Spike TV's annual Video Game Awards program always tends to divide the gamer audience, which grumbles about the flashy nature of the programming, but the event is still very much a can't miss event among those players.
With several announcements of new game franchises, including Epic Games' "Fortnight" and Sony/Naughty Dog's "The Last of Us" making bows this year, it's a second E3 of sorts. But the real focus is on the awards.
This year's crop were a fairly worthy bunch. While there's always room for disagreement (many fans thought Mark Hamill's Joker in "Batman: Arkham City" was robbed), there's really not a clunker in the bunch – a far cry from the early incarnations of the VGAs, which were often seen as out of touch and an attempt to solely capitalize on the money surrounding the industry.
This year, game makers mixed with the celebrities, with Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto (creator of Mario, Zelda and Donkey Kong, among others) making a surprise appearance to accept the first Video Game Hall of Fame award.
Among the current crop of titles, Bethesda's "Skyrim" took home the Game of the Year trophy, while Valve's "Portal 2" swept five categories and "Batman: Arkham City" dominated four.
A complete list of the winners is after the break.
Game of the Year - Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (xbox 360, PS3, PC)
Studio of the Year - Bethesda Game Studios
Character of the Year - The Joker, Batman: Arkham City
Best Xbox 360 Game - Batman: Arkham City, Rocksteady Studios, WB Interactive
Best PS3 Game - Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception, Naught Dog
Best Wii Game - The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, Nintendo
Best PC Game - Portal 2, Valve
Best Handheld/Mobile Game - Super Mario 3D Land, Nintendo 3DS
Best Action Adventure Game - Batman: Arkham City, PC, PS3, Xbox 360
Best Shooter - Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, Xbox 360, PC, PS3
Best RPG - The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Xbox 360, PC, PS3
Best Multiplayer - Portal 2, Valve
Best Individual Sport Game - Fight Night: Champions, EA
Best Team Sports Game - NBA2K12, Xbox 360, PS3, PC
Best Driving Game - Forza Motorsports 4, Turn 10
Best Fighting Game - -Mortal Kombat, Xbox 360, PC, PS3
Best Motion Controlled Game - The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, Wii
Best Independent Game - Minecraft
Best Adapted Video Game - Batman: Arkham City
Best Song in a Game - Bastion: "Build that Wall (Zia’s Theme)” by Darren Korb
Best Original Score - Bastion
Best Graphics - Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception
Best Performance By A Human Male - Portal 2: J.K. Simmons as Cave Johnson
Best Performance By A Human Female - Portal 2: Ellen McLain as GLaDOS
Best Downloadable Game - Bastion
Best DLC - Portal 2, "Peer Review"
Most Anticipated Game - Mass Effect 3
Best Game Trailer - Assassin's Creed 3
Hall of Fame - The Legend of Zelda