choice Awards, despite The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim waltzing away with the Game of the Year gong as expected.

Bethesda's fantasy epic beat off competition from Batman: Arkham City, Deus Ex: Human Revolution and Dark Souls, as well as Portal 2, to take the coveted prize.

However, it was Valve's Portal 2 that was the big winner of the evening, taking wins in the categories for Best Narrative, Best Game Design and Best Audio.

There was disappointment for Team Bondi, which had its first title up three awards, including Best Debut. However, it lost out in this category to Bastion from Supergiant Games.

The groundbreaking motion capture used in the game also put it in with a good shout of taking the Best Technology gong, but Dice's Frostbite 2 engine won out for Battlefield 3 in this category.

Other winners included Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception for Best Visual Arts and Johann Sebastian Joust for Innovation. Supergiant's Bastion also won Best Downloadable Game.

There were two other individual prizes at the Game Developers Choice Awards, with Missile Command designed Dave Theurer taking the Pioneer Award and Deus Ex designer Warren Spector being handed the Lifetime Achievement prize.

Spector recently told Gamasutra that it is vital that publishers and developers preserve the history of video games for future generations.

He pointed out that while television and film were born when historians focused on work considered more 'important', video games have been created when "cultural gatekeepers" are more open to new ideas.

"Where the early history of film and television has been largely lost thanks to industry indifference and academic ignorance, we have a chance to preserve our history, before our pioneers pass away, our design documents, marketing materials and beta builds disintegrate or get trashed, and our hardware deteriorates to the point of inoperability," he explained.ADNFCR-1220-ID-801313329-ADNFCR