2013 Spike VGX winners recap

Even with a fresh rebranding, it was easy to miss that this year's newly-dubbed VGX did, in fact, feature awards. Some things never change. But indeed, awards were handed out, including Game of the Year going to Grand Theft Auto 5 and Naughty Dog taking home honors for Studio of the Year.

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Even with a fresh rebranding, it was easy to miss that this year's newly-dubbed VGX did, in fact, feature awards. Some things never change.

But indeed, awards were handed out, including Game of the Year going to Grand Theft Auto 5 and Naughty Dog taking home honors for Studio of the Year. You can find the full list of winners after the break.

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    December 7, 2013 10:45 PM

    Ozzie Mejia posted a new article, 2013 Spike VGX winners recap.

    Even with a fresh rebranding, it was easy to miss that this year's newly-dubbed VGX did, in fact, feature awards. Some things never change. But indeed, awards were handed out, including Game of the Year going to Grand Theft Auto 5 and Naughty Dog taking home honors for Studio of the Year.

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      December 7, 2013 10:55 PM

      Isn't "Will the Circle be Unbroken" in Bioshock Infinite?

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        December 7, 2013 10:56 PM

        Yup. That's what happens whenever I see "Troy Baker" now. I just immediately type "The Last of Us."

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        December 8, 2013 3:48 PM

        They should've selected God Only Knows, that cover was sweet.

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      December 8, 2013 6:32 AM

      it's so silly to see Last of Us take so many awards but not getting Game of the Year. It's like they already were told what their decision on GOTY was going to be but wanted to throw Naughty Dog a bunch of bones because deep down they knew that should have gotten it.

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        December 8, 2013 8:45 AM

        So you'd rather they just give one award "Game of the Year" and leave it at that because if "Game of the Year" is the best game it should win all categories?

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          December 8, 2013 9:42 AM

          Yes, otherwise it looks like they're just trying to give awards to as many games as possible and the categories are arbitrary. How can GTAV win game of the year but lose both best Xbox and Playstation game? The inconsistency renders the winner meaningless.

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            December 8, 2013 10:37 AM

            In a lot of award sets, winner of "_____ of the year" is ineligible for most other awards.

            Usually it's because an award show where one game wins literally everything is boring. Think back to the 1994 Oscars: "surprise surprise Forrest Gump won again"

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            December 9, 2013 7:48 AM

            By best Xbox, Playstation, Nintendo, and PC games, they meant games that were exclusive to those platforms (granted, Brothers DID come out on PC later, it was far more marketed on the Xbox). I get your point though, it's as if they didn't want to hurt anyone's feelings or get flack for choosing GTA5 over Last of Us.

            I thought GTA5 was a brilliant game from a design and technical standpoint standpoint(GTA Online not-withstanding). The things Rockstar was able to pull off with 7-8 year old hardware was incredible! Gameplay had its issues from time to time, but the game as a whole was such a step-up from GTA4.

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              December 9, 2013 8:56 AM

              No they didn't because GTAV was nominated for best Xbox and Playstation game.

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        December 8, 2013 8:51 AM

        I think the real disconnect is when you have something like Studio of the Year and the winner is different from the Game of the Year. Unless that studio did something great outside of a released game (Charity, some kind of customer interaction, etc.) it is pretty obvious you thought they made an amazing game.

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      December 8, 2013 7:33 AM

      I keep seeing PvZ2 being liked by critics, but no one I know actually thinks it was a good game.

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        December 8, 2013 10:40 AM

        I liked it, it was a really good game more or less marred/ruined by a F2P grind mechanic. I'm pretty sure that they were pretty far into development when EA's marketing drones decided to stick their dicks in it. If it wasn't F2P and beating one world let you get into another world, it would be a damn near perfect sequel.

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        December 9, 2013 12:06 AM

        It's awesome. It's free to play and the paid mechanics are completely optional. You also don't ever feel that you HAVE to pay to progress. A few of the plants are not free but players can live without them, I completed all available worlds without having to buy my way through them. It's a great game.

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          December 9, 2013 7:54 AM

          I thought I would hate the game because of its freemium design but I was pleasantly surprised. The game itself was still a lot of fun to play, and I didn't feel like I was grinding too much (though key drop rates for the Cowboy and Pirate worlds were abysmal). I haven't spent a dime on the game but I'm sitting on roughly 70,000 coins. I'm sure there's a "whale" out there that has more than paid for my copy of the game, but I would've loved to have just given them $20 to buy the game outright to have higher drop rates for keys and powerups(not that I'd use them).

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      December 8, 2013 9:01 AM

      Everyone saw this, right?

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9qmJUebAZdo

      I am pretty sure Joel McHale got to Geoff Keighley at the end.

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        December 8, 2013 9:45 AM

        This is incredibly bad and entertaining.

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        December 8, 2013 11:15 AM

        good lord..

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        December 8, 2013 12:17 PM

        Man that was great. Joel took it exactly as seriously as it should have been.

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          December 8, 2013 12:30 PM

          probably took it too seriously, goddamn that was awful

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        December 8, 2013 2:48 PM

        OMG, that was absolutely hilarious. That music group was unbelievable. What was that?!

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          December 8, 2013 3:54 PM

          I wouldn't expect anything else from the Odd Future guys.

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        December 8, 2013 3:54 PM

        ...my ex-wife, Linda.

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      December 8, 2013 4:37 PM

      Haha check this out http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X-rA5LzFc9I

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      December 8, 2013 4:39 PM

      Ha ha ha... Best Xbox Game: Game that is also available on PC.

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        December 9, 2013 2:38 AM

        worst its even available on ps3.