VGA 2010 show wrap-up; all the announcements, winners

Hey, what did you do tonight? I watched the 2010 Video Game Awards on Spike TV, and was pleasantly surprised by not only the show’s presentation, but also by the number of high profile revelations that popped up in two over the delicate span of just two hours (with commercial breaks!).

Below you’ll find the most comprehensive breakdown of the events of December 11, 2010 that I can string together. Also, TVGB will have expanded stories on each item mentioned in the coming days, complete with images and juicy details from press releases. Stay with us!

The most prominent announcement of the night had to be the unveiling of the hotly hyped next entry in the Elder Scrolls series. Much to my delight, Bethesda’s main man, Todd Howard took the stage early on in the show and calmly and coolly showed the debut trailer for his studio’s next game Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. The trailer closed with the most tantalizing tidbit: a release date of 11/11/11, quite an epic release date for a similarly epic game. Congrats, Bethesda, you stole the show.

A close second for the night was the first official announcement of Mass Effect 3. We saw a kick-ass debut trailer for it, which shed some light on the game. The trailer showed a besieged London, which showed what an EA slip told us earlier: the game will be set, at least in part, on planet Earth. The title will arrive during that lovely Holiday 2011 window.

Naughty Dog also dropped a new trailer for the now-official Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception during the show. The trailer didn’t do a heck of a lot, but its real appeal came at the very end, when a release date was shown. The game is due out on November 1, 2011. Grab your red pens, friends, you’re going to want to circle this one.

Speaking of release dates, the still shrouded-in-mystery Resistance 3 was handed a release date during the show tonight. The game will light up the PS3 exclusively on September 6, 2011. A trailer was shown. Lots of weapons were shown, and probably too many people died. But it was awesome all the same.

And if you were waiting for Hellboy and Pan’s Labyrinth director Guillermo del Toro to officially announce his project with THQ, tonight was your night! The pudgy, self-deprecating director announced that he’s working with THQ and Volition on a title dubbed Insane.  According to THQ boss Danny Bilson’s Twitter feed, the publisher has been working with Del Toro for six months on this “horrific adventure.” Insane is due out sometime in 2013. The trailer was painfully short and literally showed nothing. Bummer!

Perhaps you are a huge SSX fan and you really, really wanted this week’s rumor to be true. If that was you, you totally fished your wish. SSX Deadly Descents was officially announced. Unfortunately, no release date was offered. There was a trailer, though.

But wait, there’s more. Forza 4 was announced for Fall 2011 with a live action trailer. Prototype 2 was officially revealed. It’s due out in 2012, but you won’t play as Alex Mercer, the original’s protagonist. No, instead you’ll wreak havoc on the world as Sgt. James Hellen, a man bent on killing Mercer. How convenient. And still, there’s more. Thor: God of Thunder is due out on all major consoles on May 3, 2011, alongside the film of the same name. Oh, and if you’re into the new Mortal Kombat and happen to be a PS3-owning gamer, you’ll be happy to learn God of War god-slayer Kratos will be a playable character only in the PS3 version of the fighting game.

After reading the above, you’re probably thinking the show should be re-dubbed Video Game Announcements (which would actually still keep the VGA acronym going…hmm…). But Video Game Awards it remains! Below are the night’s accolade earners.

Game of the YearRed Dead Redemption – Rockstar San Diego
Nominees: Mass Effect 2, Call of Duty: Black Ops, Red Dead Redemption

Character of the Year – Sgt. Frank Woods – Call of Duty Black Ops (This one baffled me. The dude is a non-playable character, c’mon now).
Nominees: Ezio (Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood), Kratos (God of War III), John Marsten (Red Dead Redemption), Frank Woods (Call of Duty: Black Ops).

Best Action Adventure Game Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood
Nominees: Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood, God of War 3, Red Dead Redemption, Super Mario Galaxy 2.

Studio of the Year – BioWare (Mass Effect 2).
Nominees: BioWare (Mass Effect 2), Blizzard (Starcraft II, Cataclysm), Rockstar San Diego (Red Dead Redemption), Bungie (Halo: Reach).

Best First-Person ShooterCall of Duty: Black Ops
Nominees: Call of Duty: Black Ops, BioShock 2, Halo: Reach, Battlefield: Bad Company 2.

Best Male Voice Acting Work – Neil Patrick Harris – Peter Parker in Spider-Man Shattered Dimensions.
Nominees: Gary Oldman as Reznov in Call of Duty: Black Ops, Martin Sheen as the Elusive Man in Mass Effect 2, Nathan Fillion as Buck (Halo: Reach), Rob Wiethoff as John Marston (Red Dead Redemption), Sam Worthington as Alex Mason (Call of Duty: Black Ops).

Best Independent Game – Limbo (oh, f*ck yes).

Most Anticipated Game For 2011 Portal 2

Best Soundtrack DJ Hero 2

There you have it, friends. 2010 was a great year for the videogame community. And from the look of it, 2011 is primed to be just as spectacular.