Skyrim wins the Ultimate Golden Joystick gaming award

Scene from The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim has won three prizes at this year's Golden Joystick Awards.

The role-playing game picked up ultimate game of the year as well as top gaming moment for its Throat of the World scene and best RPG.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim beat the likes of Modern Warfare 3, Diablo 3 and Mass Effect 3 to the top prize.

The winners are all voted for by gamers with the event celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.

"The awards have been bigger and better than ever, a fitting tribute to a games industry in rude health," said James Kick from the Golden Joysticks.

"This year voting doubled on our previous world record, smashing four million votes from international gamers keen to make their voice heard.

"Today's winners represent the best of the best. Here's to 30 more years of the Joysticks."

Other winners included Batman Arkham City (Action/adventure), Battlefield 3 (shooter), Angry Birds Space (mobile/tablet) and Forza 4 (racing).

Grand Theft Auto 5, which is due to be released soon, won in the "one to watch" category.

EA Sports' Fifa won the outstanding contribution award.

The awards, which took place in central London, were hosted by comedian and gamer Ed Byrne.

A robot controlled by Stephen Fry presented the best hand-held game award to Sony Computer Entertainment for Uncharted: Golden Abyss.

Footage from two forthcoming games, from the Hitman and Metro series, was also shown.