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2009 Video Game Awards

by Travis Harvey | December 14, 2009December 14, 2009 9:26 am PDT

An annual event started back in 2003, Spike’s Video Game Awards are the Grammy’s for geeks.  Easily the largest in the world, these awards cover 28 categories from Best Graphics to Best Soundtrack and, ultimately, Game of the Year.  In case you missed it, here are the nominees and the winners are listed first in each category.

Most Anticipated Game:

  • God of War III
  • Bioshock 2
  • Mass Effect 2
  • Starcraft II

Best Downloadable Content:

  • Grand Theft Auto: The Ballad of Gay Tony
  • Grand Theft Auto: The Lost and Damned
  • Fallout 3 – Point Lookout
  • Fallout 3 – Broken Steel

Best Downloadable Game:

  • Shadow Complex
  • Plants vs. Zombies
  • Fat Princess
  • Battlefield 1943

Best Voice:

  • Jack Black as Eddie Riggs
  • Mark Hamill as The Joker
  • Nolan North as Nathan Drake
  • Arleen Sorkin as Harley Quinn
  • Claudia Black as Chloe Frazer

Best Cast:

  • X-Men Origins: Wolverine Uncaged Edition
  • South Park Let’s Go Tower Defense Play!
  • Ghostbusters: The Video Game
  • Eat Lead: The Return of Matt Hazard
  • Brutal Legend

Best Performance by a Human Male:

  • Hugh Jackman as Wolverine
  • Bill Murray as Dr. Peter Venkman
  • Shia LaBeouf as Sam Witwicky
  • Samuel L. Jackson as Afro Samurai
  • Vin Diesel as Richard B. Riddick

Best Performance by a Human Female:

  • Megan Fox as Mikaela Banes
  • Kristen Bell as Lucy Stillman
  • Eliza Dushku as Rubi Malone
  • Tricia Helfer as Dare

Best Game Based on a Movie/TV Show:

  • South Park Let’s Go Tower Defense Play!
  • Ghostbusters: The Video Game
  • The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena
  • X-Men Origins: Wolverine Uncaged Edition

Best Graphics:

  • Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
  • Batman: Arkham Asylum
  • Killzone 2
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

Best Original Score:

  • Halo 3: ODST
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
  • Assassin’s Creed 2
  • Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

Best Soundtrack:

  • DJ Hero
  • Guitar Hero 5
  • The Beatles: Rock Band
  • Brutal Legend

Best Music Game:

  • The Beatles: Rock Band
  • Guitar Hero 5
  • DJ Hero
  • Lego Rock Band

Best Driving Game:

  • Forza Motorsport 3
  • Dirt 2
  • Gran Turismo (PSP)
  • Need for Speed Shift

Best Team Sports Game:

  • NHL 2010
  • NBA 2K10
  • Madden NFL 2010
  • FIFA Soccer 2010

Best Individual Sports Game:

  • UFC 2009 Undisputed
  • Fight Night Round 4
  • Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2010
  • Wii Sports Resort

Best Multiplayer Game:

  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
  • Borderlands
  • Halo 3: ODST
  • Left 4 Dead 2

Best RPG:

  • Dragon Age: Origins
  • Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story
  • Demon’s Souls
  • Borderlands

Best Action Adventure Game:

  • Assassin’s Creed 2
  • Batman: Arkham Asylum
  • Brutal Legend
  • Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

Best Fighting Game:

  • Street Fighter IV
  • Tekken 6
  • Blazblue: Calamity Trigger
  • Soul Calibur: Broken Destiny

Best Shooter:

  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
  • Halo 3: ODST
  • Killzone 2
  • Left 4 Dead 2

Best Handheld Game:

  • Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars
  • Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story
  • Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box
  • Scribblenauts

Best PC Game:

  • Dragon Age: Origins
  • Left 4 Dead 2
  • Plants vs. Zombies
  • The Sims 3

Best Wii Game:

  • New Super Mario Bros. Wii
  • Punch-Out!!
  • Wii Sports Resort
  • Madworld

Best PS3 Game:

  • Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
  • inFamous
  • Killzone 2
  • Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time

Best Xbox 360 Game:

  • Left 4 Dead 2
  • Forza Motorsport 3
  • Batman: Arkham Asylum
  • Halo 3: ODST

Best Independent Game:

  • Flower
  • ‘Splosion Man
  • Osmos
  • Trials HD

Studio of the Year:

  • Rocksteady Studios
  • Naughty Dog
  • Infinity Ward
  • Valve

Game of the Year:

  • Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
  • Left 4 Dead 2
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
  • Assassin’s Creed 2

The biggest winner this year is undoubtedly Uncharted 2.  Have you played it?  Do you love it?  Personally, they lost me at the first category.  They’re going to tell me God of War III is more anticipated than Starcraft II?  GTFO.

For some, the awards are secondary to the world premier trailers for some of 2010’s hottest upcoming games.  A list of trailers is below. Next year is going to be a great year for gaming.

Batman: Arkham Asylum 2

True Crime

Tron Evolution

Deadliest Warrior

UFC 2010 Undisputed

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II

Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands

Spec Ops: The Line

Crackdown 2

Green Day: Rock Band

Medal of Honor

Halo: Reach

Did you watch the VGAs?  Do you agree with the winners?  What games coming in 2010 are you most excited about? Share your love for videogames in the comments!