Saturday, December 08, 2012

'The Walking Dead' shambles onstage, wins Spike TV's 'Game of the Year' award

Spike TV held its 10th annual Video Game Awards (VGAs) on Friday night, and at least one winner had to shamble onstage to accept. "The Walking Dead: The Game" from Telltale Games took top honors, winning the Game of the Year award.

That's not all the game took home: it also won Best Adapted Video Game and Best Downloadable Game, and Melissa Hutchinson took home the award for Best Performance by a Human Female for playing Clementine.

While accepting the award, "Walking Dead" creator Robert Kirkman said,
Look, "Walking Dead" fans, this is obviously for you. Thank you so much. You guys watch the TV show. You read the comics. You play the video games. You make all this possible.
The TV series has diverged significantly from the comic book series. Telltale Games version focuses on the comic book series. It is episodic, with new episodes occasionally added (there are currently five).

"The Walking Dead: The Game" is currently available for Windows and Mac, but is coming soon Dec. 11) to both Xbox 360 and PS3. Just to confuse gamers, there is also an Activision available for pre-order, but the game doesn't ship (Xbox 360, PS3) until Dec. 31, 2013.

The awards ceremony was hosted by Samuel L. Jackson, for the fourth time. He warned censors at the start of the show, saying:
You know me. Whoever's in charge of the bleep button, keep your finger ready 'cause this is gonna be one heck of a show, (bleep).
Among the other big winners at the Spike TV Video Game Awards were Gearbox Software's "Borderlands 2" sequel, which took home the most VGAs overall. Among its awards were Best Shooter, Best Multiplayer Game, Best Performance by a Human Male (Dameon Clarke as villain Handsome Jack), and Character of the Year for the robot Claptrap.

"Halo 4" won two awards, including Best Xbox 360 Game and Best Graphics.

The was also some fan(aticism) involved: gamers cast votes for their favorite game from the past ten years on Entertainment Weekly and the VGA’s website, and the classic, "Half-Life 2," was given the honors.

Of course, the gaming industry couldn't pass up the chance to advertise new titles. The two-hour show featured new footage from such 2013 titles as "The Last Us," "BioShock Infinite," "South Park: The Stick Of Truth," "Dark Souls II," "The Phantom Pain," and "Castlevania: Lords Of Shadow 2."

The full list of winners is available here.

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