2013 D.I.C.E. Summit and Awards Ceremony


The 16th Annual D.I.C.E. Summit took place last week, concluding with its highly anticipated awards ceremony. A number of keynote presentations were given by various gaming professionals including industry rock stars Gabe Newell of Valve Corporation and Frank O’Connor of 343 Industries. J.J. Abrams was also on hand to announce that he will be collaborating with Gabe Newell and Valve on some undisclosed future projects. Gabe did manage to sneak in a comment about a Portal or Half-Life film adaptation but we will just have to wait and see if more concrete details come to light. A complete list of all of the keynotes presented can be found here.

The annual D.I.C.E. awards ceremony capped off the summit as usual, with awards going out to some of the best game released within the past year. Journey took home more than its fair share of trophies with a few nods to the downloadable game adaptation of The Walking Dead. Telltale Games’ adaptation of AMC’s popular TV show took home Game of the Year at the annual Video Game Awards on Spike TV back in December. Here is list of some of the big awards that were given out during the D.I.C.E. Summit’s final event.

Games Of The Year

Game Of The Year: Journey

Downloadable Game of the Year: The Walking Dead

Handheld Game of the Year: Paper Mario Sticker Star

Action Game of the Year: Borderlands 2


Adventure Game of the Year: The Walking Dead

Family Game of the Year: Skylanders Giants

Fighting Game of the Year: PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale

Racing Game of the Year: Need For Speed: Most Wanted


Role-Playing/Massively Multiplayer Game of the Year: Mass Effect 3

Sports Game of the Year: FIFA 13

Strategy/Simulation Game of the Year: XCOM: Enemy Unknown

Other Awards


Outstanding Achievement in Game Direction: Journey

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design: Journey

Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction: Journey

Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Composition: Journey

Outstanding Achievement in Connectivity: Halo 4

Outstanding Achievement in Visual Engineering: Halo 4

Outstanding Achievement in Story: The Walking Dead

Outstanding Character Performance: The Walking Dead – Lee Everett

Outstanding Achievement in Animation: Assassin’s Creed III

Outstanding Achievement in Gameplay Engineering: XCOM: Enemy Unknown


Also be sure to check out the introduction movie for the awards ceremony. It features a lot of cool, live action clips for many of the night’s nominees and winners. I’ve never wanted a portal gun as badly as I do now.



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