GameTaffy Reacts to Spike’s VGAs

VGA 2011 adAlthough the Video Game Awards show is not the best award show, and it is definitely not the best representation of the video game industry. From start to finish, the show seems to revolve around trailers and celebrities. On the one hand, the celebrities keep casual gamers more focused and interested, and the trailers offer a level of excitement only matched by E3 trailers. Still, it would be nice if the award show showed awards.

Fortunately, GameTaffy took note of all the winners, and we are offering our thoughts about who won and why!

As a note, GameTaffy is not associated with Viacom or any of its affiliates. We are gamers, though, and as these are the Emmy’s of the video game world, we want to theorize why certain games and individuals won their awards. We didn’t agree with all the awards, but this is the Internet. Of course there’s something we disagree with!

On to the awards, leading to the Game of the Year and the Best Studio and Publisher of the year.

Best Action-Adventure Game:Batman Arkham City

Batman: Arkham City

Batman: Arkham Asylum was a good game, but it was certainly slightly boring. Everything was made better in the sequel.

The game is open world, offers hundreds of side missions, and features fantastic gameplay and story.

As players go, they get more items and more awesome!

Best Handheld/Mobile:Super Mario 3D Land box art

Super Mario 3D Land

This has been the best-selling handheld game every. Bigger than that, this has sold the SAME AMOUNT AS Skyward Sword!

Besides, this game has the Tanooki Suit! Need I say more?

Best Shooter:Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 wallpaper

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3

Huge surprise here. I was convinced on Battlefield 3 would take home the prize.

But at the end of the day, there are far more players daily on MW3 than B3. Also, give it up for a game that took 3 studios to finish!

Best RPG:The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Go anywhere. Do anything.

The best role-playing games allow players to take up a role in the universe they are entering. Skyrim treats the player like a character better than any game to date.

The game allows you to make a fully customizable character of various races and tasks the player with solving the great and small problems of the land of Skyrim.

Also, thanks to a bug, dragons fly backwards! Can’t get much more immersive than that!

Best Multiplayer:Portal 2 wallpaper

Portal 2

What gives this best multiplayer, anyway? I mean, only two people can play at the same time.

Maybe it’s because the game has one story line for single player, and a completely separate story for two player.

Best Individual Sports Game:Fight Night Champion Portada wallpaper

Fight Night Champion

I don’t play sports games, but considering the nominees, I can understand that the most fluid boxing game of all time wins best individual spots game.

Best Team Sports Game:VGA 2010 trophy

Never Announced in the Live Show

The problem with the VGAs is that it spends far more time focusing on giving face time to celebrities and premiering new trailers to games that the gaming community already knew was coming than on actually giving awards. This year, the first hour included three awards. Then, in the second hour, half of the remaining awards were presented at the beginning, and the rest at the end.

In the panicked announce all the winners before time ran out, one award was lost in the shuffle. Hopefully, by the time this post is live, the winner will have been announced on the web. However, GameTaffy refuses to change this post. Let this stand as an example of what happens when an awards show tries not to be an awards show.

Best Driving Game:Forza Motorsport 4 wallpaper

Forza Motorsport 4

With the most life-like graphics and some of the hottest real-world cars, Forza easily raced to the top.

Best Fighting Game:Mortal Kombat Scorpion vs Sub Zero wallpaper

Mortal Kombat

Nothing compares to the brutality and beauty of the best near-3D game on the shelves. I want this. Now, I have a better reason!

Best Motion Game:Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword box art

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

I want to say that this was up against epic competition. But that would be a lie.

I enjoy the Dance Central franchise, but set against a game that forces you to wield sword and shield in the best 1-to-1 motion gaming on the market, DC and The Gunstringer didn’t hold a candle.

Best Independent Game:Minecraft Logo


Technically, this should have won for three years in a row. But this year, Mojang officially “launched” its out-of-no-where sensation. Honestly, this game has been waiting patiently to take home the monkey since it went into paid beta.

Best Adapted Game:Batman: Arkham City wallpaper

Batman: Arkham City

Most video games based on – er – anything sucks.

Fortunately, Batman: Arkham Asylum mostly changed that. Sure, the game wasn’t perfect, but it was still better than any other game based on a comic book character.

Fortunately, Batman: Arkham City is simply amazing. There’s not getting around it. This game proves that an adaption can not only be good, it can add to the character and story it is based on.

Best Song in a Video Game:

“Setting Sail, Coming Home (Ending Theme),” Bastion, by Darren Korb

Best Original Score:


Best Graphics:Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception wallpaper

Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception

There was stiff competition between this and Skyrim. However, where Skyrim offers a lush and beautiful world, Uncharted 3 offers many lush and beautiful environments, from burning building to sinking ship to sandy desert. In the visual department, Uncharted 3 offered more variety than any other nominee.

Best Performance by a Human Male:Stephen Merchant as Wheatley in Portal 2

Stephen Merchant as Wheatley, Portal 2

Beginning as a friend and ending as an enemy, Wheatley is the perfect counter balance to GLaDOS. He quickly summarizes a situation and makes sure to offer a pithy remark. He gives the single-player campaign a sense of company.

Best Performance by a Human Female:Ellen McLain as GLaDOS in Portal 2

Ellen McLain as GLaDOS, Portal 2

Continuing her role as the auto-tuned robotic bitch from the first game, Ellen McLain actually freaks me out at times.

Best Downloadable Game:Bastion wallpaper


As you explore, the world forms around you. As you grow your powers, new enemies test your limits. As you progress, a narrator tells the story without ever interrupting the gameplay. As a downloadable game, Bastion sucked players into the experience better than most retail games from 2011.

Best DLC:Portal 2 Peer Review

Portal 2 – “Peer Review”

Yeah, bending the laws of physics to your will is fun and all, but eventually, you will run out of puzzles and ways to solve said puzzles. Fortunately, “Peer Review” allows players to build their own puzzles to test with.

Best Xbox 360 Game:Batman: Arkham City Xbox 360 Cover

Batman: Arkham City

What better way to enjoy the beefy action of Batman than with the beefy controller of the Xbox 360?

Best PlayStation 3 Game:Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception box art

Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception

One of PlayStation’s exclusives gets the top nod at the VGAs. Although Clint could tell you why it doesn’t deserve it, the game offers fantastic multiplayer and one of the most amazing stories in video games.

Nathan Drake takes to the deserts of Arabia and uncovers another of Drake’s mysteries. Hopefully, Clint can leave a comment as to why the game deserves it (but I’m betting he’ll say why something else should have one).

Best Wii Game:Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword box art

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

If you were surprised by this win, I’m sorry. Considering its competition, nothing could compete with Skyward Sword.

Best PC Game:Portal 2 PC box art

Portal 2

What makes this best for PC is that players can play with their Steam friends or with their PS3 friends. Beyond that, this was easily the most creative, humorous, and innovative game of the year.

The game tests the laws of physics and offers two stories in one package, a single-player game and a cooperative experience.

Character of the Year:The Joker wallpaper

The Joker, Batman: Arkham City

Voiced by Mark Hamill, the Joker remains one of the creepiest characters I’ve ever seen. He laughs at everything, including his own mangled face from the previous spat with the Batman.

As a character in the DC Universe, he is the most frightening idea of a human being. However, in video game form, he becomes the most sadistic bastard in pop culture.

Best Studio:Bethesda Game Studios

Bethesda Game Studios, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

The surprise to this win is the fact that the studio that put out the most buggy game of the year won best studio. Skyrim patch 1.3 is still on the horizon and gamers are plagued by game-breaking glitches on a daily basis.

However, in comparison to the other studios, Bethesda was able to put together the biggest game of all the nominees. Every element of Skyrim is scripted, but a player will not see every element in one play. The game feels like an MMO with rich and multifaceted non-playable characters. You are just a cog in the engine that is Skyrim. Bugs aside, the sheer depth of gameplay here proves that Bethesda is the best of the best in game development for the year.

Game of the Year:The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim wallpaper

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

This year was the closest VGAs I’ve ever seen. All nominees were amazing, but nothing quite compares to the look, story, and play of Skyrim.

Unlike any of the other nominees, Skyrim allows players to guide the gameplay. While there is a story, the side quests have an equal draw to the mission proper. Players can get lost in hundreds of hours in one play, and since the game changes with any decision made, the next 100+ hour play offers just as much unique and interesting elements as the first.


About Ben Davis

Ben writes for KWCR 88.1 Weber FM, Studio 76, the Signpost, and and can be contacted on Twitter (@GameTaffyBen) or at!

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