COD4, Orange Box, BioShock, Rock Band D.I.C.E. up Interactive Achievement Awards

Activision's military shooter takes top prize, but 2K Games' undersea actioner, Valve's compilation, and MTV/Harmonix's rhythm game also get their props.

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LAS VEGAS--What the Oscars and the Emmys are to film and television, the Interactive Achievement Awards wants to be to games. Its sponsor, the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences, not only takes its nomenclature cues from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, it also put on a glitzy affair for the 11th Annual Interactive Achievement Awards, which unfolded Thursday night in the largest ballroom in the Red Rock Casino and Resort in Las Vegas.

After an extended red carpet ceremony, the awards began fashionably late, with a group of sharply attired executives and cramped reporters rubbing elbows in front of the awards hall. After the obligatory hobnobbing and posing for cameras, the nearly 1,000-strong crowd gradually seated themselves and awaited the entrance of emcee Jay Mohr, who hosted the event for the third year running.

Unlike past events, this year's awards tried to enforce a strict "business attire" dress code on its nearly all-male audience. As evidenced by the flood of denim entering the hall, the upscale fashion edict didn't take. However, the skewed gender ratio of the audience did not go unnoticed by Jay. "It's like a hooker's fantasy in here," he proclaimed after taking the stage after several false starts.

Mohr then delivered some impromptu statistical analysis: "So 38 percent of gamers are women and older and 20 percent are over 50....that means 10 percent of gamers are cougars! Or as I like to call then, MILFs--moms I'd like to frag."

Following a round of applause, Mohr entered into a less typically NC-17-rated monologue than usual. "We’re streaming live on the Web right now," he said referring to GameSpot's live webcast, "so keep the profanity to a minimum." He then jokingly challenged a certain game designer: "I'm talking to you, Jaffe!" Appearing later on in the broadcast, the infamously outspoken game developer did not disappoint, letting forth a B-52's worth of F-bombs just to make his point.

Mohr's opening monologue also obliquely--and explicitly--referenced Web animator Zero Punctuation's recent review of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. The subtle cue was no accident. The critically acclaimed shooter from Activision and its Infinity Ward studio took home the evening's biggest prizes, including overall game of the year, console game of the year, action game of the year, and outstanding achievement in online game play.

Tying COD4 at the four-award mark was top-nominee-getter BioShock, which won outstanding achievement in sound design, outstanding achievement in original music composition, outstanding achievement in story development, and outstanding achievement in art direction. Another favorite, Harmonix and MTV Games' Electronic Arts-distributed rhythm game Rock Band, took home trophies for outstanding innovation in gaming, outstanding achievement in soundtrack, and family game of the year.

Another title scoring a trifecta wasn't exactly a newcomer. Valve Software's Orange Box, which compiles 2004's Half-Life 2 with its two episodic sequels, the online shooter Team Fortress, and the darkly comic puzzler Portal took computer game of the year, outstanding achievement in game play engineering, and outstanding character performance. Other notable winners of the evening include World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade (massively multiplayer game of the year), Super Mario Galaxy (adventure game of the year), and Mass Effect (role-playing game of the year).

But perhaps the night's biggest winner was Ken Kutaragi, the former head of Sony Computer Entertainment and the so-called "Father of the PlayStation." Largely unseen since he retired from Sony last June, the executive looked relaxed, sporting a tailored leather jacket and semilong hair as he took the stage to receive a lifetime achievement honor. However, the once-famously-aloof executive delivered a heartfelt speech thanking his family, colleagues, and the industry for the chance to help turn games from a novelty activity into mainstream entertainment.

A full list of tonight's Interactive Achievement Award winners are listed below in bold.

Overall Game of the Year
BioShock (2K Games, 2K Boston, 2K Australia)
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (Activision, Infinity Ward)
Rock Band (MTV Games, Harmonix)
Super Mario Galaxy (Nintendo, Nintendo)
The Orange Box (Electronic Arts/Valve Software, Valve Software)

Console Game of the Year
BioShock (2K Games, 2K Boston, 2K Australia)
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (Activision, Infinity Ward)
Mass Effect (Microsoft Game Studios, BioWare)
Rock Band (MTV Games, Harmonix)
Super Mario Galaxy (Nintendo, Nintendo)

Computer Game of the Year
BioShock (2K Games, 2K Boston, 2K Australia)
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (Activision, Infinity Ward)
Crysis (Electronic Arts, Crytek)
The Orange Box (Electronic Arts/Valve Software, Valve Software)
World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade (Vivendi Games, Blizzard Entertainment)

Handheld Game of the Year
Drawn to Life (THQ, 5th Cell)
Jeanne d'Arc (SCEA, Level 5)
Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords (D3 Publisher, Infinite Interactive, 1st Playable Productions)
Ratchet and Clank: Size Matters (SCEA, High Impact Games)
The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass (Nintendo, Nintendo)

Massively Multiplayer Game of the Year
EVE Online: Trinity (CCP, CCP)
Guild Wars: Eye of the North (NCsoft, AreaNet)
Richard Garriott's Tabula Rasa (NCsoft, Destination Games)
The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar (Midway, Turbine)
World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade (Vivendi Games, Blizzard Entertainment)

Action Game of the Year
BioShock (2K Games, 2K Boston, 2K Australia)
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (Activision, Infinity Ward)
Crysis (Electronic Arts, Crytek)
Halo 3 (Microsoft Game Studios, Bungie Studios)
The Orange Box (Electronic Arts/Valve Software, Valve Software)

Strategy/Simulation Game of the Year
Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation (Namco Bandai Games America, Namco Bandai Games)
Command and Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars (Electronic Arts, EA LA)

Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts (THQ, Relic)
Supreme Commander (THQ, Gas Powered Games)
World in Conflict (Vivendi Games, Massive Entertainment)

Sports Game of the Year
FIFA Soccer 08 (Electronic Arts (Electronic Arts)
MLB 07: The Show (SCEA, SCE San Diego)
NBA 2K8 (2K Sports, Visual Concepts)
NHL 08 (Electronic Arts, EA Canada)
Skate (Electronic Arts, EA Black Box)

Adventure Game of the Year
Assassin's Creed (Ubisoft, Ubisoft Montreal)
God of War II (SCEA, Sony Computer Entertainment Santa Monica)
Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction (SCEA, Insomniac Games)
Super Mario Galaxy (Nintendo, Nintendo)
Uncharted: Drake's Fortune (SCEA, Naughty Dog)

Outstanding Innovation in Gaming
Assassin's Creed (Ubisoft, Ubisoft Montreal)
BioShock (2K Games, 2K Boston, 2K Australia)
Rock Band (MTV Games, Harmonix)
Super Mario Galaxy (Nintendo, Nintendo)
The Orange Box (Electronic Arts/Valve Software, Valve Software)

Outstanding Achievement in Game Design
BioShock (2K Games, 2K Boston, 2K Australia)
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (Activision, Infinity Ward)
Rock Band (MTV Games, Harmonix)
Super Mario Galaxy (Nintendo, Nintendo)
The Orange Box: Portal (Electronic Arts/Valve, Valve)

Racing Game of the Year
DiRT (Codemasters, Codemasters)
Forza Motorsport 2 (Microsoft Game Studios, Turn 10 Studios)
Motorstorm (SCEA, Evolution Studios)
Need For Speed Pro Street (Electronic Arts, EA Black Box)
Project Gotham Racing 4 (Microsoft Game Studios, Bizarre Creations)

Role-Playing Game of the Year
Eternal Sonata (Namco Bandai Games America, Tri-Crescendo)
Jeanne d'Arc (SCEA, Level 5)
Mass Effect (Microsoft Game Studios, BioWare)
Rogue Galaxy (SCEA, Level 5)
The Witcher (Atari, CDProjekt Red)

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design
BioShock (2K Games, 2K Boston, 2K Australia)
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (Activision, Infinity Ward)
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2 (Ubisoft, Ubisoft Paris, Red Storm)
Skate (Electronic Arts, EA Black Box)
Need for Speed ProStreet (Electronic Arts, EA Black Box)

Outstanding Achievement in Soundtrack
BioShock (2K Games, 2K Boston, 2K Australia)
Guitar Hero III (Activision, Neversoft)
Rock Band (MTV Games, Harmonix)
Singstar POP (SCEA, SCEE London Studio)
Skate (Electronic Arts, EA Black Box)

Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Composition
BioShock (2K Games (2K Boston, 2K Australia)
Uncharted: Drake's Fortune (SCEA, Naughty Dog)
God of War II (SCEA, SCE Santa Monica)
Heavenly Sword (SCEA, Ninja Theory)
Lair (SCEA, Factor 5)

Downloadable Game of the Year
Azada (Big Fish Games, Big Fish Games)
Build-a-Lot (HipSoft, HipSoft)
flOw (SCEA, That Game Company)
Peggle (PopCap, PopCap)
Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords (D3 Publisher, Infinite Interactive, 1st Playable Productions)

Outstanding Achievement in Online Game Play
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (Activision, Infinity Ward)
Forza Motorsport 2 (Microsoft Game Studios, Turn 10 Studios)
Halo 3 (Microsoft Game Studios, Bungie Studios)
Rock Band (MTV Games, Harmonix)
World in Conflict (Vivendi Games, Massive Entertainment)

Outstanding Achievement in Game Play Engineering
Assassin's Creed (Ubisoft, Ubisoft Montreal)
Rock Band (MTV Games, Harmonix)
Super Mario Galaxy (Nintendo, Nintendo)
The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass (Nintendo, Nintendo)
The Orange Box: Portal (Electronic Arts/Valve Software, Valve Software)

Outstanding Achievement in Story Development
BioShock (2K Games, 2K Boston, 2K Australia)
Drawn to Life (THQ, 5th Cell)
Mass Effect (Microsoft Game Studios, BioWare)
The Darkness (2K Games, Starbreeze Studios)
Uncharted: Drake's Fortune (SCEA, Naughty Dog)

Outstanding Character Performance
BioShock (2K Games, 2K Boston, 2K Australia)
Heavenly Sword (SCEA, Ninja Theory)
Mass Effect (Microsoft Game Studios, BioWare)
The Orange Box: Portal (Electronic Arts/Valve Software, Valve Software)
Uncharted: Drake's Fortune (SCEA, Naughty Dog)

Outstanding Achievement in Visual Engineering
Assassin's Creed (Ubisoft, Ubisoft Montreal)
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (Activision, Infinity Ward)
Crysis (Electronic Arts, Crytek)

Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction (SCEA, Insomniac Games)
Uncharted: Drake's Fortune (SCEA, Naughty Dog)

Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction
Assassin's Creed (Ubisoft, Ubisoft Montreal)
BioShock (2K Games, 2K Boston, 2K Australia)

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (Activision, Infinity Ward)
Heavenly Sword (SCEA, Ninja Theory)
The Orange Box: Team Fortress 2 (Electronic Arts/Valve Software, Valve Software)

Outstanding Achievement in Animation
Assassin's Creed (Ubisoft, Ubisoft Montreal)
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (Activision, Infinity Ward)
Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction (SCEA, Insomniac Games)
Uncharted: Drake's Fortune (SCEA, Naughty Dog)
The Orange Box: Team Fortress 2 (Electronic Arts/Valve Software, Valve Software)

Family Game of the Year
Guitar Hero III (Activision, Neversoft)
Rayman Raving Rabbids 2 (Ubisoft, Ubisoft Montpellier)
Rock Band (MTV Games, Harmonix)

Scene It? Lights, Camera, Action (Microsoft Games Studios, Screenlife)
WarioWare: Smooth Moves (Nintendo, Nintendo)

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There is something fishy about the winners here! The GOTY is Bioshock. They chose COD4 to appease both Sony and Microsoft marketing dollars. As well Motorstorm is not the best racing game Forza 2 is. The rest of the awards given out are pretty accurate though.

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Ok CoD4 is good, but not that good! BioShock should have taken more awards from CoD4, Halo 3 should have been the Multiplayer game of the year, and Orange Box DOES NOT DESERVE to receive ANY nominations, Half-Life 2 came out in 2004, its not eligible, and if you try and argue Portal and that other stuff in there....THOSE ARE ADD ON/EXPANSIONS, they aren't full version games in a sense since they don't use their own design/engine and are just add on's to Half-Life 2. I love the Half-Life series, but people tossing them undeserved awards, is dispicable. The only thing they should be up for is Expansion or Add On of the year....same thing with Burning Crusade, its just an add-on!!!!

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nope i don't think mass effect delivered as much, so i think they don't deserve an award

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I agree with everything, but this one: Outstanding Achievement in Online Game Play going 2 COD4 That should have been Halo 3's to win. Halo 3 brought the Forge, Theater, dual wave matchmaking algorithm...and that's not even taking into account the outstanding gameplay. COD4 did challenges (which was new) and perks (not new), but I don't think it was enough to win. Anyone who's played with Halo 3 knows what I'm talking about.

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What! No HALO 3!!??

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I think this might be the first GOTY award this game has actually recieved from anyone. (They have plenty of "best shooter" or "action" awards).

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Call of Duty 4. Ok!!! Right. I still agree. But, the best for me is BIOSHOCK and MASS EFFECT.

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COD4 deserved the awards it got, it still amazes me when I play it. Halo 3 is notable for its absence, but I guess it's the video game equivalent of Pirates of the Caribbean: it attracts rabid mass appeal, but hardly a groundbreaking game. The success of Orange Box is a victory for intelligent gaming. Way to go Valve.

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Mass Effect got hosed. I know that Bioshock is a great game but in won in categories it shouldn't have. Mass Effect had great acting and an awesome story. The only reason Bioshock won those awards because it couldn't win in the big categories so it received the lesser ones so it would be recognized still as a great achievement, which it is just not in those areas. It did have a pretty good story I just can't compare it to the scope and detail of Mass Effect.

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In my opinion Halo3 is a bit overrated. I have played Halo2 and its just basically the same game. Yawn! I did enjoy bioshock, but was it really that good to be voted for all those awards? NO! I thought Drakes was far better, well nevermind.

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i don't have much of a grudge with the winners. the only category I believe people got it wrong is in the Family GoTY. Rock Band is tight but it's more for teens and people under 45. Scene It, IMO, was the more definitive Family GoTY. I had my parents, grandparents and other older relatives play whenever we had cook-out's and get togethers at my parents house. The elder people probably wouldn't be able to keep rythm of RockBand or tire from the frenzied action; but they sure as hell love to press the buzzer.

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Hurray for Rock Band and Orange Box (Portal is epic)... Glad to see PuzzleQuest get noticed too, that game is amazing....

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I was watching

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"Zazalon Halo 3 is one of the 360's uber games. It comes out every few years, just like a major sporting event. Call Of Duty comes out every year. Halo's lasting appeal is much stronger than any of these games and therefore is more special. eg: Halo 2 , most played game Xbox live for over 2 years, even with the release of the Xbox 360 These awards suck and are very innacurate." While I do agree that these awards suck, I would have to disagree with you that Halo 3 should have stood out in these awards. It is my opinion that Halo is terribly overrated. Not a fact, just my opinion. That's why these award shows will always suck, because everyone always think there should be a different winner, lol.

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Henry4: you are aware of how business works? The more money invested in the tech/story/music and development in general, the more money they need to earn from sales. The more money they need to earn from sales, the more marketing companies do to ensure that. So by your comment: what are you trying to say?

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What has BluRay got to do with all this? LOL. I demand a recount. It won hands down for biggest memory in a disk.

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WTF! Bioshock didn't win the GOTY yet it was nominated for the most awards and was much more revolutionary then COD4 ever was. That sucks.

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GJ infinity ward. I'm glad COD4 won the major awards.

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Call of duty 4 is great, i would choose it anytime over Halo. At the same time, i can't get over the lack of lobby in that game. You can't even join a friend's game unless he send you an invite (still a b*tch to join after he sent you the invite). I think cod4 is a lil overrated, but it's the best we got.

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BloodMist i dont know how old you think everyone on hear is, but we arent all 10. and yes ive played raven sheild, whats your point?? COD 4 is a fun game, you can comaplin about it all you want but people play it, a lot of people. and obviously a lot of people thin k its pretty awesome too or it wouldnt be up there as much as it is.

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Its good to see Call of Duty 4 get so many awards, anyone else a little surprised that Halo 3 got nothing?

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It's absolutely clear that every winner are backed by huge marketing dollar. It's a disgrace.

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Motorstorm winning racing game of the year only meant one thing. No one could touch gran turismo.

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COD4 deserved it. I have not played a game that much since the first MGS

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CoD4 really isn't anything all that special.I dunno why it get's such praise, it's just another CoD game.Eh, then again you chumps are probably too young to have played Raven Shield, a REAL modern combat shooter, so... The rest are great choices, Bioshock and SMG and Orange Box, TRULY innovative games.And thankfully Halo 3 was seen for the mediocre piece of crap that it is, so major props for that.

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I love COD4 as much as the next person but come on, Halo 3 is still a way more balanced game. COD4 has to many online party system bugs and lag to make it worth repeat play.

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Call me cynical but isn't Motorstorm a PS3 exclusive and there is a distinct lack of other PS3 games in the nominees compared to 360/PC titles. Clearly Forza 2 should have won it hands down. I wonder if Sony found a way to manipulate it somehow (especially as their man got the Lifetime award). Bet it was a tough call between Bioshock and CoD4 in most categories. Both blew me away this year to be honest. Mario Galaxy deserved its award.

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people who voted/judged need to get their head out of there @$$3$. its an ovverrated rythm game, which consists of, basically a keyboard, and another "modern" wragame. thats sad, but bioshock got its deserved props almost. for INTERACTIVE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD, you can see many awards went to bioshock, except overall game of the year. if youre puzzling over this, ill tell you why: MOST RECENTLY RELEASED! and yes halo3 has better online play/customization/community than cod4.

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Wow and no Halo 3! But Motor Storm? HUh. I thought that came out a while ago, wow! That game is so hard!

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hahahaha, "props" Does anyone even say that anymore? MOTORSTORM!!!!! Hell yea

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Motorstorm WTF??? nuff said

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laitheybaby: because COD4 is more fun online

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glad to see cod4 getting the awards it deserves, i tot Uncharted should have won something though..oh well

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to isahunt good point ,Wolfenstein 3D is probably the one that started the FPS genre

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Wait... God of War 2, Assassin's Creed, Mario Galaxy... adventure games? My head esplode!

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Looks like hype-cow of Halo just ran out of milk. Also the guy/gal calling Halo the father of shooters should get his head checked - or play some more shooters (starting with Wolfenstein3D and finishing with Crysis).

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to zhivago_x you're right is either Quake or Doom those 2 started the FPS genre, not Halo. Halo is not the father of the FPS at all lol many and I mean many FPS games came before Halo did. granted, Halo controls well no doubt,but mouse and keyboard still better.although I admit that I like using a controller better.

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i still can't believe motorstorm got racing game of the year. i mean, i used to play it like crazy and now i just can't see what made it so special.

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OK, I think Rock Band is a great game and everything, but how does Guitar Hero + Karaoke Revolution + drums = innovative? Is it because no one's done drums before? Even though the core gameplay is basically just Guitar Hero? There's no kind of fun like a Rock Band Party, but just how does it beat out Portal, Mario Galaxy, and Bioshock for Outstanding Innovation? I also think Guitar Hero III has a better soundtrack but I suppose that's personal preference.

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who would have guessed that halo 3 strike out

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I have to disagree here,Bioshock should of won Game of the Year,that game is awesome. it has a great story,amazing atmosphere, is one of the most original games in a long time.don't get me wrong here,CoD4 is a great game as well.but the war theme is been play out so many times already ,theres nothing original about it anymore.still congratulations to CoD4 and Infinity Ward for the award though.

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EternalDove, the real father of modern shooters is the original quake. And as far as controls for shooters go nothing can beat a good old fashioned mouse and keyboard combination.

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Wow, good games win awards. It's a shock to me.

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How can Halo 3 not win Outstanding Achievement in Online Game Play? Everything about the game is multiplayer: you can watch a saved film with friends online, you can edit maps with your friends online and you can even play the single player campaign with 4 people online. I know it's "cool" to underrate Halo 3 as it is one of the biggest games ever released but I really think Bungie deserved that one award. The game has such a good sense of online community, which is what the 360 is all about.

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The fact that Motorstorm won best racing game and Mass Effect wasn't even nominated for best original soundtrack....I think I've lost any respect I might have had for these awards.

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This just reinforces the point. Call of Duty 4 was by far the best game of 2007. Cant wait for the new maps!

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I knew it. COD4 baby. You cant beat it! GOTY!

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With the exception of best racing game, this isn't a bad awards list.

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Best racing game Motorstorm?! You can't be serious... wow.

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Yeah! Montreal got an award!

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