Here in Vegas, video game-makers name little 'Journey' as Game of the Year


Here in Vegas last night, the annual D.I.C.E. Awards show honored the little-known PS 3 game "Journey" as Game of the Year — beating out big games such as "Borderlands 2" and the point-and-click cult hit "The Walking Dead."

Here's my review of "Journey." And below is IGN's video review, so you can see how pretty it is. The music is awesome too, which is why it won Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Composition.

If you're wondering why blockbusters such as "Mass Effect 3" weren't even nominated for top game ("ME3" was my pick for Game of the Year, followed by "Hitman: Absolution"), here's the reason:

The D.I.C.E. Awards — voted on by peers in the gaming industry — aren't necessarily looking for the largest achievement but rather games that are "pushing the boundaries of technology, creativity and artistic expression."

And "Journey" defnitely is all about art, creativity and an unusual game tech-wise, even though it is a two-hour casual game and not a 50-hour massive epic.

"The Walking Dead" was also a big winner at the Hard Rock Hotel's Joint. (Here's my review.) The full list of winners is below this video (There's cussing and weird violence in this video, so it's not safe for work.)

 

Action Game of the Year

Borderlands 2

Publisher:  2K Games

Developer: Gearbox Software

 

Mobile Game of the Year

Hero Academy

Publisher: Robot Entertainment

Developer: Robot Entertainment

 

Handheld Game of the Year

Paper Mario Sticker Star

Publisher: Nintendo of America, Inc.

Developer: Intelligent Systems

 

Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Composition

Journey

Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment America

Developer: thatgamecompany

 

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design

Journey

Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment America

Developer: thatgamecompany

 

Outstanding Achievement in Story

The Walking Dead

Publisher: Telltale Games

Developer: Telltale Games

 

Outstanding Character Performance

The Walking Dead: Lee Everett

Publisher: Telltale Games

Developer: Telltale Games

 

Downloadable Game of the Year

The Walking Dead

Publisher: Telltale Games

Developer: Telltale Games

 

Casual Game of the Year

Journey

Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment America

Developer: thatgamecompany

 

Web Based Game of the Year

SimCity Social

Publisher: Electronic Arts

Developer: Maxis, Playfish

 

Family Game of the Year

Skylanders Giants

Publisher: Activision

Developer: Toys for Bob

 

Role-Playing/Massively Multiplayer Game of the Year

Mass Effect 3

Publisher: Electronic Arts

Developer: Bioware

 

Strategy/Simulation Game of the Year

XCOM: Enemy Unknown

Publisher: 2K Games

Developer: Firaxis Games

 

Outstanding Innovation in Gaming

Journey

Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment America

Developer: thatgamecompany

 

Sports Game of the Year

FIFA Soccer 13

Publisher: Electronic Arts

Developer: EA Canada

 

Racing Game of the Year

Need for Speed Most Wanted

Publisher: Electronic Arts

Developer: Criterion Games

 

Fighting Game of the Year

PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale

Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment America

Developer: SuperBot Entertainment, Inc.

 

Outstanding Achievement in Online Gameplay

Journey

Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment America

Developer: thatgamecompany

 

Outstanding Achievement in Connectivity

Halo 4

Publisher: Microsoft Studios

Developer: 343 Industries

 

Outstanding Achievement in Animation

Assassin’s Creed III

Publisher: Ubisoft

Developer: Ubisoft

 

Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction

Journey

Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment America

Developer: thatgamecompany

 

Outstanding Achievement in Visual Engineering

Halo 4

Publisher: Microsoft Studios

Developer: 343 Industries

 

Outstanding Achievement in Gameplay Engineering

XCOM: Enemy Unknown

Publisher: 2K Games

Developer: Firaxis Games

 

Adventure Game of the Year

The Walking Dead

Publisher: Telltale Games

Developer: Telltale Games

 

Outstanding Achievement in Game Direction

Journey

Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment America

Developer: thatgamecompany

 

Game of the Year

Journey

Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment America

Developer: thatgamecompany

 

 

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