The latest game in the classic shooter series Doom, made by Richardson developer Id Software, is very good. It succeeds at the monumental task of taking a decades-old video game and rebooting it in a way that feels both fresh and nostalgic at the same time.
I'm clearly not alone in that assessment, as the game was just awarded the title of Best Action Game at The Game Awards. The award was announced via a video by late night host (and "Clueless Gamer") Conan O'Brien, and accepted by Id Software's Marty Stratton (with Doom art director Hugo Martin also on stage for moral support).
An independent award show (produced by longtime video game journalist Geoff Keighley) that aims to be something akin to the Oscars for gaming, The Game Awards are chosen primarily by a panel of voters selected from various publications, including GameSpot, The Los Angeles Times, Wired, and USA Today. (No, The Dallas Morning News is not one of those publications. We're waiting on your invitation, Geoff.)
The show is somewhat successful in that regard. It's a far better effort that previous attempts at game award shows (many of which aired on Spike TV and were packed with cringe-worthy attempts at humor that seemed to primarily target teenage males), though it also nearly drowns in marketing, much of which features the very games that are up for awards.
This means that the most heartfelt moment of the show -- an acceptance speech by developer Ryan Green, whose autobiographical game That Dragon Cancer, chronicling the life and death of his son, won the Games for Impact award -- is sandwiched between loud, explosive ads for ads like, well ... Doom.
Still, it was a mostly-respectable show and a good night for Id Software, who also won the award for Best Music/Sound Design for Doom. In addition, one of the show's musical acts was a live performance of the Doom music.
Doom was also up for the highly-coveted Game of the Year award, but it lost to Blizzard's hit multiplayer shooter Overwatch.
Other winners of the night included Pokemon Go for Best Handheld/Mobile Game and Best Family Game, Uncharted 4 for Best Narrative and Dishonored 2 for Best Action/Adventure.
When not handing out awards, The Game Awards was making game announcements and debuting new trailers. Among the announcements was one from Frisco-based Gearbox Software, who announced Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition, a remastering of a cult hit 2011 shooter. As part of the announcement, the trailer revealed new content for the game featuring classic video game action hero Duke Nukem.