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Spike TV broadcast the VGA ceremonies last evening, and while there weren't any tremendous upsets among the award winners, the event continued to be a celebration of what's ahead in gaming via several exclusive game reveals. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim took game of the year and best RPG honors, with Bethesda Game Studios picking up studio of the year recognition. Other big winners included Valve's Portal 2 and Rocksteady's Batman: Arkham City.
Valve had its hands full by the end of the evening, with the company's Portal 2 winning five awards, the biggest overall winner. The puzzle game won the best PC, multiplayer, and DLC nods, as well as awards for Stephen Merchant and Ellen McLain for their respective voice roles as Wheatley and GLaDOS. Batman: Arkham City took home character of the year honors for the Joker, as well as best Xbox 360, action adventure game, and adapted video game.
Batman's status as the Xbox 360's game of the year was a little strange, considering Nintendo and Sony platforms' best games (The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, and Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception) were exclusive to their platforms. If anyone could say that Gears of War 3 is a better game than Batman: Arkham City while keeping a straight face, however, I'd personally be impressed.
Shigeru Miyamoto picked up the inaugural Video Game Hall of Fame Award for the Legend of Zelda series, and Blizzard Entertainment received Gamer God recognition for their work on groundbreaking games including Warcraft, Starcraft, and Diablo.
Other highlights from the event included the first look at Naughty Dog's upcoming zombie game The Last of Us, the reveal of Epic Games' new title Fortnite, and fresh looks at Mass Effect 3 and Rainbow 6: Patriots.
Here's the complete list of award winners:
GAME OF THE YEARThe Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim STUDIO OF THE YEARBethesda Game Studios CHARACTER OF THE YEARThe Joker – Batman: Arkham City VIDEO GAME HALL OF FAME AWARD“The Legend of Zelda” GAMER GOD AWARDBlizzard Entertainment BEST XBOX 360 GAMEBatman: Arkham City BEST PS3 GAMEUncharted 3: Drake’s Deception BEST Wii GAMEThe Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword BEST PC GAMEPortal 2 BEST HANDHELD/MOBILE GAMESuper Mario 3D Land BEST SHOOTERCall of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 BEST ACTION ADVENTURE GAMEBatman: Arkham City BEST RPGThe Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim BEST MULTI-PLAYERPortal 2 BEST INDIVIDUAL SPORTS GAMEFight Night Champion BEST TEAM SPORTS GAMENBA 2K12 BEST DRIVING GAMEForza Motorsport 4 BEST FIGHTING GAMEMortal Kombat BEST MOTION GAMEThe Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword BEST INDEPENDENT GAMEMinecraft BEST ADAPTED VIDEO GAMEBatman: Arkham City BEST SONG IN A GAME"Build that Wall (Zia’s Theme)” by Darren Korb – Bastion BEST ORIGINAL SCOREBastion BEST GRAPHICSUncharted 3: Drake’s Deception BEST PERFORMANCE BY A HUMAN MALEStephen Merchant as Wheatley – Portal 2 BEST PERFORMANCE BY A HUMAN FEMALEEllen McLain as GLaDOS – Portal 2 BEST DOWNLOADABLE GAMEBastion BEST DLCPortal 2 Peer Review MOST ANTICIPATED GAMEMass Effect 3 GAMETRAILERS.COM TRAILER OF THE YEARAssassin’s Creed: Revelations – E3 2011 Trailer EA SPORTS NFL BLITZ DIGITAL COVER ATHLETERay Rice
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