XBox Live Arcade Awards coming in February

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Microsoft announced today that voting will begin on the first annual XBox Live Arcade Awards, which will take place at this years Game Developers Conference in February in San Francisco. With over 110 games now available for XBLA, it seems like an appropriate time to honor some of the developers who have worked so hard to make quality DLC for the Live nation. Handpicked by a panelist of Video Game and Consumer journalists, the awards will recognize excellence is 6 different categories including Best Overall Arcade Game, and Best Classic Game.

The awards will be selected partially off of fan voting, which will begin tomorrow, Tuesday, January 22nd and continue until Wednesday, January 30th. Each category contains six nominees, but also allows for the very democratic write-in vote, so really this is anyones ballgame.

Full list of categories and nominees after the jump!

Best original game (Original games should be the first version of a game, or a version of a game that has a new mode of play. Ports and updates that are limited to graphical improvements and content additions don’t qualify. )

  • Pac-Man Championship Edition
  • Boom Boom Rocket
  • Aegis Wing
  • Undertow
  • Band of Bugs
  • Hexic 2

Best classic game (Games in the coin-op classics or console classics genres qualify.)

  • Castlevania
  • Prince of Persia
  • Asteroids
  • Jet Pac Refuelled
  • Sensible World of Soccer
  • Sonic the Hedgehog 2

Best cooperative multiplayer game (Games in this category allow two or more people to play in the same game cooperatively, working towards the same shared goal or score.)

  • Alien Hominid
  • Golden Axe
  • Aegis Wing
  • Double Dragon
  • Arkadian Warriors
  • TMNT

Best family friendly game (Games in this category should have an E rating from ESRB and have gameplay that can be enjoyed by a wide range of players.)

  • Pac-Man Championship Edition
  • Carcassonne
  • Catan
  • Bomberman Live
  • Hexic 2
  • E4

Best competitive multiplayer game (This category includes games that have competitive multiplayer mode where two players or more players can play in the same game and compete against each other.)

  • Puzzle Quest
  • Carcassonne
  • Bomberman Live
  • Super Puzzle Fighter II
  • Undertow
  • Catan

Best Overall Arcade Game (All games released in 2007 are included in this category. The game selection criteria should be the best quality/most fun game.)

  • Puzzle Quest
  • Pac-Man Championship Edition
  • Carcassonne
  • Bomberman Live
  • Alien Hominid
  • Catan

Click here to vote now for your favorites!

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