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The 2016 Speakys: Readers' Choice Awards

It’s that time of year again. The Kotaku and TAY readers’ choice awards have returned! 2016 was a big year full of pretty pixels and must-play titles. Which were your favorites?

For those who don’t know, The Speakys are reader-run awards I organize every year to poll the general reader base of Kotaku and Talk Amongst Yourselves on their favorite titles of the past 365 days. This will be the sixth year The Speakys have been featured, and it’s always interesting to see which games come out on top.


In years prior The Speakys have had system exclusive and third-party sections with many categories. I’ve decided to streamline the whole process and just give readers one long list of all the games from this past year. To keep folks from having to decided between a handful of their favorite games I’ve given everyone the option of picking up to FIVE games. You can’t pick less than one (obviously) or more than five. Do I need to explain this further?

That’s all there is to it! So vote away, and if you have any questions check the FAQ or let me know in the comments below.



Why are the awards called “The Speakys”?

When these awards first began in 2011 I introduced them in the Kotaku forum known as “Speak Up”. The Speak Up forum was merged with TAY in the spring of 2013 and no longer exists. But since the gamers who read Kotaku still have a tendency to “speak up” about their opinions when it comes to games they love I’ve kept the name.


I’m reading this in 2017, why are these “The 2016” Speakys?

Because all the games came out and were played in 2016.

What games have won in the past?

2011 - GOTY: Skyrim, Runner-Up: Portal 2

2012 - GOTY: Borderlands 2, Runner-Up: The Walking Dead

2013 - GOTY: The Last of Us, Runner-Up: The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds


2014 - GOTY: Dragon Age Inquisition, Runner-Up: Super Smash Bros for Wii U

2015 - GOTY: The Witcher III: Wild Hunt, Runner-Up: Bloodborne

When will you post the winners for this year?

Winners will be announced this coming Sunday, Jan 15.

You forgot to put my favorite game on the list. Why do you hate me?

I didn’t mean to forget your favorite game. My crew scoured the internet for the best games of the year, but we may have missed a few. Also, you can just write in any game. So quit whining and do that.


Can I just write in a bunch of joke answers or games that didn’t come out in 2016?

Please don’t do that. You can, but you shouldn’t. Though I’m sure some people still will...


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