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 Portal 2, Skyrim  Win Big At Spike TV VGA 2011 Awards
Portal 2, Skyrim Win Big At Spike TV VGA 2011 Awards
December 12, 2011 | By Mike Rose

Valve's Portal 2 and Rocksteady's Batman: Arkham City were the big winners at Spike TV's ninth annual Video Game Awards show, although The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim took home the Game of the Year award.

Portal 2 picked up five awards in total, including Best PC Game, Best Multiplayer and Best DLC, while Arkham City took four awards, including Best Xbox 360 Game and Best Action Adventure.

Skyrim also scooped multiple awards, taking home the Game of the Year award as well as this year's Best RPG, while Bethesda Game Studios won Studio of the Year.

The Legend of Zelda series also had a good night, taking the Video Game Hall of Fame Award for the overall franchise, and the Best Wii Game and Best Motion Game awards for the latest in the series, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword.

Here is the full list of Spike TV's 2011 Video Game Award winners:

Game of the Year
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Studio of the Year
Bethesda Game Studios

Character of the Year
The Joker - Batman: Arkham City

Video Game Hall of Fame Award
The Legend of Zelda

Gamer God Award
Blizzard Entertainment

Best Xbox 360 Game
Batman: Arkham City

Best PS3 Game
Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception

Best Wii Game
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

Best PC Game
Portal 2

Best Handheld/Mobile Game
Super Mario 3D Land

Best Shooter
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3

Best Action Adventure Game
Batman: Arkham City

Best RPG
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Best Multiplayer
Portal 2

Best Individual Sports Game
Fight Night Champion

Best Team Sports Game
NBA 2K12

Best Driving Game
Forza Motorsport 4

Best Fighting Game
Mortal Kombat

Best Motion
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

Best Independent Game

Best Adapted Video Game
Batman: Arkham City

Best Song in a Game
"Build that Wall (Zia's Theme)" by Darren Korb - Bastion

Best Original Score

Best Graphics
Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception

Best Performance by a Human Male
Stephen Merchant as Wheatley - Portal 2

Best Performance by a Human Female
Ellen McLain as GLaDOS - Portal 2

Best Downloadable Game

Best DLC
Portal 2 Peer Review

Most Anticipated Game
Mass Effect 3 Trailer of the Year
Assassin's Creed: Revelations - E3 2011 Trailer

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B Reg
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Very predictable, all about sales figures if you'd ask me. And who determines the most anticipated game anyway? For me, it is just a circus of 'talking loud to look awesome' americanism that has nothing to do with the art of gamedesign and development at all. I mean, spending 5% of the show on games and 80% on charlie sheen en jersey shore, come on!

Chris OKeefe
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I've never found an excuse to take Spike's awards seriously. They've always struck me as very fake, higher production value than authenticity. And of course they are certainly appealing to the mass market. Though they did award Bastion, I guess that's something.

Maybe the industry is big enough for this kind of fluff to exist. Personally I'm not sure it's relevant, however.

Rafal Wawrzak
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the Spike awards are bull shit, they are a popularity contest that is unorganized and no real good opinion really matters. If i was making a game, i'd not care about the spike VGA, but the GDC awards. Which are reviewed by designers that know the industry.

Kevin Patterson
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I cannot understand how Deus Ex:Human Revolution didn't win anything, especially in the audio department. The game was amazing.....

William Johnson
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I think one of the problems with the Spike VGA's is that they're decided on by "media professionals." These people are not artists or designers.

At least its better then the first VGA and seeing Madden be declared Game of the Year, so its not like they haven't made some progress.

The VGA's are just the video game equivalent of the Grammys. Basically, a big showy spectacle for the public that means nothing to industry professionals. Its not really a good or bad thing, just a thing.

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Robert Green
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Do they have a rule about the game of the year not being eligible for a platform award? If not, isn't it kinda strange that Skyrim would be considered the best game of the year despite every platform it's on apparently having a better game?