Sprinkled throughout the f-bombs and laughs provided by host Samuel L. Jackson, some Vector Monkeys were handed out at this year’s Spike Video Game Awards (which turned 10 this year).
With some surprise upsets coming from Telltale Games and their 5-episode Xbox Live Arcade game, The Walking Dead walking away with multiple wins; some big titles like Black Ops 2 walking away with nothing (which I STILL don’t get); pretty killer trailers (including a trailer for something called “The Phantom Pain” which many are speculating was a ruse to announce the next Metal Gear Solid title); Beck taking home an award for Best Song AND a blow out finale by JB and KG – otherwise known as Tenacious D – this year’s VGAs went off without much of a hitch and had less awkward moments than last year’s.
Best Wii/Wii U Game: New Super Mario Bros. U
Best PC Game: XCOM: Enemy Unknown
Best RPG: Mass Effect 3
Best Team Sports Game: NBA 2K13
Best DLC: The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim – Dawnguard
Best Social Game: You Don’t Know Jack
Best Xbox 360 Game: Halo 4
Best Graphics: Halo 4
Best Shooter: Borderlands 2
Best Multiplayer: Borderlands 2
Character of the Year: Claptrap from Borderlands 2
Best Performance by a Human Male: Dameon Clarke in Borderlands 2 as “Handsome Jack”
Best Action/Adventure: Dishonored
Best Independent Game: Journey
Best Musical Score: Journey
Best PS3 Game: Journey
Best Original Score: Journey
Game of the Decade: Half-Life 2
Best Song in a Game: “Cities” by Beck (Sound Shapes)
Best Handheld/Mobile Game: Sound Shapes
Most Anticipated Game: Grand Theft Auto 5
Best Individual Sports Game: SSX
Best Driving Game: Need for Speed Most Wanted
Best Fighting Game: Persona 4 Arena
Best Performance by a Human Female: Melissa Hutchison in The Walking Dead as “Clementine”
Best Adapted Game: The Walking Dead
Best Downloadable Game: The Walking Dead
Studio of the Year: Telltale Games
Game of the Year: The Walking Dead (Telltale Games)
I gotta be honest, when they announced The Walking Dead had beat out EVERYONE for GOTY, I yelled “YES” in the press room because it was nice to see a QUALITY non-retail game (meaning you can’t buy it in stores) get the friggin’ credit it deserved. So much so that in the days leading up to the VGAs, the hashtag #ForClementine popped up all over Twitter.
Tenacious D’s Jack Black
And with aforementioned finale provided by Tenacious D, we bid farewell to another year at the VGAs.
Are there any titles you’re surprised did or didn’t pick up an award last night? Sound off and lemme know!
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