Like films has its Oscars and music has the Brits, gaming has the XBOX Live Arcade awards… In January 2008, over 26,000 people voted for their favourite XBOX Live Arcade games and Microsoft have announced at a private developer reception at the Game Developers Conference.

The finalists in each award category were chosen by a panel of select industry journalists, and the winners for the first six categories were determined by popular vote, with the final four categories decided by sales and gameplay data, Metacritic score or staff vote. Without further-ado, here are the winners of the XBOX Live Arcade Awards 2007:

Bomberman Live: Best Overall Arcade Game and Best Competitive Multiplayer Game
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night: Best Classic Game Award and Highest-Rated Game Award
Pac-Man Championship: Best Original Game, Best Family-Friendly Game and XBOX Live Arcade Staff Choice
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Best Cooperative Multiplayer Game Award and Best-Selling Game Award
Worms: Most-Played Game.

Marc Whitten, the general manager of XBOX Live at Microsoft said: “The Xbox LIVE Arcade business is currently the strongest it’s ever been, thanks to the content provided by the diverse range of talented developers attached to the platform. The Game Developers Conference is the perfect venue to recognize the successes of Xbox LIVE Arcade developers, and as we move further into 2008, gamers can expect to see even more quality content land on Xbox LIVE Arcade.”

Some new facts were also announced at the awards. The number of XBOX Live Arcade players has risen by 145% since January last year with more than 115 million gaming hours worldwide. Fourteen XBOX Live Arcade titles scored 80 or higher on the Metacritic with seven of those games being exclusive to the XBOX Live Arcade.

David Wriglesworth

David Wriglesworth is a Northern lad with a passion for gaming, who graduated from the University of Lincoln with a BA (Hons) Journalism degree. If you can drag him away from the consoles, you can probably find him Tweeting or watching Coronation Street.

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