Spike Reveals Nominees For The 10th Annual Video Game Awards!

Today, Spike TV announced the nominees for the 2012 Video Game Awards. “VGA TEN” will be hosted by none other than Samuel L. Jackson, and will feature exclusive world premieres as well as musical performances by Lincoln Park and Tenacious D. The best part? It will be streaming live on Xbox 360.

Much like the presidential debates that were streamed live on Xbox 360 earlier this year, viewers will be able to interact with other fans and the show’s host by particpating in live polls. On top of that, SmartGlass users will have access to a special second-screen experience providing real-time updates alongside the show.

“This unprecedented partnership with Xbox will make ‘VGA TEN’ the biggest worldwide gaming event ever; we’re thrilled to be the first awards show presented on Xbox where our fans play every day,” said Casey Patterson, Executive Producer of the “VGAs” and Executive Vice President of Production for Entertainment Group. “There is no more innovative producer than Mark Burnett to engage the fans on a whole new level in our big anniversary year.”

“I am blown away by how cool Xbox LIVE is. It brings the ‘VGAs’ to gamers in a completely new and innovative way,” said Mark Burnett, Executive Producer of the Video Game Awards. “Now viewers will not only watch the show but actually interact with it and our host Samuel L. Jackson in real time like a video game, creating a 360 degree conversation between the ‘VGAs’ and all of the fans watching at the same time. And the only thing cooler than Xbox is Samuel L. Jackson.”

The list below highlights several of this years biggest nominees, but it you want the full breakdown you should scurry over to VGA.Spike.com.

Game of the Year
· “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)

Best Action Adventure Game
· “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 Shooter
· “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)

Studio of the Year
· 343 Industries
· Arkane Studios
· Gearbox Software
· Telltale Games

Most Anticipated Game
· “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)

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