GTAIV named EMA's GOTY

Rockstar's opus takes the top prize from retailer trade group; World at War and Wii Fit garner three awards each.

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Award season in the gaming industry isn't over just yet. The Entertainment Merchants Association announced its Video Game Home Entertainment Awards today, with Rockstar Games' Grand Theft Auto IV taking home the retailer trade group's Game of the Year honors.

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The blood-spattered immigrant tale also claimed the Action/Adventure Game of the Year category, but was bested by a pair of games in terms of award quantity. Nintendo's Wii Fit earned three awards from the retailer group: Most Innovative Game of the Year, Wii Game of the Year, and Casual Game of the Year. Meanwhile, Activision's Call of Duty: World at War took home its own trio of honors as the PlayStation 3 Game of the Year, Xbox 360 Game of the Year, and Military/Shooter Game of the Year.

Nominees and categories were chosen by an EMA committee that consisted of retailers and distributors. The winners were then chosen by the rest of the EMA's retailer and distributor member base. To be eligible, a game had to be released during the calendar year 2008.

Game of the Year
Grand Theft Auto IV--Rockstar Games

Most Innovative Game of the Year
Wii Fit--Nintendo

DS Game of the Year
Guitar Hero: On Tour--Activision

PC Game of the Year
World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King--Activision/Blizzard

PS2 Game of the Year
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed--LucasArts

PS3 Game of the Year
Call of Duty: World at War--Activision

PSP Game of the Year
God of War: Chains of Olympus--Sony Computer Entertainment

Wii Game of the Year
Wii Fit--Nintendo

Xbox 360 Game of the Year
Call of Duty: World at War--Activision

Action/Adventure Game of the Year
Grand Theft Auto IV--Rockstar Games

Casual Game of the Year
Wii Fit--Nintendo

Family/Children’s Game of the Year
Mario Kart Wii--Nintendo

Fighting Game of the Year
Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe--Midway

Game Graphics of the Year
Gears of War 2--Microsoft

Non-Sequel Game of the Year
Left 4 Dead--Electronic Arts

Racing Game of the Year
Mario Kart Wii--Nintendo

RPG/Strategy Game of the Year
Fallout 3--Bethesda Softworks

Shooter/Military Game of the Year
Call of Duty: World at War--Activision

Sports Game of the Year
Madden NFL 09--Electronic Arts

Best Third-Party Video Game Publisher
Electronic Arts

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