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…

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Hexen
Hexen
11 years ago

I'm not a big fan of the VGA awards but since it's the most mainstream exposure games can get(for now), I guess I can tolerate it. That being said I agree with most of the nominees except in the hand held department. All of the nominees are freaking DS titles; PSP gets no love 🙁

SnipeySnake
SnipeySnake
11 years ago

I still would have picked Bowsers inside story against any handheld game. I even picked it for best rpg.

johnld
johnld
11 years ago

didnt dissidia final fantasy come out to? but i guess VGA awards are all about which game had most exposure and not the actual best game.

LegendaryWolfeh
LegendaryWolfeh
11 years ago

Even with the titles y'all just said, I would still say Scribblenauts beats them, being able to just type in nearly anything and have it come up in the game is pretty freakin epic.

Jackyl
Jackyl
11 years ago

Edit Hexen! VGA awards equals video game awards awards! Sorry for nitpicking, but I had to say something cause it was driving me nuts. Probably get a few thumbs down for this… heck I'll start myself off with one! lol

Now I'm a bit surprised that Left 4 Dead 2 is on this list since it was released only 2 days ago. But I'm sure the nominators received early copies from which to base their opinion on. Just kind of feels off.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
11 years ago

Based on a preview I saw the other night, I may be picking that one (AC2) up.

kevinater321
kevinater321
11 years ago

I'm suprised U2 wasn't in the online multiplayer one. Oh well we all know CoD will win in that department.

Zemus101
Zemus101
11 years ago

Borderlands! Blah …damn you MW2! lol My vote would go to Borderlands for sure, but I'm not really competitive against other humans, but I love taking out giant bugs with friends.


Last edited by Zemus101 on 11/18/2009 9:52:23 PM

johnld
johnld
11 years ago

Sadly, Modern warfare 2 is gonna win game of the year just because its the most talked about and sold more. But then again, well have a bunch more game of the year editions next year.

Poor_boy
Poor_boy
11 years ago

Best Xbox360 Game Nominees are: Batman: Arkham Asylum, Forza MotorSports 3, HAlO: ODST, and Left 4 Dead 2. Can you spot the not? Two of those are multi platform. See where I'm going with this?


Last edited by Poor_boy on 11/18/2009 9:55:32 PM

SnipeySnake
SnipeySnake
11 years ago

No matter how much uncharted 2 deserves GOTY, MW2 WILL win it because of it being so hyped.

Hexen
Hexen
11 years ago

If there ever was anything in this world that was pretty much guaranteed is MW2 being GOTY.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
11 years ago

yup, so sad.

johnld
johnld
11 years ago

It is spikes VGA show, its all about exposure and MW2 has that if nothing else.

Poor_boy
Poor_boy
11 years ago

Oh ya, Uncharted 2 FTW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Last edited by Poor_boy on 11/18/2009 10:07:48 PM

BlackBriar
BlackBriar
11 years ago

MW2, Left for Dead 2 Came out last week and Assassin's came out on Tuesday and all this games are candidates for Game of the Year……Seriously! I'm not shocked, It's MTV!
Uncharted 2 Is my pick of GOTY! and I hope it Wins all the awards it's nominated under.

Qubex
Qubex
11 years ago

Very disappointed that more people do not appreciate Killzone 2. Technically it is pure artistry… anyway, there some people out there who understand what quality and effort really mean!

Q!

"i am home"

Poor_boy
Poor_boy
11 years ago

Did you know that Guerilla Games faked the water reflections in Killzone2?

Qubex
Qubex
11 years ago

Poor_boy, please explain technically how they did that?

Q!

"i am home"

RekeHavick
RekeHavick
11 years ago

Amen brother! I am beside myself – they nominate 2 sequels that are hardly anything new to the community and yet leave behind a game that reinvented itself and console FPS's for PS3. At least they couldn't ignore Uncharted 2, and it better win (not that I care one iota for the VGA's)
Thank you and good night!

Poor_boy
Poor_boy
11 years ago

You mean you didn't know? The game doesn't have real-time water reflections. Do you remember the commercial they made of the bullet in slo-mo? They did a commentary on it saying how they were just getting to know the hardware. Guerilla Games were just getting to know the hardware at that time so its pretty understandable. One thing that makes Killzone2 shine for me is the physics and the lightning.

Fane1024
Fane1024
11 years ago

Technically, Poor_boy, they faked everything, since it's all just data in a processor (or eight).

Qubex, if you want more details, download the Killzone bullet ad from the PSN and listen to all the commentaries.


Last edited by Fane1024 on 11/20/2009 4:49:37 PM

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
11 years ago

The Overstock lady huh Ben, got a thing for the cougars?

If Uncharted 2 doesn't take GOTY then this thing really is fixed. And what is a zombie game doing in there? I'm sure it's fun and all but GOTY? inFamous should have taken its spot.

What are these 8 premiers you speak of? I must witness them.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
11 years ago

er, 12 even. Where did I get 8.

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
11 years ago

I'm 31, dude. I don't think she's THAT much older than me.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
11 years ago

true, maybe I remember her wrong but I thought she was like 40. Anyway, looks like you like a classy kind of lady.

Not that I'm knocking it, I wouldn't mind a sugar mama 😉


Last edited by WorldEndsWithMe on 11/19/2009 12:06:25 PM

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
11 years ago

Ah, class. Tough to find, but oh so attractive. 😉

And she looks like she's mid-30s at most to me.


Last edited by Ben Dutka PSXE on 11/19/2009 2:26:12 PM

MyWorstNightmar
MyWorstNightmar
11 years ago

Ben, her birthday is coming up, you should get her a card. She is 46 years old boys. Born November 27th, 1963, Germany.

So Ben, you thought she was mid 30's tops. She carries her age well.

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
11 years ago

Well damn, I guess so. LOL

rogers71
rogers71
11 years ago

I am thinking left 4 dead 2 got the nod because it is the only game exclusive to the 360 worth mentioning this year and since there were 2 multiplatform games and one ps3 exclusive, they needed a 360 exclusive. Doesn't matter though. Uncharted will own all games. December 12th cannot come soon enough.

The only thing I hated was that every category that Uncharted was in, Batman:AA was also in. Batman was such a good game. It will be overlooked because of Uncharted. Mark Hamill may take the voice category though.

Snaaaake
Snaaaake
11 years ago

Definitely Mark Hamill, who would have though Luke Skywalker is capable of making such voice.

johnld
johnld
11 years ago

uncharted 2 will and does own any game right now, but spikes VGA isnt about the quality of the game, its how much exposure/sales it gets.

LegendaryWolfeh
LegendaryWolfeh
11 years ago

L4D2 isn't a 360 exclusive though.

Doosharm
Doosharm
11 years ago

"The only thing I hated was that every category that Uncharted was in, Batman:AA was also in. Batman was such a good game. It will be overlooked because of Uncharted. Mark Hamill may take the voice category though."

I totally agree. I think that U2 is the better game, but I absolutely loved Batman. It was such a shame I couldn't vote for both. But I did vote for Batman for the 360 and Hamill for the voice. Sadly I doubt Batman will get the recognition it deserves.


Last edited by Doosharm on 11/19/2009 4:51:53 AM

___________
___________
11 years ago

wait MW2 gets a vote but KZ2 and infamous dont?
FAIL!

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
11 years ago

massive fail.

johnld
johnld
11 years ago

because they'll have a lot of ps3 exclusives this year and they like the 360 more. Im not sure, but i think last year it was sponsored by microsoft or xbox.

Qubex
Qubex
11 years ago

Giagantic FAIL!

Q!

"i am home"

Reccaman18
Reccaman18
11 years ago

Epic fail!

BTNwarrior
BTNwarrior
11 years ago

did infamous get on the list?

bigrailer19
bigrailer19
11 years ago

i went, i voted, and im a little dissapointed at some of the nominees!

i hate that KZ2 isn't a nominee for agme of the year but i thin UC2 wins anyways! 😉

Starchild
Starchild
11 years ago

I think Demons Souls should be in the best of year category. I really think its THAT good. Also I feel that this whole show is just a ploy from Microsoft. They shell out the cash and L4D2 or some other game beats out a PS3 title only throwing fuel to a pre heated and rather debatable fire.

This is mainstream, cheap, and lame. But its all we got so we cant complain. Overall though I hope people look beyond the results. I have good faith U2 will win but then again your all right and MW2 could just snag all awards.

I still wish Demons Souls gets more recognition. The developers really made a refreshing game and I just want them to get something in return for the work they put in. The sales arent mindblowing so you know, some award recognition should make them feel better. If I ever run into someone that worked on the game I will bow to them in honor. Its that good to me. And it really isnt as hard as people say.

Oyashiro
Oyashiro
11 years ago

The VGAs is a joke. Still remember the first VGAs where its GotY didn't even win #1 place in its own category, yet was still good enough to win best over all. And it was a Madden game if memory serves correctly.

I still hear its constantly been horrible every year.

noshownogo
noshownogo
11 years ago

Now I've played and beaten both Uncharted2 and Modern Warfare2 and I can safely say that if Uncharted doesn't get GoTY that tele station should be boycotted!

Ricochet
Ricochet
11 years ago

Sigh, MW2 will take it.

This is the part where the gaming generation SUCKS!

Buckeyestar
Buckeyestar
11 years ago

Uncharted and Batman will sadly get overlooked and MW2 will rule the awards. That's why I voted that MW2 will be GOTY in the previous poll. I don't think it should because U2 is a far superior game and deserves the award hands down, but it won't matter and MW will bury it in votes.

Miggy
Miggy
11 years ago

yeah that's true. kinda sad in a way.

rogers71
rogers71
11 years ago

"L4D2 isn't a 360 exclusive though."

Some people are still making the mistake of seperating PC and 360. They are both owned by microsoft so if I say a game is exclusive to the 360, I mean to say that it is a microsoft exclusive. I do not count PC as a video game console.

Alienange
Alienange
11 years ago

Buddy, I don't count the Wii as a video game console, but that doesn't make it so.

JPBooch
JPBooch
11 years ago

WTF kind of awards are these? Do the votes determine the winner or is it just fodder until a panel decides on the winner? At least with the Oscars and such, popular opinion doesn't matter.

If that's the case (popular vote) then the awards are doomed.