The DICE Awards 2017 (for games from 2016) were held on the 23rd February at the The Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS) celebrated their 20th year of the award show.

Since 1996, the D.I.C.E. Awards have recognized games, individuals and development teams that have contributed to the advancement of the multi-billion dollar worldwide entertainment software industry. The D.I.C.E. Awards are the most credible, respected and recognized awards for the interactive entertainment community with voting cast by members of the Academy’s 33,000+ membership base. The voting process is supervised and certified by Votenet Solutions, Inc.

interactive.org

The show was hosted by Greg Miller and Jessica Chobot. They did a good job, although were underutilized and given no favours by the poor crowd responses (or maybe just an audio issue). There was hardly a laugh heard from the audience in the opening address, which had some really funny moments to it.

The DICE Awards 2017 started off with an incredible diorama created by Noodle House. Besides this opening though, the whole show was less flashy than The Game Awards, so you might prefer just to check out the winners below.

Now most of the awards were not a surprise, with Overwatch taking home yet again another Game of the Year award, racing gaming going to Forza Horizon 3, Uncharted 4 winning technical achievement awards and InsideDoom and Battlefield 1 each receiving some love.

Dice Awards 2017
GOTY

What was a big surprise though, was The Last Guardian’s Trico winning the Outstanding Achievement in Character over Nathan Drake. Even more shocking was the acceptance speech, where they said that winning an award gives the team more desire to work on their next game. I’m sure it’s something we can all look forward to playing on our PS5s.

Todd Howard was announced as the 22nd inductee into the AIAS Hall of Fame. From interactive.org:

The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences is pleased to announce its 22nd Hall of Fame recipient, Todd Howard, Executive Producer and Game Director at Bethesda Game Studios, who has created some of the industry’s most successful games by pioneering open-world gameplay. Howard has been integral in the creative direction and growth of such well-loved franchises as The Elder Scrolls and Fallout, which have been recipients of numerous D.I.C.E. Awards throughout the years. Both The Elder Scrolls and Fallout are known for their experiential approach to world-building and storytelling. The scale of their open worlds, variety of questlines, and near-endless cast of characters has ensured no two players have the same experience.

Dice Awards 2017
Hall of Fame

You can watch the complete show here and see the full list of winners below.

Dice Awards 2017 (for 2016) List of Winners

Game of the Year

Outstanding Achievement in Game Direction

 Outstanding Achievement in Game Design

Immersive Reality Technical Achievement

Immersive Reality Game of the Year

Mobile Game of the Year

Handheld Game of the Year

D.I.C.E. Sprite Award

Outstanding Achievement in Online Gameplay

Strategy/Simulation Game of the Year

Sports Game of the Year

Role-Playing/Massively Multiplayer Game of the Year

Racing Game of the Year

Fighting Game of the Year

Family Game of the Year

Adventure Game of the Year

Action Game of the Year

Outstanding Technical Achievement

Outstanding Achievement in Story

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design

Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Composition

Outstanding Achievement in Character

Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction

Outstanding Achievement in Animation

Game of the Year Uncharted 4
Hang in there Drake

VERSUS PLAYERS 2016 GOTY

If you would like to see our picks for 2016 GOTY, check out our post here.

We’ll be discussing these awards on our next VERSUS PLAYER podcast.

Happy gaming!

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