Fourth Annual 1UP Award Winners for Video Games Announced

Gamer site 1UP and its sugar daddy the Ziff Davis Game Group announced its fourth annual 1UP Award winners last night in San Francisco. The editors of gaming magazines EGM and Games for Windows: The Official Magazine along with visitors to the 1UP network voted up their faves, and then last night the honors were doled out for the top video games, publishers and developers of 2006.

Take a look at the list of winners after the jump, and tell us what you think. Did the best games win?

The 2006 People's Choice 1UP Awards, as chosen by gamers voting on the 1UP Network, went to:
Game of the Year: Legend of Zelda: The Twilight Princess (Wii) - Nintendo
Most Innovative: Wii Sports (Wii) - Nintendo
Puzzle Game: Lumines II (PSP) - Buena Vista Games
Music/Simulation: Guitar Hero II (PS2) - Red Octane
Online/Multiplayer: Guild Wars Nightfall (PC) - NCsoft
Fighting/Wrestling: WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2007 (360, PS2, PSP) - THQ
Adventure: Legend of Zelda: The Twilight Princess (Wii) - Nintendo
Action: Dead Rising (360) - Capcom
Racing: Need for Speed: Carbon (360, PS3, PS2, PC) - EA
Sports: Wii Sports (Wii) - Nintendo
Shooter: Gears of War (360) - Microsoft
Strategy: Viva Pinata (360) - Microsoft
Role Playing Game: Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (360, PC) - 2K Games

The Editors' Choice awards were presented as follows:
EGM (console gaming):
Game of the Year: Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (Wii) - Nintendo
Artistic Direction: Okami (PS2) - Capcom
Level Design: Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (Wii) - Nintendo
Designer of the Year: Eiji Aonuma
Multiplayer Experience: Wii Sports (Wii) - Nintendo

Games for Windows: The Official Magazine (PC gaming):
Game of the Year: The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (PC) - Bethesda Softworks
Best Artistic Direction: Defcon (PC) - Introversion Software
Designer of the Year - Relic Entertainment
Best Multiplayer Experience: Company of Heroes (PC) - THQ
Best Narrative: Half-Life 2: Episode One (PC) - EA/Valve Software

We're glad to see our favorites, Gears of War and Viva Pinata up on the list of winners!

The 2006 1UP Awards Winners [1UP]