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    Spike TV's Video Game Awards Announce Nominees & Categories

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    Spike TV has announced the nominees and categories for the biggest world-wide event ever to celebrate the video game industry, the 2009 Video Game Awards. The seventh annual VGAs will be a global event, broadcasting in over 180 territories and countries and gathering megastars from the worlds of video games, Hollywood, music, sports and more to honor the outstanding achievements within the video game industry during the past year. The two-hour event, taking place in Los Angeles, CA, will premiere LIVE on Spike TV Saturday, December 12 at 8:00pm, ET/PT (tape delay west coast). Beginning today, fans can vote for their favorite nominees at VGA.Spike.Com.

    The 2009 Video Game Awards will reveal blockbuster global premieres of never-before-seen titles and break international news with announcements of new games from the industryís leading publishers. Game companies contributing exclusive new content to the VGAs include 2K, Activision, Disney Interactive Studios, Electronic Arts, LucasArts Entertainment, Microsoft Game Studios, THQ, Ubisoft, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, with more to be announced in the coming weeks..

    This year VGA viewers will get a sneak peek at Halo: Reach with the debut of an exclusive, world premiere video from the opening of the game. Halo: Reach is an all-new prequel to the massively popular Halo trilogy from developer Bungie and Microsoft Game Studios which launches in the fall of 2010 exclusively on the Xbox 360.

    Leading the way with eight nominations this year, including nods for Game of the Year and Studio of the Year, is Naughty Dogís cinematic adventure Uncharted 2: Among Thieves. Batman: Arkham Asylum, Rocksteady Studiosí dark and gritty Batman game, racked up seven nods, including Game of the Year as well as Best Voice for Mark Hamillís portrayal of The Joker. Infinity Wardís military shooter Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and Valveís zombie thriller Left 4 Dead 2 each landed six nominations.

    Nominees for Spike TVís 2009 Video Game Awards were determined by the VGA Advisory Council, made up of a group of the most well-respected experts in the industry of leading game media outlets such as GameTrailers.com, Game Informer, USA Today, Wired, Penny Arcade, GameSpot and IGN. Games released between December 2, 2008 and November 23, 2009 were eligible for nomination.

    Following are several of the nominees and categories for Spike TVís 2009 Video Game Awards. Scroll down for the full list.

    GAME OF THE YEAR

    * Assassinís Creed 2 (Ubisoft / Ubisoft Montreal)
    * Batman: Arkham Asylum (Eidos Interactive Ė Warner Bros. Interactive * Entertainment / Rocksteady Studios)
    * Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (Activision Publishing / Infinity Ward)
    * Left 4 Dead 2 (Valve)
    * UNCHARTED 2: Among Thieves (Sony Computer Entertainment / Naughty Dog)

    STUDIO OF THE YEAR

    * Infinity Ward
    * Naughty Dog
    * Rocksteady Studios
    * Valve


    Full List:

    Best Independent Game Fueled by Dew:
    - 'Splosion Man
    - Flower
    - Osmos
    - Trials HD

    Best Xbox 360 Game:
    - Batman: Arkham Asylum
    - Halo 3: ODST
    - Forza Motorsport 3
    - Left 4 Dead 2

    Best PS3 Game:
    - Infamous
    - Killzone 2
    - Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time
    - Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

    Best Wii Game:
    - Madworld
    - New Super Mario Bros. Wii
    - Punch-Out!!
    - Wii Sports Resort

    Best PC Game:
    - Dragon Age: Origins
    - Left 4 Dead 2
    - Plants vs. Zombies
    - The Sims 3

    Best Handheld Game:
    - Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars
    - Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story
    - Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box
    - Scribblenauts

    Best Shooter:
    - Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
    - Halo 3: ODST
    - Killzone 2
    - Left 4 Dead 2

    Best Fighting Game:
    - Blazblue: Calamity Trigger
    - SoulCalibur: Broken Destiny
    - Street Fighter IV
    - Tekken 6

    Best Action Adventure Game:
    - Assassin's Creed 2
    - Batman: Arkham Asylum
    - Brutal Legend
    - Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

    Best RPG:
    - Borderlands
    - Demon's Souls
    - Dragon Age: Origins
    - Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story

    Best Multiplayer Game:
    - Borderlands
    - Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
    - Halo 3: ODST
    - Left 4 Dead 2

    Best Individual Sports Game:
    - Fight Night Round 4
    - Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10
    - UFC 2009 Undisputed
    - Wii Sports Resort

    - Best Team Sports Game:
    - FIFA Soccer 10
    - Madden NFL 10
    - NBA 2K10
    - NHL 10

    Best Driving Game:
    - Dirt 2
    - Forza Motorsport 3
    - Gran Turismo (PSP)
    0 Need for Speed Shift

    Best Music Game:
    - DJ Hero
    - Guitar Hero 5
    - Lego Rock Band
    - The Beatles: Rock Band

    Best Soundtrack:
    - Brutal Legend
    - DJ Hero
    - Guitar Hero 5
    - The Beatles: Rock Band

    Best Original Score:
    - Assassin's Creed 2
    - Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
    - Halo 3: ODST
    - Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

    Best Graphics:
    - Batman: Arkham Asylum
    - Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
    - Killzone 2
    - Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

    Best Game Based on a Movie/TV Show:
    - Ghostbusters: The Video Game
    - South Park Let's Go Tower Defense Play!
    - The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena
    - X-Men Origins: Wolverine Uncaged Edition

    Best Performance by a Human Female:
    - Eliza Dushku as Rubi Malone (Wet)
    - Kristen Bell as Lucy Stillman (Assassin's Creed 2)
    - Megan Fox as Mikaela Banes (Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen)
    - Tricia Helfer as Dare (Halo 3: ODST)

    Best Performance by a Human Male:
    - Bill Murray as Dr. Peter Venkman (Ghostbusters: The Video Game)
    - Hugh Jackman as Wolverine (X-Men Origins: Wolverine)
    - Samuel L. Jackson as Afro Samurai/Ninja Ninja (Afro Samurai)
    - Shia LaBeouf as Sam Witwicky (Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen)
    - Vin Diesel as Richard B. Riddick (Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena)

    Best Cast:
    - Brutal Legend
    - Eat Lead: The Return of Matt Hazard
    - Ghostbusters: The Video Game
    - South Park Let's Go Tower Defense Play!
    - X-Men Origins: Wolverine Uncaged Edition

    Best Voice:
    - Arleen Sorkin as Harley Quinn (Batman: Arkham Asylum)
    - Claudia Black as Chloe Frazer (Uncharted 2: Among Thieves)
    - Jack Black as Eddie Riggs (Brutal Legend)
    - Mark Hamill as The Joker (Batman: Arkham Asylum)
    - Nolan North as Nathan Drake (Uncharted 2: Among Thieves)

    Best Downloadable Game:
    - Battlefield 1943
    - Fat Princess
    - Plants vs. Zombies
    - Shadow Complex

    Best DLC:
    - Fallout 3 - Broken Steel
    - Fallout 3 - Point Lookout
    - Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned
    - Grand Theft Auto IV: The Ballad of *** Tony

    Most Anticipated Game:
    - Bioshock 2
    - God of War III
    - Mass Effect 2
    - StarCraft II


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