Vancouver inaugurated its very first Canadian Videogame Awards by crowning BioWare's Dragon Age: Origins
Game of the Year, one of two nods the RPG received.
At the Vancouver Convention Center ceremony, held ahead of GDC Canada, which starts today at the same location, the game beat out Assassin's Creed II, Dawn of War II, FIFA 10
and Might and Magic: Clash of Heroes
for the award, and also won in the Best Writing category.
Ubisoft Montreal's Assassin's Creed II
took home three awards, in the Best Console, Best Game Design and Best Visual Arts categories. It also shared the Best Technology award with Radical Entertainment's Prototype
The Canadian Videogame Awards are produced by the Digital Media and Wireless Association of British Columbia -- or DigiBC -- and its partners, including Reboot Communications (who also co-produce GDC Canada) and Greedy Productions.
"This first event was an excellent showcase of the amazing talent of our videogame developers in Canada," says DigiBC president Michael Bidu.
The winners in each category are as follows:
Game of the Year: Dragon Age: Origins
Best Console: Assassin’s Creed II
Best Handheld Game: Might and Magic: Clash of Heroes
Best Downloadable Game: Critter Crunch
Best Audio: Dawn of War II
Best Game Design: Assassin’s Creed II
Prototype (Radical Entertainment) & Assassin’s Creed II
Best Visual Arts: Assassin’s Creed II
Best Writing: Dragon Age: Origins
In-Game Cinematic: Ghostbusters: The Video Game
Most Promising Game: ModNation Racer
(United Front Games)
Awards sponsors this year included Xbox 360, Sony PlayStation and the Georgia Straight, in addition to television network G4, which will premiere the awards on G4 Canada May 16.
"Interactive entertainment is one of our country’s leading industries where we are clearly world-renowned, and this world-class event was a fitting way to showcase to the globe the great work done in Canadian studios coast to coast," Bidu says.