The Future Awards are interesting in that they're platform- and genre-agnostic, meaning that the awards aren't limited to just one RPG or just one Xbox 360 game.
Gamasutra also noted that a new award, the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Prize (named for a Japanese government ministry) was instituted and awarded to Nintendo designer Shigeru Miyamoto for "expanding the definition of video games through products with new game concepts that address themes such as 'healing', 'family communication' and 'health,'" no doubt for his contributions to perpetual best-seller Wii Fit.
This year's winners, reproduced from Kotaku, are as follows:
- LittleBigPlanet (Media Molecule, PS3)
- Resident Evil 5 (Capcom, 360, PS3)
- Star Ocean 4 (Square Enix, 360)
- Gyakuten Kenji (Capcom, DS)
- White Knight Chronicles (Level-5, PS3)
- Final Fantasy: Dissidia (Square Enix, PSP)
- Dragon Quest IX (Square Enix, DS)
- Idolm@ster (Namco Bandai, PSP)
- Monster Hunter 3 (Capcom, Wii)
- 428 (Sega, Wii)
- Yakuza 3 (Sega, PS3)
- Let's Tap (Sonic Team, Wii)