Spike: Video Game Awards 2009

Top celebrities from the television, movie, music, sports and gaming industry gathered together in Los Angeles last weekend for one of the biggest award shows of the year.

I’m not talking about the Oscars or the Grammys but rather the 2009 Spike TV Video Game Awards.

Whether you love video games or can’t stand them, there is no denying that this subculture has become a major force in the entertainment industry. Totaling nearly $18 billion a year in revenue and expected to grow, it has easily rivaled the movie industry over the past few years.

The 2009 Spike TV VGAs were broadcasted in 180 countries, which goes to show how global the video game epidemic has become. The casual event strayed from traditional award shows in that guests were more likely to wear a T-shirt and jeans instead of a tuxedo and didn’t hesitate to drop the F bomb whenever they deemed necessary…I’m looking at you Samuel L. Jackson. Celebrities that were in attendance included Zach Braff (Scrubs), Mike Tyson, NHL hall of famer, Luc Robitaille, Felicia Day (Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog), Olivia Wilde (House), the cast of “Jersey Shore” (don’t ask me why), Jake Gyllenhaal, Zachary Quinto (Heroes, Star Trek), Kimbo Slice (UFC), Jack Black and Stevie Wonder. There were also musical performances by Snoop Dogg and The Bravery.

The highlights of the event included some exclusive trailers for upcoming blockbuster games like “Tron: Evolution”, “Metal of Honor”, and Green Day even made a guest appearance to announce the upcoming “Rock Band: Green Day” game.

The titles that made the most noise this year were rather predictable yet well deserving. “Assassin’s Creed 2”, “Batman: Arkham Asylum”, “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2”, and winner of the Game of the Year, “Uncharted 2: Among Thieves” were the games that generated the most buzz. Having played all of them, I can safely say the amount of work that went into the visuals, voice acting and storyline for all of these titles were tremendous and finally there is an award show that recognizes the hard work that goes into these games.

With the large companies continuing to publish games and independent game studios on the rise and distributing games as downloadable content to the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and even the iPhone, next year’s event is sure to be much bigger. Below is a list of the 2009 Spike TV VGAs winners, which can easily translate into a holiday wish list for your gaming friend or family member. Be sure to check the label before purchasing games for children as many of the top games this year were intended for mature audience.

GAME OF THE YEAR

UNCHARTED 2: Among Thieves (Sony Computer Entertainment / Naughty Dog)

STUDIO OF THE YEAR

Rocksteady Studios

BEST SHOOTER

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (Activision Publishing / Infinity Ward)

BEST RPG

Dragon Age: Origins (Electronic Arts / BioWare)

BEST FIGHTING GAME

Street Fighter IV (Capcom / Capcom/Dimps)

BEST INDIVIDUAL SPORTS GAME

UFC 2009 Undisputed (THQ / Yuke’s Media Creations)

BEST HANDHELD GAME

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars (Rockstar Games / Rockstar Leeds)

BEST GRAPHICS

UNCHARTED 2: Among Thieves (Sony Computer Entertainment / Naughty Dog)      

BEST MUSIC GAME   

The Beatles: Rock Band (MTV Games / Harmonix)

BEST DRIVING GAME

Forza Motorsport 3 (Microsoft Game Studios / Turn 10)

BEST ACTION ADVENTURE GAME

Assassin’s Creed II (Ubisoft / Ubisoft Montreal)

BEST TEAM SPORTS GAME

NHL 10 (Electronic Arts / EA Canada)

BEST SOUNDTRACK

DJ Hero (Activision Publishing / FreeStyleGames)

BEST XBOX 360 GAME

Left 4 Dead 2 (Valve)

BEST Wii GAME

New Super Mario Bros. Wii (Nintendo)

BEST PS3 GAME

UNCHARTED 2: Among Thieves (Sony Computer Entertainment / Naughty Dog)

BEST PC GAME

Dragon Age: Origins (Electronic Arts / BioWare)

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

Halo 3: ODST (Microsoft Game Studios / Bungie)

BEST MULTI-PLAYER GAME

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (Activision Publishing / Infinity Ward)

BEST GAME BASED ON A MOVIE OR TV SHOW

South Park Let’s Go Tower Defense Play! (Microsoft / DoubleSix)

BEST CAST

X-Men Origins: Wolverine Uncaged Edition (Activision Publishing / Raven Software)

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A HUMAN MALE

Hugh Jackman as Wolverine in X-Men Origins: Wolverine Uncaged Edition (Activision Publishing)

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A HUMAN FEMALE

Megan Fox as Mikaela Banes (Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen / Activision Publishing)

BEST VOICE

Jack Black as Eddie Riggs (Brutal Legend / Electronic Arts)

BEST DOWNLOADABLE GAME

Shadow Complex (Microsoft Game Studios / Chair Entertainment)

BEST COMEDY GAME

Eat Lead: The Return of Matt Hazard (D3Publisher / Vicious Cycle)

BEST DLC

Grand Theft Auto IV: The Ballad of Gay Tony (Rockstar Games / Rockstar North)

BEST INDEPENDENT GAME FUELED BY DEW

Flower (ThatGameCompany)

MOST ANTICIPATED GAME

God of War III (Sony Computer Entertainment / SCE Studios Santa Monica)

Daniel Nasserian is a Monsters and Critics blogger, writer, graphic designer, geek, musician, student pilot, social media whore and gamer. www.angryweb.net

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