Little Big Planet wins big at D.I.C.E.

Media Molecule's adorable platformer cleans up with eight Interactive Achievement Awards, including Overall Game of the Year; Fallout 3, Left 4 Dead, and Dead Space rack up two each.

LAS VEGAS--The first 24 hours of the 2009 D.I.C.E. Summit were all business, with presentations from Valve founder Gabe Newell, Capcom creative director Jun Takeuchi, and Electronic Arts CEO John Riccitiello. Tonight, though, the annual game-industry confab, noted for its exclusivity and insider access, got its glamour on with the 12th Annual Interactive Achievement Awards.

Jay Mohr hams it up.

Dually doled out by D.I.C.E. organizers the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences and the International Game Developers Association, the Interactive Achievement Awards stand in stark contrast to the Spike TV Video Game Awards. Whereas that event embraces the notion of games as hip and youthful entertainment, the IAA show is a more Oscar-esque attempt at seriously acknowledging the growing medium.

If there is a breach in the IAA's high-class facade, it is the blue humor of comedian Jay Mohr, who emceed the ceremony for the fourth year running. Despite the disparity, Mohr has proven to be a popular part of the program, even as he ruthlessly mocked the crowd as a crowd of "guys and blow-up dolls."

"We're going to give out some awards to some people who deserve them, and some who quite frankly do not deserve them," Mohr joked. "Some people are gonna come up here who are real ***holes."

Other early victims of Mohr's sarcasm included Harmonix cofounder Alex Rigopoulos and Epic Games design director Cliff Bleszinski. Richard "Lord British" Garriott was singled out for particular ridicule. "This guy spent $30 million to go into space," joked the comedian, "Maybe he should have spent that money on [his failed MMORPG] Tabula Rasa!"

But unlike Jamie Kennedy, with his infamous nerd-bashing at E3 2007, Mohr actually displayed a knowledge of gaming. He made jokes that former Sony Worldwide Studios president Phil Harrison's takeover of Atari was akin to salvaging the Titanic, and pointed out that Leonardo DiCaprio is now playing company founder Nolan Bushnell in a forthcoming Atari film.

"Did anyone here actually finish Fallout 3?" he then asked of the crowd, before poking fun at Bethesda Softworks' Todd Howard. "100 hours of gameplay? How much time do you think we have?" Shortly after, when Media Molecule's Alex Evans took the stage, Mohr mockingly referred to the pale Briton as "that guy from Trainspotting."

But it was Media Molecule that had the last laugh. Its adorable platformer Little Big Planet was the big winner of the evening with eight awards, including Family Game of the Year, Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction, Outstanding Achievement in Visual Engineering, Outstanding Character Performance, Outstanding Innovation in Gaming, Outstanding Achievement in Game Direction, Console Game of the Year, and the big kahuna, Overall Game of the Year.

Valve's Left 4 Dead snagged two major prizes in the form of Computer Game of the Year and Outstanding Achievement in Online Game Play, with Fallout 3 nabbing Outstanding Achievement in Original Story and Best Role-Playing Game. Two surprise winners from EA were Dead Space, which took home Action Game of the Year and Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design, and Mirror's Edge, which won Adventure Game of the Year.

Despite the comic tone of the night, the ceremony took a moving turn when Bruce Shelley, cofounder of the now-defunct Ensemble Studios, was inducted into the AIAS Hall of Fame. The developer, who had just delivered an unflinching postmortem of his studio's recent demise, was given a standing ovation when he took the stage.

Another interesting moment came when BioWare's Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuk presented the award for Massively Multiplayer Game of the Year. The winner was World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King--the expansion to the massively multiplayer game that BioWare will fiercely challenge next year with its own epic MMORPG, Star Wars: The Old Republic. When Blizzard vice president Rob Pardo took the stage to accept the statuette, the two soon-to-be archrivals greeted each other cooly, perhaps auguring the battle to come.

The full list of finalists for the 12th Annual Interactive Achievement Awards is below--winners are highlighted in bold.

Overall Game of the Year
Fallout 3 - Bethesda Softworks - Bethesda Softworks
Grand Theft Auto IV - Rockstar Games - Rockstar North
Left 4 Dead - Valve Software - Valve Software
Little Big Planet - Sony - Media Molecule
Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots - Konami - Kojima Productions

Console Game of the Year
Fallout 3 - Bethesda Softworks - Bethesda Softworks
Gears of War 2 - Microsoft Game Studios - Epic Games
Grand Theft Auto IV - Rockstar Games - Rockstar North
Little Big Planet - Sony - Media Molecule
Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots - Konami - Kojima Productions

Computer Game of the Year
Fallout 3 - Bethesda Softworks - Bethesda Softworks
Left 4 Dead - Valve Software - Valve Software
Mass Effect - Electronic Arts - BioWare
Spore - Electronic Arts - Maxis
World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King - Blizzard Entertainment - Blizzard Entertainment

Adventure Game of the Year
Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia - Konami - Konami
God of War: Chains of Olympus - Sony - Ready at Dawn
Mirror's Edge - Electronic Arts - Digital Illusions
Naruto: The Broken Bond - Ubisoft - Ubisoft
Prince of Persia - Ubisoft - Ubisoft Montreal

Massively Multiplayer Game of the Year
EVE Online: Quantum Rise - CCP - CCP
Pirates of the Burning Sea - Sony Online Entertainment - Flying Lab Software
PMOG - GameLayers - GameLayers
Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning - Electronic Arts - Mythic Entertainment
World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King - Blizzard Entertainment - Blizzard Entertainment

Sports Game of the Year
FIFA 09 - Electronic Arts - EA Canada
Madden NFL 09 - Electronic Arts - EA Tiburon
MLB 08: The Show - Sony - SCE Studios San Diego
NBA 2K9 - 2K Sports - Visual Concepts
NHL 09 - Electronic Arts - EA Canada

Racing Game of the Year
Burnout Paradise - Electronic Arts - Criterion Games
GRID - Codemasters - Codemasters
Mario Kart Wii - Nintendo - Nintendo
MotorStorm: Pacific Rift - Sony - Evolution Studios
Pure - Disney Interactive Studios - Black Rock Studio

Fighting Game of the Year
Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe - Midway - Midway
Soulcalibur IV - Namco Bandai Games - Project Soul
Super Smash Bros. Brawl - Nintendo - Nintendo, Sora
Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix - Capcom - Backbone Entertainment
WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2009 - THQ - Yuke's

Outstanding Achievement in Online Game Play
Call of Duty: World at War - Activision - Treyarch
Gears of War 2 - Microsoft Game Studios - Epic Games
Left 4 Dead - Valve Software - Valve Software
NHL 09 - Electronic Arts - EA Canada
Rock Band 2 - MTV Games - Harmonix

Action Game of the Year
Call of Duty: World at War - Activision - Treyarch
Dead Space - Electronic Arts - EA Redwood Shores
Far Cry 2 - Ubisoft - Ubisoft Montreal
Gears of War 2 - Microsoft Game Studios - Epic Games
Grand Theft Auto IV - Rockstar Games - Rockstar North

Handheld Game of the Year
Advance Wars: Days of Ruin - Nintendo - Intelligent Systems
Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia - Konami - Konami
God of War: Chains of Olympus - Sony - Ready at Dawn
Patapon - Sony - Sony Computer Entertainment International
Professor Layton and the Curious Village - Nintendo - Level 5

Cellular Game of the Year
Reset Generation - Nokia - RedLynx
Spore Origins - Electronic Arts - Babaroga, Tricky Software
Trism - Demiforce - Demiforce

Casual Game of the Year
Braid - Microsoft Game Studios - Number None
Mystery Case Files: Return to Ravenhurst - Big Fish Games - Big Fish Games
Patapon - Sony - Sony Computer Entertainment International
Professor Layton and the Curious Village - Nintendo - Level 5
World of Goo - Nintendo - 2D Boy

Outstanding Achievement in Game Design
Fable II - Microsoft Game Studios - Lionhead Studios
Fallout 3 - Bethesda Softworks - Bethesda Softworks
Gears of War 2 - Microsoft Game Studios - Epic Games
Left 4 Dead - Valve Software - Valve Software
World of Goo - Nintendo - 2D Boy

Outstanding Achievement in Game Direction
Fallout 3 - Bethesda Softworks - Bethesda Softworks
Gears of War 2 - Microsoft Game Studios - Epic Games
Left 4 Dead - Valve Software - Valve Software
Little Big Planet - Sony - Media Molecule
Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots - Konami - Kojima Productions

Family Game of the Year
Boom Blox - Electronic Arts - EA Los Angeles
Little Big Planet - Sony - Media Molecule
Rayman Raving Rabbids TV Party - Ubisoft - Ubisoft Paris
Rock Band 2 - MTV Games - Harmonix
Wii Fit - Nintendo - Nintendo

Strategy/Simulation Game of the Year
Advance Wars: Days of Ruin - Nintendo - Intelligent Systems
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 - Electronic Arts - EA Los Angeles
Sid Meier's Civilization Revolution - 2K Games - Firaxis
Sins of a Solar Empire - Stardock Entertainment - Ironclad Games
Tom Clancy's EndWar - Ubisoft - Ubisoft Shanghai

Outstanding Achievement in Animation
Castle Crashers - Microsoft Game Studios - The Behemoth
Gears of War 2 - Microsoft Game Studios - Epic Games
Left 4 Dead - Valve Software - Valve Software
Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots - Konami - Kojima Productions
Prince of Persia - Ubisoft - Ubisoft Montreal

Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction
Dead Space - Electronic Arts - EA Redwood Shores
Fable II - Microsoft Game Studios - Lionhead Studios
Little Big Planet - Sony - Media Molecule
Mirror's Edge - Electronic Arts - Digital Illusions
Prince of Persia - Ubisoft - Ubisoft Montreal

Outstanding Achievement in Visual Engineering
Gears of War 2 - Microsoft Game Studios - Epic Games
Little Big Planet - Sony - Media Molecule
Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots - Konami - Kojima Productions
Resistance 2 - Sony - Insomniac Games
Tomb Raider: Underworld - Eidos/Warner Bros. Interactive - Crystal Dynamics

Outstanding Achievement in Game Play Engineering
Fable II - Microsoft Game Studios - Lionhead Studios
Fallout 3 - Bethesda Softworks - Bethesda Softworks
Left 4 Dead - Valve Software - Valve Software
Spore - Electronic Arts - Maxis
Tom Clancy's EndWar - Ubisoft - Ubisoft Shanghai

Outstanding Character Performance
Gears of War 2 (Dom) - Microsoft Game Studios - Epic Games
Gears of War 2 (Marcus) - Microsoft Game Studios - Epic Games
Little Big Planet (Sackboy) - Sony Computer Entertainment America - Media Molecule
Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots (Old Snake) - Konami - Kojima Productions
Tomb Raider: Underworld (Lara Croft) - Eidos/Warner Bros. Interactive - Crystal Dynamics

Outstanding Achievement in Adapted Story
Lego Batman: The Videogame - Warner Bros. Interactive - TT Games
Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe - Midway - Midway
Naruto: The Broken Bond - Ubisoft - Ubisoft
Quantum of Solace - Activision - Treyarch
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed - LucasArts - LucasArts

Outstanding Achievement in Original Story
Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway - Ubisoft - Gearbox Software
Fable II - Microsoft Game Studios - Lionhead Studios
Fallout 3 - Bethesda Softworks - Bethesda Softworks
Grand Theft Auto IV - Rockstar Games - Rockstar North
Professor Layton and the Curious Village - Nintendo - Level 5

Role-Playing Game of the Year
Fable II - Microsoft Game Studios - Lionhead Studios
Fallout 3 - Bethesda Softworks - Bethesda Softworks
Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time - Nintendo - Chunsoft
Tales of Vesperia - Namco Bandai Games - Namco Bandai Games

Outstanding Innovation in Gaming
Braid - Microsoft Game Studios - Number None
Left 4 Dead - Valve Software - Valve Software
Little Big Planet - Sony - Media Molecule
Spore - Electronic Arts - Maxis
Wii Fit - Nintendo - Nintendo

Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Composition
de Blob - THQ - Blue Tongue
Dead Space - Electronic Arts - EA Redwood Shores
Fable II - Microsoft Game Studios - Lionhead Studios
Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots - Konami - Kojima Productions
World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King - Blizzard Entertainment - Blizzard Entertainment

Outstanding Achievement in Soundtrack
Guitar Hero World Tour - Activision - Neversoft Entertainment
Little Big Planet - Sony - Media Molecule
Motorstorm: Pacific Rift - Sony - Evolution Studios
Rock Band 2 - MTV Games - Harmonix
Singstar PS3 Vol. 1 - Sony - SCE London Studio

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design
Dead Space - Electronic Arts - EA Redwood Shores
Gears of War 2 - Microsoft Game Studios - Epic Games
Little Big Planet - Sony - Media Molecule
Prince of Persia - Ubisoft - Ubisoft Montreal
Wipeout HD - Sony - SCE Studios Liverpool

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240 comments
conkerratchet
conkerratchet

That's INSANE! I knew LBP was the right choice. Well, it looks like people haven't really posted here in quite a while. So... I got the GOTY edition of LBP a few months ago. It was actually better than the PSP version just I don't like that camera

sackboy15
sackboy15

okay froget what i said but its just like you said akiwak why are we fighting over games do the awards actully change anything in the game? no

Malco_Vincenzo
Malco_Vincenzo

@gameking5000 LBP has sold less than MGS4 first of all second of all the MG series has been around for 20 years, they don't need to appeal to everyone they have a large fanbase. LBP is a new fresh idea and it's nice but seeing as I own both I have to say MGS4 is the better game. @sackboy15 LBP has better graphics than MGS4? i think everyone should just ignore that bias statment coming from "Sackboy"

nerdboyxx
nerdboyxx

i wanna ps3 to get lbp lol! 10-20 new levels a week sound pretty awesome, I like games that dont have an end or are replayable (Im a big fan of mmorpg's). Dead Space is the best horror game to be released during 2008, it completely smashed everything. And EA GAMES MADE IT!!! Anyone remember MoH? yeah that sucked bad. But now we can concragulate them on making such an awesome game!

gordos24
gordos24

well im glad that even dead space won 2 awards.its the best next gen horror i played so far.hope re5 will be beter.as for lbp that game is freaking awsome.each week there 10-20 new levels.so the game never bores me.i think lbp is even better than super mario bros!

EnaVRi
EnaVRi

LBP and MGS are lovely games! I love the MGS add on in LBP!!!

gameking5000
gameking5000

The variety of the audience targeted in Metal Gear Solid 4 is not very big and that will lower the sales. Little Big Planet on the other hand is targeted for basically everybody.

akiwak
akiwak

Hey can you guys stop pissing on puppiemaster's cereal.... everytime i check the posts on here seems like he always has to see the cup being half empty. What's up with your constant need to bash gaming and gamers?

sackboy15
sackboy15

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sackboy15

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sackboy15

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sackboy15
sackboy15

look mabye cause mgs has been seen already but lbp is this new differant game. im not saying i dont like the game but i think we want something new go lbp!!!

mankeyador
mankeyador

I watched it and it was screwed up. Yeah it's a good game but they obviously were playing favorites with this game. Honestly when you say LBP has better graphics and character performance than MGS4 you are playing favorites.

woofie13
woofie13

I'm surprised that Gears 2 and MGS4 didn't dominate. Sackboy was a stronger character? :S whaaaa? I love LBP though, and am glad it scored big.

Darkclaw007
Darkclaw007

LittleBigPlanet? How could that possibly win over Metal Gear Solid 4 as Game Of The Year? I own both, and I did enjoy LBP for about a week, but Metal Gear is so vastly superior in EVERY way.

aijou_
aijou_

outrageous! MGS4 only got one award??? and for its soundtrack?

gameking5000
gameking5000

LPG planet was better than the other hardcore games. Haha just shows that Causual games are not to be underestimated.

ben044
ben044

omg LBP on Xbox????? dats crazy xbox won't even be able 2 support da LBP game engine dats how weak da machine is.....

foggy08
foggy08

Littlebigplanet was my game of the year. and what if lbp was an xbox exclusive.......don't you think these comments would be diffrent

taddia
taddia

Akiwak wrote: "I am happy for LBP not only because I own it but also because it came from a small studio. Proof that you don't have to be big in order to deliver something special." This is so true... 2d boys is a software house composed of... 2 members! They've created world of goo, which actually won one award too... ^_^

taddia
taddia

supersonikk wrote: "People who say that LBP is babyish should swallow their pride. Who cares how it is presented (I don't think they could have presented it much better myself)" ...Funny how ps3 gamers now thinks this, since they've always blamed nintendo and other companies game for being childish and never looked about the content. I've picked your post, supersonikk, just as an example, I'm not saying you r one of those dumb guys judging without trying a game ok? ^_^ Well said so, i hope ps3 gamers now have learnt the lesson... Now that they have too their "omgit'sapuppygame...butit'sdamnfun!" game ^_^

DeanoFantasy
DeanoFantasy

Well when I first looked at Little Big Planet game I thought "wow! that looks impressive and the gameplay has a unique feel to it too" But then I thought is this game for me? well I bought it anyway and I have to say I'm glad I did! I brought three friends found to play four player and had some beers it was one of the funniest nights ever! nobody wet their pants.. honestly!.. Warning : Drinking while playing games is not advisable. (unless you have to.. LBP!)

supersonikk
supersonikk

People who say that LBP is babyish should swallow their pride. Who cares how it is presented (I don't think they could have presented it much better myself), it is now one of the greatest games of all time thanks to its innovation and variety and if a game that fresh does not deserve all of the awards it has received, then what does?

puppiemaster
puppiemaster

i didn't type that, you should read posts properly, who is showing who's ignorance now!!

Malco_Vincenzo
Malco_Vincenzo

ps3 owner or not saying that ps3 owners are 1 % of the gaming population kinda shows ur ignorance

puppiemaster
puppiemaster

Malco_Vincenzo Posted Feb 22, 2009 9:36 pm GMT @puppiemaster seems i gotta tell you the same thing i told JMD. your "fanboy is showing". --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- What the hell are you on about?? I'm a PS3, 360 and Wii owner, just look at my pictures in my profile, you can see all 3 of the consoles, I never mentioned anything about sales. I also said that I personally didn't like LBP, I think you may need to get a new pair of glasses and probably a bit of soap in your mouth, I pity you!!

puppiemaster
puppiemaster

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Malco_Vincenzo
Malco_Vincenzo

@puppiemaster seems i gotta tell you the same thing i told JMD. your "fanboy is showing". seriously where did u get a fact like "ps3 owner are 1% of the gaming population" when there are 23 million sold, 28 million 360s, and 38 million wiis. somone failed math. also im nothicing that anyone who dares comment agsinst the almighty LBP are getting masses of thumbs downs. Lemme say this. as a person who has been playing games since the NES, i think i speak for everyone when i say that everyone loving LBP to bits is a casual gamer. sure it's innovative, sure it's cute, and sure it's fun, but there are a LOT of crappy levels on LBP,there are also a lot of the same levels, there are also lag issues. people saying that they play the game every day are either A) lying cuz they are fanboys or B) playing for an hour every night. I didn't spend nearly 500 dallors on a system to play games that get boring after a couple weeks play. That's what we call lack of replayability. Furthermore comparing this game to MGS4 is a bit much. they are 2 different genres. although i would agree that MGS4 should have won GOTY as well as best character design, LBP is a breathe of fresh air. just a breathe though. what i'm trying to say is let's be intelligent about what we say on these comments. On the games used as example on this little arguement. My OPINION is that LBP is good for the casual gamer or the crack addict that likes to build stuff. Gears 2 is really Gears 1.2 with crappy online issues, MGS4 is a masterpiece and an end to a saga, and fallout 3 is a great game to screw around in. in terms of "innovation" what LBP did was make sample of what the game could do as main levels, and gave the player the oppurtunity to do the same or better ( or worse). nothing is innovative about level creation, it's call an PC, an FPS and mods ALONG with level creators. If you disagree with me plz write back, giving me thumbs down proves that u can't argue with my opinion but don't like it. P.S. puppiemaster saying the your 70 year old mommy loves that games isn't somehing you should admit. it either says that your mom is real old or that u still live at home with her and are over 35 year old.

killzone_gamer
killzone_gamer

:lol: Really make me laugh! By puppiemaster - quite a way down: "It looks like LBP is like Marmite, 'you either love it or hate it'" On the contrary, you've either played it or you havn't.

killzone_gamer
killzone_gamer

From Halo2Observer: "You'v got to be kidding me, LittBigPlanet? Wow." :lol:

coureurke
coureurke

The Only Reason Little Big Planet won is because they made a massiv world with endless opurtunities too expand it. I think the makers of the game can be proud! Soo f*ck all you haters

silentmage_245
silentmage_245

Lil Big Planet is a very good game.... but compared to MSG4, GTAIV, it can't compete against them. So its overrated here. And where is The World Ends With You?

puppiemaster
puppiemaster

See loads of people love LBP, some because they think it's a great game, others because it's on the PS3 and they think that gives them 1 over on the 360 and Wii. And loads of people think that LBP is a crap game and in my opinion they are right. But it takes all sorts to make up the world, personally I can't stand driving, fighting or sports games, but others love them. It's just lucky that Game honors don't mean jack to the average man in the street. Otherwise after some of the comments on here, we would have World War 3.

puppiemaster
puppiemaster

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White_Panda
White_Panda

Deadspace is great, still playing it too. LBP is awesome my wife can't stop playing it, my daughters can't stop watching us play it. It's a fun, very creative, adorable game. You can tell alot of imagination, hard work, patients, time and knowledge went into this game. Im glad MGS4 wont the musical award thing, MGS has always had insane amounts of intense music that brings out what music is supposed to have....passion in it's music, feeling, drama, suspense, every damn feeling possible haha. Also, fallout 3 ftw too! haha.

halo2observer
halo2observer

You've got to be kidding me... Little Big Planet? Wow.

gameking5000
gameking5000

@NinjaMunkey01 What about World of Warcraft. It's sold over 11 million! The 2nd expansion is one great expansion. It surely deserves to be Game of the Year.

Generalmojo
Generalmojo

amazing game lbp is, the amount of fun it deliver to my family! and yet it still delivers with new online levels (dead space 2 any1 lol')

Raven1504
Raven1504

they are chaning D.I.C.E. awards to the SACK BOY's, the same way the academy awards are oscars

akiwak
akiwak

I am happy for LBP not only because I own it but also because it came from a small studio. Proof that you don't have to be big in order to deliver something special. Hope remains then for the all the small studios out there. These are the people, where fresh ideas come from. Well deserved Media Molecule.

haggies
haggies

Amazing! Sackboy is my hero!

phindley85
phindley85

You gotta understand. This award show wasn’t necessarily for the funniest or best games, but the most groundbreaking and innovating.

NinjaMunkey01
NinjaMunkey01

LBP is good, but far from game of the year imo. what happened to MGS4, gears 2 ect?

puppiemaster
puppiemaster

It looks like LBP is like Marmite, 'you either love it or hate it'