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The 2012 Spike VGAs: Everything you need to know

By / 12.10.12
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The tenth annual Spike VGAs took place Friday night. So who won what? And did they show off any new games? To find out, please proceed forward.

First things first: the following are all the winners for this year’s VGAs. The first think you’re notice is that there’s a LOT of them, period. But the second is how most of the choices are actually not half bad:

Game of the Year: The Walking Dead
Studio of the Year: Telltale Games
Best Xbox 360 Game: Halo 4
Best PS3 Game: Journey
Best Wii/Wii U Game: New Super Mario Bros. U
Best PC Game: XCOM: Enemy Unknown
Best Shooter: Borderlands 2
Best Action/Adventure: Dishonored
Best RPG: Mass Effect 3
Best Multiplayer: Borderlands 2
Best Individual Sports Game: SSX
Best Team Sports Game: NBA 2k13
Best Driving Game: Need for Speed Most Wanted
Best Song in a Game: “Cities” by Beck, from Sound Shapes
Best Original Score: Journey
Best Graphics: Halo 4
Best Independent Game: Journey
Best Fighting Game: Persona 4 Arena
Best Handheld/Mobile Game: Sound Shapes
Best Performance by a Human Male: Dameon Clarke in Borderlands 2 as “Handsome Jack”
Best Performance by a Human Female: Melissa Hutchison in The Walking Dead as”Clementine”
Best Adapted Game: The Walking Dead
Best DLC: The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim – Dawnguard
Best Downloadable Game: The Walking Dead
Best Social Game: You Don’t Know Jack
Game of the Decade: Half-Life 2
Character of the Year: Claptrap from Borderlands 2
Most Anticipated Game: Grand Theft Auto 5

The fact that Call of Duty didn’t win a single thing lends definite legitimacy to the proceedings, as opposed to the VGAs appearing to be a purely marketing driven stunt like normal. Even though I personally can’t stand The Walking Dead the least bit, I can still appreciate it getting the top spot, if only because it was so unexpected.

Though I most certainly approve of Journey getting best PS3 game, along with Sound Shapes nabbing best mobile, and am especially happy that Persona 4 Arena was recognized as best fighter.

Moving on, the other thing that show was full of was trailers. Either another look at games we’re all looking forward to, or new game reveals. In the case of the former, here’s how The Last of Us is shaping up these days…

Meanwhile, on the Xbox 360 exclusivity side, we’ve got Gears of War: Judgment

South Park: Stick of Truth, which some might have forgotten about (after missing the original target release date, it somewhat fell off the map), has a new trailer…

The sequel to Castlevania: Lords of Shadow looks interesting, if only for the fact that it takes place during modern times…

The Tomb Raider reboot, despite all the controversy surrounding it (mostly thanks to its producer putting his foot in his mouth in epic fashion), looks pretty damn nice…

Here we have some straight up gameplay footage of Bioshock Infinite, which is looking pretty sweet. I like the part in which you throw a bomb and birds come out?

And finally, the sequel to Dark Souls was revealed. And it looks just as bleak and depressing as the first one. Which is great news for its fans, right?


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Matt Hawkins
About Matt Hawkins... Matt Hawkins is an NYC based video game journalist, designer, consultant, and cultralist. He's been published in EGM, Kotaku, and MSNBC amongst others. Matt also makes comics and zines, is obsessed with cable access, gets into arguments with homeless people all the time, and once had his nipple bitten off during a one night stand. But that's neither here nor there.

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