Thursday, December 2, 2010

Spike Video Game Awards 2010

The Spike Video Game Awards (VGA) is an award show hosted by Spike TV that recognizes the best computer and video games of the year. Beginning in 2003, the Spike TV Video Game Awards garnered much attention, since video game awards were not common prior to its introduction. The VGAs feature live music performances and appearances by popular performers in music, movies, and television. Additionally, preview trailers for upcoming games are highlighted. The show is produced by GameTrailers TV's Geoff Keighley. The event has been held at various locations in Los Angeles and Santa Monica, California as well as Las Vegas, Nevada.
The program has encountered criticism for its selection of both nominees and winners by the gaming community. Bias for specific platforms and products has been claimed by critics. Additionally, winners are selected via online polling leading to critics calling the results merely a "popularity contest." Many consider the VGAs to be a gimmick awards show, whereas other awards given out by the G4 network, IGN, and other media outlets are considered to be more accurate.

2010 Awards
The 2010 VGAs will be held Saturday, December 11, 2010 in Los Angeles, CA at the L.A. Convention Center.
On Tuesday, 16 November 2010, it was revealed that two new titles would be revealed ahead of their debut at the 2010 Awards the following day, 17 November 2010. BioWare will announce a new title at the 2010 Awards.[citation needed] On November 21, 2010, Sony Russia tweeted this announcement to be Mass Effect 3. Batman: Arkham City will have it's gameplay debut at the 2010 awards along with an unknown game announcement by Activision. Lucasarts is rumored to announce Star Wars Battlefront 3, but it seems unlikely.

Game of the Year:
Call of Duty: Black Ops, God of War III, Halo: Reach, Mass Effect 2, Red Dead Redemption

Studio of the Year:
Bioware Mass Effect 2
Blizzard Entertainment, StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty
Bungie Studios, Halo: Reach
Rockstar San Diego, Red Dead Redemption

Best Xbox 360 Game:
Alan Wake, Fable III, Halo: Reach, Mass Effect 2

Best PS3 Game:
God of War III, Heavy Rain, ModNation Racers, Red Dead Redemption

Best Wii Game:
Donkey Kong Country Returns, Kirby's Epic Yarn, Metroid: Other M, Super Mario Galaxy 2

Best PC Game:
Fallout: New Vegas, Mass Effect 2, Sid Meier's Civilization V, StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty

Best Handheld Game:
God of War: Ghost of Sparta, Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker, Professor Layton and the Unwound Future, Super Scribblenauts

Best Shooter:
Battlefield: Bad Company 2, BioShock 2, Call of Duty: Black Ops, Halo: Reach

Best Action Adventure Game:
Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, God of War III, Red Dead Redemption, Super Mario Galaxy 2

Best RPG:
Fable III, Fallout: New Vegas, Final Fantasy XIII, Mass Effect 2

Best Multi-player:
Battlefield: Bad Company 2, Halo: Reach, Call of Duty: Black Ops, StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty

Best Individual Sports Game:
EA Sports MMA, Shaun White Skateboarding, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11, UFC Undisputed 2010

Best Team Sports Game:
FIFA 11, Madden NFL 11, NBA 2K11, MLB 10: The Show

Best Driving Game:
Blur, ModNation Racers, Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit, Split/Second

Best Music Game:
Dance Central, DJ Hero 2, Def Jam Rapstar, Rock Band 3

Best Soundtrack:
Def Jam Rapstar, DJ Hero 2, Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock, Rock Band 3

Best Song in a Game:
"Basket Case" by Green Day, Green Day: Rock Band
"Black Rain" by Soundgarden, Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock
"Far Away" by José González, Red Dead Redemption
"GoldenEye" by Nicole Scherzinger, GoldenEye 007 (2010)
"Won't Back Down" by Eminem, Call of Duty: Black Ops
"Replay/Rude Boy Mashup" by Iyaz/Rihanna, DJ Hero 2

Best Original Score:
God of War III, Halo: Reach, Mass Effect 2, Red Dead Redemption

Best Graphics:
God of War III, Heavy Rain, Kirby's Epic Yarn, Red Dead Redemption

Best Adapted Video Game:
Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: The Game, Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II, Transformers: War for Cybertron

Best Performance by a Human Male:
Daniel Craig as James Bond, James Bond 007: Blood Stone
Gary Oldman as Sergeant Reznov, Call of Duty: Black Ops
John Cleese as Jasper, Fable III
Martin Sheen as The Illusive Man, Mass Effect 2
Nathan Fillion as Sergeant Edward Buck, Halo: Reach
Neil Patrick Harris as Peter Parker/Amazing Spider-Man, Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions
Rob Wiethoff as John Marston, Red Dead Redemption
Sam Worthington as Alex Mason, Call of Duty: Black Ops

Best Performance by a Human Female:
Dame Judi Dench as M, James Bond 007: Blood Stone
Danica Patrick as Herself, Blur
Emmanuelle Chriqui as The Numbers Lady, Call of Duty: Black Ops
Felicia Day as Veronica Santangelo, Fallout: New Vegas
Jennifer Hale as Commander Shepard (female version), Mass Effect 2
Kristen Bell as Lucy Stillman, Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood
Tricia Helfer as Sarah Kerrigan, StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty
Yvonne Strahovski as Miranda Lawson, Mass Effect 2

Best Downloadable Game:
Costume Quest, Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light, Monday Night Combat, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: The Game

Best DLC:
BioShock 2: Minerva's Den
Borderlands: The Secret Armory of General Knoxx
Mass Effect 2: Lair of the Shadow Broker
Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare

Best Independent Game:
Joe Danger, Limbo, Super Meat Boy, The Misadventures of P.B. Winterbottom

Most Anticipated Game:
Batman: Arkham City, BioShock: Infinite, Gears of War 3, Portal 2