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E3 2011: Day 3, Best of Show

Another E3 has come to an end. It was a show that delivered the goods on several levels, with great games and groundbreaking new systems. But who really won the three-day battle? Let’s take a look…

In yesterday’s DMAC post, we saluted a few standout games of E3 2011, but just to see if we were on target, we thought we’d peek in to see which games the top gaming sites and game magazines were honoring in their 2011 E3 awards. Of course, we’re eager to know: Did we call the winners or miss the mark? Well, while we didn’t bat 1000%, we still came out winners.


A younger Lara Croft helms the latest “Tomb Raider.”

Video-game megasite, IGN devoted extensive coverage to its own E3 awards, announcing nominations in 23 gaming categories. While we won’t list all of the nominations here, we would like to share IGN’s nominations for “Best Overall Game.” (Yeah, we picked six out the ten they picked, and not surprisingly, no Kinect games made their list either…)

1. “Tomb Raider” (PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)
2. “The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim” (PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)
3. “Batman: Arkham City”
4. “BioShock Infinite” (PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)
5. “Hitman: Absolution”
6. “Mass Effect 3”
7. “The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword”
8. “Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception” (PlayStation 3)
9. “Battlefield 3” (PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)

Over at the video-game magazine “GamePro,” a panel of nine critics assembled and were asked to name their “five favorite things from E3″ – a fairly broad category that theoretically could include game systems as well as games and other things from the show.


They all raved about “The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.” Unfortunately, didn’t get excited about the D&D wanna-be sword-and-sorcery adventure game.

“Rolling Stone’s” “Gear Up” blog featured the analysis of games-industry veteran Scott Steinberg, who cited five of the “most promising” games of E3 2011:

1) “The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim” (PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)
2) “Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception” (PlayStation 3)
3) “Battlefield 3” (PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)
4) “BioShock Infinite” (PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)
5) “Tomb Raider” (PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)

Finally, one group of critics not yet heard were the actual Game Critics Awards. This group of various game magazines picks the best of E3 each year. Nominations for this year’s “Best of E3″ awards won’t be announced until June 21st, with winners to be announced a week later on June 28th. (IGN will announce its “Best of Show” winners on Friday, June 10th.)


He’s bold, beautiful and blowin’ it up. Drake, in “Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception”

With another E3 under our belt, we can now only look forward to next year. And how awesome would it be to see your game being introduced at E3 2012? With the right talent and training, it’s a possible dream. Your path to starting your career in building awesome video games begins this summer at Digital Media Academy. DMA offers summer camps and courses that cover all the bases of video game design and creation – and they’re all tailored to individual skill sets and age levels. DMA’s instructors are industry professional who have already walked the path you want to explore, working for companies like Electronic Arts, Microsoft and Nintendo.


EA’s “Battlefield 3.”

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