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DICE Awards: The full list of winners from gaming's Oscars

Hayden Dingman | Feb. 9, 2015
I don't know whether to refer to the DICE Awards as gaming's Oscars, its Golden Globes, or maybe something even more offbeat like its AARP Annual Movies for Grownups Awards (Yes, that's a real thing). Regardless, the DICE Awards happened last night with all the pomp and circumstance you might expect from your typical awards show--big red carpet, big stage, big names, big suits, big spotlights, bad jokes...and some actually pretty decent ones, courtesy of host Pete Holmes.

I don't know whether to refer to the DICE Awards as gaming's Oscars, its Golden Globes, or maybe something even more offbeat like its AARP Annual Movies for Grownups Awards (Yes, that's a real thing). Regardless, the DICE Awards happened last night with all the pomp and circumstance you might expect from your typical awards show — big red carpet, big stage, big names, big suits, big spotlights, bad jokes...and some actually pretty decent ones, courtesy of host Pete Holmes.

Oh, and they locked us in a room and force-fed us chicken on a stick, so basically it was your standard awards show.

First, for the awards that mattered: Both Al Alcorn and Ralph Baer were honored with the Academy of Interactive Arts and Science's Pioneer Award. Alcorn nabbed his for his work at Atari (namely on Pong) and Baer's son accepted a posthumous award for the invention of the home video game console. Both wins were long overdue.

Other than that the night was pretty much cinched up by a trifecta of Shadow of Mordor (eight awards), Destiny (four), and Hearthstone (two). Oh, and Dragon Age: Inquisition, which swooped in to pull off a last-minute Game of the Year upset victory. The crowd literally gasped.

It was a big booming spectacle of an awards show that had some spot-on choices and some that were pretty questionable. (Destiny beating Wolfenstein: The New Order for Action Game? Come on. Come on.)

Basically, it was an awards show. Here's the full list of winners:

Adventure Game of the YearMiddle Earth: Shadow of Mordor
Family Game of the YearLittleBigPlanet 3
Mobile Game of the YearHearthstone
Handheld Game of the YearSuper Smash Bros. 3DS
Outstanding Achievement in Animation
Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor
Outstanding Achievement in Art
Monument Valley
Outstanding Technical AchievementMiddle Earth: Shadow of Mordor
Outstanding Achievement in OnlineDestiny
RPG/MMO Game of the Year
Dragon Age: Inquisition
Strategy Game of the YearHearthstone
Outstanding Achievement in Music CompositionDestiny
Outstanding Achievement in Sound DesignDestiny
Outstanding Achievement in NarrativeMiddle Earth: Shadow of Mordor
Outstanding Achievement in CharacterMiddle Earth: Shadow of Mordor
Outstanding Innovation in Gaming
Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor
Sports Game of the Year
— FIFA 15
Racing Game of the YearMario Kart 8
Fighting Game of the YearSuper Smash Bros. WiiU
Action Game of the Year
Destiny
Sprite Award
Transistor
Outstanding Achievement in Game DesignMiddle Earth: Shadow of Mordor
Outstanding Achievement in Game Direction
Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor
Game of the YearDragon Age: Inquisition

 

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