Walking Dead wins VGA top game
The Walking Dead: The Game has been named game of the year at the Spike Video Game Awards.
Telltale Games' interactive episodic series based on the zombie comic book franchise was selected for the top prize at the US event which honours outstanding achievements in the video game industry over the past year.
"Look, Walking Dead fans, this is obviously for you," creator Robert Kirkman said at the ceremony. "Thank you so much. You guys watch the TV show. You read the comics. You play the video games. You make all this possible."
The Walking Dead also won the best downloadable and adapted game prizes, as well as best performance by a human female for Melissa Hutchison as young survivor Clementine, and studio of the year for Telltale Games.
The Avengers star and shooter fan Samuel L Jackson served as host of the 10th annual ceremony at Sony Pictures Studios, marking his fourth time hosting the show.
Gearbox Software's cartoon-ish shoot-'em-up sequel Borderlands 2 swept the VGAs with the most awards, picking up trophies for best shooter, multiplayer, performance by a human male for Dameon Clarke as villain Handsome Jack and character of the year for chatty robot Claptrap.
Other titles winning multiple trophies included 343 Industries' sci-fi shooter Halo 4 as best Xbox 360 game and graphics; Queasy Games' musical platformer Sound Shapes as best hand-held game and song for Cities. by Beck, Thatgamecompany's artsy downloadable adventure Journey won best independent, PlayStation 3 game and original score.
Arkane Studios' stealthy first-person game Dishonored was picked as best action-adventure game. BioWare's sci-fi saga Mass Effect 3 won as best role-playing game. Valve Software's Half-Life 2 was chosen as the best game of the decade.
The two-hour ceremony, which featured performances from Linkin Park and Tenacious D, put more emphasis on hyping upcoming games than handing out trophies though.
The show featured new footage from such upcoming titles as The Last Us, South Park: The Stick of Truth, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 and BioShock Infinite. It also served to unveil never-before-seen games like Dark Souls II and The Phantom Pain, which is apparently connected to the Metal Gear Solid franchise.