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Skyrim wins big at Annual Interactive Achievement Awards

8:00 AM on 02.10.2012 // Maurice Tan

The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS) handed out the Annual Interactive Achievement Awards (IAAs) at D.I.C.E. last night, and saw The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim as the big winner. It took home the IAA for Game of the Year, as well as being awarded for outstanding achievements in Story, Game Direction, Game Play Engineering, and Role-Playing Game.

Among the other winners are few surprises. Uncharted 3 dominated in the art and animation departments, Forza 4 won Racing Game of the Year, Bastion won Downloadable Game of the Year, and Infinity Blade II received the award for Mobile Game of the Year. Oh, and Mortal Kombat beat Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 in the fight for Fighting Game of the Year.

Check out the full list of winners and nominees below.

[Credits are in a (Developer, Publisher) format.]

Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Composition

Winner:

  • Portal 2 (Valve Corporation, Valve Corporation)

Nominees:

  • L.A. Noire (Team Bondi, Rockstar Games)
  • LittleBigPlanet 2 (Media Molecule LLC, Sony Computer Entertainment America)
  • Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception (Naughty Dog, Sony Computer Entertainment America)
  • inFamous 2 (Sucker Punch Productions, Sony Computer Entertainment America)


Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design

Winner:

  • Battlefield 3 (DICE, Electronic Arts)

Nominees:

  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (Infinity Ward/Sledgehammer Games, Activision)
  • L.A. Noire (Team Bondi, Rockstar Games)
  • Need For Speed: The Run (EAC BlackBox, Electronic Arts, Inc.)
  • Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception (Naughty Dog, Sony Computer Entertainment America)


Outstanding Achievement in Story

Winner:

  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Bethesda Game Studios, Bethesda Softworks)

Nominees:

  • Bastion (Supergiant Games, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment)
  • L.A. Noire (Team Bondi, Rockstar Games)
  • Portal 2 (Valve Corporation, Valve Corporation)
  • Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception (Naughty Dog, Sony Computer Entertainment America)


Outstanding Character Performance

Winner:

  • Portal 2 - Wheatley (Valve Corporation, Valve Corporation)

Nominees:

  • Deus Ex: Human Revolution - Adam Jensen (Eidos Montréal, Square Enix)
  • L.A. Noire - Cole Phelps (Team Bondi, Rockstar Games)
  • Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception - Nathan Drake (Naughty Dog, SCEA
  • Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception - Victor Sullivan (Naughty Dog, SCEA)


Downloadable Game of the Year

Winner:

  • Bastion (Supergiant Games, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment)

Nominees:

  • Drawn: Trail of Shadows (Big Fish Games, Big Fish Games)
  • Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet (Shadow Planet Productions, Microsoft Games)
  • Ms. Splosion Man (Twisted Pixel Games, Microsoft Games)
  • Orcs Must Die! (Robot Entertainment, Microsoft Games)


Casual Game of the Year

Winner:

  • Fruit Ninja Kinect (Halfbrick Studios, Microsoft Games)

Nominees:

  • Tiny Wings (Andreas Illiger, Andreas Illiger)
  • Jetpack Joyride (Halfbrick Studios, Halfbrick Studios)
  • Monsters Ate My Condo (Adult Swim/PikPok, Adult Swim)
  • Where's My Water? (Creature Feep, Disney Mobile)


Social Networking Game of the Year

Winner:

  • The Sims Social (Playfish, Electronic Arts, Inc.)

Nominees:

  • Army Attack (Digital Chocolate, Digital Chocolate)
  • CastleVille (Zynga Dallas, Zynga)
  • Gardens of Time (Playdom, Disney Interactive Media Group)
  • Triple Town (Spry Fox, Spry Fox)


Role-Playing/Massively Multiplayer Game of the Year

Winner:

  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Bethesda Game Studios, Bethesda Softworks)

Nominees:

  • Dark Souls (From Software, Namco Bandai Games
  • Deus Ex: Human Revolution (Eidos Montréal, Square Enix)
  • Star Wars: The Old Republic (BioWare Austin, Electronic Arts, Inc.)
  • The Witcher 2: Assassin's of Kings (CD Projekt RED, Atari)


Outstanding Innovation in Gaming

Winner:

  • Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure (Toys for Bob, Activision)

Nominees:

  • Bastion (Supergiant Games, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment)
  • L.A. Noire (Team Bondi, Rockstar Games)
  • Portal 2 (Valve Corporation, Valve Corporation)
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Bethesda Game Studios, Bethesda Softworks)


Sports Game of the Year

Winner:

  • FIFA 12 (EA Canada, Electronic Arts, Inc.)

Nominees:

  • Madden NFL 12 (Tiburon, Electronic Arts, Inc.)
  • MLB 11 The Show (SCE San Diego Studio, Sony Computer Entertainment America)
  • NBA 2K12 (Visual Concepts, 2K Sports)
  • NBA Jam: On Fire Edition (EA Canada, Electronic Arts, Inc.)


Racing Game of the Year

Winner:

  • Forza Motorsport 4 (Turn 10 Studios, Microsoft Studios)

Nominees:

  • Mario Kart 7 (Nintendo, Nintendo)
  • Real Racing 2 HD (Firemint, Electronic Arts, Inc.)


Fighting Game of the Year

Winner:

  • Mortal Kombat (NetherRealm Studios, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment)

Nominees:

  • Fight Night Champion (EAC, Electronic Arts, Inc.)
  • King of Fighters XIII (SNK Playmore, Atlus)
  • Super Street Fighter 4: 3D Edition (Capcom Co., Ltd., Capcom U.S.A.)
  • Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 (Capcom Co., Ltd., Capcom U.S.A.)


Strategy/Simulation Game of the Year

Winner:

  • Orcs Must Die! (Robot Entertainment, Microsfot Studios)

Nominees:

  • Iron Brigade [a.k.a. Trenched] (Double Fine, Microsoft Studios)
  • Total War: SHOGUN 2 (The Creative Assembly, SEGA of America, Inc.)
  • Toy Soldiers: Cold War (Signal Studios, Microsoft Studios)
  • Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II - Retribution (Relic Entertainment, THQ, Inc.)


Family Game of the Year

Winner:

  • LittleBigPlanet 2 (Media Molecule LLC, Sony Computer Entertainment America)

Nominees:

  • Dance Central 2 (Harmonix Music Systems, Microsoft Studios)
  • Just Dance 3 (Ubisoft Paris, Ubisoft)
  • Kinect Disneyland Adventure (Frontier Developments, Ltd., Microsoft Studios)
  • Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure (Toys for Bob, Activision)


Mobile Game of the Year

Winner:

  • Infinity Blade II (Chair Entertainment, Epic Games)

Nominees:

  • Contre Jour (Chillingo, Electronic Arts, Inc.)
  • Dead Space (EA Mobile, Electronic Arts, Inc.)
  • Tentacles (Press Play, Microsoft Studios)
  • The Dark Meadow (Phosphor Games Studio, Phosphor Games Studio)


Handheld Game of the Year

Winner:

  • Super Mario 3D Land (Nintendo, Nintendo)

Nominees:

  • Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective (Capcom, Capcom U.S.A.)
  • Kirby Mass Attack (Hal Laboratory, Nintendo)
  • Mario Kart 7 (Nintendo, Nintendo)
  • Professor Layton and the Last Specter (Level 5, Nintendo)


Adventure Game of the Year

Winner:

  • Batman: Arkham City (Rocksteady Studios, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment)

Nominees:

  • L.A. Noire (Team Bondi, Rockstar Games)
  • Portal 2 (Valve Corporation, Valve Corporation)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword (Nintendo, Nintendo)
  • Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception (Naughty Dog, Sony Computer Entertainment America)


Outstanding Achievement in Online Game Play

Winner:

  • Star Wars: The Old Republic (BioWare Austin, Electronic Arts, LLC)

Nominees:

  • Battlefield 3 (DICE, Electronic Arts, Inc.)
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (Infinity Ward/Sledgehammer Games, Activision)
  • Gears of War 3 (Epic Games, Microsoft Games)
  • LittleBigPlanet 2 (Media Molecule LLC, Sony Computer Entertainment America)


Outstanding Achievement in Connectivity

Winner:

  • Portal 2 (Valve Corporation, Valve Corporation)

Nominees:

  • Battlefield 3 (DICE, Electronic Arts, Inc.)
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (Infinity Ward/Sledgehammer Games, Activision)
  • Dragon Age II (BioWare Edmonton, Electronic Arts, Inc.)
  • Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception (Naughty Dog, Sony Computer Entertainment America)


Action Game of the Year

Winner:

  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (Infinity Ward/Sledgehammer Games, Activision)

Nominees:

  • Battlefield 3 (DICE, Electronic Arts, Inc.)
  • Dead Space 2 (Visceral, Electronic Arts, Inc.)
  • Gears of War 3 (Epic Games, Microsoft Games)
  • Saints Row: The Third (Volition Inc., THQ Inc.)


Outstanding Achievement in Animation

Winner:

  • Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception (Naughty Dog, Sony Computer Entertainment America)

Nominees:

  • Assassin's Creed: Revelations (Ubisoft Montréal, Ubisoft)
  • Batman: Arkham City (Rocksteady Studios, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment)
  • L.A. Noire (Team Bondi, Rockstar Games)
  • Rayman Origins (UbiArt Montpellier, Ubisoft)


Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction

Winner:

  • Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception (Naughty Dog, Sony Computer Entertainment America)

Nominees:

  • Batman: Arkham City (Rocksteady Studios, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment)
  • Battlefield 3 (DICE, Electronic Arts, Inc.)
  • Portal 2 (Valve Corporation, Valve Corporation)
  • Rayman Origins (UbiArt Montpellier, Ubisoft)


Outstanding Achievement in Visual Engineering

Winner:

  • Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception (Naughty Dog, Sony Computer Entertainment America)

Nominees:

  • Battlefield 3 (DICE, Electronic Arts, Inc.)
  • Crysis 2 (Crytek GmbH, Electronic Arts, Inc.)
  • L.A. Noire (Team Bondi, Rockstar Games)
  • RAGE (id Software, Bethesda Softworks)


Outstanding Achievement in Game Play Engineering

Winner:

  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Bethesda Game Studios, Bethesda Softworks)

Nominees:

  • Batman: Arkham City (Rocksteady Studios, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment)
  • Portal 2 (Valve Corporation, Valve Corporation)
  • Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure (Toys for Bob, Activision)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword (Nintendo, Nintendo)


Outstanding Achievement in Game Direction

Winner:

  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Bethesda Game Studios, Bethesda Softworks)

Nominees:

  • Batman: Arkham City (Rocksteady Studios, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment)
  • L.A. Noire (Team Bondi, Rockstar Games)
  • Portal 2 (Valve Corporation, Valve Corporation)
  • Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception (Naughty Dog, Sony Computer Entertainment America)


Game of the Year

Winner:

  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Bethesda Game Studios, Bethesda Softworks)

Nominees:

  • Batman: Arkham City (Rocksteady Studios, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment)
  • Portal 2 (Valve Corporation, Valve Corporation)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword (Nintendo, Nintendo)
  • Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception (Naughty Dog, Sony Computer Entertainment America)


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