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The first annual Video Game Awards were hosted in the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada on December 2, 2003. They were hosted by David Spade. There were guest appearances by Lil’Kim, Jaime Pressly, DMX, P.O.D., Orlando Jones, Cedric the Entertainer, and wrestling superstars, Rey Mysterio, Chris Jericho, Trish Stratus, and Victoria.




 Game of the Year

 Madden NFL 2004

Madden NFL 2004EA Tiburon / Electronic Arts


 Best Action Game    

 True Crime: Streets of LA

True Crime: Streets of LALuxoflux Corp. / Activision


 Best Sports Game

 Tony Hawk's Underground

Tony Hawk’s UndergroundNeversoft Entertainment / Activision  


 Best Animation Game

Dead or Alive Xtreme Beach Volleyball    
Dead or Alive Xtreme Beach Volleyball – Tecmo Koei Co., Ltd. / Tecmo Koei Co., Ltd.    

Best Driving Game

 Nascar Thunder 2004
NASCAR Thunder 2004EA Tiburon / Electronic Arts 


 Best Game Based on a Movie

 Enter the Matrix
Enter the MatrixShiny Entertainment, Inc. / Atari SA      


 Best Music in a Game 

 Def Jam: Vendetta
Def Jam: VendettaAKI USA, Inc. / EA Sports Big  


Best Performance by a Human

 Ray Liotta

Ray Liotta in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City


Most Anticipated Game 

 Halo 2

Halo 2Bungie Studios / Microsoft Game Studios



Most Addictive Game

 Soul Calibur II

Soul Calibur IIProject Soul / Namco Bandai Games Inc.



 Best PC Game 

Halo: Combat Evolved    
Halo: Combat EvolvedBungie Studios / Microsoft Game Studios 

 Best Online Game 

 Final Fantasy XI Online
Final Fantasy XI OnlineSquare Enix / Ubisoft Entertainment   


 Best Handheld Game

Tom Clancy’s Splinter CellUbisoft Montreal Studios / Ubisoft Entertainment     

 Best Fighting Game

 WWE Smackdown! Here Comes the PainYuke’s Co. Ltd. / THQ     


 Best First Person Action Game

Call of DutyInfinity Ward / Activision     


 Best Fantasy Game

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic BioWare / LucasArts Entertainment Company LLC

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