VGAs 2012: Roundup - News

By Brent Galietti, December 7, 2012
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Spike's Video Game Awards show has come to a close. Trailers were revealed, awards were handed out (though only a few of them on the actual telecast) and music was played. Did you miss the show? Here's the highlights.

The Phantom Pain

Hello there Solid Snake.

A mysterious new trailer was revealed from an unknown developer called Moby Dick Studios. In it, a comatose patient wakes up with a hook for an arm and is crawling through some sort of terrifying end-of-the-world experience. The trailer, originally on Youtube, has been taken down. However, that's not the big story here.

The Phantom Pain is appearing ever more likely to be some sort of viral marketing for Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes. The patient himself looks much like Solid Snake and the CEO of Moby Dick Studios is named Joakim Mogren. The first name can be re-arranged to spell Kojima. Additionally, Hideo Kojima himself was at the VGAs. Something's amiss...

Trailers for The Last of Us, Dark Souls IICastlevania: Lords of Shadow 2, Assassin's Creed 3: Tyranny of George Washington, Halo 4: Spartan Ops, Gears of War Judgment, and Bioshock Infinite were shown. The Last Of Us was given a release date of May 7, 2013.

VGA 10...in 2012.

Many of the awards weren't broadcast on the awards show (go figure). The big winner was The Walking Dead which took the Game of the Year Award, much to the surprise of many.

Below is the full list of awards:

Game of the Year - The Walking Dead: The Game (Telltale Games)

Studio of the Year - Telltale Games
Best Xbox 360 Game - Halo 4 (Microsoft Studios/343 Industries)
Best PS3 Game - Journey (Sony Computer Entertainment/thatgamecompany)
Best Wii / Wii-U Game - New Super Mario Bros. U (Nintendo)
Best PC Game - XCOM: Enemy Unknown (2K Games/Firaxis Games)
Best Handheld / Mobile Game -Sound Shapes (Sony Computer Entertainment/Queasy Games)
Best Shooter - Borderlands 2 (2K Games/Gearbox Software)
Best Action Adventure Game - Dishonored (Bethesda Softworks/Arkane Studios)
Best RPG - Mass Effect 3 (Electronic Arts/BioWare)
Best Multi-Player Game - Borderlands 2 (2K Games/Gearbox Software)
Best Individual Sports Game - SSX (Electronic Arts/EA Canada)
Best Team Sports Game - NBA 2K13 (2K Sports/Visual Concepts)
Best Driving Game - Need For Speed Most Wanted (Electronic Arts/Criterion Games)
Best Fighting Game - Persona 4 Arena (Atlus/ARC System Works/Atlus)
Best Adapted Video Game - The Walking Dead: The Game (Telltale Games)
Best Independent Game - Journey (thatgamecompany)
Best Graphics - Halo 4 (Microsoft Studios/343 Industries)
Best Song in a Game - "Cities" by Beck (Sound Shapes)
Best Original Score - Journey (Sony Computer Entertainment/thatgamecompany)
Best Performance By a Human Male - Dameon Clarke as Handsome Jack (Borderlands 2)
Best Performance By a Human Female - Melissa Hutchison as Clementine (The Walking Dead: The Game)
Best Downloadable Game - The Walking Dead: The Game (Telltale Games)
Best Social Game - You Don't Know Jack (Jellyvision Games)
Best DLC - Dawnguard – The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Bethesda Softworks/Bethesda Game Studios)
Most Anticipated Game - Grand Theft Auto V (Rockstar Games)

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