Kotaku

The Biggest Winners Helped This Year's VGAs Tell a Different TaleIf the Video Game Awards are actually an awards show, and not just a keynote for promoting upcoming games, then the big news from last night was The Walking Dead: The Game. Eminently quotable analyst Michael Pachter said before the show that if this title, a downloadable self-published game, took home Game of the Year, he'd eat his hat. To his credit, Pachter later tweeted out a request for one, presumably to consume.



But the surprises don't just stop there. The Walking Dead won Game of the Year coming out of the Best Adapted Game category. Except for 2003, the first year of the VGAs, when things were very different from today, only two adapted games have even been nominated for GOTY: Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City, and neither won. This is a different time in games development, with publishers looking for games whose characters and stories they fully own.



Some might look to a licensed or adapted work and consider that the game derives its significance, or at least the attention given to it, because it draws on some other franchise in popular entertainment. So it's strange that a licensed, adapted work reminds us that story, and characters, and choices, and the memorable experiences they create, matters most.



Here's another surprise nugget: The Walking Dead: The Game earned its makers five Video Game Awards. The next big winner? Journey, with three (including a nomination for Game of the Year.) Borderlands 2 also took home three awards, the best haul for a traditional boxed console game.



So if you're thinking this might have been a different Video Game Awards, in its 10th year, you're probably right. Had the show given more attention to that purpose—only a handful of these awards were actually presented in the broadcast—we might be pondering it as a landmark year. The VGAs are often accused of being an industry popularity contest, but maybe this year they acquired recognizable critical heft. We'll have to see what happens next year, and the year after.



So here are the 25 winners of the 2012 Video Game Awards, plus the Game of the Decade. Two fan-voted awards gave Character of the Year to Claptrap from Borderlands 2, and Most Anticipated Game to Grand Theft Auto V.



The Biggest Winners Helped This Year's VGAs Tell a Different Tale



Game of the Year


The Walking Dead: The Game


Telltale Games



Also nominated: Assassin's Creed III, Dishonored, Journey, Mass Effect 3

The Biggest Winners Helped This Year's VGAs Tell a Different Tale



Studio of the Year


Telltale Games


Also nominated: 343 Industries, Arkane Studios, Gearbox Software



The Biggest Winners Helped This Year's VGAs Tell a Different Tale



Best Xbox 360 Game


Halo 4


Microsoft Studios/343 Industries



Also nominated: Assassin's Creed III, Borderlands 2, Dishonored

The Biggest Winners Helped This Year's VGAs Tell a Different Tale



Best PS3 Game


Journey


Sony Computer Entertainment/thatgamecompany



Also nominated: Assassin's Creed III, Borderlands 2, Dishonored

The Biggest Winners Helped This Year's VGAs Tell a Different Tale



Best Wii/Wii U Game


New Super Mario Bros. U


Nintendo



Also nominated: The Last Story, Xenoblade Chronicles, ZombiU

The Biggest Winners Helped This Year's VGAs Tell a Different Tale



Best PC Game


XCOM: Enemy Unknown


2K Games/Firaxis Games



Also nominated: Diablo III, Guild Wars 2, Torchlight II

The Biggest Winners Helped This Year's VGAs Tell a Different Tale



Best Shooter


Borderlands 2


2K Games/Gearbox Software



Also nominated: Call of Duty: Black Ops II, Halo 4, Max Payne 3

The Biggest Winners Helped This Year's VGAs Tell a Different Tale



Best Action-Adventure Game


Dishonored


Bethesda Softworks/Arkane Studios



Also nominated: Assassin's Creed III, Darksiders II, Sleeping Dogs

The Biggest Winners Helped This Year's VGAs Tell a Different Tale



Best Role-Playing Game


Mass Effect 3


Electronic Arts/BioWare



Also nominated: Diablo III, Torchlight II, Xenoblade Chronicles

The Biggest Winners Helped This Year's VGAs Tell a Different Tale



Best Multiplayer Game


Borderlands 2


2K Games/Gearbox Software



Also nominated: Call of Duty: Black Ops II, Guild Wars 2, Halo 4

The Biggest Winners Helped This Year's VGAs Tell a Different Tale



Best Individual Sports Game


SSX


Electronic Arts/EA Canada



Also nominated: Hot Shots Golf World Invitational, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 13, WWE '13

The Biggest Winners Helped This Year's VGAs Tell a Different Tale



Best Team Sports Game


NBA 2K13


2K Sports/Visual Concepts



Also nominated: FIFA 13, Madden NFL 13, NHL 13

The Biggest Winners Helped This Year's VGAs Tell a Different Tale



Best Driving Game


Need For Speed: Most Wanted


Electronic Arts/Criterion Games



Also nominated: Dirt: Showdown, F1 2012, Forza Horizon

The Biggest Winners Helped This Year's VGAs Tell a Different Tale



Best Song in a Game


"Cities" (Beck) for Sound Shapes


Also nominated: "Castle of Glass" (Linkin Park for Medal of Honor: Warfighter); "I Was Born for This" (Austin Wintory for Journey); "Tears" (Health for Max Payne 3)



The Biggest Winners Helped This Year's VGAs Tell a Different Tale



Best Original Score


Journey


Sony Computer Entertainment/thatgamecompany



Also nominated: Call of Duty: Black Ops II, Halo 4, Max Payne 3.



The Biggest Winners Helped This Year's VGAs Tell a Different Tale



Best Graphics


Halo 4


Microsoft Studios/343 Industries



Also nominated: Assassin's Creed III, Dishonored, Journey

The Biggest Winners Helped This Year's VGAs Tell a Different Tale



Best Independent Game


Journey


thatgamecompany



Also nominated: Dust: An Elysian Tail, Fez, Mark of the Ninja

The Biggest Winners Helped This Year's VGAs Tell a Different Tale



Best Fighting Game


Persona 4 Arena


Atlus/Arc System Works/Atlus



Also nominated: Dead or Alive 5, Street Fighter X Tekken, Tekken Tag Tournament 2

The Biggest Winners Helped This Year's VGAs Tell a Different Tale



Best Handheld/Mobile Game


Sound Shapes


Sony Computer Entertainment/Queasy Games



Also nominated: Gravity Rush, LittleBigPlanet (PS Vita), New Super Mario Bros 2

The Biggest Winners Helped This Year's VGAs Tell a Different Tale



Best Performance by a Human Female


Melissa Hutchison for The Walking Dead: The Game


Also nominated: Emma Stone for Sleeping Dogs; Jen Taylor for Halo 4; Jennifer Hale for Mass Effect 3

The Biggest Winners Helped This Year's VGAs Tell a Different Tale



Best Performance by a Human Male


Dameon Clark for Borderlands 2


Also nominated: Dave Fennoy for The Walking Dead: The Game; James McCaffrey for Max Payne 3; Nolan North for Spec Ops: The Line

The Biggest Winners Helped This Year's VGAs Tell a Different Tale



Best Adapted Video Game


The Walking Dead: The Game


Telltale Games



Also nominated: Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two, LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes, Transformers: Fall of Cybertron

The Biggest Winners Helped This Year's VGAs Tell a Different Tale



Best Downloadable Content


Dawnguard for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim


Bethesda Softworks/Bethesda Game Studios



Also nominated: Leviathan for Mass Effect 3; Mechromancer Pack for Borderlands 2; Perpetual Testing Initiative for Portal 2

The Biggest Winners Helped This Year's VGAs Tell a Different Tale



Best Downloadable Game


The Walking Dead: The Game


Telltale Games



Also nominated: Fez, Journey, Sound Shapes

The Biggest Winners Helped This Year's VGAs Tell a Different Tale



Best Social Game


You Don't Know Jack


Jellyvision Games



Also nominated: Draw Something, Marvel: Avengers Alliance, SimCity Social

The Biggest Winners Helped This Year's VGAs Tell a Different Tale



Game of the Decade


Half Life 2


Valve Corporation



Also nominated: Batman: Arkham City, BioShock, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, Mass Effect 2, Portal, Red Dead Redemption, Shadow of the Colossus, Wii Sports, World of Warcraft


Announcement - Valve
Now until Thursday at 4PM Pacific Time, save big on the Elder Scrolls Collection as this week's Midweek Madness!

This collection includes the award-winning titles Morrowind, Oblivion, and Skyrim along with the Dawnguard DLC for Skyrim!

Choose from hundreds of weapons, spells, and abilities. The legendary freedom of choice, storytelling, and adventure of The Elder Scrolls is realized like never before!

Kotaku





width="500" height="333" allowscriptaccess="always"
allowfullscreen="true">



Unnecessary Censorship never fails to make me laugh.



"You've not only earned your payment, but my **** as well. And believe me, friend, that does not come easily."



(Thanks, Mathue!)


...

Search news
Archive
2014
Oct   Sep   Aug   Jul   Jun   May  
Apr   Mar   Feb   Jan  
Archives By Year
2014   2013   2012   2011   2010  
2009   2008   2007   2006   2005  
2004   2003   2002