As FarmVille on Facebook nears 80 million monthly players -- and continues to attract more players -- it looks like the farming game won't go to seed anytime soon. That was further punctuated when the game won 'Social Networking Game of the Year" at the 13th Annual Interactive Achievement Awards in Vegas last night.
Other nominees for this category included Bejeweled Blitz from PopCap, Farm Town from Codebell and Playfish's Restaurant City. Even though FarmVille was a 'no duh' choice for this award, we're happy to see that all of these social games were represented (in their own category, no less) at this influential industry event.
Casual Game of the Year went to Flower for PlayStation 3, a surreal game where you control the wind as it blows flower petal over different environments, which change appearance as you interact with them. Flower edged out PopCap's addictive Plants vs. Zombie, a surprise choice considering how many gamers -- both 'core' and casual -- flocked to the tower defense-style game on PC, Mac and, recently, iPhone as well.
Sony action/adventure game Uncharted 2 for PlayStation 3 swept the AIAS awards, taking home the big prize as Game of the Year, as well as 'Outstanding Achievement in Game Direction' and 'Adventure Game of the Year' 'Outstanding Achievement in Animation,' among others. Looks like things are heating up for PlayStation 3 after all.