"The Walking Dead: The Game" took a bite out of the Spike Video Game Awards.
Games' interactive episodic series based on the zombie comic book
franchise was selected as game of the year at Friday's extravaganza,
which honors outstanding achievements in the video game industry over
the past year.
"Look, Walking Dead fans, this is obviously for
you," beamed "Walking Dead" 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."
"The Walking Dead" also won
the best downloadable and adapted game prizes, as well as best
performance by a human female for Melissa Hutchison as young survivor
Clementine and studio of the year for Telltale Games.
Avengers" star and shooter fan Samuel L. Jackson served as host of the
much-censored 10th annual ceremony at Sony Pictures Studios, marking his
fourth time hosting the show.
"You know me," warned Jackson at
the start of the ceremony. "Whoever's in charge of the bleep button,
keep your finger ready cause this is gonna be one heck of a show,
Gearbox Software's cartoony shoot-'em-up sequel
"Borderlands 2" swept the VGAs with the most awards, picking up trophies
for best shooter, multiplayer, performance by a human male for Dameon
Clarke as villain Handsome Jack and character of the year for chatty
Other titles winning multiple trophies included
343 Industries' sci-fi shooter "Halo 4" as best Xbox 360 game and
graphics; Queasy Games' musical platformer "Sound Shapes" as best
handheld game and song for "Cities" by Beck; and thatgamecompany's artsy
downloadable adventure "Journey" as best independent, PlayStation 3
game and original score.
"We made 'Journey'
for you, to show that games can be something different independent,
experimental, moving, emotional, modern, inclusive, different," said
"Journey" executive producer Robin Hunicke. "That's why we made it."
Studios' stealthy first-person game "Dishonored" was picked as best
action-adventure game. BioWare's sci-fi saga "Mass Effect 3" won as best
role-playing game. Valve Software's "Half-Life 2" was chosen as the
best game of the decade.
The two-hour ceremony, which featured
performances from Linkin Park and Tenacious D, put more emphasis on
hyping upcoming games than handing out trophies though.
featured new footage from such upcoming titles as "The Last Us," "South
Park: The Stick of Truth," "Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2" and
"BioShock Infinite." It also served to unveil never-before-seen games
like "Dark Souls II" and "The Phantom Pain," which is apparently
connected to the "Metal Gear Solid" franchise.
For the first time,
the VGAs were streamed on Xbox Live, the online service for Microsoft's
Xbox 360 console. During the ceremony, online viewers could vote on
show components like what songs and clips would be played during the
The winners of most of the show's categories were chosen by
an advisory council, while viewer votes selected character of the year
and most anticipated game, which went to "Grand Theft Auto V."