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Interactive Achievement Awards Go Uncharted

Last night, IFC teamed up with DICE to stream the 13th Annual Interactive Achievement Awards live on the Web where Jay Mohr told an inordinate amount of stories related to his decline as a comedian/actor and put his love for profanity on display. Oh, and Uncharted 2: Among Thieves won some awards or something. I’m not sure, but I’m going to go ahead and say Naughty Dog won everything. Well, they would have if they had been in every category. If you skew things a lot, I’m sure you can consider Uncharted 2 an RPG, too.

Really, though, Amy Hennig & co. only won 10 awards (out of 27), some of which include Outstanding Achievement in Game Play Engineering and Outstanding Achievement in Visual Engineering. The other titles that won were mostly of the expected sort such as Batman: Arkham Asylum (yay Mark Hamill!), Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (where a misprinted results card effectively embarrassed Lord British), and Scribblenauts in the portable categories. Assassin’s Creed 2 was noticeably—and unfortunately—absent from the stage. Sad day.

Aside from the endless Naughty Dog parade on stage, though, the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences also saw fit to honor a couple big names from the game industry. Doug Lowenstein of the Entertainment Software Association was honored with the AIAS Lifetime Achievement Award for his work in fighting against efforts to bring about legislation throughout the years that would restrict the sales of video games. Mark Cerny was also inducted into the AIAS Hall of Fame for, well, being a general badass in game design, development, and production. Cerny’s list of credited games is crazy impressive.

I’m honestly quite surprised about two things: 1) no awards for Assassin’s Creed 2, and 2) Brutal Legend beat out The Beatles: Rock Band for Outstanding Achievement in Soundtrack. This isn’t to take anything away from the winners, but sometimes a game deserves more than just a nomination for losing.

Game of the Year:
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Developer: Naughty Dog
Producer: Sam Thompson
Creative Director: Amy Hennig
Game Director: Bruce Straley

Outstanding Achievement in Game Direction
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Developer: Naughty Dog
Producer: Sam Thompson
Creative Director: Amy Hennig
Game Director: Bruce Straley

Casual Game of the Year
Flower
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment America
Developer: thatgamecompany
Producer: Kellee Santiago
Creative Director: Jenova Chen

Fighting Game of the Year
Street Fighter IV
Publisher: Capcom
Developer: Capcom
Producer: Yoshinori Ono

Role-Playing/Massively Multiplayer Game of the Year
Dragon Age: Origins
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Developer: Bioware
Producer: Mark Darrah
Creative Director: Mike Laidlaw
Game Director: Mark Darrah

Sports Game of the Year
FIFA Soccer 10
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Developer: EA Canada
Producer: David Rutter
Creative Director: Gary Paterson
Game Director: Kaz Makita

Racing Game of the Year
Forza Motorsport 3
Publisher: Microsoft Game Studios
Developer: Turn 10 Studios
Producer: Korey Krauskopf
Creative Director: John Wendl
Game Director: Dan Greenawalt

Outstanding Achievement in Game Design
Batman: Arkham Asylum
Publisher: Eidos/Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment
Developer: Rocksteady Studios
Lead Level Designer: Ian Ball

Adventure Game of the Year
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Developer: Naughty Dog
Producer: Sam Thompson
Creative Director: Amy Hennig
Game Director: Bruce Straley

Social Networking Game of the Year
Farmville
Publisher: Zynga
Developer: Zynga
Producer: David Gray
Creative Director: Mark Skaggs
Game Director: Bill Mooney

Strategy/Simulation Game of the Year
Brutal Legend
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Developer: Double Fine Productions
Producer: Caroline Esmurdoc
Creative Director: Tim Schafer
Game Director: Tim Schafer

Action Game of the Year
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
Publisher: Activision
Developer: Infinity Ward
Producer: Mark Rubin
Game Director: Jason West

Family Game of the Year
The Beatles: Rock Band
Publisher: MTV Games
Developer: Harmonix Music Systems
Producers: Paul DeGooyer, Jeff Jones, Alex Rigopulos
Creative Director: Chris Foster
Game Director: Josh Randall

Outstanding Innovation in Gaming
Scribblenauts
Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Developer: 5th Cell Media
Producer: Joseph M. Tringali
Creative Director: Jeremiah Slaczka
Game Director: Jeremiah Slaczka

Outstanding Achievement in Animation
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Developer: Naughty Dog
Lead Animators: Josh Scherr, Jeremy Lai-Yates, Mike Yosh

Outstanding Achievement in Visual Engineering
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Developer: Naughty Dog
Technology Director: Pal-Kristian Engstad

Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction:
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Developer: Naughty Dog
Art Directors: Erick Pangilinan, Robh Ruppel

Outstanding Achievement in Story -Adapted
Batman: Arkham Asylum
Publisher: Eidos/Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment
Developer: Rocksteady Studios
Writers: Paul Dini, Paul Crocker

Outstanding Character Performance
Batman: Arkham Asylum – Joker
Publisher: Eidos/Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment
Developer: Rocksteady Studios
Writers: Paul Dini, Paul Crocker
Voice Actor: Mark Hamill

Outstanding Achievement in Online Game Play
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
Publisher: Activision
Developer: Infinity Ward
Lead Online Designer: Todd Alderman

Outstanding Achievement in Story – Original
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Developer: Naughty Dog
Writers: Amy Hennig, Neil Druckmann, Josh Scherr

Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Composition
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Developer: Naughty Dog
Composer: Greg Edmonson

Outstanding Achievement in Soundtrack
Brutal Legend
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Developer: Double Fine Productions
Music Supervisor: Emily Ridgway

Outstanding Achievement in Game Play Engineering
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Developer: Naughty Dog
Lead Game Play Programmer: Travis McIntosh

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Developer: Naughty Dog
Sound Designer/Audio Lead: Bruce Swanson

Outstanding Achievement in Portable Game Design
Scribblenauts
Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Developer: 5th Cell Media
Lead Level Designer: Matt Cox

Portable Game of the Year
Scribblenauts
Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Developer: 5th Cell Media
Producer: Joseph M. Tringali
Creative Director: Jeremiah Slaczka
Game Director: Jeremiah Slaczka

Serious credit goes to Joystiq for the list.

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