Wednesday, March 7, 2012 was a great day for tech lovers. No tech enthusiast is unaware of the new iPad that was unveiled by Apple in Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. Apart from the new iPad, something big also happened in San Francisco – the Game Developer Conference played host to the presentation of the Game Developers Choice Awards, where Skyrim and Portal 2 grabbed the hottest spotlights.

The epic RPG medieval fantasy game “The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim” received the night’s top prize of Game of the Year. On the other hand, though Valve’s Portal 2 didn’t win the coveted Game of the Year (GOTY) award, it went home with more awards than any other game. Valve’s creation garnered three awards - Best Audio, Best Narrative and Best Game Design titles.

“Everyone on the team, there’s a lot of us here, but there’s a 100 of us back in Maryland, made the game that we really wanted to play. It was just us there working on it for three years making something that we thought was fun and the best that we could do. We never imagined the reception the game would get, or the reception that it has had. This has been an amazing ride for us, not just for this game, but for the last 25-plus years at Bethesda. said Todd Howard, Director of Skyrim.

Another game, Bastion, developed by Supergiant, received two awards - Best Downloadable Game and Best Debut titles – at GDC 2012. Electronic Art’s subsidiary DICE got picked up for the Best Technology award for the action war game “Battlefield 3.” Best Visual Arts award went to Naughty Dog’s “Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception.” And, “Superbrothers: Sword & Sorcery” earned the Best Handheld Game prize. The party game “Johann Sebastian Joust,” received the Innovation Award.

The lawyers, Ken Doroshow and Paul M. Smith, received the Ambassador Award for their fight in U.S. Supreme Court over ban of violent video games as a major help to growth of game industry. Warren Spector, best known for Deus Ex and Disney’s Epic Mickey was honored with Lifetime Achievement Award. Pioneer award went to Dave Theurer, the creator of arcade games including Missile Command, Tempest and I, Robot.

(Reported by Johnny Wills, Edited by Surojit Chatterjee)