God of WarJust hours after David Jaffe criticized the industry for a lack of creativity, his acclaimed action/adventure title, God of War, took home top honors at the 9th Annual Interactive Achievement Awards. The AIAS Game of the Year award had been called into question last month after Resident Evil 4 and Psychonauts were not nominated due to a technicality.

In January, Jaffe wrote on his blog that he hoped his game would win one or two awards, noting that "the D.I.C.E. Awards (along with the GDC Awards) really are the Oscars of gaming in that they are awards that peers give to peers." God of War did not win two awards. It won seven.

List of all award winners (via GameDailyBIZ):

Overall Game of the Year
God of War (SCEA, SCEA-Santa Monica)

PC Game of the Year
Battlefield 2 (Electronic Arts, Digital Illusions)

Console Game of the Year
God of War (SCEA, SCEA-Santa Monica)

Outstanding Innovation in Gaming
Guitar Hero (Red Octane, Harmonix)

Outstanding Achievement: Animation
God of War (SCEA, SCEA-Santa Monica)

Outstanding Achievement: Art Direction
Shadow of the Colossus (Sony Computer Entertainment America)

Outstanding Achievement: Soundtrack
Guitar Hero (Red Octane, Harmonix)

Outstanding Achievement: Original Music Composition
God of War (SCEA, SCEA-Santa Monica)

Outstanding Achievement: Sound Design
God of War (SCEA, SCEA-Santa Monica)

Outstanding Achievement: Story and Character Development
Call of Duty: Big Red One (Activision, Treyarch)

Outstanding Achievement: Gameplay Engineering (TIE)
Nintendogs (Nintendo, Nintendo EAD)
Guitar Hero (Red Octane, Harmonix)

Outstanding Achievement: Online Game Play
Battlefield 2 (Electronic Arts, Digital Illusions)

Outstanding Achievement: Visual Engineering
Shadow of the Colossus (SCEA, SCEI)

Outstanding Achievement: Game Design
Guitar Hero (Red Octane, Harmonix)

Outstanding Character Performance: Male
God of War (SCEA, SCEA-Santa Monica)

Outstanding Character Performance: Female
Jade Empire (Microsoft, BioWare)


GENRE AWARDS

Sports Game of the Year
SSX On Tour (Electronic Arts, EA Canada)

First-Person Action Game of the Year
Battlefield 2 (Electronic Arts, Digital Illusions)

Role-Playing Game of the Year
Jade Empire (Microsoft, BioWare)

Fighting Game of the Year
Soul Calibur III (Namco)

Action/Adventure Game of the Year
God of War (SCEA, SCEA-Santa Monica)

Racing Game of the Year
Need for Speed: Most Wanted (Electronic Arts, EA-Vancouver)

Children's Game of the Year
We Love Katamari (Namco)

Downloadable Game of the Year
Wik: Fable of Souls (Microsoft, Reflexive)

Family Game of the Year
Guitar Hero (Red Octane, Harmonix)

Simulation Game of the Year
The Movies (Activision, Lionhead Studios)

Strategy Game of the Year
Civilization IV (2K Games, Firaxis)

Massively Multiplayer/Persistent World Game of the Year (TIE)
City of Villains (NCsoft, Cryptic Studios)
Guild Wars (NCsoft, ArenaNet)

Handheld Game of the Year
Nintendogs (Nintendo, Nintendo EAD)

Cellular Game of the Year
Ancient Empires II (Glu Mobile)