Boom City: Skyrim wins GOTY, Best RPG at 2011 VGAs

Friday, 9th December 2011 16:00 GMT By Staff

It was Boom City tonight, with Skyrim winning Game of the Year, Slegehammer getting teabagged and Naughty Dog’s next project unveiled to the world at the Spike VGAs. Get all of the happenings below the break.

After a live-action introduction bit from several of this year’s top games by host Zach Levi and a GOTY segment for Portal 2, the first announcement dropped, and it was a biggie. of The Black Eyed Peas introduced The Last of Us, a brand new IP for PS3 from Naughty Dog. The trailer was “captured directly” from a PS3, according to the start of the video.

Naughty Dog vets Bruce Stanley and Neil Druckermann are involved with the project, with co-president Evan Wells promising it will be “a leap forward in cinematic gaming and storytelling.”

Following the announcement, Rocksteady’s Jamie Walker and Sefton Hill were on stage to accept the award for Best Action Adventure Game, as well as Best Adapted Videogame and Best Xbox 360 Game.

LL Cool J appeared on stage next for two BioWare-related things: first, he introduced a brand new trailer for Mass Effect 3, which also won Most Anticipated Game. The video showed Shepard in battle against a Reaper and some alien worm thing. We can’t remember its name other than it was in Mass Effect 2. Masters of knowledge us.

Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us debuts at
the VGAs.

BioWare also had an ace up its sleeve after that, though: the announcement of Command & Conquer: Generals 2 as a PC exclusive, releasing in 2013 from BioWare Victory and powered by the DICE-created Frostbite 2.

Following some sort of Felicia Day Spider-Man nonsense for charity, Kevin Jonas introduced a trailer for Rainbow Six: Patriots, which ended rather abruptly while the event was on live. The shooter’s out on PS3, 360 and PC in 2013 from Ubisoft Montreal.

After a commercial break, in which a new Darksiders II trailer aired, as well as awarding Assassin’s Creed: Revelations best trailer and a Skyrim GOTY segment, some group of idiots from some show called Workaholics introduced Alan Wake’s American Nightmare from Remedy. It’ll release in Q1 2012 for Xbox Live Arcade. Expect to hear more on this from us in the near future.

Seth Green – Chris in Family Guy and Joker in Mass Effect – came out to induct the first game into the VGA Hall of Fame: The Legend of Zelda. Almost to the surprise of everyone, Shigeru Miyamoto appeared on stage to accept the award, admitting Nintendo was “humbled” by the support for the series.

After another Felicia Day charity thing and commercial break, Tony Hawk, who earlier in the evening announced Tony Hawk Pro Skater HD for a summer release on digital platforms for $20, introduced The Amazing Spider-Man for the first time.

Hulk Hogan then came onto introduce winners of awards that were unable to be announced on stage on the night due to time constraints. Full list of winners are below.

Tebagging shenanigans

Following more Day charity-related stuff, a commercial break and a performance from Black Keys, former WWE diva Stacey Keiber was on stage to show Transformers: Fall of Cybertron. The end of its trailer confirmed a fall 2012 release.

Charlie Sheen then rolled up to announce the winner of Best Shooter: Modern Warfare 3. Glen Schofield and Michael Condery of Sledgehammer and Rob Bowling of Infinity Ward appeared to accept the award, but Bowling ran for dear life when he went over his limit for his speech and was due to be teabagged – long story – but Condery was his replacement.

After all of that, Ray Rice was announced as the cover star of NFL Blitz.

Epic’s Cliff Bleszinski was next to appear to announce Fortnite, a brand new IP from the company’s North Carolina studio. There was no date, no platforms and no published attached in the trailer, but it had a very cartoonish look to it, and looking very inspired by Minecraft.

Blizzard’s Mike Morhaime, Alan Adam and Frank Pierce accepted the Gamer God award. Morhaime dropped an interesting statistic in his acceptance speech, mentioning that 4,600 employees were working at the company before going on to thank its fans and to introduce the opening cinematic for Diablo III. It looked awesome.

Metal Gear Solid: Rising: Reborn in
Platinum’s hands.

BioShock Infinite was next up, showing a brand new trailer from what was to come from the Irrational epic, even if some of the stuff in it has been seen before. Still looked ridiculously amazing, though. it’s out next year for PS3, 360 and PC.

Two UFC fighters introduced Character of the Year, with the winner being Joker for Batman: Arkham City. But not one to go out with a wimper, he seemed to hint at something called “Batman: Arkham World,” before throwing a script containing its name in the bin and adding: “Oops, spoilers.”

Game of the Year was the final award of the night, going to in the end – shock – Skyrim. Todd Howard, Ashley Cheng and Matt Carafano all appeared on stage to accept the award.

But not done yet, Hideo Kojima appeared to reveal “the truth” on Metal Gear Solid: Rising, following a big trailer leak that appeared online earlier in the evening. After attempting to introduce the game in English, which seemed to get to him due to the occasion, it was formally announced that Platinum Games had taken over the project. Producer Atsushi Inaba of PG introduced the trailer.

Metal Gear Rising still involves Raiden in his ninja form, but now takes place after Metal Gear Solid 4 rather than before it, as previously intended. More info is being promised for tomorrow.

Pre-show, a new trailer for Hitman Absolution debuted, and Tekken Tag Tournament 2 was announced for a home release.

Get the full list of winners and liveblog below.

  • Game of the Year – The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
  • Studio of the Year – Bethesda Game Studios, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
  • Character of the Year – The Joker, Batman: Arkharm City
  • Gamer God - Blizzard Entertainment
  • Hall of Fame – Shigeru Miyamoto, The Legend of Zelda
  • Best Xbox 360 Game – Batman: Arkham City
  • Best PS3 Game – Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception
  • Best Wii Game – The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
  • Best PC Game – Portal 2
  • Best Handheld/Mobile Game – Super Mario 3D Land
  • Best Shooter – Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
  • Best Action Adventure Game – Batman: Arkham City
  • Best RPG: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
  • Best Multiplayer - Portal 2
  • Best Individual Sports Game – Fight Night Champion
  • Best Driving Game – Forza Motorsport 4
  • Best Fighting Game – Mortal Kombat
  • Best Motion Game - The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
  • Best Independent Game – Minecraft
  • Best Adapated Video Game – Batman: Arkham City
  • Best Song in a Game – “Setting Sail, Coming Home (End Theme)” by Darren Korb, Bastion
  • Best Original Score – Bastion
  • Best Graphics – Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception
  • Best Performance by a Human Male – Stephen Merchant as Wheatley, Portal 2
  • Best Performance by a Human Female – Ellen McLain as GLaDOS, Portal 2
  • Best Downloadable Game – Bastion
  • Best DLC – Portal 2 – Peer Review
  • Most Anticipated Game – Mass Effect 3
  • Trailer of the Year – Assassin’s Creed: Revelations, E3 2011 Trailer

[Original story by Johnny Cullen, contributions and liveblog by Johnny Cullen and Stephany Nunneley]



  1. Colin Gallacher

    Boom city sounds horribly dangerous :D

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Prof.Dr.Moertel

    Does anyone know if (and where) there’ll be a stream for mainland europe viewers?

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Colin Gallacher

    @2 I’m sure someone on Justin.TV/Twitch will have a stream up. No doubt someone here will have a link nearer the time :)

    #3 3 years ago
  4. KillerDD

    Let’s not forget about Valve teasing Half-Life 3 with a shirt a few weeks back! Not expecting anything, but hey, one can always hope! ;)

    #4 3 years ago
  5. Talkar

    I’m going to use either my US or my UK vpn to watch it.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. HeavyD-Love

    Some info on MGS:Rising, The Last Guardian, Resident Evil 6, GTA5, GTA HD Collection, God of War 4, Halo 4, Mirrors Edge 2, Shadow Complex 2, and/or new Tony Hawk would be nice!

    #6 3 years ago
  7. Edo

    When does the actual show start(GMT)?

    #7 3 years ago
  8. Stephany Nunneley

    @7 1am – we’re going live with the blog an hour early.

    #8 3 years ago
  9. Edo

    #8 Thanks.

    #9 3 years ago
  10. pianomanjack

    I have to say Johnny – you are a true legend. Somehow what you wrote made me even more amped up then I already was!! Legend.

    #10 3 years ago
  11. Moonwalker1982

    When is this for europe? What time is it?

    #11 3 years ago
  12. Edo

    Can’t wait.

    #12 3 years ago
  13. Johnny Cullen

    @11 – For mainland Europe, it’s 2am.

    #13 3 years ago
  14. Razor

    Why are people so certain that this PS3 game is Sony Santa Monica?

    While I would applaud the decision by Sony to let them do something other GoW, it makes absolutely no business or financial sense whatsoever to launch a brand new IP at this stage of the generation, when a new GoW in 2012 makes complete and total sense.

    #14 3 years ago
  15. tmac2011

    the game is the last of us, i’m watching this just for the metal gear solid info and nothing else. prove me wrong :P

    #15 3 years ago
  16. Hoika

    The Last of Us could also be the new IP from Guerilla Games…

    #16 3 years ago
  17. Exzeerex

    Anybody know a stream link for mainland Europe. I’m in Denmark and the UK link says it doesn’t support my location.

    Tried Google, but hard to find a proper link. maybe?

    #17 3 years ago
  18. The_Red

    MGS Rising trailer LEAKED! You can find it on YouTube.
    PLATINUM is indeed developing it.

    #18 3 years ago
  19. Dark


    #19 3 years ago
  20. Edo

    If anyone is hoping for a Half- Life 3(Episode 3)reveal tonight Gabe says Nay . :(

    #20 3 years ago
  21. xino


    Johnny Collen since when is 12am for GMT now 10th of Dec?
    its 11th of Dec man!

    getting people confused:/

    #21 3 years ago
  22. Gekidami

    I really dont get why people keep expecting surprise announcements, this isnt E3. Every dev that will be announcing something has been named or the game has been teased.

    The Last of Us obviously isnt HL3.

    #22 3 years ago
  23. Edo

    #22 It happened last year with the Skyrim announcement.

    #23 3 years ago
  24. James Mac

    Anyone know where it can be watched in Australia?
    Spike and Gametrailers are coming up as region locked.

    #24 3 years ago
  25. el duderino

    Guys,the modify headers plugin for firefox seems to work for me.Get it here thank neogaf!

    #25 3 years ago
  26. absolutezero

    This is terrible.

    Arrow to the knee, DLC, iJustine. Gears 3 in best FPS catagory.

    #26 3 years ago
  27. Erthazus

    download HOTSPOT shield and you can watch it from anywhere you want.

    #27 3 years ago
  28. absolutezero

    #28 3 years ago
  29. absolutezero

    I think I might cringe myself to death if I attempt to watch this all the way through.

    Modern video game culture ladies and gentlemen. This is what its come to.

    Deadmouse (I refuse to use the number) and William from Black Eyed thingys.

    Us gamers man. Us gamers.

    #29 3 years ago
  30. AHA-Lambda

    anyone got a uk link that works?

    #30 3 years ago
  31. Erthazus




    #31 3 years ago
  32. absolutezero

    Im watching the one that I posted just now.

    The Last of Us! Nathan Drake with a beard and Ellen Page fight fungus zombies in Enslaved meets I Am Legend.

    mite be cool.

    I think the “tumours” were the ant brain fungus gone insane. Makes me think of all the fucking amazing things they might be able to do if its a full fungal infection.

    #32 3 years ago
  33. Stephany Nunneley

    @32 “The Last of Us! Nathan Drake with a beard and Ellen Page fight fungus ”

    LOL +1000 :D

    #33 3 years ago
  34. AHA-Lambda

    ^ that link aint working for me :(

    #34 3 years ago
  35. AHA-Lambda

    2013 for C&C WTF?! O__o

    #35 3 years ago
  36. absolutezero

    So Reapers can only shoot one laser in a straight line? and they wiped out alllllll life in the universe before?

    Oh well I’ve seen what I wanted to see so im going to bed.

    #36 3 years ago
  37. Stephany Nunneley

    Bioware and C&C huh? So, the rumors were true then.

    #37 3 years ago
  38. mathare92

    45 min into the show and we’ve only seen one award being presented on camera. WTH? I swear, if it wasn’t for the announcements…

    #38 3 years ago
  39. ASBI

    seriously ????? AC:R got the best trailer ?????

    its like they have to make AC win in every possible way

    the game couldnt compete as the best action game ,, WTH give it the best trailer


    #39 3 years ago
  40. AHA-Lambda

    XD portal 2 just won like 6 awards XD

    #40 3 years ago
  41. AHA-Lambda

    so if batman won best 360 game won’t it be GOTY probly? Or will it be like last year where ACB was best action game beating RDR but RDR was GOTY and ACB wasn’t even nominated -_-

    #41 3 years ago
  42. Gama_888

    Omg who was that man going crazy?
    That was Amazing

    #42 3 years ago
  43. AHA-Lambda

    ^ what happened i missed this? =/

    #43 3 years ago
  44. Stephany Nunneley

    @42 Are you talking about the guy getting teabagged?

    #44 3 years ago
  45. LOLshock94

    #45 3 years ago
  46. daytripper

    every single trailer has been boring imo, does mass effect 3 have a story? the marketing for that game has been terrible so far.

    #46 3 years ago
  47. AHA-Lambda

    poor kojima =(

    #47 3 years ago
  48. LOLshock94

    was he nervous to show the game or to talk? if the game then…i can see it getting cancelled, who it doesnt it looks awesome.

    #48 3 years ago
  49. lexph3re

    Why does raiden have the Eye patch? Just…..*sigh*……. I’m disappointed now….. it’s…….. *sigh*……*walks away*

    #49 3 years ago
  50. daytripper

    @48 do you think he was apologising to gamers watching over how bad that show was? man that geoff keighley is just….

    #50 3 years ago
  51. back_up

    PC pirates and xbox gamers will be crying
    Best PC Game and Best Xbox 360 Game are multiplats lol

    #51 3 years ago
  52. Gekidami

    Studio of the Year – Bethesda Game Studios? Really?

    See this right here is why some devs can get away with anything.

    #52 3 years ago
  53. NeoSquall

    In all fairness, I think Deus Ex: Human Revolution deserved more, at least in the Original Score (with the soundtrack composed by Michael McCann) and Trailer of the Year (with the Purity First infomercial) sections.

    #53 3 years ago
  54. AHA-Lambda

    yea skyrim deserves GOTY but studio of the year too?
    after the atrocious ps3 version and when valve runs steam and give free dlc i call BS

    #54 3 years ago
  55. Lounds

    Best Shooter: MW3…. REALLY….. I mean REALLY?

    I’ve played BF3 and MW3 and BF3 wins hands down.

    #55 3 years ago
  56. AHA-Lambda

    meh BF3 was my most disappointing game this year so I aint even mad

    #56 3 years ago
  57. SplatteredHouse

    My favourite part of the show, other than Shigsy appearing onstage (wtf I did not expect that – it was late, but I was making the noise!) to accept the induction of Zelda to Hall of Fame – a fine choice, no doubt well deserved! :D
    But, aside from that, my favourite bit was when Batman Arkham City won its first award, and they played an acceptance skit, really, of Joker’s appreciation, and in the background Harley fumbles and breaks the trophy. It was brilliantly comic. :)

    Tony Hawk’s Pro nostalgia trip – where do I sign? The early series gameplay, the approach of those games is excellent. It got convoluted and warped later, but that “pure” THPS gameplay, undiluted or anything else, ought to be a reality to savour, once the release date is narrowed down, and for Activision, it even sounds as if they’ve erred on the side of sensible/appealing when it came to pricing.

    #57 3 years ago
  58. lexph3re

    I just don’t feel bethesda deserved that award. Neither GoTY or Best Studio, Those guys keep getting away with laziness and then told WE the gamers appreciate it. That’s bullshit I do not appreciate it, I do not believe they deserve GoTY. People have set themselves up for more half baked shit from these guys.

    I generally like the direction they take but their execution is severely flawed. VGA can kiss my Arse after that garbage.

    #58 3 years ago
  59. Uncontested

    trailer from The Last of Us.

    #59 3 years ago
  60. BrutalZen

    So… Sadly, Bethesda has been rewarded for releasing an unfinished game. Not only by VGA but also through all those positive reviews. I find it strange that all the negativity about the game crippling glitches came after the 9s and 10s the gaming press rewarded Skyrim.

    Hopefully this will not start a trend, but…

    #60 3 years ago
  61. Noodlemanny

    The last of us looks interesting. Yeah sure its zombies, again, but zombies works well. Its why so many people use them. Nothing particularly original but the trailer is well put together and its Naughty Dog, so those have got to count for something.

    #61 3 years ago

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