Friday, February 19, 2010

Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences awards winners in lame categories

Thanks to Troy Goodfellow over at Flash of Steel I was alerted to the fact that the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences awards had gone off without a hitch and the winners were...interesting to say the least.

To say that I have become, over time, less and less enamored with these annoying game award ceremonies would be an understatement. These decisions here though really cemented that fact.

First up we have a JOINT award for RPG and MMO of the year. Yeah sure, those two are NOTHING alike and can easily be lumped together right (sarcasm folks)?

The winner? A game with no multiplayer. Dragon Age Origins. Umm  ok. What makes it massive that crappy Bioware social page that is always in beta?

Next we have the winner that Troy was writing about in his post. Strategy/Simulation Game of the Year. Brutal Legend.

I am just going to go off over here and shake my head.

Now I don't want to say that these people ONLY looked at console gaming but....did they? If you read the description of what they did to come to these conclusions you have to wonder how Brutal Legend is the winner in that category and how they think Dragon Age is a massively multiplayer game.
Since 1996, the Interactive Achievement Awards have recognized outstanding games, individuals and development teams that have contributed to the advancement of the multi-billion dollar worldwide entertainment software industry. More than 160 titles were played and evaluated by members of the Academy’s Peer Panels.

LAS VEGAS – February 18, 2010 – Escaping with 10 outstanding awards, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (Sony Computer Entertainment) ran over the competition at the 13th Annual Interactive Achievement Awards®. Hosted by stand-up comedian and video game enthusiast Jay Mohr at the Red Rock Resort in Las Vegas.

Winners are after the break, so make sure to click that MORE button!

Game of the Year:
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

Outstanding Achievement in Game Direction
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

Casual Game of the Year
Flower

Fighting Game of the Year
Street Fighter IV

Role-Playing/Massively Multiplayer Game of the Year
Dragon Age: Origins


Sports Game of the Year
FIFA Soccer 10

Racing Game of the Year
Forza Motorsport 3

Outstanding Achievement in Game Design
Batman: Arkham Asylum

Adventure Game of the Year
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

Social Networking Game of the Year
Farmville

Strategy/Simulation Game of the Year
BrĂ¼tal Legend

Action Game of the Year
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

Family Game of the Year
The Beatles: Rock Band

Outstanding Innovation in Gaming
Scribblenauts

Outstanding Achievement in Animation
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

Outstanding Achievement in Visual Engineering
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction:
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

Outstanding Achievement in Story -Adapted
Batman: Arkham Asylum

Outstanding Character Performance
Batman: Arkham Asylum – Joker

Outstanding Achievement in Online Game Play
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

Outstanding Achievement in Story - Original
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Composition
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

Outstanding Achievement in Soundtrack
BrĂ¼tal Legend

Outstanding Achievement in Game Play Engineering
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

Outstanding Achievement in Portable Game Design
Scribblenauts

Portable Game of the Year
Scribblenauts