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Red Dead Redemption has racked up quite a few awards for 2010 including numerous Game of the Year awards. Rockstar Games and Rockstar San Diego must have one heck of a trophy shelf to show off their winnings. Check out them all below and post ones we've missed!

Award Shows

These awards were won at various ceremonies either televised or private.

Spike VGAs

One of the most watched ceremonies is the Spike Video Game Awards. RDR lassoed 4 of 10 nominations:
  • Best DLC (Undead Nightmare)
  • Best Song In A Game (Far Away)
  • Best Original Score
  • Game of the Year


The 14th Annual Interactive Achievement Awards took place on February 11th, 2011. Out of 9 nominations, Rockstar claimed 5 of them:
  • Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction
  • Outstanding Achievement in Game Play Engineering
  • Outstanding Character Performance (Rob Wiethoff as John Marston)
  • Action Game of the Year
  • Outstanding Achievement in Game Direction

GDC Awards 2011

The 11th Annual Game Developers Conference Awards took place on March 2nd, 2011. Rockstar was nominated for 6 awards and won 4 of them:
  • Best Design
  • Best Technology
  • Best Audio
  • Game of the Year

GANG Awards 2011

The 9th Annual Game Audio Network Guild Awards was held March 3rd, 2011 at the Game Developers Conference. From 10 nominations in 9 categories (out of 14 total), Rockstar took home 4 awards:
  • Audio of the Year
  • Music of the Year
  • Best Interactive Score
  • Best Dialogue

Another award not directly to Rockstar was Rookie of the Year which went to Woody Jackson and Bill Elm for their work creating the Red Dead Redemption soundtrack.

Online Gaming Sites

Awards handed out by various internet gaming websites for their "best of 2010" picks and such.

Machinima IGAs

Machinima's Inside Gaming Awards gave RDR 5 awards from 8 nominations:
  • Best Sound Design
  • Best Original Score
  • Most Compelling Character (John Marston)
  • Best Narrative
  • Game of the Year


Gaming super-site IGN posted their Best of 2010 results along with a readers' choice too. Red Dead Redemption had numerous nominations but only won a few from IGN and a bunch from the readers.

IGN Awards:
  • Funniest Game, Undead Nightmare (Xbox 360)
  • Best Story (PlayStation 3)
  • Best Character (PlayStation 3)
Readers' Choice:
  • Funniest Game, Undead Nightmare (Xbox 360)
  • Coolest Atmosphere (Xbox 360)
  • Funniest Game, Undead Nightmare (PlayStation 3)
  • Coolest Atmosphere (PlayStation 3)
  • Most Addictive Game (PlayStation 3)
  • Best Character (PlayStation 3)
  • Most Bang for Your Buck (PlayStation 3)

Also noteworthy is RDR making IGN's Most Memorable Moments for the crossing into Mexico.


GameSpot had an extensive list of awards to hand out. RDR had 16 nominations for the editors with 3 additional noms for the Readers' Choice voting (19 nominations total). The game took 12 editor picks and 8 reader picks:

  • Best Story
  • Best New Character
  • Best Atmosphere
  • Best Original Music
  • Best Voice Acting
  • Most Improved Sequel
  • Best Writing/Dialogue
  • Best Ending
  • Best Action/Adventure Game
  • Best Xbox 360 Game
  • Best PS3 Game
  • Game of the Year
Readers' Choice (last two were not in the editor picks):
  • Best New Character
  • Best Atmosphere
  • Best Original Music
  • Most Improved Sequel
  • Best Ending
  • Best Action/Adventure Game
  • Best Original Game Mechanic
  • Best Downloadable Content


Aussie Gamers ran a fan vote to find out your game of the year and the editors posted their individual picks too, which included a few nods to RDR. Fan results:
  • Action/Adventure Game of the Year
  • 3rd place for worst game, a write-in ballot (gotta love the haters! smile.gif )


Gaming site Kotaku took their time debating which game was on top for 2010. In the end, Red Dead Redemption took the honor. The fans got a say too:
  • Game of the Year
  • 3rd for Reader's Choice

Other Media

Newspapers, magazines, radio, TV, other websites, etc that have named Red Dead Redemption in their top spots for the past year. Also other RDR mentions.
TIME - #3 Game of 2010
Times of London - Game of the Year
CNET - Game of the Year
G4TV - Best Action/Adventure Game, Best DLC (Undead Nightmare). Also noteworthy is RDR making it to Round 4 (semifinals) of G4's Videogame Deathmatch.
ShortList - Game of the Year
FHM UK - Games of the Year: Red Dead Redemption and Undead Nightmare
The Daily Star - Game of the Year
BBC Radio 1 - Game of the Year
Jeopardy - RDR was featured as a question on the TV show Jeopardy

Red Dead Redemption is without a doubt a game that set the bar higher. A combination of gameplay and environment that creates a great game, and the awards really show that. Remember to post any RDR awards we have missed in the comments below and talk about this playable artwork in the Red Dead Redemption forums!