Awards season is still alive and well in the world of video games with the 18th Annual D.I.C.E. Awards dishing out another batch of congratulatory hardware to games like Dragon Age: Inquisition, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor and Destiny during a presentation ceremony Thursday evening, Feb. 5.

Each year, the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences (AIAS) selects winners in a wide range of categories for the D.I.C.E. awards, including the prestigious Game of the Year recognition, as well as honors in game direction, fighting game of the year, online gameplay, sound design, etc.

“Please join us in congratulating all the D.I.C.E. nominees and winners, who have made an indelible mark on our industry while providing endless hours of entertainment for gamers everywhere,’ said AIAS President Martin Rae.

A trio of special awards were also handed out during the big event, including the Apple App Store being named the first recipient of the Technical Impact Award, “which celebrates unique innovations and technical achievements that are expanding and redefining the video game industry,” reads the official announcement. Also honored was Ralph H. Baer and Al Acorn, receiving the Pioneer Award for their work in the industry.

In case you missed last night’s Twitch stream of the big show, we’ve got a rundown of the rest of the awards below. The D.I.C.E. Awards served as a closing ceremony of sorts for the three-day tech convention, and was hosted by comedian Pete Holmes out of the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. But enough about that, let’s get on to the awards.

Game of the Year
Dragon Age: Inquisition

Outstanding Achievement in Game Direction
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

Outstanding Achievement in Game Design
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

Action Game of the Year
Destiny

Adventure Game of the Year
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

Family Game of the Year
LittleBigPlanet 3

Fighting Game of the Year
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

Racing Game of the Year
Mario Kart 8

Role-playing/Massively Multiplayer Game of the Year
Dragon Age: Inquisition

Sports Game of the Year
FIFA 15

Strategy/Simulation Game of the Year
Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft

D.I.C.E. Sprite Award
Transistor

Handheld Game of the Year
Super Smash Bros. for 3DS

Mobile Game of the Year
Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft

Outstanding Achievement in Online Gameplay
Destiny

Outstanding Innovation in Gaming
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

Outstanding Achievement in Animation
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction
Monument Valley

Outstanding Achievement in Character
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Composition
Destiny

Outstanding Achievement in Story
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

Outstanding Technical Achievement
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

Well, that’ll about do it for this year’s awards. So, what do you think? Good selections? Feel like another game was more deserving? Be sure to let us know in the comments below.

My biggest takeaway is from the Game of the Year category. I know that an overall award isn’t necessarily the sum of all the other categories but, when one game earns a pair of awards and another damn near sweeps the entire show, it’s a bit jarring to see the final outcome lean in favor of the game with only a couple other recognitions. At the rate last night’s show was going, I half expected Shadow of Mordor to win for Best Mobile, Best Family and Best Racing Game of the Year, yet Dragon Age took the top honor.

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