Golden Joystick Awards Celebrates 50 Years Of Video Games

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the world’s first coin-operated video game Computer Space, released in November 1971, The 39th Golden Joystick Awards is inviting the public to pick their favourite game and gaming hardware of all time.

Content Director, Daniel Dawkins, said: “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.”

“We assembled a diverse panel of industry luminaries to create a 20 game shortlist, considering factors such as critical reception, social impact, commercial success, legacy and influence, plus a measure of personal preference. We hope our shortlist represents the diversity and achievement of our 50-year-old industry.”

Ultimate Game Of All Time Shortlist:
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, Dark Souls, Doom (1993), Grand Theft Auto V, Half-Life 2, Halo: Combat Evolved, Metal Gear Solid, Minecraft, Pac-Man, Pokemon Go, Portal, SimCity (1989), Street Fighter II, Space Invaders, Super Mario 64, Super Mario Bros. 3, Super Mario Kart, The Last of Us, Tetris, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Best Gaming Hardware Of All Time Shortlist:
Amiga 500, Atari 2600, Commodore 64, Dreamcast, Game Boy, Game Boy Advance, GameCube, Nintendo 64, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Entertainment System, PC, PlayStation, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 4, Sega Mega Drive, Sega Saturn, Super Nintendo Entertainment System, Wii, Xbox 360, ZX Spectrum

The Ultimate Game and Best Gaming Hardware Of All Time will be revealed in an online awards ceremony presented by GamesRadar on 23rd November alongside the twenty winners of the 2021 Golden Joystick Awards. Votes may be cast at goldenjoysticks.com until 12th November.

COMPUTER SPACE (1971) ORIGINAL GAMEPLAY: