2011 IAAs Winners announced: BioWare and Red Dead front runners
Last night, the fourteenth annual IAA’s awards (DICE Awards) were given out, with Mass Effect 2 taking home two awards and the coveted game of the year award. Red Dead Redemption walked away with five awards by the end of the evening.
G4′s Morgan Webb and Insomniac president Ted Price awarded God Of War III for outstanding achievement in visual art.
Red Dead Redemption took several awards in various sub-categories: art direction, gameplay engineering, and character performance for John Marston. Heavy Rain won a visual engineering nod as well.
For the long list of events continue forward.
Dance Central won for family game of the year and was accepted by Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford.
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit won best racing game of the year, which was given out by Microsoft’s Interactive Entertainment Business at Microsoft, Don Mattrick.
Bill Budge won the pioneer award for his work on Raster Blaster. It was the first pinball game that mimicked the actual speed at which the game of pinball is played along with his Pinball Construction Set. Such modding tools gave way to other familiar games that are played now, i.e. LittleBigPlanet and ModNation Racing.
Mass Effect 2 took back to back awards in outstanding story, and RPG/MMORPG game of the year.
Heavy Rain put under its belt two more awards: outstanding achievement in original music and and outstanding innovation in gameplay.
During the festivities, BioWare Drs. Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuk were inducted into the AIAS Hall of Fame. Even with the impressive achievement the two were still modest about the award, Ray Muzyka stated,
“We honestly feel like we have to earn this award, like we have to do more in the future.”
Greg Zeschuk, also humbled by the experience gave his second opinion on the matter:
“We’re gonna try our best to earn this.”
After much revelry and excitement more awards were given out amongst them the indy-platformer, Limbo, took home two awards for sound design and beating out games such as, Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood and Heavy Rain for adventure game of the year.
The complete list of winners is as follows:
Outstanding Achievement in Animation: God of War III
Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction: Red Dead Redemption
Outstanding Achievement in Visual Engineering: Heavy Rain
Outstanding Achievement in Gameplay Engineering: Red Dead Redemption
Outstanding Character Performance: Red Dead Redemption
Family Game of the Year: Dance Central
Racing Game of the Year: Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit
Outstanding Achievement in Story: Mass Effect 2
Role Playing / MMO Game of the Year: Mass Effect 2
Outstanding Innovation in Gaming: Heavy Rain
Outstanding Achievement in Original Music: Heavy Rain
Outstanding Achievement in Soundtrack: Rock Band 3
Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design: Limbo
Adventure Game of the Year: Limbo
Outstanding Achievement in Online Gameplay: Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty
Action Game of the Year: Red Dead Redemption
Sports Game of the Year: FIFA 2011
Fighting Game of the Year: Super Street Fighter IV
Strategy/Simulation Game of the Year: Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty
Portable Game of the Year: God of War: Ghost of Sparta
Casual Game of the Year: Angry Birds HD
Social Game of the Year: CityVille
Lifetime Achievement Award: Bing Gordon:
Outstanding Achievement in Game Direction: Red Dead Redemption
Game of the Year: Mass Effect 2
Pioneer Award: Bill Budge