The only way I know that yet another year is reaching its conclusion is the advent of Christmas ads on TV (that absolutely delicious Overstock promo lady reminded me), which means Game of the Year Awards are right around the corner.
And Spike TV has announced the nominees and categories for their "2009 Video Game Awards," so pay attention. It's the seventh year Spike has held this event and over the years, we've agreed with many of the awards they've handed out, so it's hardly a mainstream farce. This year's show will take place in Los Angeles and premiere live on Spike TV on Saturday, December 13 at 8 p.m. ET/PT (tape delay west coast). Said Casey Patterson, executive producer and senior vice president of Event Productions Spike TV:
"The global appetite and response from the fans internationally has been astounding. Video games, like movies and music, are a universal language and Spike is thrilled that we will now be showing gamers all over the world a glimpse into their future with more than 12 mind-blowing world premieres."
And what game leads the charge heading into this year's Spike awards ceremony? That's right, it's Naughty Dog's stellar Uncharted 2: Among Thieves , with a grand total of 8 total nominations, including the coveted overall Game of the Year. Batman: Arkham Asylum is a close second with 7 nominations (and Mark Hamill gets some recognition as The Joker with a voice nod), and both Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and Left 4 Dead 2 garnered 6 nominations apiece. We're disappointed that Killzone 2 didn't get a GotY nomination but it's still nominated in many other categories…although I am personally offended that Claudia Black didn't get nominated for Best Performance by a Female. She did, however, get nominated for Best Voice…guess I can live with that.
Want to get involved in the voting? Head on over to the official site and make your voice heard. As a quick side note, you may notice that Assassin's Creed II gets a Game of the Year nomination and in just a few minutes, you'll see why when you read our review…