The Canadian Videogame Awards kicked off their inaugural ceremony last night in high style with the complete history of pixelated awesomeness encapsulated within ten minutes by Video Games Live, a symphonic rendition of game music from the past three decades.
And the enthusiasm didn't wane as tr awards were handed out to Canada's best and brightest game creators. Produced by Greedy Productions president and Electric Playground host Victor Lucas, who also hosted the event, the CVGAs highlighted the cream of the Canadian game developing crop. Amongst the winners were Ubisoft Montreal, who swept the Best Visual Arts, Best Game Design, Best Technology and Best Console Game of 2009 categories for Assassins Creed II. Edmonton-based Bioware wasn't far behind with awards for Best Writing and Game of the Year for Dragon Age: Origins. Toronto's Cabybara Games saw Critter Crunch win for Best Downloadable Game and also took home an award for their work on MIght and Magic: Clash of Heroes, which won Best Handheld Game. Vancouver-based Relic Entertainment's Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War 2 won for Best Audio, and Vancouver was also represented by Rainmaker, who won for Best In-Game Cinematic Sequence for their work on Ghostbusters: The Video Game. Finally, Yaletown's own United Front Games won Most Promising Game for Modnation Racers.