Game Critics Awards E3 Nominees Announced - How My Picks Stack Up

The Game Critics Awards nominees were announced this week. You've probably already seen the list, but I'll include it at the end of the post for your convenience.

Before I get to that, though, I wanted to take a look at some of my top picks that didn't make the final nominations list. The way the system works, 30 E3 judges (one from each publication), send in their picks for each category. 3-5 picks are required for each, and the higher up in the list you have something, the more "points" it gets into the final total. With the points tallied, the 5 games with the most points for each category are entered as nominees and the final voting process begins.

Here are my top picks that didn't make the final cut:

Best Console Game: "Splinter Cell: Conviction" (odd, since it got the nod for Game of the Show)

Best PC Game: "Alpha Protocol"

Best Social/Casual Game: "Ricochet" of "Project Natal" (admittedly this is more of a tech demo, but it was still incredible)

So apart from those three, all of the rest of my picks are in there. Anything stand out to you as an easy win?

Best of Show

- Brütal Legend (Double Fine Productions/EAP for PS3, Xbox 360)

- Mass Effect 2 (BioWare/Electronic Arts for Xbox 360, PC)

- Modern Warfare 2 (Infinity Ward/Activision for PS3, Xbox 360, PC)

- Splinter Cell Conviction (Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft for Xbox 360)

- Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (Naughty Dog/SCEA for PS3)

Best Original Game

- Alan Wake (Remedy/MGS for Xbox 360)

- Bayonetta (Platinum Games/Sega for PS3, Xbox 360)

- Brütal Legend (Double Fine Productions/EAP for PS3, Xbox 360)

- Heavy Rain (Quantic Dream/SCEE for PS3)

- Scribblenauts (5TH Cell/WBIE for Nintendo DS)

Best Console Game

- Brütal Legend (Double Fine Productions/EAP for PS3, Xbox 360)

- God of War 3 (Sony Santa Monica/SCEA for PS3)

- Mass Effect 2 (BioWare/Electronic Arts for Xbox 360)

- Modern Warfare 2 (Infinity Ward/Activision for PS3, Xbox 360)

- Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (Naughty Dog/SCEA for PS3)

Best Handheld Game

- Gran Turismo (Polyphony Digital/SCEJ for PSP)

- LittleBigPlanet (SCE Studio Cambridge/Media Molecule/SCEE for PSP)

- Mario and Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story (Alphadream/Nintendo for Nintendo DS)

- Scribblenauts (5TH Cell/WBIE for Nintendo DS)

- The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks (Nintendo for Nintendo DS)

Best PC Game

- DC Universe Online (Sony Online Austin/SOE)

- Dragon Age: Origins (BioWare/EA)

- Left 4 Dead 2 (Valve/EAP)

- Star Wars: The Old Republic (BioWare Austin/LucasArts)

- Supreme Commander 2 (Gas Powered Games/Square Enix)

Best Hardware

- DJ Hero Controller (Freestyle Games/Red Octane/Activision)

- "Project Natal" (Microsoft)

- PSP Go (Sony Computer Entertainment)

- Tony Hawk Ride Skateboard (Robomodo/Activision)

- Wii MotionPlus (Nintendo)

Best Action Game

- BioShock 2 (2K Marin/2K Games for PS3, Xbox 360, PC)

- Halo 3 ODST (Bungie/MGS for Xbox 360)

- Left 4 Dead 2 (Valve/EAP for Xbox 360, PC)

- Modern Warfare 2 (Infinity Ward/Activision for PS3, Xbox 360, PC)

- Singularity (Raven/Activision for PS3, Xbox 360, PC)

Best Action/Adventure Game

- Bayonetta (Platinum Games/Sega for PS3, Xbox 360)

- Brütal Legend (Double Fine Productions/EAP for PS3, Xbox 360)

- God of War 3 (Sony Santa Monica/SCEA for PS3)

- Splinter Cell Conviction (Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft for Xbox 360)

- Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (Naughty Dog/SCEA for PS3)

Best Role Playing Game

- Alpha Protocol (Obsidian/Sega for PS3, Xbox 360, PC)

- Dragon Age: Origins (BioWare/EA for PS3, Xbox 360, PC)

- Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story (Alphadream/Nintendo for Nintendo DS)

- Mass Effect 2 (BioWare/EA for Xbox 360, PC)

- Star Wars: The Old Republic (BioWare Austin/LucasArts for PC)

Best Racing Game

- Blur (Bizzare Creations/Activision for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC)

- Forza Motorsport 3 (Turn 10/MGS for Xbox 360)

- ModNation Racers (United Front/SCEA for PS3)

- Need for Speed Shift (Slightly Mad/EA Games for PS3, Xbox 360, PC)

- Split/Second (Black Rock/Disney Interactive for PS3, Xbox 360, PC)

Best Fighting Game

- Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes (Foundation 9/Capcom for PS3, Xbox 360)

- Soul Calibur: Broken Destiny (Project Soul/Namco-Bandai Games for PSP)

- Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All Stars (Eighting/Capcom for Wii)

- Tekken 6 (Namco Bandai for PS3, Xbox 360)

- The King of Fighters XII (SNK Playmore for PS3, Xbox 360)

Best Sports Game

- Fight Night Round 4 (EA Canada/EA Sports for PS3, Xbox 360)

- Madden NFL 10 (EA Tiburon/EA Sports for PS3, Xbox 360, Wii)

- NHL 10 (EA Canada/EA Sports for PS3, Xbox 360)

- Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 (EA Tiburon/EA Sports for Wii)

- Tony Hawk Ride (Robomodo/Activision for PS3, Xbox 360, Wii)

Best Strategy Game

- League of Legends: Clash of Fates (Riot Games for PC)

- Order of War (Wargaming.net/Square Enix for PC)

- R.U.S.E. (Eugen Systems/Ubisoft for PS3, Xbox 360, PC)

- Supreme Commander 2 (Gas Powered Games/Square Enix for Xbox 360, PC)

Best Social/Casual Game

- DJ Hero (Freestyle/Red Octane/Activision for PS3, Xbox 360, Wii)

- Guitar Hero 5 (Neversoft/Red Octane/Activision for All Systems)

- Scribblenauts (5TH Cell/WBIE for Nintendo DS)

- The Beatles Rock Band (Harmonix/MTV Games/EAP for PS3, Xbox 360, Wii)

- Wii Sports Resort (Nintendo for Wii)

Best Online Multiplayer Game

- Halo 3 ODST (Bungie/MGS for Xbox 360)

- Left 4 Dead 2 (Valve/EAP for Xbox 360, PC)

- MAG (Zipper Interactive/SCEA for PS3)

- Star Wars: The Old Republic (BioWare Austin/LucasArts for PC)

- Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (Naughty Dog/SCEA for PS3)