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'TES IV: Oblivion' (X360/PC) Rules Spike TV's 2006 Video Game Awards

by Rainier on Dec. 9, 2006 @ 4:18 a.m. PST

Winners were announced tonight during the 4th annual Spike TV Video Game Awards held at the University of Southern California's Galen Center in Los Angeles. Hosted by Samuel L. Jackson, the 2006 Video Game Awards premieres on Spike TV Wednesday, Dec. 13 (10:00 PM-Midnight, ET/PT).

The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (Bethesda Softworks) took home five awards, the most of the night, including "Game of the Year" and "Most Addictive." Gears of War (Microsoft/Epic Games) racked up four awards including "Studio of the Year" for Epic Games.

Spike TV's 2006 Video Game Awards featured musical performances by Tenacious D and AFI and show appearances by 50 Cent, Eva Mendes, Sarah Silverman, Seth Green, Masi Oka, Hayden Panettiere, Brandon Routh, Rachael Leigh Cook, Tony Hawk, Michael Irvin, Method Man, Maria Menounos, Tyrese, Xzibit, James Gandolfini, Kurt Angle, among others. In character as Stewie Griffin and Tom Tucker from Family Guy, Seth MacFarlane served as the voice of the VGAs.

The show also featured the World Premiere of Blizzard Entertainment®'s opening cinematic movie for its highly anticipated upcoming expansion set, World of Warcraft®: The Burning Crusade(TM). The three-minute clip debuts exclusively on Spike TV. World of Warcraft is the world's most popular massively multiplayer online role-playing game, with more than 7.5 million players worldwide.

The show pays tribute to the outstanding achievements of games, designers, animation, breakthrough technology, music and performances of the past year in the world of video games. The awards also provide a glimpse at the future of gaming - including exclusive sneak peeks and world premiere footage of some of the hottest and most anticipated games of 2007 and beyond.

A full list of winners is included below:

GAME OF THE YEAR: The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (Bethesda Softworks)

BEST INDIVIDUAL SPORTS GAME: Tony Hawk Project 8 (Activision/Neversoft)

BEST TEAM SPORTS GAME: NBA2K7 (2K Sports/Visual Concepts)

BEST SONG: "Lights and Sounds" by YellowCard in Burnout Revenge-XBOX 360 (Electronic Arts/Criterion Games)

BEST SOUNDTRACK: Guitar Hero II (Red Octane/Harmonix)

STUDIO OF THE YEAR: Epic Games (Gears of War)

BEST WIRELESS GAME: SWAT Force (Vivendi/KAOLink)

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A HUMAN - MALE: Patrick Stewart in The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (Bethesda Softworks)

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A HUMAN - FEMALE: Vida Guerra in Scarface: The World is Yours (Vivendi/Radical Entertainment)

BEST CAST: Family Guy (2K Games/High Voltage Software)

MOST ADDICTIVE: The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (Bethesda Softworks)

CRITIC'S CHOICE: The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (Nintendo/Nintendo EAD)

BEST DRIVING GAME AWARD: Burnout Revenge-XBOX 360 (Electronic Arts/Criterion Games)

BEST ACTION GAME: Dead Rising (Capcom)

CYBER VIXEN OF THE YEAR: Alyx Vance - Half-Life 2: Episode 1 (Valve)

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE: The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (Bethesda Softworks)

BEST FIGHTING GAME: Mortal Kombat Armageddon (Midway Games)

BEST PC GAME: Company of Heroes (THQ/Relic)

BEST RPG: The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (Bethesda Softworks)

BEST SHOOTER: Gears of War (Microsoft/Epic Games)

BEST MILITARY GAME: Company of Heroes (THQ/Relic)

BEST GRAPHICS: Gears of War (Microsoft/Epic Games)

BEST HANDHELD GAME: New Super Mario Bros. (Nintendo/Nintendo EAD)

BEST MULTI-PLAYER GAME: Gears of War (Microsoft/Epic Games)

BREAKTHROUGH TECHNOLOGY: WII (Nintendo)

BEST GAME BASED ON A MOVIE OR TV SHOW: Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy (LucasArts/Traveller's Tales)

BEST SUPPORTING MALE PERFORMANCE: James Gandolfini in The Sopranos: Road to Respect (THQ/7 Studios)

BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE PERFORMANCE: Rachel Leigh Cook in Kingdom Hearts II (Square Enix)

GAMERS CHOICE: BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMANCE: Rosario Dawson in Marc Ecko's Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure (Atari/The Collective)

GAMERS CHOICE: CHARACTER OF THE YEAR: "Jack Sparrow" portrayed by Johnny Depp in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Legend of Jack Sparrow (Bethesda Softworks/7Studios/Buena Vista Games)

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