Of the six categories in which MGS games were nominated, Halo 2 took home the award for Best First Person Action game, while Jason Jones and Bungie Studios, developers of Halo 2, grabbed the award for Designer of the Year. Fable, developed by Lionhead studios and published by Microsoft Game Studios, earned the award for Best Role-Playing Game. Halo 2 was also a nominee in the Best Graphics, Best Soundtrack and Game of the Year categories.
Nominees of Spike TVâ€™s VIDEO GAME AWARDS 2004 were determined by the Video Game Awards Advisory Board, made up of a group of gaming industry experts. Winners were determined by votes from the Advisory Board and consumer voting. Viewers exclusively determined the winner in three award categories — these are the Fan Favorite awards of â€œMost Addictive Gameâ€ and â€œBest Gaming Websiteâ€ as well as the Viewers Choice award of â€œBest Gaming Publication.â€ For the first time this year, Virgin Mobile subscribers were able to vote for Spike TVâ€™s VIDEO GAME AWARDS 2004 nominees directly from the Virgin Extras Menu on their wireless phones.