Video Game Awards 2012 Drinking Game

The Video Game Awards (VGAs from now on) have always been a mixed bag for gamers. While most would acknowledge the fact they don’t take the awards show seriously, we all tune in to see the latest world premieres. The problem is that you also have to sit through the pretty piss poor show to get there.

This year’s VGAs aren’t much different. While there aren’t a ton of zOMG announcements lined up just yet, there are teases of new footage from the highly anticipated The Last of Us, more from Bioshock Infinite and Tomb Raider and DLC from Assassin’s Creed 3 and Halo 4′s Spartan Ops mode. It really doesn’t sound that exciting on paper.

Anyhow, the real “Treat” of the VGAs are the awards.. or so they continue to claim.. I mean the A.. stands for something. Below you will find all the categories and nominees, but before we get there. Let’s go to the big rule book!

Generally speaking, there’s one big drinking game with the show. Before the show starts, you’re supposed to pick your expected winner and for every one you get wrong, you take a drink.

In most award shows that wouldn’t be so bad, about 2-3 hours to give out awards usually like every 10 minutes or so.. the VGA tends to speed through the awards.. last year they gave out half of them in a 30 second montage.. and that might get you wasted.. so we advise using that rule but spacing out your drinks.

This year, we’re gonna add a second rule which is every time you feel it emabrasses or sets back the industry, take a shot. Yes, this means when a grown man comes on stage to teabag the host.. you should drink and probably cry yourself to sleep. :(

Game of the Year

Assassin’s Creed III
Dishonored
Journey
Mass Effect 3
The Walking Dead: The Game

Studio of the Year

343 Industries
Arkane Studios
Gearbox Software
Telltale Games

Best Xbox 360 Game

Assassin’s Creed III
Borderlands 2
Dishonored
Halo 4

Best PS3 Game

Assassin’s Creed III
Borderlands 2
Dishonored
Journey

Best Wii/Wii U Game

New Super Mario Bros. U
The Last Story
Xenoblade Chronicles
ZombiU

Best PC Game

Diablo III
Guild Wars 2
Torchlight II
XCOM: Enemy Unknown

Best Shooter

Borderlands 2
Call of Duty: Black Ops II
Halo 4
Max Payne 3

Best Action Adventure Game

Assassin’s Creed III
Darksiders II
Dishonored
Sleeping Dogs

Best RPG

Diablo III
Mass Effect 3
Torchlight II
Xenoblade Chronicles

Best Multiplayer Game

Borderlands 2
Call of Duty: Black Ops II
Guild Wars 2
Halo 4

Best Individual Sports Game

Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational
SSX
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 13
WWE ’13

Best Team Sports Game

FIFA Soccer 13
Madden NFL 13
NBA 2K13
NHL 13

Best Driving Game

DiRT: Showdown
F1 2012
Forza Horizon
Need for Speed: Most Wanted

Best Song in a Game

“Castle of Glass” by Linkin Park — Medal of Honor: Warfighter
“Cities” by Beck — Sound Shapes
“I was Born for This” by Austin Wintory — Journey
“Tears” by Health — Max Payne 3

Best Original Score

Call of Duty: Black Ops II
Halo 4
Journey
Max Payne 3

Best Graphics

Assassin’s Creed III
Dishonored
Halo 4
Journey

Best Independent Game

Gust: An Elysian Tail
Fez
Journey
Mark of the Ninja

Best Fighting Game

Dead or Alive 5
Persona 4 Arena
Street Fighter X Tekken
Tekken Tag Tournament 2

Best Mobile/Handheld Game

Gravity Rush
LittleBigPlanet PS Vita
New Super Mario Bros. 2
Sound Shapes

Best Performance by a Human Female

Emma Stone as Amanda Cartwright — Sleeping Dogs
Jen Taylor as Cortana — Halo 4
Jennifer Hale as Commander Shepard — Mass Effect 3
Melissa Hutchison as Clementine — The Walking Dead

Best Performance by a Human Male

Daemon Clarke as Handsome Jack — Borderlands 2
Dave Fenno as Lee Everret — The Walking Dead
James McCaffrey as Max Payne — Max Payne 3
Nolan North as Captain Martin Walker — Spec Ops: The Line

Best Adapted Video Game

Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two
LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes
The Walking Dead: The Game
Transformers: Fall of Cybertron

Best DLC

Dawnguard — The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Leviathan — Mass Effect 3
Mechromancer Pack — Borderlands 2
Perpetual Testing Initiative — Portal 2

Best Downloadable Game

Fez
Journey
Sound Shapes
The Walking Dead: The Game

Best Social Game

Drawn Something
Marvel: Avengers Alliance
SimCity Social
You Don’t Know Jack

Most Anticipated

BioShock Infinite
Grand Theft Auto V
South Park: The Stick of Truth
The Last of Us
Tomb Raider

Character of the Year

Connor Kenway — Assassin’s Creed III
Commander Shepard — Mass Effect 3
Clap Trap — Borderlands 2
Master Chief — Halo 4
Raul Menendez — Call of Duty: Black Ops II

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