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Skyrim sweeps Interactive Achievement Awards, Portal 2 and Uncharted 3 tie for second best

The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences conducted its 15th Annual Interactive Achievement Awards (IAA) in Vegas last night, capping the 2012 DICE. Summit with a tribute to 2011's top games and game makers. Chief amongst the night's winners was Bethesda's The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, which was named IAA's Game of the Year, as well as the winner for Role-Playing/Massively Multiplayer Online Game of the Year, Outstanding Achievement in Story, Outstanding Achievement in Gameplay Engineering, and Outstanding Achievement in Game Direction.

Valve's Portal 2 and Naughty Dog's Uncharted 3 where also well represented with three awards each, while the rest of the trophies were evenly split between other high profile games including Nintendo's Super Mario 3D Land, Supergiant Games' Bastion, and Rocksteady's Batman: Arkham City.

The AIAS released the full list of IAA winners this morning:

Portal 2 (Valve): Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Composition, Outstanding Character Performance (Wheatley), Outstanding Achievement in Connectivity
Battlefield 3 (DICE): Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (Infinity Ward/Sledgehammer Games): Action Game of the Year
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Bethesda): Game of the Year, Outstanding Achievement in Story, Role-Playing/Massively Multiplayer Online Game of the Year, Outstanding Achievement in Gameplay Engineering, Outstanding Achievement in Game Direction
Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception (Naughty Dog): Outstanding Achievement in Animation, Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction, Outstanding Achievement in Visual Engineering
Bastion (Supergiant): Downloadable Title of the Year
Fruit Ninja Kinect (Halfbrick): Casual Game of the Year
The Sims Social (Playfish): Social Networking Game of the Year
Skylanders Spyro's Adventure (Toys for Bob): Outstanding Innovation in Gaming
FIFA 12 (EA): Sports Game of the Year
Forza Motorsport 4 (Turn 10): Racing Game of the Year
Mortal Kombat (NetherRealm): Fighting Game of the Year
Orcs Must Die! (Robot Entertainment): Strategy/Simulation Game of the Year
LittleBigPlanet 2 (Media Molecule): Family Game of the Year
Infinity Blade II (Epic Games): Mobile Game of the Year
Super Mario 3D Land (Nintendo): Handheld Game of the Year
Batman: Arkham City (Rocksteady): Adventure Game of the Year
Star Wars: The Old Republic (BioWare): Outstanding Achievement in Online Gameplay

The gala night also included a Pioneer Award nod for Atari legend Ed Logg and a Hall of Fame ceremony for Epic Games founder and CEO Tim Sweeney.

Agree? Disagree? Planning to write a strongly worded email to AIAS judges? Let us know what you think of this year's picks in the comments below.

6 comments

  • Cosmis - February 11, 2012 10:37 a.m.

    I'm continually surprised at the lack of recognition Deus Ex: Human Revolution is getting. Not saying it deserves more than, say, Skyrim, but I figured it would get something. A great game.
  • DeliciousPie - February 10, 2012 7:18 p.m.

    AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA Skyrim got Outstanding Achievement in Story. Oh, that's a laugh.
  • Slayer11496 - February 10, 2012 4:11 p.m.

    Skyrim won story of the year? I call foul
  • Greenman - February 10, 2012 12:38 p.m.

    Also go to DudeIWantThat.com. Gamesradar you should post this, they have everything from Batman-Darth Vader suit hybrids to $30 steel Wolverine claws, Tron bikes to the batmobile, Han Solo in carbonite chocolate bars(!), Rorshach masks to Daft Punk replicas, bacon bandages to Ghost chili pepper candy balls, and everything else in between. Awesome site
  • Greenman - February 10, 2012 12:33 p.m.

    Completely agree w/ BF3's award, hearing a soldier's yelps and screams as they suicide before the match starts is always hilarious. And unrelated, but just found out all the kickass beautiful pictures of space and Mars from the Hubble and rovers are really black and white until they add something like 'true' or 'real' color, whatever that means. So all those awesome shots of galaxies, nebulas, or whatever could be gerber food green or something jk. Let's see what else, their's an entire planet made of diamond, a lightning storm bigger than our galaxy still going around, and a sun so massive it needs to be magnified to the edge of it so much that it looks like a line, to be able to represent our sun as a pixel. Space is scary
  • Darkhawk - February 10, 2012 10:14 a.m.

    Portal 2 (Valve) - WOOT! Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (Infinity Ward/Sledgehammer Games): Action Game of the Year - Lame. Bastion (Supergiant): Downloadable Title of the Year - LOVIN' IT Skylanders Spyro's Adventure (Toys for Bob): Outstanding Innovation in LINING ONE'S OWN POCKETBOOKS Orcs Must Die! (Robot Entertainment): Strategy/Simulation Game of the Year - SWEET Batman: Arkham City (Rocksteady): Adventure Game of the Year - AWESOME

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