Today on Gamespot, the nominees for this year’s Interactive Achievement Awards were announced. We’re excited to share news that Skyrim was nominated in six categories (including Game of the Year), while id Software’s RAGE is up for Outstanding Achievement in Visual Engineering.
Below is the full rundown of nominations…
Skyrim – Game of the Year, Outstanding Achievement in Story, Role-Playing/Massively Multiplayer Game of the Year, Outstanding Innovation in Gaming, Outstanding Achievement in Game Play Engineering, and Outstanding Achievement in Game Direction.
RAGE – Outstanding Achievement in Visual Engineering
Join us in congratulating the teams at Bethesda Game Studios and id Software on their well-deserved nominations.
- Game Informer named Skyrim their Editor and Reader pick for Game of the Year!
- Our own Nick Breckon started a Twitter account (@SkyrimMom) featuring notable quotables from his mother as she plays through the game.
- Game Informer does their best Highlights magazine impression by placing famous videogame items and icons within Alduin’s Wall. See if you can find them all.
- The Consumer Electronics Show is currently going in Vegas. See how Skyrim was shown on a tablet at NVIDIA’s booth!
- Skyrim songstress Malukah shares her latest Skyrim cover, The Age of Aggression.
- See how deviantART user ~oddeh created a Monopoly-inspired Skyrim game board.
- UGO continues their Skyrim covering marriages the many diseases you can contract.
- Craving some Skyrim Sweetrolls? Watch this video from YouTube creator SashasBiscuits
- The (new and improved) Escapist shares some of their favorite mods available now on Skyrim Nexus.
- Check out some great hand-crafted Skyrim snowflakes.
To help PC players get the most out of Skyrim, last month we shared info on NVIDIA’s official tweak guide. If you missed the guide or were overwhelmed by its massiveness, you won’t want to miss NVIDIA’s livestream event taking place tomorrow.
During the stream, NVIDIA’s Kris Rey and Andrew Coonrad will discuss the guide’s ins and outs. They’ll also be joined by two special guests from the Skyrim modding community — Martigen (Martigen’s Mutant Mod & Martigen’s Monster Mod) and Skyrim Nexus’ founder and operator, DarkOne.
Catch all the fun tomorrow (January 10th) on NVIDIA’s Twitch TV channel. The stream begins at 11 AM PST.
The finalists for the 12th annual Game Developers Choice Awards were announced today — with Skyrim receiving nominations in five categories: Game of the Year, Best Game Design, Best Technology, Best Audio, and Best Visual Arts. Bethesda Game Studios previously was nominated for Best Game for Oblivion in 2006 and won Game of the Year Award for Fallout 3 (shown above) in 2009.
This year’s winners will be announced during the Game Developers Conference on Wednesday, March 7th.
In other award news, Skyrim has recently received the following accolades:
- Kotaku — Winner of the First Annual Kotaku Community Game of the Year Award!
- Joystiq — #1 Game of 2011
- 1Up – Favorite Game of 2011 (Editor’s Choice)
- Team Xbox — Game of the Year
- Giant Bomb — #1 Game of the Year
- GameTrailers — Best Soundtrack
- USA Today Game Hunters — #1 Game of the Year
- Yahoo! — Best Role-Playing Game
- Gaming Union — Best Developer
- Electric Playground — Best Role-Playing Game
- Split Screen — Game of the Year
Hope everyone is having a great holiday. Wanted to share this violin (and drum) cover of Jeremy Soule’s music from Skyrim — performed by Jason Yang.
Here’s one last roundup before the holidays.
- Check out holiday-inspired Skyrim mods at GameSpy
- As proven by a new feature at UGO, throwing in-game items down the side of a mountain never gets old.
- To help celebrate the 25th anniversary of The Legend of Zelda, modder Handski has created a Link-inspired Skyrim mod. See it at Kotaku
- Todd Howard talks with Morgan and Adam from X-Play. Watch the interview at G4TV.com.
- IGN has named Skyrim their Game of the Year and RPG of the Year on PC and Xbox 360. Elsewhere, the game has received top honors from USA Today, 1Up, Destructoid (Readers’ Choice), The New York Daily News, Game Revolution, Gamespot, Wired, Planet Xbox 360, UGO, RipTen, Ars Technica, 411 Mania, and GamingBolt.
Congratulations to Adam Carini (shown above) on winning UGO/IGN’s Are You Dragonborn” contest! As the grand prize winner, Adam will receive a trip to QuakeCon, a limited edition Skyrim map signed by the team at Bethesda Game Studios, a limited edition Skyrim Xbox 360, and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Collector’s Edition. He also gets a free pass to wield a tinfoil battle axe for the rest of his life.
There were plenty of other great entries. In the slideshow below, check out the runners up below…