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VGX 2013 Nominees Announced – Vote Now



New York, NY, November 18, 2013 –  The slate of nominees for VGX, the new live digital multi-platform gaming event, was announced today.  Close to 50 video game franchises from more than 20 publishers were nominated.  At the head of the franchise pack is “Grand Theft Auto V” (Rockstar Games), which nabbed nine nominations including Game of the Year, Best Action Adventure Game and Best Soundtrack.  “BioShock Infinite” (2K Games) scored eight nominations, while “The Last of Us” (Sony Computer Entertainment) pulled in seven nods.  All titles join “Tomb Raider” (Square Enix) and “Super Mario 3D World” (Nintendo) to round out the nominee list for Game of the Year.

With a total of 11 nominations for four different games, Sony Computer Entertainment is up for more awards than any publisher with the “The Last of Us” bringing in seven nominations of its own including Game of the Year, Best Action Adventure Game, Best PlayStation Game and four other categories.  Next up are Nintendo and 2K Games, tied for a total of 10 nominations each.  Nintendo’s “Super Mario 3D World” (Game of the Year; Best Nintendo Game) and “Animal Crossing: New Leaf” (Best Handheld Game; Best Casual Game) titles both scored multiple nominations.  2K Games nominated titles include “BioShock Infinite” (Game of the Year; Best Shooter; and six other nominations) and NBA 2K14 (Best Sports Game.)  Studio of the Year nominees include Rockstar North (“Grand Theft Auto V”), The Fullbright Company (“Gone Home”), Irrational Games (“BioShock Infinite”), and Naughty Dog (“The Last of Us.”)

While its roots lie in the Video Game Awards, VGX will abandon the traditional Hollywood style award show to feature more world premiere game trailers than ever before, plus extended deep dives into the next generation of games, new looks at gaming culture, one-on-one interviews with the industry’s most visionary creatives and expert panels digging into what’s coming to consoles in 2014 and beyond.  The new format features more games, less fame, in an intimate studio setting.

VGX Nominees are determined by the VGX Advisory Council, which is made up of a group of some of the most well-respected video game journalists from media outlets such as Entertainment Weekly, Game Informer, Joystiq, Kotaku, Polygon, IGN, GameTrailers, Gamespot, Wired.com, USA Today and Associated Press.

Below are several of the nominees and categories for VGX. For a full list, please go to VGXLIVE.COM.

Game of the Year

“BioShock Infinite”

“Grand Theft Auto V”

“Super Mario 3D World”

“The Last of Us”

“Tomb Raider”


Studio of the Year

Irrational Games

Naughty Dog

Rockstar North

The Fullbright Company


Most Anticipated Game



“South Park: The Stick of Truth”

“The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt”

“Watch Dogs”


Best Shooter

“Battlefield 4”

“BioShock Infinite”

“Call of Duty: Ghosts”

“Metro: Last Light”


Best Independent Game

“Gone Home”

“Kentucky Route Zero”

“Papers, Please”

“The Stanley Parable”

VGX is an all-day gaming experience and the next generation of Spike TV’s “Video Game Awards” franchise.  With the potential to reach over 100 million households across all screens and gaming devices worldwide—including Xbox One, Xbox 360®, PlayStation®3 (PS3™), Twitch, iOS and Android devices, and available globally on VGXLIVE.com, Hulu,  Yahoo Screen, the Yahoo Screen app and Viacom Media Networks properties Spike.comComedyCentral.comMTV.com,MTV2.comBET.com and GameTrailers.com—it will be the most widely distributed live gaming event of all time.  VGX will continue the Video Game Awards’ legacy of showcasing world-premiere game trailers, but will now offer extended demos of next-gen games, 1-on-1 interviews, and an unrivaled interactive experience through exclusive social-media partner Twitter.  The VGX-Twitter partnership will give viewers a direct impact on the stream by allowing them to vote on show order, unlock additional content, and participate in live Twitter-powered Q&A interviews with talent and developers.

VGX streaming begins Saturday, December 7 at 6:00 p.m. ET / 3:00 p.m.  PT.

For the Full List of VGX Nominees, Go To VGXLive.com

Spike Video Game Awards 2012 Award Winners


Getting home after a long night at the Spike Video Game Awards, I wanted to post up a comprehensive list of the award winners. Congrats to all the studios that won!

Award Winners

 Game of the Year – The Walking Dead: The Game (Telltale Games)

 Studio of the Year – Telltale Games

 Best XBOX 360 Game – Halo 4 (Microsoft Studios/343 Industries)

Best PS3 Game – Journey (Sony Computer Entertainment/thatgamecompany)

Best Wii / Wii-U Game – New Super Mario Bros. U (Nintendo)

Best PC Game – XCOM: Enemy Unknown (2K Games/Firaxis Games)

Best Handheld / Mobile Game –Sound Shapes (Sony Computer Entertainment/Queasy Games)

Best Shooter – Borderlands 2 (2K Games/Gearbox Software)

 Best Action Adventure Game – Dishonored (Bethesda Softworks/Arkane Studios)

 Best RPG – Mass Effect 3 (Electronic Arts/BioWare)

 Best Multi-Player Game – Borderlands 2 (2K Games/Gearbox Software)

 Best Individual Sports Game – SSX (Electronic Arts/EA Canada)

 Best Team Sports Game – NBA 2K13 (2K Sports/Visual Concepts)

 Best Driving Game – Need For Speed Most Wanted (Electronic Arts/Criterion Games)

 Best Fighting Game – Persona 4 Arena (Atlus/ARC System Works/Atlus)

 Best Adapted Video Game – The Walking Dead: The Game (Telltale Games)

 Best Independent Game – Journey (thatgamecompany)

 Best Graphics – Halo 4 (Microsoft Studios/343 Industries)

 Best Song in a Game – “Cities” by Beck (Sound Shapes)

 Best Original Score – Journey (Sony Computer Entertainment/thatgamecompany)

 Best Performance By a Human Male – Dameon Clarke as Handsome Jack (Borderlands 2)

 Best Performance By a Human Female – Melissa Hutchison as Clementine (The Walking Dead: The Game)

 Best Downloadable Game – The Walking Dead: The Game (Telltale Games)

 Best Social Game – You Don’t Know Jack (Jellyvision Games)

 Best DLC – Dawnguard – The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Bethesda Softworks/Bethesda Game Studios)

 Most Anticipated Game – Grand Theft Auto V (Rockstar Games)

Spike TV VGA Nominees Announced


New York, NY, November 15, 2012 – Spike TV today announced the nominees of “VGA TEN” (#VGA) – the network’s tenth annual live televised event to celebrate the best in video games.  “VGA TEN,” hosted by Samuel L. Jackson, will feature exclusive world premieres as well as musical performances by Linkin Park and Tenacious D.  The interactive multiplatform special will premiere LIVE from Sony Picture Studios in Culver City, CA on Friday, December 7 at 9:00 PM ET/6:00 PM PT on Spike TV.  Additionally, “VGA TEN” will simulcast on MTV 2, MTV Tr3s, Xbox LIVE, Spike.com and GameTrailers.com.

Spike TV and Microsoft also unveiled plans to broadcast the 2012 Video Game Awards to Xbox LIVE users in multiple countries this December.  Fans will be able to view the “VGA’s” on Xbox consoles in the United States and additional countries to be confirmed at a later date.* The show will also be streamed internationally on Spike.com and GameTrailers.com.

Airing alongside the tenth anniversary television broadcast, the U.S. Xbox LIVE stream of the VGAs will showcase groundbreaking interactivity that lets users “play” the show as it happens live in Los Angeles.  Responses to poll questions will be tabulated in real time on screen for the Xbox LIVE audience and users with Xbox Smartglass will get a unique second-screen experience that updates in real time alongside the show content.

“This unprecedented partnership with Xbox will make ‘VGA TEN’ the biggest worldwide gaming event ever; we’re thrilled to be the first awards show presented on Xbox where our fans play every day,” said Casey Patterson, Executive Producer of the “VGAs” and Executive Vice President of Production for Entertainment Group.  “There is no more innovative producer than Mark Burnett to engage the fans on a whole new level in our big anniversary year.”

“I am blown away by how cool Xbox LIVE is. It brings the ‘VGAs’ to gamers in a completely new and innovative way,” said Mark Burnett, Executive Producer of the Video Game Awards.  “Now viewers will not only watch the show but actually interact with it and our host Samuel L. Jackson in real time like a video game, creating a 360 degree conversation between the ‘VGAs’ and all of the fans watching at the same time.  And the only thing cooler than Xbox is Samuel L. Jackson.”

“Xbox makes your entertainment more amazing, and we can’t wait to team up with Viacom and Mark Burnett to make the VGAs the first-ever interactive TV awards show to be broadcast on Xbox LIVE,” said Marc Whitten, Corporate Vice President, Interactive Entertainment Business, Microsoft.  “Our teams are working together to create a groundbreaking interactive TV experience that will turn VGA viewers into VGA participants.”

Also revealed today, Grammy Award-winning recording artists Linkin Park will perform a show-stopping rendition of “Castle of Glass,” from their album “Living Things.”  “Castle of Glass” is also nominated for “Best Song in a Game” for EA’s “Medal of Honor: Warfighter.”  Tenacious D will also return to the VGAs with a live performance of “Rize of the Fenix.”  This will mark the band’s second VGA performance to date.

Exclusive world premieres debuting at “VGA TEN” include Naughty Dog’s “The Last of Us,”  Epic Games’ “Gears of War: Judgment” and Obsidian Entertainment’s “South Park: The Stick of Truth,” with additional exclusive World Premieres to be announced in the weeks to come. “You will freak out at this year’s short films,” said Burnett, who then added, “Can you say, ‘Sam Jackson Mode?’”

Leading “VGA TEN,” with seven nominations each are “Borderlands 2” (2K Games/Gearbox Software), “Halo 4” (Microsoft Studios/343 Industries) and “Journey” (Sony Computer Entertainment/thatgamecompany).  Ubisoft’s “Assassin’s Creed III,” is not far behind with six nominations while Bethesda Softworks’ “Dishonored,” EA’s “Mass Effect 3,” and  Telltale Games’ “The Walking Dead: The Game” all have five nominations each.

Nominees for Spike TV’s “VGA TEN” were determined by the VGA Advisory Council, made up of a group of some of the most well-respected video game journalists from media outlets such as Entertainment Weekly, Game Informer, Joystiq, Kotaku, Polygon, IGN, GameTrailers, Gamespot, Wired.com, USA Today and Associated Press.

Below are several of the nominees and categories for Spike TV’s “VGA TEN.”  For a full list, please go to VGA.spike.com.

Game of the Year

  • “Assassin’s Creed III” (Ubisoft/Ubisoft Montreal)
  • “Dishonored” (Bethesda Softworks/Arkane Studios)
  • “Journey” (Sony Computer Entertainment/thatgamecompany)
  • “Mass Effect 3” (Electronic Arts/BioWare)
  • “The Walking Dead: The Game” (Telltale Games)

Best Action Adventure Game

  • “Assassin’s Creed III” (Ubisoft/Ubisoft Montreal)
  • “Darksiders II” (THQ/Vigil Games)
  • “Dishonored” (Bethesda Softworks/Arkane Studios)
  • “Sleeping Dogs” (Square Enix/United Front Games)

Best Shooter

  • “Borderlands 2” (2K Games/Gearbox Software)
  • “Call of Duty: Black Ops II” (Activision/Treyarch)
  • “Halo 4” (Microsoft Studios/343 Industries)
  • “Max Payne 3” (Rockstar Games)

Studio of the Year

  • 343 Industries
  • Arkane Studios
  • Gearbox Software
  • Telltale Games

Most Anticipated Game

  • “BioShock Infinite” (2K Games/Irrational Games)
  • “Grand Theft Auto V” (Rockstar Games)
  • “South Park: The Stick of Truth” (THQ/Obsidian Entertainment)
  • “The Last of Us” (Sony Computer Entertainment/Naughty Dog)
  • “Tomb Raider” (Square Enix/Crystal Dynamics)

For additional information about other “VGA” world exclusives and announcements, fans can log onto VGA.spike.com and get updates via Twitter @SPIKETV as well as the hashtag #VGA.

Mark Burnett, Casey Patterson and Carol Donovan will serve as executive producers of Spike TV’s “VGA TEN.”

*Xbox LIVE Gold subscription required.