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Skyrim wins AIAS Game of the Year

The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences held its Interactive Achievement Awards at DICE last night, and gave the big Game of the Year award to The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

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The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences held its Interactive Achievement Awards at DICE last night, and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim took home the Game of the Year prize, among four other awards. The game also won RPG of the year, and outstanding achievements for story, gameplay engineering, and gameplay direction.

Uncharted 3 and Portal 2 each walked away with three awards. Uncharted won a set of technical awards (visual engineering, art direction, animation), while Portal 2 won varied awards for music composition, character performance, and connectivity.

Bastion from newcomer Supergiant Games won the Downloadable crown, while Fruit Ninja Kinect and Infinity Blade 2 won best casual and mobile game, respectively.

"Each year the Interactive Achievement Awards sees the top minds and personas of our industry coming together to not only celebrate, but recognize one another for the achievements of the year," said academy president Martin Rae in the announcement. "2011 produced an outstanding number of fantastic games in all areas of the industry - console, PC, social and mobile - we are truly witnessing a new golden age of gaming."

Check out the full breakdown of winners below.

  • Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Composition - Portal 2

  • Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design - Battlefield 3

  • Outstanding Achievement in Story - Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

  • Outstanding Character Performance - Portal 2 (Wheatley)

  • Downloadable Title of the Year - Bastion

  • Casual Game of the Year - Fruit Ninja Kinect

  • Social Networking Game of the Year - The Sims Social

  • Role-Playing/Massively Multiplayer Online Game of the Year - Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

  • Outstanding Innovation in Gaming - Skylanders Spyro's Adventure

  • Sports Game of the Year - FIFA 12

  • Racing Game of the Year - Forza Motorsport 4

  • Fighting Game of the Year - Mortal Kombat

  • Strategy/Simulation Game of the Year - Orcs Must Die!

  • Family Game of the Year - LittleBigPlanet 2

  • Mobile Game of the Year - Infinity Blade II

  • Handheld Game of the Year - Super Mario 3D Land

  • Adventure Game of the Year - Batman: Arkham City

  • Outstanding Achievement in Online Gameplay - Star Wars: The Old Republic

  • Outstanding Achievement in Connectivity - Portal 2

  • Action Game of the Year - Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3

  • Outstanding Achievement in Animation - Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception

  • Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction - Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception

  • Outstanding Achievement in Visual Engineering - Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception

  • Outstanding Achievement in Gameplay Engineering - Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

  • Outstanding Achievement in Game Direction - Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

  • Game of the Year - Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

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    February 10, 2012 7:45 AM

    Steve Watts posted a new article, Skyrim wins AIAS Game of the Year.

    The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences held its Interactive Achievement Awards at DICE last night, and gave the big Game of the Year award to The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

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      February 10, 2012 7:57 AM

      RPG and MMO crammed into the same category? Really?

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        February 10, 2012 8:14 AM

        More like a "if it takes more than 20 hours to get through the game" category.

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        February 10, 2012 8:16 AM

        lol, yea, that's sooo.... wrong, 1 - MMO is not RPG, yes there is MMORPG but still not the same thing, and 2 - come on, mmo should really have a separate category...

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          February 10, 2012 9:54 AM

          Maybe they were low on prize money... I can't imagine why they clumped those together. I wouldn't even put RPG and MMORPG together, as they worthy of separate awards, too.

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        February 10, 2012 11:54 PM

        Meh, we get too caught up in classifications anyway. Even within the genre of "RPG," can you really judge, say, Skyrim, Dark Souls, and Final Fantasy XIII all by the same measure? In "Racing," how do you compare a Forza to a Burnout? If you try, the only effect is to keep your thinking rooted in the conventions of the past. The awards for specific positive attributes, like "character" and "sound design," are much more useful.

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      May 9, 2012 12:21 AM

      Too bad Mass Effect 3 isn't in the mix, easily beats Skyrim in story.

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      May 9, 2012 12:55 AM

      MW3 action game of the year instead of BF3.............. yea right.

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