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[12/14/04 - 12:00 AM]
Spike TV Announces Winners of 'Video Game Awards 2004'

[via press release from Spike TV]

Spike TV Announces Winners of 'Video Game Awards 2004'

Rockstar Games' Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas Wins Four Awards: 'Game of the Year;' 'Best Action Game;' 'Best Soundtrack;' And 'Best Performance by a Human-Male'

More Than 4.6 Million Viewers Voted For Their Favorite Video Games of 2004

Annual Awards Show, Hosted By Snoop Dogg Will Re-Air on Spike TV Saturday, Dec. 18 (2:00-4:00 PM, ET/PT & 1:00-3:00 AM, ET/PT) and Monday, Dec. 20 (11:00 PM-1:00 AM, ET/PT)

Show Included LIVE Performances by Snoop Dogg & Pharrell; Motley Crue, Ludacris; Sum 41 and Busta Rhymes, Method Man & Red Man In First-Ever 'Def Jam: Fight For New York' Performance

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Dec. 14 -- - Winners in 24 categories were announced tonight during the LIVE telecast (9:00-11:00 PM ET) of Spike TV "Video Game Awards 2004." Rockstar Games' "Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas" was the big winner of the second annual awards, taking home four "Vector Monkey" trophies. The Spike TV "Video Game Awards" were hosted by Snoop Dogg and encore telecasts of the show can be seen on Saturday, Dec. 18 (2:00-4:00 PM, ET/PT & 1:00-3:00 AM, ET/PT) and Monday, Dec. 20 (11:00 PM-1:00 AM, ET/PT).

Categories and winners for the Spike TV Video Game Awards 2004 are:

GAME OF THE YEAR
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (Rockstar Games)

BEST GAME BASED ON A MOVIE
The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape From Butcher Bay (Vivendi Universal Games)

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A HUMAN - - FEMALE
Brooke Burke - - Need for Speed Underground 2 (Electronic Arts)

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A HUMAN - - MALE
Samuel L. Jackson - - Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (Rockstar Games)

CYBER VIXEN OF THE YEAR
BloodRayne - - BloodRayne 2 (Majesco Games)

BEST DRIVING GAME
Burnout 3: Takedown (Electronic Arts)

BEST SPORTS GAME
Madden NFL 2005 (Electronic Arts)

BEST FIGHTING GAME
Mortal Kombat: Deception (Midway)

BEST ACTION GAME
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (Rockstar Games)

BEST FIRST PERSON ACTION
Halo 2 (Microsoft Game Studios)

BEST SONG IN A VIDEO GAME
Green Day "American Idiot" - - Madden NFL 2005 (Electronic Arts)

BEST SOUNDTRACK
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (Rockstar Games)

DESIGNER OF THE YEAR
Jason Jones and Bungie Studios, for Halo 2 (Microsoft Game Studios / Bungie Studios)

MOST ADDICTIVE GAME - - VIEWERS CHOICE
Burnout 3: Takedown (Electronic Arts)

BEST GAMING PUBLICATION - - FAN FAVORITE
Game Informer

BEST GAMING WEB SITE - - FAN FAVORITE
http://www.gamespot.com

BEST MILITARY GAME
Call of Duty: Finest Hour (Activision)

BEST PC GAME
Half-Life 2 (Vivendi Universal Games)

BEST WIRELESS GAME
Might and Magic (Gameloft)

BEST GRAPHICS
Half-Life 2 (Vivendi Universal Games)

BEST NEW TECHNOLOGY
Nintendo DS (Nintendo)

BEST HANDHELD
Metroid: Zero Mission (Nintendo)

BEST MASS MULTI-PLAYER GAME
City of Heroes (NCsoft)

BEST RPG
Fable (Microsoft Game Studios)

Winners for the Spike TV Video Game Awards were determined by votes from Spike TV's Advisory Board, made up of a group of gaming industry experts, and consumer voting. Viewers exclusively determined the winner in three award categories -- - the Fan Favorite awards of "Best Gaming Publication" and "Best Gaming Website" and the Viewers Choice award for "Most Addictive Game." More than 4.6 million gamers and Spike TV viewers logged on to cast their votes for their favorite games.

In addition to presenting awards for the best games of 2004, the show featured a sneak peek to some of the most anticipated and talked about games for 2005. The Spike TV Video Game Awards 2004 featured the exclusive World Premiere game play & footage of two video games of 2005 -- Midway Games' "Fear & Respect" from John Singelton and Electronic Arts' "The Godfather." Also showcased the upcoming "Need for Speed Underground Rivals" for the Sony PSP, available in 2005.

The show included LIVE musical performance by Snoop Dogg & Pharrell; Motley Crue, Ludacris, Sum 41 and Busta Rhymes, Method Man & Red Man in first- ever "Def Jam: Fight For New York" performance. Celebrity appearances included Brooke Burke, Samuel L. Jackson, Vin Diesel, Green Day, Giovanni Ribisi, Gabrielle Union, Tara Reid, Papa Roach, Tony Hawk, John Singleton, Danny Masterson, Frankie Muniz, Bai Ling, Ron Perlman, Bam Margera, Freddy Adu, Fabolous, Bobby Crosby & Barry Zito and Michelle Rodriguez among others.

Sponsors of the Spike TV "Video Game Awards 2004" are America Online, Campbell's(R) Chunky Soup, Dentyne Tango(TM), Pontiac, Mountain Dew, RadioShack, Taco Bell(TM) and Virgin Mobile.

Spike TV President Albie Hecht served as Spike TV "Video Game Awards 2004" Executive Producer. Casey Patterson was Co-Executive Producer with Scott Fishman and Magda Liolis as Producers. Jim Burns is the Executive In Charge of Production for Spike TV.

Spike TV, the first network for men, is available in 87 million homes and is a division of MTV Networks. MTV Networks, a division of Viacom International Inc. (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), owns and operates the following television programming services -- MTV: MUSIC TELEVISION, MTV2, mtvU, VHI, NICKELODEON, NICK at NITE, COMEDY CENTRAL, TV LAND, SPIKE TV, CMT, NOGGIN, MTV INTERNATIONAL and THE DIGITAL SUITE FROM MTV NETWORKS, a package of 12 digital services, all of which are trademarks of MTV Networks. MTV Networks also has licensing agreements, joint ventures, and syndication deals whereby all of its programming services can be seen worldwide.

SOURCE Spike TV
Web Site: http://www.spiketv.com





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