DICE 2013 highlights

DICE 2013 highlights

With the 16th annual D.I.C.E. awards coming to a close, C&G Magazine has your highlights from key note speakers to who won what for this year’s awards show.

Big speakers for D.I.C.E. 2013 included Valve’s Gabe Newell, who discussed the next steps for the videogame industry and was newly inducted in the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame. Alongside Newell was J.J. Abrams, director for the new Star Wars films, talking storytelling across platforms and plans to bring Portal and Half-Life to the big screen. Warren Spector also made an appearance with the promise that he was not retiring and is still going to be an active presence in videogame industry. CEO of TellTale games also spoke at the awards on The Walking Dead and Qualcomm spoke on the future of mobile gaming.

Gabe Newell

Journey made out with eight of it’s 11 nominations with The Walking Dead coming in second with four wins out of its original eight. Even with Journey’s awards stacking up, it did not win its Grammy for Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media, with Trent Reznor, taking home the award instead for his work with Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Despite Journey not winning the grammy for this year, the game has still been a major success with awards racking up from across the board. One can only hope that we’ll see another videogame soundtrack nominated for next year as well. But Journey and The Walking Dead weren’t the only games to get awards, so here’s the full list:

Journey: Game of the Year, Outstanding Achievement in Game Direction, Outstanding Innovation in Gaming, Outstanding Achievement in Online Gameplay, Outstanding Achievement in Music Composition, Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design, casual game of the year and Outstanding Achievement in Game Direction.

The Walking Dead : Downloadable Game Of The Year, Adventure Game Of The Year, Outstanding Achievement In Story and Outstanding Character Performance.

Halo 4 : Outstanding Achievement In Connectivity and Outstanding Achievement In Visal Engineering

Paper Mario Sticker Star : Handheld Game Of The Year

Hero Academy : Mobile Game of The Year

SimCity Social : Web Based Game Of The Year

Borderlands 2 : Action Game Of The Year

Skylander Giants : Family Game Of The Year

Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale : Fighting Game Of The Year

Need For Speed: Most Wanted : Racing Game Of The Year

Mass Effect 3 : Role Playing/Massively Multiplayer Game Of The Year

FIFA 13 : Sports Game Of The Year:

XCOM: Enemy Unknown : Strategy/Simulation Game Of The Year and Outstanding Achievement In Gameplay Engineering

Assassin’s Creed III : Outstanding Achievement In Animation:

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