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Annual XBLA Awards hardware handed out

by: Dan -
More On: Xbox Live Arcade
Earlier this month, we brought you the list of nominees for the second annual Xbox Live Arcade Awards. Well, the voting has wrapped up and the winners were announced last week (apparently lost in the shuffle of GDC) after the 185K votes were tallied. From what I can tell, the big winner was Castle Crashers (we waited an awfully long time for that one, and apparently it was worth it) as it snagged three of the nine awards including Game of the year. Super Street Fight II Turbo HD Remix also grabbed multiple honors with Best Vs, Best Remake and Best Graphics. Other winners were Portal: Still Alive, Braid and A Kingdom for Keflings.
The Xbox LIVE Community Has Spoken! 

The Winners of The Second Annual Xbox LIVE Arcade Awards Are...

Xbox LIVE Arcade is proud to announce the best games of 2008 thanks to the Xbox LIVE community's votes in the 2nd Annual Xbox LIVE Arcade Awards!

Crowd favorite “Castle Crashers," developed by The Behemoth, remains number one in fans' hearts and wins the top honor of Best Game of the Year along with awards for Best Original Game and Best Co-op Mode.

Some classics never die. "Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix," published by Capcom, also takes home the top brass in three categories: Best Versus Mode, Best Remake, and Best Graphics.

Adding to its trophy cabinet, "Braid" designed by Jonathan Blow, receives notable praise for creativity winning Best Innovation; everyone's favorite artificial intelligence GLaDOS proves she's not going anywhere as "Portal: Still Alive" developed by Valve wins Best Single Player; and "A Kingdom for Keflings" developed by Ninja Bee, shows that people love to play as their Avatar, taking home "Best Family Game."

All winners were determined by the Xbox LIVE community's popular vote, who turned out in impressive numbers.185,000 members casted their votes for the biggest and best games of 2008.

Xbox LIVE Arcade is committed to delivering quality pick-up-and-play titles at the best value, and is proud to offer these stellar games to the Xbox LIVE community. Xbox LIVE Arcade is the exclusive console home of “Castle Crashers,” “Braid,” “Portal: Still Alive,” and “A Kingdom for Keflings.”

And the Xbox LIVE Arcade Award goes to...

Game of the Year:
Castle Crashers

Best Versus Mode:
Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix

Best Single Player Game:
Portal: Still Alive

Best Remake:
Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix

Best Original Game:
Castle Crashers

Best Innovation:

Best Graphics:
Super Street Fight II Turbo HD Remix

Best Family Game:
A Kingdom for Keflings

Best Co-op Mode:
Castle Crashers