Spike Video Game Awards 2012: And The Winners Are...
The Spike Video Game Awards for 2012 just concluded with tons of new games being nominated and some of them taking the grand recognition of being the best games of the year for several categories.
This year's show included presenters and appearances by major stars from all over the entertainment world, including host Samuel L. Jackson, returning hosts Snoop Lion, Jack Black, and Neil Patrick Harris, as well as Jessica Alba, Zachary Levi, Johnny Galecki, Adam Scott. Danai Gurira, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, and Robert Kirkman from ‘The Walking Dead’ were also present.
The event also featured a show-stopping rendition of ‘Castle of Glass,’ by Grammy Award-winning recording artists Linkin Park. Additionally, Tenacious D ended the show with a once in a lifetime performance of ‘Rize Of The Fenix.’
‘The Walking Dead: The Game’ took a bite out of the Spike Video Game Awards. Telltale Games' interactive, episodic series based on the zombie comic book franchise was selected as game of the year at Friday's (Dec. 7) extravaganza, which has been known for honoring outstanding achievements in the video game industry over the past year.
‘The Walking Dead: The Game’ also won Game of the Year, Best Adapted Video Game, and Best Downloadable Game.
"Look, Walking Dead fans, this is obviously for you," beamed creator Robert Kirkman. "Thank you so much. You guys watch the TV show. You read the comics. You play the video games. You make all this possible."
Other multiple award winners included ‘Journey,’ which won in three categories, including Best Independent Game, Best PlayStation 3 Game, and ‘Halo 4’ which won two awards, including Best Xbox 360 Game, and ‘Borderlands 2’ which took home awards for Best Shooter and Best Multi-Player Game.
While Arkane Studios' stealthy first-person game 'Dishonored' was chosen as best action-adventure game, BioWare's sci-fi title ‘Mass Effect 3’ won the best role-playing game award. Valve Software's ‘Half-Life 2’ was chosen as the best game of the decade.
Gearbox Software's cartoon-styled shoot-em-up sequel "Borderlands 2" brushed the VGAs with the most awards, picking up awards for best shooter, multiplayer, performance by a human male for Dameon Clarke as villain Handsome Jack, and character of the year for Claptrap, the friendly robots within the game.
The show also featured brand new footage from upcoming titles such as ‘South Park: The Stick of Truth,’ ‘The Last Us,’ ‘Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2,’ and ‘BioShock Infinite.’ It also unveiled never-before-seen games like ‘Dark Souls II’ and ‘The Phantom Pain,’ which is apparently connected to the ‘Metal Gear Solid’ franchise.
Amazingly, for the first time ever, the event was streamed on Xbox Live, and online viewers could vote on show components like what songs and clips would be played during the awards, during the ceremony.
The 2012 event was held at Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, CA.