Videogame Volumes: Game Awards 2022


Vaughn Perez

In this weekly column, staff reporter Vaughn Perez writes about the gaming and esports community.

Vaughn Perez, Staff Reporter

The Game Awards 2022 happened on Thursday and here are the winners of each category:

Game of the Year – Elden Ring

Best Game Direction – Elden Ring 

Best Narrative – God of War Ragnarok

Best Art Direction – Elden Ring

Best Score/Music – Bear McCreary – God of War Ragnarok

Best Audio Design – God of War Ragnarok

Best Performance – Christopher Judge – God of War Ragnarok

Games for Impact – As Dusk Falls

Best Ongoing Game – Final Fantasy 14 Online

Best Indie Game – Stray

Best Mobile Game – Marvel Snap

Best Community Support – Final Fantasy 14 Online

Best VR/AR Game – Moss: Book II

Innovation in Accessibility – God of War Ragnarok

Best Action Game – Bayonetta 3

Best Action/Adventure Game – God of War Ragnarok

Best RPG – Elden Ring

Best Fighting Game – MultiVersus

Best Family Game – Kirby and the Forgotten Land

Best Sports/Racing Game – Gran Turismo 7

Best SIM/Strategy Game – Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope

Best Multiplayer Game – Splatoon 3

Content Creator of the Year – Ludwig

Best Esports Athlete – Jacob “Yay” Whiteaker (Cloud9, VALORANT)

Best Esports Coach – Matheus “bzkA” Tarasconi (LOUD, VALORANT)

Best Esports Event – 2022 League of Legends World Championship

Best Esports Game – VALORANT

Best Esports Team – LOUD (VALORANT)

Most Anticipated Game – The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom

Best Adaptation – Arcane: League of Legends

I’m not extremely well versed in every category but I can point out some notable results. The entire esports centered section, all extremely deserved, especially “Yay” as best esports athlete and League of Legends Worlds as best esports event. Yay performed on an untouchable level throughout the year, it’s just unfortunate that his team couldn’t close at Champs this year. For Riot, they produced one of the best events I’ve seen this year with Worlds, whether it was the venue, stage design, graphics, it was amazing to watch.

A surprising reoccurring name throughout the awards is God of War Ragnarok. I have no concerns about the game itself, it’s an amazing production and a worthy sequel of the extremely popular God of War, I’m just questioning how it won so much just a month after its release. In some sense, it robbed other deserving games because of the popularity of the original, but it is still a great game.

Along with announcing award winners, they also showcased new releases coming in the following years, like Hades 2, an expansion to Cyberpunk 2077, Star Wars Jedi. They all look great and I’m looking forward to a revive of game content after a somewhat bland year in terms of fresh ideas and unique genres.