The Golden Joystick Awards will attempt to settle one of life's age-old debates

Golden Joystick Awards 2021
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The Golden Joystick Awards is celebrating 50 years of video games this year and is set to answer the age-old question: which game is the greatest of all time?

The prestigious awards show, which is presented by GamesRadar+, will pit the likes of Halo: Combat Evolved, Grand Theft Auto V, and Super Mario 64 against each other in a fight to see who will be crowned the ‘Ultimate Game of All Time’ by the public. 

But it’s not just video games whose fate will be determined by the voting public. The Golden Joystick Awards will also decide what the ‘Best Gaming Hardware of All Time’ is, and includes the Atari 2600, Wii, and Xbox 360 to name but a few.

There are 20 nominees in each category, and while not everyone’s favorite will have made the cut, it’s an impressive list of games and hardware that is bound to split opinion. (I’m going for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and the Sega Dreamcast.)

Voting has now opened and closes at 3 pm PST / 6 pm EST / 11 pm GMT on Friday, November 12, so don’t miss your chance to register your vote for your all-time favorite. If you’re sick of The Last of Us winning every award under the sun or feel like the Nintendo GameCube was ahead of its time, your vote could make the difference. 

Check out the full list of nominees below:

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Utlimate Game of All TimeBest Gaming Hardware of All Time
Call of Duty 4: Modern WarfareAmiga 500
Dark SoulsAtari 2600
Doom (1993)Commodore 64
Grand Theft Auto VSega Dreamcast
Half-Life 2Game Boy
Halo: Combat EvolvedGame Boy Advance
Metal Gear SolidNintendo GameCube
MinecraftNintendo 64
Pac-ManNintendo DS
Pokémon GoNintendo Entertainment System
SimCity (1989)PlayStation
Street Fighter IIPlayStation 2
Space InvadersPlayStation 4
Super Mario 64Sega Mega Drive/Genesis
Super Mario Bros. 3Sega Saturn
Super Mario KartSuper Nintendo Entertainment System
The Last of UsWii
TetrisXbox 360
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the WildZX Spectrum

“We are delighted to celebrate 50 Years of Games in a landmark moment for the gaming industry,” said Daniel Dawkins, Future’s content director for games. “In November 1971, Computer Space became the world’s first commercially playable arcade machine, birthing a $150bn industry from a 10-cent coin. We’re celebrating this milestone by inviting the public to vote for their Ultimate Game of All Time and Best Gaming Hardware of All Time.”

The public vote winners will be revealed on November 23 via an online broadcast, and the event will also feature over 20 awards for the best games of 2021, including Ultimate Game of the Year and Studio of the Year.

Check out the Golden Joystick Awards 2021 for more information, or follow the Golden Joystick Awards’ social media channels on Twitter and Facebook.

Adam Vjestica

Adam was formerly TRG's Hardware Editor. A law graduate with an exceptional track record in content creation and online engagement, Adam has penned scintillating copy for various technology sites and also established his very own award-nominated video games website. He’s previously worked at Nintendo of Europe as a Content Marketing Editor and once played Halo 5: Guardians for over 51 hours for charity. He is now an editor at The Shortcut.