D.I.C.E. 07: Gears grabs gold

Gears of War takes home eight D.I.C.E. awards, including Game of the Year, Console Game of the Year, and Action/Adventure Game of the Year; Wii Sports nabs three.

Sid Meier walks the red carpet before the Achievement Awards.

LAS VEGAS--On the surface, the 10th Annual Interactive Achievement Awards (IAAs) seemed a lot like the Ninth Annual Interactive Achievement Awards--same venue (The Joint at Las Vegas' Hard Rock Hotel & Casino), same host (actor/comedian Jay Mohr), and same elbow-rubbing with industry celebs.

However, this year's coinciding D.I.C.E. Summit, put on by the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences (AIAS), has grown, and in turn so has the IAA show. This year's awards show was of particular interest, because it is the first AIAS awards show to include all three new game consoles.

Journalist Heather Chaplin interviews AIAS president Joseph Olin on the red carpet.

The awards show went off with just one technical hitch, which was filled with Mohr's semi-humorous tales of his cat fornicating. But as far as awards shows go, the AIAS pulled off a winner. Though there were plenty of people pulling for their own creations, the crowd, made up of industry bigwigs and not the randoms off the street like Spike TV's Video Game Awards, clearly appreciated a worthy winner.

Lifetime Achievement Award recipients Minoru Arakawa and Howard Lincoln.

The real fight to watch was between two of the most critically acclaimed games of the year--Epic Games' Gears of War and Bethesda Softworks' The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. Oblivion took home the top prize at December's Spike TV Video Game Awards, both were matched up tonight for Game of the Year, and both will go head-to-head at the GDC Awards in March.

Over the course of the show, it was a dominating performance by Gears of War, which walked away with eight awards. The shooter took the very first two awards, prompting host Mohr to say, "Let's not get all sour after we're here for one and a half hours for Gears of War. Don't get pissy. Just get a cocktail."

Gears won the awards for Outstanding Character Performance - Male, Outstanding Achievement in Animation, Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction, Outstanding Achievement in Online Play, Outstanding Achievement in Visual Engineering, Action/Adventure Game of the Year, Console Game of the Year, and Overall Game of the Year.

Nintendo's Reggie Fils-Aime stands guard over the Lifetime Achievement Awards handed out earlier in the night to Minoru Arakawa and Howard Lincoln.

One of the more surprising victors of the evening was Nintendo's pack-in Wii game, Wii Sports. If a category dabbled in innovation or game play, Wii Sports grabbed it. The game took home the awards for Outstanding Achievement in Game Play Engineering, Outstanding Achievement in Game Design, and Outstanding Innovation in Gaming.

However, the award for best reception of an award goes to Cliffy B, accepting the prize for Gears' win for Outstanding Achievement in Online Play. The prize was presented by Sony president of worldwide studios Phil Harrison, and when Gears was announced as the winner, many an eye widened in the crowd.

As Cliff accepted the award, he made sure to mention how robust the Xbox 360's online capabilities were--a not-too-veiled dig at Harrison's PlayStation 3. Harrison took the jab in good humor even when Cliff left the stage without an acknowledgement to Harrison, and chuckled as he approached the microphone to present the next award. These are the moments that make award shows like this.

The full list of nominees and categories is below, with winners in bold.

Overall Game of the Year:
Gears of War (Epic Games/Microsoft Game Studios)
Wii Sports (Nintendo/Nintendo)
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (Nintendo/Nintendo)
Guitar Hero 2 (Harmonix/Activision/Red Octane)
Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (Bethesda Softworks/2K Games)

Console Game of the Year:
Gears of War (Epic Games/Microsoft Game Studios)
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (Nintendo/Nintendo)
Wii Sports (Nintendo/Nintendo)
Guitar Hero 2 (Harmonix/Activision/Red Octane)
Viva Piñata (Rare/Microsoft Game Studios)

Computer Game of the Year:
Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (Bethesda Softworks/2K Games)
Company of Heroes (Relic/THQ)
Battlefield 2142 (D.I.C.E./Electronic Arts)
Prey (Human Head Games/2K Games)
Age of Empires III: The Warchiefs (Ensemble Studios/Microsoft Game Studios)

Outstanding Innovation in Gaming:
Wii Sports (Nintendo/Nintendo)
Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day (Nintendo/Nintendo)
Gears of War (Epic Games/Microsoft Game Studios)
Viva Piñata (Rare/Microsoft Game Studios)
LocoRoco (Sony Computer Entertainment/Sony Computer Entertainment)

Handheld Game of the Year:
LocoRoco (Sony Computer Entertainment/Sony Computer Entertainment)
Elite Beat Agents (Nintendo/Nintendo)
New Super Mario Bros. (Nintendo/Nintendo)
Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day (Nintendo/Nintendo)
Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy (TT Games/Lucas Arts)

Outstanding Achievement in Animation
Gears of War (Epic Games/Microsoft Game Studios)
Daxter (ReadyatDawn/Sony Computer Entertainment)
Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy (TT Games/Lucas Arts)
Rayman Raving Rabidds (Ubisoft Montpellier/Ubisoft)
Fight Night Round 3 (EA Sports/Electronic Arts)

Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction
Gears of War (Epic Games/Microsoft Game Studios)
Final Fantasy XII (Square Enix/Square Enix)
Call of Duty 3 (Treyarch/Activision)
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Vegas (Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft)
Viva Piñata (Rare/Microsoft Game Studios)

Outstanding Achievement in Soundtrack
Guitar Hero 2 (Harmonix/Activision/Red Octane)
SingStar Rocks! (Sony Computer Entertainment London/Sony Computer Entertainment)
FIFA '07 (Electronic Arts Canada/Electronic Arts)
Marc Ecko's Getting Up (The Collective/Atari)
Scarface (Radical Entertainment/Sierra Entertainment)

Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Composition
Call of Duty 3 (Treyarch/Activision)
LocoRoco (Sony Computer Entertainment/Sony Computer Entertainment)
Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (Bethesda Softworks/2K Games)
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Double Agent (Ubisoft Shanghai/Ubisoft)
Black (Criterion Games/Electronic Arts)

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design
Call of Duty 3 (Treyarch/Activision)
Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (Bethesda Softworks/2K Games)
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter (Redstorm Studios/Ubisoft Paris/Ubisoft)
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Double Agent (Ubisoft Shanghai/Ubisoft)
Company of Heroes (Relic/THQ)

Outstanding Character Performance - Male
Gears of War (Epic Games/Microsoft Game Studios)
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Double Agent(Ubisoft Shanghai/Ubisoft)
Bully (Rockstar Games/Rockstar Games)
Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy (TT Games/Lucas Arts)
Daxter (ReadyatDawn/Sony Computer Entertainment)

Outstanding Achievement in Character Performance - Female
Saints Row (Volition/THQ)
Desperate Housewives (Liquid Entertainment/Buena Vista Games)
Viva Piñata (Rare/Microsoft Game Studios)
Bully (Rockstar Games/Rockstar Games)
Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (Bethesda Softworks/2K Games)

Outstanding Achievement in Story and Character Development
Sam & Max Episode 1: Culture Shock (GameTap/Telltale Games)
Saints Row (Volition/THQ)
24: The Game (Sony Online Entertainment/2K Games)
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (Nintendo/Nintendo)
Dreamfall: The Longest Journey (Funcom/Aspyr)

Outstanding Achievement in Game Play Engineering
Wii Sports (Nintendo/Nintendo)
Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (Bethesda Softworks/2K Games)
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (Nintendo/Nintendo)
Gears of War (Epic Games/Microsoft Game Studios)
Company of Heroes (Relic/THQ)

Outstanding Achievement in Online Game Play
Call of Duty 3 (Treyarch/Activision)
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter (Redstorm Studios/Ubisoft Paris/Ubisoft)
Gears of War (Epic Games/Microsoft Game Studios)
Chromehounds (From Software/Sega of America)
Battlefield 2142 (D.I.C.E./Electronic Arts)

Outstanding Achievement in Visual Engineering
Viva Piñata (Rare/Microsoft Game Studios)
Resistance: Fall of Man (Insomniac Games/Sony Computer Entertainment)
Gears of War (Epic Games/Microsoft Game Studios)
Call of Duty 3 (Treyarch/Activision)
Company of Heroes (Relic/THQ)

Outstanding Achievement in Game Design
Wii Sports (Nintendo/Nintendo)
Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (Bethesda Softworks/2K Games)
Company of Heroes (Relic/THQ)
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (Nintendo/Nintendo)
Nintendo Brain Age (Nintendo/Nintendo)

Sports Game of the Year
Tony Hawk's Project 8 (Neversoft Entertainment/Activision)
MLB '06: The Show (SCEA SD Sports Studio/Sony Computer Entertainment)
NBA 2K7 (Visual Concepts/2K Sports)
FIFA '07 (Electronic Arts Canada/Electronic Arts)
NBA '07 (SCEA SD Sports Studio/Sony Computer Entertainment)

Strategy Game of the Year
Company of Heroes (Relic/THQ)
Star Wars: Empire at War (Petroglyph/Lucas Arts)
Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth II (Electronic Arts/Electronic Arts)
Rise of Nations: Rise of Legends (Big Huge Games/Microsoft Game Studios)
Medieval II: Total War (Creative Assembly/Sega of America)

First-Person Action Game of the Year
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Vegas (Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft)
Resistance: Fall of Man (Insomniac Games/Sony Computer Entertainment)
Prey (Human Head Games/2K Games)
Half Life 2: Episode 1 (Valve/Electronic Arts)
Black (Criterion Games/Electronic Arts)

Fighting Game of the Year
Fight Night Round 3 (EA Sports/Electronic Arts)
Mortal Kombat: Armageddon (Midway/Midway)
WWE Smackdown! Vs. Raw 2006 (Yuke's Co. Ltd./THQ)
Tekken Dark Ressurection (Namco/Namco)

Racing Game of the Year
Test Drive Unlimited (Eden Studios/Atari)
Burnout Revenge (Criterion Games/Electronic Arts)
Excite Truck (Nintendo/Nintendo)
Full Auto 2: Battlelines (Pseudo Interactive/Sega of America)
Need for Speed: Carbon (Black Box/Electronic Arts)

Role-Playing Game of the Year
Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (Bethesda Softworks/2K Games)
Final Fantasy XII (Square Enix/Square Enix)
Final Fantasy III DS (Square Enix/Square Enix)
Titan Quest (Iron Lore Entertainment/THQ)
Phantasy Star Universe (Sonic Team/Sega of America)

Children's Game of the Year
LocoRoco (Sony Computer Entertainment/Sony Computer Entertainment)
Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Blue Rescue Team (The Pokemon Co./CHUNSOFT Co./Nintendo)
Disney's Kim Possible: What's the Switch (A2M/Buena Vista Games)
Over the Hedge (Edge of Reality/Activision)
Legend of Spyro: A New Beginning (Krome Studios/Sierra Entertainment)

Action/Adventure Game of the Year
Gears of War (Epic Games/Microsoft Game Studios)
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (Nintendo/Nintendo)
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Double Agent (Ubisoft Shanghai/Ubisoft)
Saints Row (Volition/THQ)
Daxter (ReadyatDawn/Sony Computer Entertainment)

Massively Multiplayer Game of the Year
Eve Online: Revelations (CCP Games/CCP Games)
Guild Wars: Nightfall (Arena Net/NCsoft)
Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach (Turbine/Atari/Wizards of the Coast)
Auto Assault (Net Devil/NCsoft)

Family Game of the Year
Rayman Raving Rabidds (Ubisoft Montpellier/Ubisoft)
Viva Piñata (Rare/Microsoft Game Studios)
Guitar Hero 2 (Harmonix/Activision/Red Octane)
Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy (TT Games/Lucas Arts)
Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day (Nintendo/Nintendo)

Simulation Game of the Year
Microsoft Flight Simulator X (Microsoft Game Studios/Microsoft Game Studios)
Sid Meier's Railroads! (Firaxis Games/2K Games)
Tourist Trophy (Polyphony Digital, Inc./Sony Computer Entertainment)

Downloadable Game of the Year
Mystery Case Files: Prime Suspects (Big Fish Games/Big Fish Games)
Virtual Villagers: A New Home (Last Day of Work/Big Fish Games)
Diner Dash: Flo on the Go (Playfirst/Playfirst)
Bookworm Adventures (PopCap/PopCap)
Plantasia (Playfirst/Playfirst)

Mobile Game of the Year
Orcs & Elves (Fountainhead Entertainment/Electronic Arts Mobile)
Tropical Madness (Gameloft/Gameloft)
Duckshot (MoFactor/Hands-On Mobile)
Brothers in Arms 3D (Gameloft)

[For a different take on D.I.C.E. 2007, take a look at the GameSpot News Blog, containing interviews with Myst Online's Rand Miller and Lord British himself, NCsoft exec producer Richard Garriott.]

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neo16161616
neo16161616

Yeah for Gears of war Zelda and all Tom Clancy games!

eyerok
eyerok

too bad oblivion din win more...It deserved better treatment after all the effort Bethesda put in

qweg
qweg

woowww.....that GoW is in deep s**t...8 awards had been won....keep it up! make GoW 2! or Ninja Gaiden 2!

WisdomLink
WisdomLink

I'm sure GoW is wonderful but 8 awards...sony might be still be crying over this...

fantasticlink
fantasticlink

Gears is a good game but this is just going to far. What makes Gears good is the gameplay and online, and thats all. Storyline is crap, characters are not creative, way too short, and bad guys too are not creative (they all look alike). Oh and games are not movies (like Dryker said). Games are supposed to be long and interesting storyline, good gameplay, good characters and good mulyiplayer. Gears only has 2/5 of those things. Oh, and just to point out something, im not a sony fan, im a fan of nothing, i just play games.

Dryker
Dryker

I've read a lot of posts claiming that Gears of War is overrated and although I am a huge fan of the game, I can understand why some may feel this way. Compared to epic endeavors the likes of Elder Scrolls: Oblivion and Final Fantasy XII, that have so much "depth" and background, one could possibly find Gears of War on the rather "shallow" side, but this was precisely Cliffy B.'s intention. A year or more ago, Cliffy B. preached that he believed game experiences should be shorter, more concise and visceral like a movie, and as far as I'm concerned, he delivered just that. Gears of War almost completely lacks any "funk" that is in a way endearing about other games, little quirks that "huminize" the game if you will. Gears of War is a clean, concise, in your face experience that is more quality than quantity. Some times when something is so natural feeling, its not even noticed at all. I for one have consciously thought little of Gears and have trouble choosing to play it over some so-called "Deeper" experiences like Oblivion or Final Fantasy, but once I turn it on and pick up the controller, I feel the power of the experience: sheer visceral exileration. Gears of War is quality over quantiy and nearly perfectly balanced gameplay. It is truly an achievement and needed to be recognised as such.

TTDog
TTDog

jooohnnny: TTDog Dont u think ur reading a little abit to into it, to much? If you dont like it Bite ME!!!! " I refer to my previous comment... grow up you sad little boy.

firehawk110
firehawk110

damn, viva pinata should've won at least one more award.

Hadal_Blues
Hadal_Blues

"Heh, I'd like to see what would happen if a group of gamer fans created an awards show that would have the results online, chances are they would be more accurate, and believable than most of the "official" game awards" Yeah I'm sure alot of those generic internet polls are better judges of what developers think. Aside from the fact that they are professionals, why should their opinions matter to anyone? Seriously ... This is about what they think deserves to win.

danleeah
danleeah

Even EA is jealous of Gears. PS3 fanboys are just pissed cause they have nothing to play. If gears was on ps3 those same haters would praise it .

air0123
air0123

gears owns all. this is only proof. so lets here it sony fanboys, "gears is over rated, its not that good." C'mon i am sure you have something better than that to say.

Edot0
Edot0

Gears of War is not over rated! lol! your funny! lol Or mabey just jelous.

rey06
rey06

O-V-E-R-R-A-T-E-D G-O-W

rennik_l
rennik_l

Heh, I'd like to see what would happen if a group of gamer fans created an awards show that would have the results online, chances are they would be more accurate, and believable than most of the "official" game awards. To me if you have to pay a fee to be nominated that's like bribing the judge, it's pathetic. GeoW is a good game, and did deserve some of those awards, not art direction but like online game and such like that. And with the GotY, it would for me pretty much be a coin toss between it and Oblivion, both games are deserving.

jooohnnny
jooohnnny

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kaziechameleon
kaziechameleon

so much gears hating don't say it didn't deserve multiplayer and compare it to unpolished games like rainbow six and GRAW, gears coop crushes both of those, probably because rainbow coop has no story elements, and no save pionts and sucks, probably because GRAWS coop has the worst AI in the history of the world, probably because graws general multiplayer is slow vanilla and boring(i'm a huge tomclancy fan and i own pretty much every game but this one was bad). rianbow six is very fun, but i really felt that even if gears deathmatch is simple the difference in feeling while playing was fantastic, simple but really fun deathmatch, plus best coop of the last decade, that is why gears rocked the multiplayer gold this year. as for okami being MIA that deserved art. i can't believe it isn't included is that because the devs closed down so they didn't consider it since dice is about honoring peers and they didn't want to waste the award on a closed studio, RIP.

TTDog
TTDog

"jooohnnny: Haters haters haters......Gears is the BEST game out there, and none of your little small minded nagative opions matter or going to change the fact that they walked away with all the awards......Sure there are some othere good games out there but none came close to gears and what the team at epic pulled off so suck it up and shut it...... " Maybe if you read all the post you'll see that a) There are people out there with a 360 who don't like the game, people who have played it and didn't think much to it. Not everyone who hates the game is a PS3 fanboy with nothing better to do, although there are plenty of them as well. b) A lot of other games out there had valid arguments for them to be voted Game of the Year and if you took your "Gear is Da Best" blinkers off you might find one or two of them yourself. Who's holding "small minded negative(correct spelling) opinions(also correct spelling)" now? So suck it up and GROW up child, your giving 360 owners a bad name.

monoamine
monoamine

Oblivion got totally robbed. Yeah sure, GOW is a good game. It has excellent graphics, good controls, and decent multi player, but if you look under the surface it's just a highly polished shooter that you've probably played countless times. It's pretty much like Halo with some minor tactical Rainbow Six type stuff thrown in. I fail to see anything totally new or innovative at all in Gears. Essentially it's shoot anything that moves, duck behind cover, find new weapons (all five or so of them) while looking at pretty textures. Repeat ad nauseum. It's totally linear and has little replay value in single player mode. And the story is predictible and cliche- "Huge,tough guy single handedly saves planet from aliens/locust hords/robots using an arsenal of super guns." In my mind, Oblivion is revolutionary. The only games that really even come close are the other Elder Scrolls games and even they are a long shot. Oblivion is the single most immersive game in history. When you play Olblivion you really feel like you're a working cog in the vast machinery of an open world that lets you do almost anything. It's as non-linear as you like or as quest based as you want it to be. No one tells you have to play as Marcus Fenix- you can be whoever the hell you want to be. Want to be the hero and save the world from the proverbial "Locust Horde"? Go for it. Want to help destroy this world, do that as well if you wish. Want to lolly gag around and just explore? Knock yourself out. GOW is: shoot bad guy, pick from a small number of well though out super weapons, kill all bad guys, go to next level. No options,no freedom,. You might as well watch a movie.

jooohnnny
jooohnnny

Haters haters haters......Gears is the BEST game out there, and none of your little small minded nagative opions matter or going to change the fact that they walked away with all the awards......Sure there are some othere good games out there but none came close to gears and what the team at epic pulled off so suck it up and shut it......

Lanowar
Lanowar

You know I read this and I just seemed curious as to why they bothered hiring some annoying comedian who most people seemed to find annoying. It's a video game industry award show behind techincally closed doors, David Jaffe seems like a capable person he could have done it in my own view a good enough job. Is this the awards where Capcom games are'nt allowed to be included because they did'nt want to pay X amount to join the group that run the awards?

zerodreams
zerodreams

I just want to add 2 cents into the mix about all the GeoW bashing. First off, it helps if you're a shooter fan, heh. Some of these other games would have been very deserving if they set a new standard for their genre. I can't be arsed to type up all the details but, although it's not as amazing as people hype it up to be, it definately has something fun to it. Let me put it this way: So many people went nuts over Halo/Halo 2 multiplayer, including myself. I completely HATE it now, thanks to GeoW. If Halo 3 doesn't measure up to that somehow "strategic-fast-paced" style GeoW emphasized, I won't enjoy it.

NND1
NND1

I dont care which game it is I am just glad to see the 360 still kickin' in 07... but U guys and gals need to stop the hayten... Gears Roxxx

Gigatron
Gigatron

what's so damn amazing about Gears online? Everyone says it's the greatest, but c'mon! 8-player multiplayer? WEAK. All the Tom Clancy games are hells better online. More players, more depth, more realistic, more options. Sure... it has the best graphics ever, but games like Zelda, Rainbow 6 Vegas, and Oblivion are way more satisfying. Plus, every boss encounter in GoW (besides the FIRST beserker fight) SUCKED! After I beat Raam I was like WHAT THE HELL??? It was like in RE4 when the last boss sucked too. The Kryll swarms where you had to shoot light at them was really annoying. GoW is great... but FAR from perfect. It's getting way too much praise.

hotdork70minus1
hotdork70minus1

I think it was about more people having a life then not. If you have 80 to 200 hours available to emerse yourself into the video game then I'm sure Oblivion is great. On the other hand I think there's alot more people with little time and would rather be sucked into a hour of crazy and intense action then waste time talking to an elf or something.

blademasterx
blademasterx

ohh well.I guess no square enix games was worthy.

lewis_grey
lewis_grey

Oblivion should have got Game of the Year, there's no doubt Gears is a fantastic game but its a bit shallow. Oblivion is a true epic.

theKSMM
theKSMM

Nobody at Sony can say it on the record, but I'm sure they realize that they have to start running at top speed if they're ever to catch up with Microsoft's XBOX Live! service. The shame if it all is that they (Sony's various comapanies) have the content to offer; they just need to create the infrastructure to serve it up. I'm glad to see Harrison taking it all in stride though.

Smithin
Smithin

I think Gears was a good game. Whether or not it deserved all those awards, or any at all... I dont know. I just play games for recreational purposes. But I can tell you as far as gaming goes.. I havent played a game like Gears of War ever. Yea the story was 10 or 8 hours, but hey it was fun while it lasted.

Phaje
Phaje

and Gollum007 is right in so far as Bully should have won best male character performance. also, Oblivion should have won in some of those categories that Gears did. don't get me wrong, i like xbox and i liked Gears. i played Gears. but everyone seems all hyped up on it and i don't understand why.

Phaje
Phaje

Gears was fun but come on, it wasn't that good. Zelda should've pwn'd it. makes me wonder if DICE is in the same category as the spike tv video game awards

dbeddow
dbeddow

Shows how much all you "nay sayers" know lol

Cz-100
Cz-100

Gears of War was flat out boring. The same set-up over and over again? I thought we had gotten past tetris by now. Sure, RPGs offer the same set up over and over again, but at least they have well crafted stories that last for 40+ hours. That Zelda got passed over in so many respects when it was a better game in every aspect (except online play and graphics) is a flat out crime. D.I.C.E. is now officially the grammys of the video game world. Come to the table with money and you're in like Flint. I hate how the world has become one big rush for advertising. It's not the meek or the strong willed that will inherit the earth, it's the marketing men.

xdr789
xdr789

Nerissa GOW did better than all the Nintendo games combined!

mkreku
mkreku

An 8-10 hour game with a weak story that thrives on generic stereotypical muscular men in HUGE body armour, yet walk around without helmets.. where the only thing you ever do is seek cover and shoot.. is the best game of the year? Best graphics, sure (even though I hated that the backgrounds were so static.. destruction for teh win!!), but best game? Seriously? Maybe this is the year when I need to find a new hobby, because if Gears of War is the best game the industry has to offer.. then it has nothing to offer me. My Xbox 360 has been gathering dust since I got it and finished the disappointing Gears of War in two days. Hoping Mass Effect and Bioshock might make it worthwhile though.

Recboy
Recboy

f@ck!!! Loco Roco! ,wack ass game.

miiiguel
miiiguel

ehehh: "i havent played the damn game but i can say that it definitely doesnt deserve best online" - that must be one of the sadest phrases in history of video gaming. ...ok, ok..., you saw the pictures. ehehhehe!!!

Lewpy79
Lewpy79

gollum007 "i have no idea what's with everyone tbh everyone hypes gears way too much and i havent bought into it and never will i havent played the damn game but i can say that it definitely doesnt deserve best online, best male performance, and best artistic design. have they even considered that if Okami had shown up, they wouldnt have done as well and probably would have lost 2 or three to it. Also, Bully should probably have gotten best character performance-male." Are you serious...?! How can you have such a strong opinion about something you've never even played. That's just ignorant, plain and simple. And why would they consider Okami for best artistic design when it's not even in the runnings?? I could see your point if it was in the nominations, but it's not...so what's the point of getting worked up about it, let's not forget Capcom 'chose' not to participate in these awards. Honestly....

adhesivespatula
adhesivespatula

Wow, Sony got its very small balls stapled to a cog... I mean plank.

SeanBond
SeanBond

Just because you don't enjoy playing Gears online doesn't make the game itself not fun. Considering that it's now the most popular Xbox Live game ever, I'd say that there are at least a FEW people who find the gameplay of Gears to be novel enough to warrant some time online. I agree that playing with friends makes a game more fun, but considering that the online component of Gears is very similar to the single player, which I had a great time with (yes, even when NO ONE was around!), there's a fairly sound argument to be made in favor of playing on Live. Something tells me you just don't like shooters (as the majority of online games, er, "pure bile" fall into said genre), in which case, maybe you should stick to whatever genre it is that you DO enjoy. I'll take Gears online with strangers over kicking rocks with my friends any day of the week...

Lewpy79
Lewpy79

GIJames248 "I believe Oblivion is a stronger achievement because of its refined and varied gameplay combined with its massive scope. GeoW is a good game but Oblivion is better." In your opinion...

maddogtannen316
maddogtannen316

okami and other capcom games were absent cause capcom didn't pay up to d.i.c.e, as had been reported on another topic somewhere on gamespot... and so falls what i thought was the last "real" awards show....now it's just another political circus...congrats to wii sports though..those awards will hopefully help propel a new future(style) of gaming, so we can avoid the same old crap (read - gears of war) spare me the online gaming bs.....if i wanted to kick rocks in my backyard with a friend, we could...and it would be fun...the fact i would be with a friend would overshadow the fact we were only kicking rocks....same principle with most online games...they are pure bile, but most ignorant journalists overlook it because they are enamored with playing amongst friends(or enemies, in some cases).... let's not forget that online gaming is one of the keys for competitive mtv-style exposure, which would in turn bring in more money.......so you take a guess which genre the industry will shine the light on

Nerissa
Nerissa

Outstanding Achievement in Game Design Wii Sports (Nintendo/Nintendo) Wii sports beat out Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion and The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess for best in Game Design! There is something definitely wrong with this picture...

GIJames248
GIJames248

I believe Oblivion is a stronger achievement because of its refined and varied gameplay combined with its massive scope. GeoW is a good game but Oblivion is better.

omegacis
omegacis

I think Gears of War has well-deserved these awards. It's easily the best game of the year. I honestly believe that anyone who thinks otherwise is just a bad critic who's probably bias toward the game for one reason or another. The game had excellent gameplay, the BEST graphics seen on anything to date, and a mind-blowing online multiplayer mode. Sure, the game's campaign isn't very long and the story has yet to become very deep... but even with these minor drawbacks, there's no other expereience like it. For an initial franchise entry, Gears does what no other game has done since the original Halo. If that's not enough to make skeptics shut their yaps then I don't know what is -- perhaps a sequel. Epic, let's hop on that pronto. =]

gollum007
gollum007

i have no idea what's with everyone tbh everyone hypes gears way too much and i havent bought into it and never will i havent played the damn game but i can say that it definitely doesnt deserve best online, best male performance, and best artistic design. have they even considered that if Okami had shown up, they wouldnt have done as well and probably would have lost 2 or three to it. Also, Bully should probably have gotten best character performance-male.

ElZilcho
ElZilcho

great show, probably the most accurate Out of all the ones i've heard all year, i gotta say though, i didnt like gears wining the artistic design award, it obviously should have went to a game like zelda or FFXll, and thats all i can really complain about, its also nice to see that many if not most of the games wining awards are on the 360, there are like 8 different games that are on the 360 wining all kinds of awards, its music to my ears but more importantly, could this be a sign that the 360 is actually a good gaming machine ? i wonder ... psych! so this is what its like to be on top huh? indeed it is a great feeling, sony fanboys had it good i have to admit, i shall enjoy this moment and celebrate it by rocking the crodws of guitar hero 2, today we are rocking ! xbox FOREVER !

GW_Tome
GW_Tome

I wish TP could have won game of the year. That would have been quite the feather in Nintendo's cap, as they say (well, they don't say it much these days, but I do). Too bad. The nomination was deserved, though. I don't really see anything I disagree with up there.

Scaryclouds
Scaryclouds

GoW is a great game, but now its really just snowballing. I thin most people are picking GoW over other titles because everybody else is picking GoW. GoW may be great but it is not so much better than Zelda or Oblivion that it should be virtually every time over those two games. Personally, while it had great potential, GoW's story was pretty mediocre.

Gigatron
Gigatron

I'm pretty disappointed in their judgement. GOW is a very good game, but it's not as great as everyone makes it out to be. The online in Rainbow Six, GRAW, and CoD3 is much more satisfying. Best male performance? Sam Fisher deserved that one!! The graphics are amazing (technically)... but I think Zelda and Okami have a much more inspired art direction. I'd pick Oblivion or Rainbow Six over Gears ANY DAY.