'LittleBigPlanet' Takes Home Top AIAS Awards


Posted February 20, 2009 - By Stephen Johnson

The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences likes to recognize the "outstanding products, talented individuals and development teams that have contributed to the advancement of the multi-billion dollar worldwide entertainment software industry" by handing out Interactive Achievement Awards. I call them the "Innies." 

Last night, AIAS presented its awards for 2008 and LittleBigPlanet was the winner of the night. The PS3 platformer took home eight awards, including Overall Game of the Year and Console Game of the Year.

Also honored; Industry icon Bruce Shelley, founder of Ensemble Studios, won the Hall of Fame award for his contributions to video games.

The full winner list is below, under the cut.

  • Overall Game of the Year: Console Game of the YearLittleBigPlanet
  • Computer Game of the YearLeft 4 Dead
  • Outstanding Achievement in Game Direction: LittleBigPlanet
  • Console Game of the Year: LittleBigPlanet
  • Casual Game of the Year: Braid
  • Handheld Game of the Year: God of War: Chains of Olympus
  • Fighting Game of the Year: Super Smash Bros. Brawl  
  • Massively Multiplayer Game of the Year: World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King
  • Cellular Game of the Year: Spore: Origins
  • Role-Playing Game of the Year: Fallout 3
  • Racing Game of the Year: Burnout Paradise
  • Outstanding Achievement in Game Design: World of Goo
  • Adventure Game of the Year: Mirror's Edge
  • Sports Game of the Year: NHL 09
  • Strategy/Simulation Game of the Year: Command and Conquer 3: Red Alert
  • Action Game of the Year: Dead Space
  • Family Game of the Year: LittleBigPlanet
  • Outstanding Achievement in Animation: Prince of Persia
  • Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction: LittleBigPlanet
  • Outstanding Achievement in Visual Engineering: LittleBigPlanet
  • Outstanding Achievement in Game Play Engineering: Spore
  • Outstanding Character Performance: LittleBigPlanet (Sackboy)
  • Outstanding Achievement in Story -- Adapted: Star Wars: The Force Unleashed
  • Outstanding Achievement in Story -- Original: Fallout 3
  • Outstanding Achievement in Online Play: Left 4 Dead
  • Outstanding Innovation in Gaming: LittleBigPlanet
  • Outstanding Achievement in Original Music: Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
  • Outstanding Achievement in Soundtrack: Rock Band 2
  • Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design: Dead Space

The12th annual Annual Interactive Achievement Awards was hosted by comedian Jay Mohr and held at the Red Rock Resort in Las Vegas. If you want to check out the proceedings, The Independent Film Channel (IFC) will broadcast a half hour special with highlights from the IAAs in April.

Much like the Oscars, with a few exceptions (World of Goo, Braid), these awards are usually presented to the best of the biggest games. But are they a fair representation of quality? Or are some worthwhile games left off the list because they're a little too esoteric for some tastes?

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'LittleBigPlanet' Takes Home Top AIAS Awards


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