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March 8, 2012 at 10:09 AM

Valve’s “Portal 2” wins big at GDC

Bellevue’s Valve took home the most trophies in the Game Developers Choice Awards this year.

The company’s humorous puzzle game “Portal 2” won best audio, best game design and best narrative in the awards chosen by game developers and presented Wednesday night in San Francisco.

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Game of the year went to Bethesda Game Studios’ “The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.”

“Portal 2” (left) began as a student project called “Narbacular Drop” at Redmond’s DigiPen Institute of Technology. After seeing the students’ demo, Valve hired the whole team and released the first “Portal” in 2007 as a sort of experiment.

“Portal 2” was a full-blown release that began winning awards before it was released last April.

“I think ‘Portal 2’ is the best game we’ve done as a company,” Valve’s president, Gabe Newell, said in an interview last year.

Other recipients of 2012 developers choice awards include Atari veteran and “Missile Command” creator Dave Theurer, given the Pioneer Award, Warren Spector, “Duex Ex” director and “Disney Epic Mickey” producer, who was given the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Other winners:

Innovation Award

Johann Sebastian Joust (Die Gute Fabrik)

Best Debut

Supergiant Games (Bastion)

Best Technology

Battlefield 3 (DICE)

Best Visual Arts

Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception (Naughty Dog)

Best Downloadable Game

Bastion (Supergiant Games)

Ambassador Award

Ken Doroshow and Paul M. Smith

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