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The Golden Joystick Awards 2021 voting is now live

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What you need to know

  • The Golden Joystick Awards are held every year by GamesRadar.
  • For the 2021 edition of the awards, GamesRadar is introducing two new categories, including "Ultimate Game of All Time."
  • You can vote in most of the categories right now.

GamesRadar is again holding the annual Golden Joystick Awards. This year, there's an extra couple of categoies in celebration of 50 years of gaming. This year's awards include games like Psychonauts 2 and Resident Evil Village. Voting is now open at the official website and will remain open until Nov 5, so you've got a couple of weeks from the announcement to make your selections.

"This year's Golden Joystick Awards is really special, since we'll be celebrating 50 Years of Games, and the launch of the world's first commercially available coin-op, Computer Space in November 1971," explains content director Daniel Dawkins. "You can look forward to a sweeping retrospective of the industry we love so much - including some of its most-loved games and faces - plus an evolution of our virtual-stage from last year's show. To cap it all, we'll be inviting people to vote for their Ultimate Game of All Time and Best Gaming Hardware of All Time - which I'm sure won't be contentious at all."

Here's all the different categories fans can choose from:

  • Best Storytelling
  • Best Multiplayer Game
  • Best Visual Design
  • Best Game Expansion
  • Best Audio
  • Best Performer
  • Best Indie Game
  • Still Playing
  • Studio of the Year
  • Best Gaming Community
  • PC Game of the Year
  • Best Gaming Hardware
  • Mobile Game of the Year
  • PlayStation Game of the Year
  • Xbox Game of the Year
  • Nintendo Game of the Year
  • Ultimate Game of the Year
  • Most Wanted Game

Additionally, there's two final categories that are new this year. Voting for these two awards opens on Nov. 8 at 7:00 a.m PT / 10 a.m. ET. These two awards are:

  • Ultimate Game of All Time
  • Best Gaming Hardware of All Time

Voting for these two awards will be available until Nov. 12 at 7:00 p.m ET. The winners from both voting sessions are being announced during the digital awards show on Nov. 23, 2021.

Samuel Tolbert is a freelance writer covering gaming news, previews, reviews, interviews and different aspects of the gaming industry, specifically focusing on Xbox and PC gaming on Windows Central. You can find him on Twitter @SamuelTolbert.