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This friday brings this year's annual Spike TV Video game awards. For those not in the know, it's a terrible, terrible, terrible advertising circlejerk where crap games win crap awards in between awkward vignettes about "Kraft Mac N Cheez Gamerfuel" and Felicia Day smashing melons. The entire audience sits in pained disbelief at how terrible the entire thing is, drinking horrible drinks out of paper cups and trying to hide their faces when the camera comes past. Most of the acceptance speeches are cut entirely in favour of adverts or stilted skits from the rubbish celebrities trying not to look suicidal as they gurn their way through a 30 second slot. Then everyone goes home and blogs about how awful it was. In short, it's bloody brilliant!

Here are the nominations this year:

Game of the Year #VGA10GOTY

• 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

Studio of the Year #VGA10STUDIO

• 343 Industries

• Arkane Studios

• Gearbox Software

• Telltale Games

Best XBOX 360 Game #VGA10XBOX360

• Assassin's Creed III - Ubisoft / Ubisoft Montreal

• Borderlands 2 - 2K Games / Gearbox Software

• Dishonored - Bethesda Softworks / Arkane Studios

• Halo 4 - Microsoft Studios / 343 Industries

Best PS3 Game #VGA10PS3

• Assassin's Creed III - Ubisoft / Ubisoft Montreal

• Borderlands 2 - 2K Games / Gearbox Software

• Dishonored - Bethesda Softworks / Arkane Studios

• Journey - Sony Computer Entertainment / thatgamecompany

Best Wii - Wii-U Game #VGA10Wii

• New Super Mario Bros. U - Nintendo

• The Last Story - XSEED Games / Mistwalker / AQ Interactive

• Xenoblade Chronicles - Nintendo / Monolith Software

• ZombiU - Ubisoft / Ubisoft Montpellier

Best PC Game #VGA10PC

• Diablo III - Blizzard Entertainment

• Guild Wars 2 - NCsoft / ArenaNet

• Torchlight II - Runic Games

• XCOM: Enemy Unknown - 2K Games / Firaxis Games

Best Shooter #VGA10SHOOTER

• 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

Best Action Adventure Game #VGA10ACTION

• 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 RPG #VGA10RPG

• Diablo III - Blizzard Entertainment

• Mass Effect 3 - Electronic Arts / BioWare

• Torchlight II - Runic Games

• Xenoblade Chronicles - Nintendo / Monolith Software

Best Multi-Player Game #VGA10MULTIPLAYER

• Borderlands 2 - 2K Games / Gearbox Software

• Call of Duty Black Ops II - Activision / Treyarch

• Guild Wars 2 - NCsoft / ArenaNet

• Halo 4 - Microsoft Studios / 343 Industries

Best Individual Sports Game #VGA10SPORTS

• Hot Shots Golf World Invitational - Sony Computer Entertainment / Clap Hanz

• SSX - Electronic Arts / EA Canada

• Tiger Woods PGA Tour 13 - Electronic Arts / EA Tiburon

• WWE '13 - THQ / Yuke’s Media Creations

Best Team Sports Game #VGA10TEAMSPORTS

• FIFA Soccer 13 - Electronic Arts / EA Canada

• Madden NFL 13 - Electronic Arts / EA Tiburon

• NBA 2K13 - 2K Sports / Visual Concepts

• NHL 13 - Electronic Arts / EA Canada

Best Driving Game #VGA10DRIVING

• Dirt Showdown - Codemasters

• F1 2012 - Codemasters

• Forza Horizon - Microsoft Studios / Playground Games / Turn 10 Studios

• Need For Speed Most Wanted - Electronic Arts / Criterion Games

Best Song in a Game #VGA10SONG

• “Castle of Glass” by Linkin Park - Medal of Honor Warfighter

• “Cities” by Beck - Sound Shapes

• “I Was Born for This“ by Austin Wintory - Journey

• “Tears” by Health - Max Payne 3

Best Original Score #VGA10SCORE

• Call of Duty Black Ops II - Activision / Treyarch

• Halo 4 - Microsoft Studios / 343 Industries

• Journey - Sony Computer Entertainment / thatgamecompany

• Max Payne 3 - Rockstar Games

Best Graphics #VGA10GRAPHICS

• Assassin's Creed III - Ubisoft / Ubisoft Montreal

• Dishonored - Bethesda Softworks / Arkane Studios

• Halo 4 - Microsoft Studios / 343 Industries

• Journey - Sony Computer Entertainment / thatgamecompany

Best Independent Game #VGA10INDIE

• Dust An Elysian Tail - Humble Hearts

• Fez - Polytron

• Journey - thatgamecompany

• Mark of the Ninja - Klei Entertainment

Best Fighting Game #VGA10FIGHTING

• Dead or Alive 5 - Tecmo / Team Ninja

• Persona 4 Arena - Atlus / ARC System Works / Atlus

• Street Fighter x Tekken - Capcom / Namco Bandai / Capcom

• Tekken Tag Tournament 2 - Namco Bandai

Best Handheld / Mobile Game #VGA10HANDHELD

• Gravity Rush - Sony Computer Entertainment / SCE Studios Japan

• LittleBigPlanet PS Vita - Sony Computer Entertainment / Tarsier Studios / Double Eleven Studios

• New Super Mario Bros. 2 - Nintendo

• Sound Shapes - Sony Computer Entertainment / Queasy Games

Best Performance By a Human Female #VGA10HUMANFEMALE

• Emma Stone as Amanda Cartwright - Sleeping Dogs

• Jen Taylor as Cortana - Halo 4

• Jennifer Hale as Commander Shepard - Mass Effect 3

• Melissa Hutchison as Clementine - The Walking Dead: The Game

Best Performance By a Human Male #VGA10HUMANMALE

• Dameon Clarke as Handsome Jack - Borderlands 2

• Dave Fennoy as Lee Everret - The Walking Dead: The Game

• James McCaffrey as Max Payne - Max Payne 3

• Nolan North as Captain Martin Walker - Spec Ops: The Line

Best Adapted Video Game #VGA10ADAPTED

• Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two - Disney Interactive Studios / Junction Point Studios

• LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes - Warner Bros Interactive / Traveller’s Tales

• The Walking Dead: The Game - Telltale Games

• Transformers: Fall of Cybertron - Activision / High Moon Studios

Best DLC #VGA10DLC

• Dawnguard – The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Bethesda Softworks / Bethesda Game Studios

• Leviathan – Mass Effect 3 - Electronic Arts / BioWare

• Mechromancer Pack – Borderlands 2 - 2K Games / Gearbox Software

• Perpetual Testing Initiative – Portal 2 - Valve

Best Downloadable Game #VGA10DOWNLOAD

• Fez - Microsoft Studios / Polytron

• Journey - Sony Computer Entertainment / thatgamecompany

• Sound Shapes - Sony Computer Entertainment / Queasy Games

• The Walking Dead: The Game - Telltale Games

Best Social Game #VGA10SOCIAL

• Draw Something - OMGPOP

• Marvel: Avengers Alliance - Playdom

• SimCity Social - Electronic Arts / Maxis / Playfish

• You Don't Know Jack - Jellyvision Games

Most Anticipated Game #VGA10ANTICIPATED

• 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

Character of the Year #VGA10CHARACTER

• Connor - Assassin's Creed III

• Commander Shepard - Mass Effect 3

• Clap Trap - Borderlands 2

• Master Chief - Halo 4

• Raul Menendez - Call of Duty: Black Ops II

I have to say, it's not as terrible as the list from last year. Nice to see nods to The Walking Dead, Journey, The Max Payne 3 OST, Spec Ops etc. I think in 2010 the woman who reads the numbers out in Black Ops beat Jennifer Hale for best actress :lol:

Last year a bunch of us dived into the Steam chat to celebrate the imminent announcement of Half Life 3 (which sadly didn't happen, but I'm sure we'll see it this year!) and ended up having a really funny time taking the piss out of it, coining a few jokes which still raise a chuckle today. So, if anyone wants to join us in lolling at a cacophonous capitalist clusterfuck, join the steam group and enter the chatroom shortly before the awards begin.

They do tend to have a couple of interesting announcements and teasers during the show, but I wouldn't go in expecting anything actually worth watching.

This year the show is hosted by Samuel L Jackson, and features timely musical performances from hot new acts such as Linkin Park and Tenacious D. Also Daryl and Glen from The Walking Dead are going to be there, along with Jessica Alba (who will seemingly do just about anything for money now) and Snoop Dog Lion. What could go wrong!

Oh yeah, it's not on until 2am. See you there! Don't let Geoff Keighley down.

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Last year they nominated Mark Hamill as the Joker for an award, then put him at the back in the nosebleeds, then didn't bother to read out the award winners because they decided to show an advert instead. They did 2 awards in 58 minutes (the rest was adverts) and then careered through about 15 awards in a montage where nobody got to accept their awards. At some point Charlie Sheen came out.

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Wait.... where's Vaas?!

Character of the Year #VGA10CHARACTER

• Connor - Assassin's Creed III

• Commander Shepard - Mass Effect 3

• Clap Trap - Borderlands 2

• Master Chief - Halo 4

• Raul Menendez - Call of Duty: Black Ops II

Masterchief? :lol:

This has got to be THE most infuriating awards show to have ever graced our existence. So many wrong choices. Holy fuck.

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Lee and Clementine were characters of the year.

Nice to see nods for games like Journey, Spec Ops and Dishonored, but the real game of the year is Super Hexagon. :)

Speaking of awards, Tme Magazine published their list as well:

http://techland.time.com/2012/12/04/top-10-tech-lists/slide/torchlight-ii-pc/

Some interesting choices. But it's a list, so nobody will ever agree with it. I'd say Far Cry 3 is the best retail game of the year for example and there needs to be more love for Mark of the Ninja and ZombiU. And Velocity.

To be honest, the most interesting thing about the VGA's for me are the new trailers and reveals. Arkham City debuted there for example, as did The Last of Us last year. Would be cool to get a look at the new Rocksteady game in development.

NeoGAF summed up what is revealed so far and what we might see:

http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?t=502195

Most of it is stuff we've already seen bits and bobs of, but there will be at least one Last of Us type reveal. My guess would be Bungie's Destiny.

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I don't know why every year I get my panties in a bunch. This is all MTV produced stuff which aims to have the most mainstream and safe award shows.

For shame. This could've been a platform to launch videogames as a serious medium and actually pay due to those that fucking deserve it.

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There's one upside to this and that's the fact that Wolfgang Gartner is presiding over the whole thing and slangin' tracks from a DJ booth some 50ft above the whole event so at least people attending will get to hear some tunes in amongst the rest of the shite going on tonight.

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