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VGA TEN: “Journey” & “Borderlands 2” Leading the Way |

Spike TV today announced it nominees for its annual Video Game Awards show dubbed “VGA TEN” this year, celebrating it’s 10th year. Oly and I were honored to cover the event for you last year, and this year we are doing it again! The highly anticipated event is expected to draw a crowd of gaming fans from all over.

This year’s show will be hosted by Samuel L. Jackson, who’s recent appearance in last summer’s record breaking movie, “Marvel’s The Avengers” as Nick Fury is nothing short of awesome! He previously hosted the VGAs 3 times in 2005-2007.

“I’m thrilled to once again preside over the biggest night of gaming,” said Jackson. “And to all the gamers out there – you better circle the date right now and not make any plans that night – you don’t want to be that one guy among your friends who misses this show.”

This year’s confirmed musical talent will be Grammy award winning artists Linkin Park, performing “Castle of Glass” as featured in “Medal of Honor: Warfighter”, as well as a performance by Tenacious D.

Leading “VGA TEN,” with seven nominations each are “Borderlands 2″ and “Journey” Ubisoft’s “Assassin’s Creed III,” is not far behind with six nominations while Bethesda Softworks’ “Dishonored,” EA’s “Mass Effect 3,” and Telltale Games’ “The Walking Dead: The Game” all have five nominations each.

Below are several of the nominees and categories for Spike TV’s “VGA TEN.” For a full list, please go to

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)

Spike TV’s 2012 Video Game Awards will air Friday, December 7, 6pm PST and will also be broadcast live on MTV2, MTV Tr3s, online livestream, and console.

  • Love me some BL2

  • Jay

    Kinda cool to see The Walking Dead in the running for game of the year, considering all the other titles had a much larger budget. I still need to play a lot of games, however, as I am way behind on a lot of games for the past few years really

  • I learned my lesson on buying games when they come out. I should just wait till Game of the Year editions are released. Black Ops 2 is hella freezing/locking up my PS3 its so freakin annoying.

  • Nice to see Linkin Park doing music for something other than Transformers…

    AC3 was my first major Day 1 purchase in quite some time, and by that I think I remember my last midnight launch NOT working was for FFXII… but I’m kinda disappointed how QA has slipped over the years… You always hear about problems a game has at launch but actually seeing them and having them break your own games, I can’t even count how many times I broke a mission by reloading a checkpoint, it’s kinda like “Wow… what happened to standards…”

  • Sad 🙁 …Max Payne 3 should be among the best games of the year, has an amazing story
    Tdw cool 🙂 in this list.
    I believe that AC III will be the game winner as the year (still not bought mine, but it’ll do until Christmas)
    Black Ops 2, mine arrives this week … the other games in the list i not played.
    No doubt GTA V for me and the most anticipated, but also Lat Of Us 🙂

  • I really hope Dishonored gets a couple prizes, the game is amazing and it deserves recognition. It’s a very refreshing experience in a saturated market.

    I really haven’t played ACIII yet, but I don’t believe it should be GotY because it’s just a new box for the same old product. And I also appreciate the fact Walking Dead is among the nominees, even though I don’t completely agree with it.

    And Tenacious D is an awesome choice, I love those guys and the Pick of Destiny! lol

  • Cheeto

    Journey for GOTY. BL2 for Best Shooter

  • The last of us: most anticipated game for the next year ! 😀