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 LittleBigPlanet  Dominates At AIAS Awards

LittleBigPlanet Dominates At AIAS Awards

February 20, 2009 | By David Jenkins

February 20, 2009 | By David Jenkins
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Sony’s LittleBigPlanet has swept the awards at the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences’ (AIAS) 12th Annual Interactive Achievement Awards, held at the DICE Summit in Las Vegas.

Developed by UK team Media Molecule, LittleBigPlanet won in the Overall Game of the Year category, as well as six others: Console Game of the Year, Family Game of the Year, Game Direction, Art Direction, Visual Engineering and Innovation.

The game picked up an eighth award for mascot Sackboy in Outstanding Character Performance.

Elsewhere at the awards, Left 4 Dead picked up two awards (Computer Game of the Year and Online Gameplay), as did Fallout 3 (Role-Playing Game of the Year and Original Story).

Braid won Casual Game of the Year, World of Goo was named the Outstanding Achievement in Game Design and God of War: Chains of Olympus picked up the Best Handheld Game award.

Comedian Jay Mohr once again hosted the awards ceremony, held at the D.I.C.E. Summit in Las Vegas. Ensemble Studios co-founder Bruce Shelley was also honored at the event, being presented with a Hall of Fame Award by fellow Ensemble co-founder Tony Goodman.

The full list of winners is as follows:

Overall Game of the Year:

Console Game of the Year:

Computer Game of the Year:
Left 4 Dead

Outstanding Achievement in Game Direction:

Casual Game of the Year:

Fighting Game of the Year:
Super Smash Bros. Brawl

Handheld Game of the Year:
God of War: Chains of Olympus

Massively Multiplayer Game of the Year:
World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King

Cellular Game of the Year:
Spore Origins

Role-Playing Game of the Year:
Fallout 3

Racing Game of the Year:
Burnout Paradise

Outstanding Achievement in Game Design:
World of Goo

Adventure Game of the Year:
Mirror’s Edge

Sports Game of the Year:
NHL 09

Strategy/Simulation Game of the Year:
Command & Conquer 3: Red Alert

Action Game of the Year:
Dead Space

Family Game of the Year:

Outstanding Achievement in Animation:
Prince of Persia

Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction:

Outstanding Achievement in Visual Engineering:

Outstanding Character Performance:
Sackboy in LittleBigPlanet

Outstanding Achievement in Story - Adapted:
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed

Outstanding Achievement in Story - Original:
Fallout 3

Outstanding Achievement in Online Game Play:
Left 4 Dead

Outstanding Innovation in Gaming:

Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Composition:
Metal Gear Solid 4

Outstanding Achievement in Soundtrack:
Rock Band 2

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design:
Dead Space

Outstanding Achievement in Gameplay Engineering:

"The Interactive Achievement Awards is the forum for the industry's leading game makers to honor the best in technical innovation and game play experience," said Joseph Olin, president of the AIAS. "This year's winners represent the range of interactive entertainment experiences and truly exemplify why video games enjoy so much popularity among adults and children."

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