LittleBigPlanet wins big at Interactive Achievement Awards

February 20, 2009

Media Molecule’s platformer/construction-set LittleBigPlanet won eight trophies of its own yesterday, including the overall game of the year, at the 12th annual Interactive Achievement Awards in Las Vegas.

Other winners included Left 4 Dead (computer game of the year, online gameplay), Fallout 3 (role-playing game of the year, original story), Super Smash Bros. Brawl (fighting game of the year) and Burnout Paradise (racing game of the year). A complete list is available from the AIAS website.

Playstation 3 exclusive LittleBigPlanet also won in the categories of family game of the year, game direction, art direction, visual engineering, and innovation. The game’s mascot Sackboy won in the outstanding character performance category.

Hosted by comedian Jay Mohr, the awards were part of the D.I.C.E. Summit, a multi-day conference that focuses on industry business and design. Previous game of the year winners include Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, Gears of War, Halo, Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and GoldenEye 007. Winners are selected by secret ballots cast by game industry employees.

The AIAS board of directors is composed of game industry executives from companies such as EA, Oddworld Inhabitants, Microsoft, Epic and the ESRB.