The 2009 Video Game Awards

1260830213_greenday.jpgIf you’re like me, you didn’t catch Spike TV’s annual VGAs this past weekend. Perhaps there was something else going on, like a holiday party with some pals, as I had. Or perhaps you don’t have cable, again much like myself. Or maybe you simply knew what to expect: two hours of annoying musical acts and celebrities reading cue cards awkwardly, any other annoyances that simply gets in the way of what really matters, and most of which is distilled by websites like this one the Monday after anyway. And here we are!

The following are all the things one needed to know from the event.

– A bunch of new games were unveiled, not surprisingly. Like the upcoming title based on Spike TV’s very own The Deadliest Warrior; if the actual show features a knight vs. a ninja, I might just have to get cable after-all! Meanwhile, Activision is resurrecting their True Crime franchise; can’t wait to see what idiotic peripheral accompanies this particular title (I’m assuming they’ll have plenty of left over plastic from Tony Hawk’s RIDE to work with). Oh, and the follow-up to Star Wars: The Force Unleashed is on the way; someone else will have to let me know if the first game sold well because it was actually good or if it was just another case Star Wars goons mindlessly answering Uncle George’s siren song once again. But we do have two legitimate standouts in this category. First is a sequel that actually feels justified!

And here we have yet the latest nail in the music genre’s coffin, Guitar Hero: Green Day. Wait a minute, this is from Rock Band? What the hell.

– Several other high profile titles that we all knew existed finally showed some skin. Included in this particular batch was new Prince of Persia title, the next Medal of Honor, the sequel to Crackdown, yet another Spec Ops, as well as the 2010 update to UFC Undisputed. But the only two I personally care enough about to pass along their trailers is Halo: Reach

And Tron: Legacy, which also happens to be my most anticipated film and original motion picture soundtrack of 2010!

– As for this year’s winners, the full list:

Game of the Year: Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

Studio of the Year: Rocksteady Studios

Best Independent Game: Flower

Best Xbox 360 Game: Left 4 Dead 2

Best PS3 Game: Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

Best Wii Game: New Super Mario Bros. Wii

Best PC Game: Dragon Age: Origins

Best Handheld Game: Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars

Best Shooter: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

Best Fighting Game: Street Fighter IV

Best Action Adventure Game: Assassin’s Creed II

Best RPG: Dragon Age: Origins

Best Multiplayer Game: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

Best Individual Sports Game: UFC 2009 Undisputed

Best Team Sports Game: NHL 10

Best Driving Game: Forza Motorsport 3

Best Music Game: The Beatles: Rock Band

Best Soundtrack: DJ Hero

Best Original Score: Halo 3: ODST

Best Graphics: Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

Best Game Based On A Movie/TV Show: South Park Let’s Go Tower Defense Play!

Best Performance By A Human Female: Megan Fox (Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen)

Best Performance By A Human Male: Hugh Jackman (X-Men Origins: Wolverine)

Best Cast: X-Men Origins: Wolverine

Best Voice: Jack Black (Brütal Legend)

Best Downloadable Game: Shadow Complex

Best DLC: Grand Theft Auto IV: The Ballad of Gay Tony

Most Anticipated Game of 2010: God of War II

Past winners have always seemed a bit suspect, but Activision perhaps didn’t have enough this time around to buy off the judging to get RIDE chosen as best sports game. That’s not to say that the overall selection is the best either; Left 4 Dead 2 is a much better PC than 360 game, thank you very much, and Chinatown Wars as best handheld? Ummm, no. There’s so many other better choices on the DS that it’s not even funny, with Scribblenauts immediately coming to mind, and it’s not even from Japan! Speaking of which, the Western bias is clearly still in full effect, and I’m not saying that Japan is end all, be all of gaming (especially as of late, since the scene has had some serious troubles as of late), but having just two titles represented is a bit suspect.

As much as I appreciate Flower, I just played my 10,000,000th game of Canabalt during the quickie bathroom break while writing this post up, so there you go. And even though the source material is technically a comic, Batman: Arkham Asylum should have still nabbed the prize that went to South Park, hence why the category needs to be expanded upon next year. I also need someone who actually watched the show to tell me if Megan Fox said anything stupid as she accepted her lame ass award, which is only there to bring an extra helping of boobies to the proceedings. Any screen-caps of her baby thumb would also be sincerely appreciated.

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