Hosted by Jay Mohr, the 14th Annual Interactive Achievement Awards took place on February 10, 2011 at the Red Rock Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada. As always, the awards highlight and award the best of the best in video games, computer games, and mobile entertainment. The ceremony also applauds individual and team craft achievements as determined by vote. It also enters past accomplishments into its Hall of Fame.
Some of the categories include awards for things such as Sports Game of the Year, Outstanding Achievement in Animation, or Social Networking Game of the Year. Many of the winners, such as Super Street Fighter IV (Fighting Game of the Year) and Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit (Racing Game of the Year) are continuations of storied franchises. Nominations but non-winners, such as Sid Meier’s Civilization V, Pac Man Championship Edition DX, and Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies are also familiar titles to classic gamers.
Special awards, such as the Lifetime Achievement Award, were also handed out. This year’s LAA winner was Bing Gordon, a long time video gaming exec who began with EA in 1982. The 2011 Hall of Fame inductees were the co-founders of Bioware, Dr. Greg Zeschuk and Dr. Ray Muzyka. Bioware fans will likely recall great games from the company, such as the Baldur’s Gate series, Shattered Steel from as far back as 1996, or the MDK franchise.
See the complete list of winners and nominations here.
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