The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences, beginning in 1992, was originally intended as a means to encourage game developers to involve Hollywood actors in their projects. In 1994, the AIAS produced the first ever televised awards show for computer games, Cybermania '94. The event took place at Universal Studios, was shown on TBS, and was hosted by Leslie Nielsen and Jonathan Taylor Thomas. The following year's show took to a new medium by being shown only online. It was quickly clear that a third event would not be profitable, the AIAS was sold off.
In 1996, the "new" AIAS was founded by Marc Teren, Denise Kristie, and Andrew Zucker. Under this new leadership, the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences grew into an organization with nearly 500 members. The company's logo has remained the same since the original incarnation. The "Cybermania" name was replaced in favor of the classier "Interactive Achievement Awards," but the design of the award itself remained unchanged.
The inaugural Interactive Achievement Awards were presented during E3 1998 in Atlanta, GA. The show remained a part of E3 for only three years before being held every February during the annual D.I.C.E. Summit, which is also run by the AIAS. These awards are widely considered the most prestigious in the gaming industry.
In 2013, for the 16th annual awards, the name was changed once again from Interactive Achievement Awards to D.I.C.E. Awards. The show had become commonly referred to as the D.I.C.E. awards in recent years, so the AIAS decided to just call it that from then on.
Events & Games of the Year
Each year's complete list of categories and winners are listed individually on their own pages, which can be found below.
|Year||Date Held||Location||Host||Game of the Year|
|2017||Feb 23||The Mandalay Bay Convention Center - Las Vegas, NV||Greg Miller & Jessica Chobot||Overwatch|
|2016||Feb 18||The Mandalay Bay Convention Center - Las Vegas, NV||Pete Holmes||Fallout 4|
|2015||Feb 5||Hard Rock Hotel - Las Vegas, NV||Pete Holmes||Dragon Age: Inquisition|
|2014||Feb 6||Hard Rock Hotel - Las Vegas, NV||Felicia Day & Freddie Wong||The Last of Us|
|2013||Feb 7||Hard Rock Hotel - Las Vegas, NV||Chris Hardwick||Journey|
|2012||Feb 9||Red Rock Resort - Las Vegas, NV||Jay Mohr||The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim|
|2011||Feb 10||Red Rock Resort - Las Vegas, NV||Jay Mohr||Mass Effect 2|
|2010||Feb 18||Red Rock Resort - Las Vegas, NV||Jay Mohr||Uncharted 2: Among Thieves|
|2009||Feb 19||Red Rock Resort - Las Vegas, NV||Jay Mohr||LittleBigPlanet|
|2008||Feb 7||Red Rock Resort - Las Vegas, NV||Jay Mohr||Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare|
|2007||Feb 8||Hard Rock Hotel - Las Vegas, NV||Jay Mohr||Gears of War|
|2006||Feb 9||Hard Rock Hotel - Las Vegas, NV||Jay Mohr||God of War|
|2005||Feb 1||Green Valley Ranch Resort - Las Vegas, NV||Cory Rouse &|
|2004||March 4||Palms Casino Resort - Las Vegas, NV||Diane Mizota||Call of Duty|
|2003||Feb 27||Hard Rock Hotel - Las Vegas, NV||Dave Foley||Battlefield 1942|
|2002||Feb 28||Hard Rock Hotel - Las Vegas, NV||Patton Oswalt||Halo: Combat Evolved|
|2001||March 22||Polly Esther's - San Jose, CA||Martin Lewis||Diablo II|
|2000||May 11||Regal Biltmore Hotel - Los Angeles, CA||Martin Short||The Sims|
|1999||May 13||Hard Rock Hotel - Las Vegas, NV||-||The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time|
|1998||May 28||Georgia World Congress Center - Atlanta, GA||-||GoldenEye 007|
Board of Directors
The board consists of many industry leaders from major publishers and developers.
Hall of Fame
Since the third annual Interactive Achievement Awards, the AIAS has honored revolutionary and innovative figures in the industry with an induction into the Hall of Fame.
Lifetime Achievement Award
Since the eleventh annual awards show, the AIAS has presented special individuals with an award to specifically honor their contributions throughout an entire career.
Beginning in 2011 with the 14th annual awards show, the Academy has presented certain individuals with this award to honor the greatest innovators in the history of the industry.
Technical Impact Award
- 2016 - Microsoft Visual Basic
- 2015 - The Apple App Store