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Geektown Awards – Game Of The Year & Movie Of The Year 2023

by Dave Elliott

Now we step away from TV for the next two awards, as we look at what you voted as the best game and movie of 2023. It was a very strong year on the gaming front, with new big franchise releases such as Harry Potter and Star Wars, to a number of classic game remakes, and big new titles from Bethesda and Marvel. Plus, that little D&D game… On the movie side, we had big releases from Marvel and DC, the return of Indy and John Wick, plus Turtles, an actual good D&D film, and of course, Barbenheimer… Here are the nominees and winners.

Geektown’s Game Of The Year

Nominees: Alan Wake II; Baldur’s Gate 3; Dave The Diver;Dead Space; Final Fantasy 16; Forspoken; Hogwarts Legacy; Lies of P; Resident Evil 4; Spider-Man 2; Star Wars Jedi: Survivor; Starfield; The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom

Bronze: The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom

Silver: Spider-Man 2

Gold Winner: Hogwarts Legacy

Everyone else’s GOTY might be Baldur’s Gate 3, but the readers of Geektown pushed that excellent game into fourth place, voting the return of Zelda for Bronze, Spider-Man 2 as Silver, and Hogwarts Legacy as Gold. The Bronze and Silver awards are actually particularly impressive given their releases are limited by platform (Switch for Zelda and PS5 for Spider-Man) compared to some of the other titles on the list. However, it’s difficult to stop the Harry Potter fans, especially when Hogwarts Legacy was such as solid open-world game. Fun quests, a compelling story, and setting it way before the books allowed Avalanche Software much more freedom to play in the Potterverse.

Geektown’s Movie Of The Year

Nominees: A Man Called Otto; Barbie; Blue Beetle; Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves; Elemental; Gran Turismo; Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3; Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny; John Wick: Chapter 4; Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One; Oppenheimer; Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse; Still: A Michael J. Fox Movie; Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem; The Flash; The Little Mermaid; The Marvels; The Super Mario Bros. Movie

Bronze: Oppenheimer

Silver: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3

Gold Winner: Barbie

At one point in the voting, we nearly had a Barbenheimer repeat with both films running neck and neck for a while. However, those Guardians of the Galaxy caught up and wedged themselves between the duo, although just not quite taking enough votes to knock Barbie from her Gold award. I think it came as a huge surprise just how Greta Gerwig managed to make a classic children’s toy into such an excellent movie, using subversive storytelling to poke fun at commercialism, the patriarchy, and even Mattel itself. A deserved win.

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