Nominees announced for 6th Annual VGAs

How do you get an invite to this thing? On second thought, why would you want one? The show is an over glorified PR stunt with a bunch of people who don’t care about games and a list of nominees that pander to popularity not quality. There are awards sponsored by Mountain Dew! It is symbol of everything that is wrong in gaming that our most “prestigious” awards show is no more dignified than the MTV Movie Awards. You want respect industry? Respect yourselves.

That little rant aside, the nominees for the two hour event premiering Sunday, Dec. 14 at 9 pm (unsurprisingly boycotted by us) have been announced. 50 Cent has been announced as a performer for the show. Now everyone lets all hold our collective breath as we hope he doesn’t bring up anything dealing with Blood in the Sand (for reference see the 2005 debacle known as 50 Cent: Bulletproof). Since he’s a musical guest this year his game will probably get some love next year. Thankfully this year’s list of games isn’t a total wash, though once again the dominant color is brown, the dominant perspective is first and if the show’s nominee creators have ever heard of the words portable or platformer than I’ll eat a shoe.

Game of the Year
Grand Theft Auto IV
LittleBigPlanet
Fallout 3
Metal Gear Solid 4
Gears of War 2

Best Shooter
Far Cry 2
Resistance 2
Gears of War 2
Left 4 Dead

Best Wii Game
Super Smash Brother Brawl
No More Heroes
Boom Blox
Wii Fit

Best PS3 Game
Grand Theft Auto IV
LittleBigPlanet
Resistance 2
Metal Gear Solid 4

Best Xbox 360 Game
Fable II
Gears of War 2
Grand Theft Auto IV
Fallout 3

Best Independent Game
World of Goo
PixelJunk Eden
Braid
Audio Surf

In the Independent Game category the fans are allowed to vote. Feel free to check out the nominees, event info, and voice your opinion here. I Wonder if LittleBigPlanet will run into some voting issues for the Best Soundtrack and Best Score categories? (rimshot please!)

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