Ah, the VGAs. The time of year when game enthusiasts far and wide go through the tumultuous turns and dives of the hype train. Bandied about by double speak and cryptic front man Geoff Keighley, we willingly jump into that nexus of marketing, full of fake celebrities, very few awards and some lame jokes – and all for what? For glimpses of what we can expect out of the next year from our favorite past time.
For all of the complaints that people throw against the VGAs, I do have to say that I enjoy the outcome – actually having something to look forward to for the following year. Last year, we got excited about Skyrim, Mass Effect 3, Uncharted 3 and then some. I’m not saying they’re perfect. But they do what they’re designed to do – hype games.
Anyway, soapbox aside, one of the other purposes of the VGAs is to do just that – hand out video game awards. This year, a number of great games and studios took home the awards. They even honored Miyamoto as the first inductee into the Video Game Hall of Fame. I thought I’d paste all the goings-down here so you could voice your quibbles and rants. Full list of winners after the jump!
- Game of the Year – The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
- Studio of the Year – Bethesda Game Studios, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
- Character of the Year – The Joker, Batman: Arkharm City
- Gamer God – Blizzard Entertainment
- Hall of Fame – Shigeru Miyamoto, The Legend of Zelda
- Best Xbox 360 Game – Batman: Arkham City
- Best PS3 Game – Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception
- Best Wii Game – The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
- Best PC Game – Portal 2
- Best Handheld/Mobile Game – Super Mario 3D Land
- Best Shooter – Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
- Best Action Adventure Game – Batman: Arkham City
- Best RPG: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
- Best Multiplayer – Portal 2
- Best Individual Sports Game – Fight Night Champion
- Best Driving Game – Forza Motorsport 4
- Best Fighting Game – Mortal Kombat
- Best Motion Game – The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
- Best Independent Game – Minecraft
- Best Adapated Video Game – Batman: Arkham City
- Best Song in a Game – “Setting Sail, Coming Home (End Theme)” by Darren Korb, Bastion
- Best Original Score – Bastion
- Best Graphics – Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception
- Best Performance by a Human Male – Stephen Merchant as Wheatley, Portal 2
- Best Performance by a Human Female – Ellen McLain as GLaDOS, Portal 2
- Best Downloadable Game – Bastion
- Best DLC – Portal 2 – Peer Review
- Most Anticipated Game – Mass Effect 3
- Trailer of the Year – Assassin’s Creed: Revelations, E3 2011 Trailer
That’s quite the list, huh? It seems to me that some of the categories had a bit better representation this year than last, although the way these things get divided up still baffles me. I have to say, I’m pleased with Skyrim winning overall Game of the Year, although I think it would have been nice to honor Mark Hamill for his fine work as the Joker as well.
What are your thoughts? Go!