Spike TV Video Game Awards 2012: All the winners, the trailers and the news

Tonight, at 9 p.m. ET, we'll be treated to another Spike Video Game Awards show full of celebrity appearances, acceptance speeches and, of course, video game trailers. This year we expect to see new trailers from games like Tomb Raider, The Last of Us, South Park: The Stick of Truth, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2, Gears of War: Judgment, BioShock Infinite and Bungie's mysterious "Destiny" project. And you can keep up with all of it right here.


  • Game of the Year: The Walking Dead
  • Best Performance by a Human Male: Dameon Clarke in Borderlands 2 as "Handsome Jack"
  • Best Performance by a Human Female: Melissa Hutchison in The Walking Dead as "Clementine"
  • Best Musical Score: Journey
  • Best Graphics: Halo 4
  • Best Xbox 360 Game: Halo 4
  • Best Shooter: Borderlands 2
  • Best Multiplayer: Borderlands 2
  • Best Action/Adventure: Dishonored
  • Best Independent Game: Journey
  • Best PS3 Game: Journey
  • Best Original Score: Journey
  • Character of the Year: Claptrap from Borderlands 2
  • Game of the Decade: Half-Life 2
  • Best Adapted Game: The Walking Dead
  • Best Downloadable Game: The Walking Dead
  • Studio of the Year: Telltale Games
  • Best Wii/Wii U Game: New Super Mario Bros. U
  • Best PC Game: XCOM: Enemy Unknown
  • Best RPG: Mass Effect 3
  • Best Individual Sports Game: SSX
  • Best Driving Game: Need for Speed Most Wanted
  • Best Song in a Game: "Cities" by Beck, from Sound Shapes
  • Best Fighting Game: Persona 4 Arena
  • Best Team Sports Game: NBA 2K13
  • Best Handheld/Mobile Game: Sound Shapes
  • Best DLC: The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim - Dawnguard
  • Best Social Game: You Don't Know Jack
  • Most Anticipated Game: Grand Theft Auto 5

Annual Video Game Awards draws attention and celebrity to games, but not to game makers

While gaming was certainly the focal point of the live two-hour show on Spike TV Friday night, the awards, and the people winning them didn't just take a back seat, they weren't even in the car.

Not counting the commercials, the programming lasted about an hour and a half. The award-winning developers and their on-stage acceptance speeches took up less than five minutes of that time. That's about 45 seconds for each of the televised acceptance speeches. While that matches the time given to Oscar acceptance speeches, only a quarter of the 24 awards were announced on TV for this year's VGAs.


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Booker meets Elizabeth and fights a Handyman in BioShock Infinite's VGA trailer

A brand-new BioShock Infinite trailer premiered at tonight's Spike Video Game Awards, giving us a glimpse at the moment when protagonist Booker DeWitt first meets Elizabeth, as well as a battle with a Handyman.

Elizabeth is immediately suspicious of DeWitt and seems to be shocked that he's corporeal. When he says he can give her a way out of her imprisonment in the floating city of Columbia, she doesn't believe him — until he produces a key. That's when her handler comes calling, and she tells DeWitt to hide.

The trailer shifts to a fight that takes place along Columbia's Sky-Hook system,...

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Halo 4's Spartan Ops continues Jan. 21

A trailer for Halo 4's Spartan Ops shown at the Spike Video Game Awards tonight revealed that the episodic campaign will resume on Jan. 21, 2013.

The trailer includes a mix of the CG cutscenes from Spartan Ops' first five missions, which are available now, as well as scenes from its post-hiatus return. It also features Dr. Catherine Halsey, the disgraced creator of Cortana and the original Spartans, a mysterious Forerunner artifact found during the second episode, and the Spartan team from the UNSC Infinity. You can watch it at the 6:30 mark above.

Tomb Raider VGA 'Survivor' trailer is a gritty look at Lara's journey

A new Tomb Raider trailer debuted tonight at the VGAs, featuring glimpses of Lara's transformation from simple adventurer to survivor.

Tomb Raider is a reboot of the franchise and stars a young Lara Croft setting out on her first adventure. After her ship wrecks on a mysterious island, she must learn to survive and outwit the unfriendly locals. It was recently revealed that the game will be a 12 to 15 hour adventure, and that Lara will not be able to swim.

Tomb Raider is slated for release in March of 2013, for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Windows.

Assassin's Creed 3 VGA trailer features evil George Washington

An evil version of George Washington set to star in the upcoming The Tyranny of King Washington DLC for Assassin's Creed 3 made his video debut at the Spike Video Game Awards tonight.

"What if the story of America was not the one you knew?" the video's narrator asks. The DLC imagines an alternate reality in which the story of America is its opposite — built on tyranny instead of freedom, born of greed and desire for absolute power. Not a nation governed by a president, but empire commanded by a tyrant: King George Washington. And there's only one man who can stop him. You can check out the...

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 VGA trailer highlights Dracula's vengeance

A new trailer for Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 premiered tonight at the Spike Video Game Awards, narrated by a groggy Dracula who aims to reclaim his former glory.

The trailer begins as Dracula emerges after centuries in his tomb with no memory of who or where he is. As his memories return, so does his bloodlust, and he vows to have his revenge against his enemies. You can check out the trailer at the 4:45 mark above to see the vengeful side side of Transylvania's most famous resident.

Konami announced Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 at E3 2012. The game is slated for Xbox 360,...

Gears of War: Judgment VGA trailer shows off Locust 'grub' villain

Actor Zachary Levi presented a brand-new trailer for Gears of War: Judgment, the series prequel being developed by Epic Games and People Can Fly, at tonight's Spike Video Game Awards.

A month after Emergence Day, with the Locust invasion in full swing, cities burn. Humans speak of a "massive grub" cutting swaths of destruction through the land, and infighting makes the situation even worse. We do at least see plenty of combat footage, including Cole Train whacking off a Locust's head with a baseball swing.

The game focuses on Lt. Damon Baird, and is being written by Tom Bissell and Rob...

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Dark Souls 2 announced for PC, PS3, Xbox 360

A trailer for Dark Souls 2 premiered at the Spike Video Game Awards tonight, showing off the desolate environments familiar to those who've played the brutal action role-playing game's precursor.

According to a press release from Namco Bandai, From Software is currently developing the game for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC. The game will feature a new hero, storyline and challenging world to explore.

"This new chapter in the Dark Souls saga presents opportunities for us to drive innovation in gameplay design, develop an entirely new story, and expand the scope of the world in which the...

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The Last of Us releasing May 7, 2013

The Last of Us will release on May 7, 2013, as revealed during a new story trailer premiered at the Spike Video Game Awards.

In Naughty Dog's post-apocalyptic action adventure shooter, players will control survivor Joel as he travels across the US with a young girl named Ellie. The game will feature a dynamic stealth system; players will be able to approach situations is number of ways, resulting in different outcomes.

You can view the trailer at the 2:30 minute mark.

The Phantom Pain announced from Moby Dick Studio at Spike VGAs

The Phantom Pain was the first new game announced at tonight's Spike Video Game Awards, from a developer called Moby Dick Studio.

The trailer began from the first-person perspective in a hospital bed, with the character waking up to a doctor saying, "You've been in a coma for a quite some time," from an injury suffered in a car accident. It's revealed shortly afterward that he now has a prosthetic left arm with a hook on the end. As the character, now seen from a third-person perspective, crawls through the hospital with other patients, soldiers invade.

They begin shooting up the place,...

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South Park: The Stick of Truth VGA trailer reveals story

The newest trailer for the South Park: The Stick of Truth, which premiered during the VGAs tonight, revealed the game's running story.

After the Stick of Truth, the reason why "humans and elves are locked in a never ending war" is stolen by elves, Grand Wizard Cartman, Warrior Stan, Paladin Butters, Princess Kenny and High Jew Elf Kyle must journey to get it back.

South Park: The Stick of Truth is a role-playing game being developed by Obsidian Entertainment and published by THQ; Matt Stone and Trey Parker are writing the script. The game is slated for launch on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360...

Gamers can control what happens at this year's VGAs on Xbox 360

Xbox 360 owners will be able to control what goes on during Spike's Video Game Awards this year by accessing the awards show on Xbox Live and answering poll questions throughout, using Microsoft's SmartGlass app.

Questions will range from what users want to see from host Samuel L. Jackson and what video game premiere is played next, to polls that will gauge what the Xbox 360 audience deem the "coolest" weapon which Jackson will later walk out with, according to VGA executive producer Casey Patterson.

"They will be programming the content they want to see when they want to see it via these...

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The Last of Us teaser arrives ahead of Spike VGAs

A brief teaser trailer for The Last of Us, Naughty Dog's post-apocalyptic survival game, was released today by Sony.

The video contains less than 10 seconds of ominous footage from a cutscene. But according to Geoff Keighley, executive producer of the Spike Video Game Awards, a full story trailer will premiere at the show, which will begin this Friday night, Dec. 7, at 9 p.m. ET.

Keep your eyes on Polygon during the show — we'll have full coverage of all the big reveals as they happen.

VGAs will feature Samuel L. Jackson, Snoop Lion, Zachary Levi, Jack Black and Neil Patrick Harris

This year's Spike TV's Video Game Awards will feature a line-up of guest appearances by the the 10-year-old show's previous hosts, the Associated Press reports.

That means that four-time VGA host Samuel L. Jackson will be joined by Snoop Lion, Zachary Levi, Jack Black and Neil Patrick Harris when the show airs on Dec. 7.

This year's show will be broadcast live from Sony Picture Studios in Culver City, Calif. and will, as always, include a number of high-profile trailer debuts along with the awards.

Games expecting an early peek this year include Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2, Tomb...

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Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 gameplay world premiere coming Dec. 7

Gameplay footage of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 will premiere worldwide during the Spike TV Video Game Awards on Dec. 7, according to a short teaser video for the Castlevania sequel.

This year's VGAs will take place at 8 p.m. CST and aired on cable television channel Spike as well as Spike.com.

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 was first announced during E3 in June this year. The Konami-developed title will come to PC as well as Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

Spike Video Game Awards nominees led by Halo 4, Journey and Borderlands 2

Nominees have been announced for the tenth annual Spike TV Video Game Awards, scheduled for Friday, Dec. 7 at 9 p.m. ET, with Borderlands 2, Halo 4 and Journey earning seven nominations each.

The awards ceremony, hosted by actor Samuel L. Jackson, will honor games across nearly 30 categories, including best on each platform, Best Soundtrack, Best Graphics and Best Performance by a Human Male and Female.

Game of the Year nominations include recently-released Assassin's Creed 3, Arkane Studios' Dishonored, Mass Effect 3, Telltale Games' The Walking Dead episodic series and Journey.


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