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Skyrim the Big Winner at the 2011 VGAs

Posted on December 10, 2011 AT 09:28pm

THE BUZZ: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim ended up the big winner at the 2011 Spike TV Video Game Awards, taking home Game of the Year as well as Best RPG.

Other titles that found some love were Batman: Arkham City with Best Xbox 360 Game, Best Action/Adventure Game and The Joker as the viewer voted Best Character. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword took best Wii Game (Ed: Wait. There were other Wii games?) as well as Best Motion Game. Bastion, a critical darling, won for Best Downloadable Game, Best Song and Best Score.

A few games were surprisingly snubbed, taking home no awards at all, despite garnering multiple nominations, including: Battlefield 3, Gears of War 3, Dark Souls and Deus Ex: Human Revolution. The complete list of categories and winners follows:


  • Game of the Year – The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
  • Studio of the Year – Bethesda
  • Best Xbox 360 Game – Batman: Arkham City
  • Best PS3 Game – Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception
  • Best Wii Game – The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
  • Best PC Game – Portal 2
  • Best Handheld/Mobile Game – Super Mario 3D Land
  • Best Shooter – Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
  • Best Action/Adventure Game – Batman: Arkham City
  • Best RPG – The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
  • Best Multiplayer – Portal 2
  • Best Individual Sports Game – Fight Night Champion
  • Best Team Sports Game – NBA 2K12
  • Best Driving Game – Forza Motorsport 4
  • Best Fighting Game – Mortal Kombat
  • Best Motion Game – The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
  • Best Independent Game – Minecraft
  • Best Adapted Video Game – Batman: Arkham City
  • Best Song in a Game – “Build That Wall (Zia’s Theme)” by Darren Korb
  • Best Original Score – Bastion
  • Best Graphics – Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception
  • Best Performance by a Human Male – Stephen Merchant as Wheatley – Portal 2
  • Best Performance by a Human Female – Ellen McLain as Glados – Portal 2
  • Best Downloadable Game – Bastion
  • Best DLC – Portal 2 – Peer Review


  • NFL Blitz Cover Athlete – Ray Rice – Baltimore Ravens
  • Character of the Year – The Joker – Batman: Arkham City
  • Most Anticipated Game – Mass Effect 3
  • Trailer of the Year – Assassin’s Creed Revelations – E3 2011 Trailer

EGM’s TAKE: It was a fantastic year for games, so it’s just an honor to be nominated. Actually no. This is video games, which is all about competition. Congrats to all of the winners, and the losers can stop by the offices at their leisure for some good old fashioned taunting and trash talk! We’re looking at you Kirby’s Return to Dreamland!

Marc Camron, Senior Editor
Marc Camron is pleased to finally get a little bit of time to enjoy new games this holiday season, even if Batman: Arkham Knight isn't one of them. The rest of the time will be spent getting ready for CES in Vegas, starting on January 5th. At least it should be warmer there than in Colorado.

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