Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto IV took home the Game of the Year award at Spike TV's sixth annual Video Game Awards (VGA). The televised ceremony was held over the weekend, and was hosted by comedian and actor Jack Black.
Other notable winners included two awards for LittleBigPlanet and developer Media Molecule (Best PS3 game and Studio of the Year), as well as titles ranging from World of Goo (Best Independent Game) to Metal Gear Solid 4 (Best Performance by a Human Female, Best Original Score and Best Graphics) and Gears Of War 2 (Best Xbox 360 Game and Best Shooter).
This year's event was also notable for the large number of new trailers debuting for upcoming games, in some cases giving audiences detail for the first time. Games spotlighted at the awards include Double Fine's Brütal Legend, just revealed to be published by Electronic Arts, Sony's Uncharted 2: Amongst Thieves and God of War III, EA Sports' Fight Night: Round 4, Take-Two's Mafia II and Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned, Warner Bros.' Watchmen: The End is Nigh and movie tie-in Terminator Salvation.
New Gears of War 2 map pack "Combustible" was also released at 12pm PST, after the new Xbox 360 download was announced at the Awards by model Marisa Miller. The new addition to the game features three new multiplayer maps: Flood, Gold Rush and Fuel Station.
The full list of award winners is as follows:
Best Independent Game: World of Goo (2D Boy)
Studio of the Year: Media Molecule (LittleBigPlanet)
Game of the Year: Grand Theft Auto IV (Rockstar Games)
Best Team Sports Game: NHL 09 (EA Canada)
Big Name in the Game Female: Jenny McCarthy (Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3)
Big Name in the Game Male: Kiefer Sutherland (Call Of Duty: World at War)
Best Performance by a Human Female: Debbie Mae West (Metal Gear Solid 4)
Best Performance by a Human Male: Michael Hollick (Grand Theft Auto IV)
Best Multi-Player Game: Left 4 Dead (Valve)
Best Original Score: Metal Gear Solid 4 (Kojima Productions)
Best PC Game: Left 4 Dead (Valve)
Best PS3 Game: LittleBigPlanet (Media Molecule)
Best Wii Game: Boom Blox (EA Casual Studios)
Best Xbox 360 Game: Gears of War 2 (Epic Games)
Best Soundtrack: Rock Band 2 (Harmonix)
Best Action Adventure Game: Grand Theft Auto IV (Rockstar Games)
Best Driving Game: Burnout Paradise (Criterion)
Best Music Game: Rock Band 2 (Harmonix)
Best Game Based on a Movie or TV Show: Lego Indiana Jones (Traveller's Tales)
Best Graphics: Metal Gear Solid 4 (Kojima Productions)
Best Handheld Game: Professor Layton and the Curious Village (Level-5)
Best Individual Sports Game: Shaun White Snowboarding (Ubisoft Montreal)
Best Fighting Game: SoulCalibur IV (Project Soul)
Best RPG: Fallout 3 (Bethesda Game Studios)
Best Shooter: Gears of War 2 (Epic Games)