Another year, another edition of the Spike Video Game Awards, and the full list of winners for 2008 is now available at the Spike TV website.
Running every year since 2004, the Spike VGAs are both one of the highest-profile and lowest-brow videogaming awards in existence, but the promised debut of the first Brütal Legend gameplay trailer provided gamers with a bit more incentive than usual to watch. In years past I'd made it a point to avoid the show; this year, unfortunately, I missed out on it because of a surprise dinner invitation.
Luckily for me, and for everyone else out there who had the bad luck or good sense to do something else with their time, Spike has made the full list of winners available at its website. A few highlights: LittleBigPlanet took the award for "Best PlayStation 3 Game," while Gears of War 2 won for "Best Xbox 360 Game," Boom Blox took the title for "Best Wii Game" and Left 4 Dead got the nod for "Best PC Game." In an interesting twist, Media Molecule was chosen as "Studio of the Year," beating out others including Grand Theft Auto IV developer Rockstar North, yet Grand Theft Auto IV went home with "Game of the Year" over luminaries including LittleBigPlanet, developed by Media Molecule.
Confusing me even further is the fact that "Game of the Year" contender Fallout 3 was also in the running for "Best Xbox 360 Game," but failed to gain a nomination in either the PlayStation 3 or PC categories, which were left to lesser titles like Resistance 2, Crysis Warhead and Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning. Telling as well, although whether or not studios will pay attention, is the fact that none of the "Big Name in the Game" nominees, either male or female, were nominated for the "Best Performance By A Human" award.
The full list of winners (and losers) is available at the Spike Video Game Awards website, while those who just wanted to see the Brütal Legend trailer without all the attendant nonsense (ie., probably most of you) can catch it online at VideoGamer.com.