Epic cleans up at D.I.C.E. awards show; proclaims they ‘beat the Wii’

While getting Game of the Year awards from Web sites and other gaming publications is all well and good, getting recognition from your peers holds even more weight. At the 10th Annual Interactive Entertainment Awards, Epic walked away with eight nods of acceptance for Gears of War. And of course, Epic being Epic, they were real humble about it:

“This is incredible,” said Epic’s CEO Michael Capps at the 10th Annual Interactive Entertainment Awards, held at the DICE Summit in Las Vegas.

“Getting sales is great, making the game we wanted and having people buy it and enjoy it is fantastic. But having our peers say it’s the best game of the year? That’s insane. We beat the Wii.”

From Cliffy B:

“The thing is,” added lead designer Cliff Blezinsky, “being on the outside of this industry looking in as a kid, and wanting to be part of it, and then being able to be here and get an award from all of these talented people who’ve been in the business for so long, finally to be a part of it, to be recognised like this is absolutely unbelievable. We could not be honoured more.” 

Full list of winners after the jump. 

Overall Game of the Year

Gears of War (Epic Games/Microsoft Game Studios)

Console Game of the Year

Gears of War (Epic Games/Microsoft Game Studios)

Computer Game of the Year

Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (Bethesda Softworks/2K Games)

Outstanding Innovation in Gaming

Wii Sports (Nintendo/Nintendo)

Handheld Game of the Year

Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day (Nintendo/Nintendo)

Outstanding Achievement in Animation

Gears of War (Epic Games/Microsoft Game Studios)

Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction

Gears of War (Epic Games/Microsoft Game Studios)

Outstanding Achievement in Soundtrack

Guitar Hero 2 (Harmonix/Activision/Red Octane)

Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Composition

LocoRoco (Sony Computer Entertainment/Sony Computer Entertainment)

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design

Call of Duty 3 (Treyarch/Activision)

Outstanding Character Performance – Male

Gears of War (Epic Games/Microsoft Game Studios)

Outstanding Achievement in Character Performance – Female

Viva Piñata (Rare/Microsoft Game Studios)

Outstanding Achievement in Story and Character Development

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (Nintendo/Nintendo)

Outstanding Achievement in Game Play Engineering

Wii Sports (Nintendo/Nintendo)

Outstanding Achievement in Online Game Play

Gears of War (Epic Games/Microsoft Game Studios)

Outstanding Achievement in Visual Engineering

Gears of War (Epic Games/Microsoft Game Studios)

Outstanding Achievement in Game Design

Wii Sports (Nintendo/Nintendo)

Sports Game of the Year

Tony Hawk’s Project 8 (Neversoft Entertainment/Activision)

Strategy Game of the Year

Company of Heroes (Relic/THQ)

First-Person Action Game of the Year

Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Vegas (Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft)

Fighting Game of the Year

Fight Night Round 3 (EA Sports/Electronic Arts)

Racing Game of the Year

Burnout Revenge (Criterion Games/Electronic Arts)

Role-Playing Game of the Year

Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (Bethesda Softworks/2K Games)

Children’s Game of the Year

LocoRoco (Sony Computer Entertainment/Sony Computer Entertainment)

Action/Adventure Game of the Year

Gears of War (Epic Games/Microsoft Game Studios)

Massively Multiplayer Game of the Year

Guild Wars: Nightfall (Arena Net/NCsoft)

Family Game of the Year

Guitar Hero 2 (Harmonix/Activision/Red Octane)

Simulation Game of the Year

Microsoft Flight Simulator X (Microsoft Game Studios/Microsoft Game Studios)

Downloadable Game of the Year

Bookworm Adventures (PopCap/PopCap)

Mobile Game of the Year

Orcs and Elves (Fountainhead Entertainment/Electronic Arts Mobile)

Robert Summa