<I>GTA</I> Finishes First at Video Game Awards20 Dec, 2004 By: Angelique Flores
Rockstar Games' Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas drove home four honors at Spike TV's Video Game Awards 2004.
Top nominees at the second annual awards, held in Santa Monica, Calif., Dec. 14, were Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Halo 2 (Microsoft) and Half-Life 2 (Vivendi Universal Games), each with five nominations. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas led the winners with awards for Game of the Year, Best Action Game, Best Soundtrack and Best Performance by a Human Male, which went to Samuel L. Jackson for his work on GTA.
Halo 2 and Half-Life 2 each won two awards. The Best Game Based on a Movie went to The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape From Butcher Bay (Vivendi). Electronic Arts made a strong showing, earning six awards for their games, including Burnout 3: Takedown and Madden NFL 2005.
New categories this year were Designer of the Year, awarded to Jason Jones and Bungie Studios for Halo 2, and Best New Technology, awarded to Nintendo DS.
Hosted by rapper and avid gamer Snoop Dogg, the night featured performances from rock and hip-hop stars including Pharrell, Sum 41, Mötley Cr?e, Busta Rhymes and presenters The Donnas, Green Day, Fabolous, Michelle Rodriguez, Tony Hawk, Freddy Adu, Bobby Crosby, among others.
To see all the winners, visit www.spiketv.com/events/vga2004/.