2008 VGA, Video Games Awards: World of Goo Gets the Best Independent Game Award
Article by George Norman
On 15 Dec 2008
World of Goo, the physics-based construction game developed by 2D Boy, recently received one more award, besides the Design Innovation and Technical Excellence Award from the Independent Games Festival. Now that World of Goo has been declared “Best Independent Game” at this year’s VGA (Video Games Awards) it stands to reasons that the DRM-free (Digital Rights Management) game will see an increase in piracy rates. Back in November, 2D Boy was already reporting piracy rates on excess of 80%; despite this, 2D Boy founders Kyle Gabler and Ron Carmel were saying that including DRM would not have a significant effect on piracy.

If you are curious to find out which games received an award at this year’s VGA, here is a detailed list.


Grand Theft Auto IV - Game of the Year, Best Action Game, Best Performance by a Human Male (Michael Hollick as Niko Bellic)
Left 4 Dead - Best PC Game, Best Multiplayer Game
Gears of War 2 - Best Xbox 360 Game, Best Shooter
LittleBigPlanet - Best PlayStation 3 Game, Studio of the Year (Media Molecule)
Boom Blox - Best Wii Game
Fallout 3 - Best Role Playing Game
Professor Layton and the Curious Village - Best Handheld Game
Rock Band - Best Rhythm Game, Best Soundtrack
NHL 09 - Best Team Sports Game
Shaun White Snowboarding - Best Individual Sports Game
Burnout Paradise - Best Driving Game
Soul Calibur IV - Best Fighting Game
Lego Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures - Best Game Based on a Movie or TV Show
Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots - Best Graphics, Best Performance by a Human Female (Debi Mae West as Meryl Silverburgh), Best Original Score
Call of Duty: World at War - Best Big Name in the Game, Male (Kiefer Sutherland)
Red Alert 3 - Best Big Name in the Game, Female (Jenny McCarthy)

Will Wright, the one behind popular games like The Sims and Spore received the award of Game God.

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