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Red Dead, Mass Effect 2 big hits at Spike VGAs

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The music industry has the Grammys, Hollywood has the Oscars, and the
video game world has, for better or worse, the Spike TV Video Game Awards. Packing the Los
Angeles Convention Center with celebs, legendary game developers and eager press, this year's award ceremony is over and
done with -- and we've got the complete list of winners (and losers).

The night's undisputed champion was Rockstar's Red Dead Redemption,
winning "Game of the Year" in addition to "Best Original Score," "Best
DLC," and "Best Song." Musician José González put in an appearance to
celebrate the latter, performing his work "Far Away," well known to fans
as the memorable song playing as Red Dead's protagonist first crosses
the border into war-torn Mexico.

Bioware's Mass Effect 2 also proved a hit with the VGA's panel of judges, winning "Best Xbox 360 Game" and "Best RPG," while Bioware themselves earned a "Studio of
the Year" gong.

Sales smash Call of Duty: Black Ops, which shifted a staggering 8.5 million copies over November, took home the "Best Shooter" award, while critical hit Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood landed the prestigious "Best Action Adventure" nod. Actor and nerd icon
Neil Patrick Harris -- who hosted the star-studded ceremony -- also
took home an award, courtesy of his excellent voice work in this
year's Spiderman: Shattered Dimensions.

But for many gamers, the back-slapping and self-congratulations of the
awards themselves play second fiddle to the slew -- and we do mean
slew -- of new games announced during the show. Taking pride of place
was Bioware's Mass Effect 3, which debuted with a stunning trailer depicting the game's Reapers threatening Earth itself. Or London, at any rate.

That was far from all the VGAs had to offer. The nationally televised show
also saw debuts from a sequel-tastic slate of 2011 heavyweights, including Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception, Forza Motorsport 4, Prototype 2, extreme snowboarding game SSX: Deadly Descents, Batman: Arkham City, and Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, follow-up to 2006 smash Oblivion.

Hellboy director Guillermo del Toro also took the stage to unveil a new game
he's been working on with THQ's Volition team; titled Insane, it's a "horror adventure" with a style reminiscent of the Giger-designed Alien franchise. But our favorite? The impressive follow-up to last year's VGA Game of the Year pick Uncharted 2. Check out the Uncharted 3 trailer right here.

Want to see the full list of winners? Read on -- and if you want to vent
about how your favorite game missed out, the comments are at the bottom.


GAME OF THE YEAR

Red Dead Redemption (Rockstar Games / Rockstar San Diego)

STUDIO OF THE YEAR
BioWare

BEST XBOX 360 GAME
Mass Effect 2 (Electronic Arts / BioWare)

BEST PS3 GAME

God of War III (Sony Computer Entertainment / SCE Studios Santa Monica)

BEST Wii GAME

Super Mario Galaxy 2 (Nintendo / Nintendo)

BEST PC GAME

StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty (Blizzard Entertainment / Blizzard Entertainment)

BEST HANDHELD GAME
God of War: Ghost of Sparta (Sony Computer Entertainment / Ready At Dawn Studios)

BEST SHOOTER

Call of Duty: Black Ops (Activision / Treyarch)

BEST ACTION ADVENTURE GAME

Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood (Ubisoft / Ubisoft Montreal)

BEST RPG
Mass Effect 2 (Electronic Arts / BioWare)

BEST MULTI-PLAYER
Halo: Reach (Microsoft / Bungie Studios)

BEST INDIVIDUAL SPORTS GAME
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11 (Electronic Arts / EA Tiburon)

BEST TEAM SPORTS GAME
NBA 2K11 (2K Sports / Visual Concepts)

BEST DRIVING GAME

Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit (Electronic Arts / Criterion Games)

BEST MUSIC GAME

Rock Band 3 (MTV Games / Harmonix)

BEST SOUNDTRACK

DJ Hero 2 (Activision / FreeStyleGames)

BEST SONG IN A GAME
Far Away by José González (Red Dead Redemption)

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
Red Dead Redemption (Rockstar Games / Rockstar San Diego)

BEST GRAPHICS
God of War III (Sony Computer Entertainment / SCE Studios Santa Monica)

BEST ADAPTED VIDEO GAME
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game (Ubisoft / Ubisoft Montreal / Ubisoft Chengdu)

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A HUMAN MALE
Neil Patrick Harris as Peter Parker / Amazing Spider-Man (Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions / Activision)

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A HUMAN FEMALE
Tricia Helfer as Sarah Kerrigan (StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty / Blizzard Entertainment)

BEST DOWNLOADABLE GAME

Costume Quest (THQ / Double Fine Productions)

BEST DLC
Red Dead Redemption - Undead Nightmare (Rockstar Games / Rockstar San Diego)

BEST INDEPENDENT GAME
Limbo (PlayDead)

MOST ANTICIPATED GAME
Portal 2 (Valve / Valve)

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