I’ve got a soft spot in my heart for the annual VGA awards. Sure, you can decry the whole glitz and glamour of the event, that it’s not representative of the entire industry, but you can’t deny that they are fun. From Jack Black rocking up one year in full Brutal Legend garb, to the numerous new trailers and games teased, it’s still all in good fun. And it’s happening, later tonight.
The Spike Video Game Awards, or VGAs â€“ the videogame equivalent of Hollywoodâ€™s Academy Awards, were started in 2003 and aim to bestow recognition upon the yearâ€™s best videogames. Each year, they hand out awards in numerous categories, including the much coveted Game of the Year. Previous Game of the Year winners include GTA IV, Bioshock and Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion.
This year? Nominees for the highest honour are :
Assassin's Creed 2 (Ubisoft / Ubisoft Montreal)
Batman: Arkham Asylum (Eidos Interactive - Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment / Rocksteady Studios)
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (Activision Publishing / Infinity Ward)
Left 4 Dead 2 (Valve)
UNCHARTED 2: Among Thieves (Sony Computer Entertainment / Naughty Dog)
My personal favourite amongst a fine collection of games? Naughty Dogâ€™s stellar Uncharted 2, but I think it may end up going to Modern Warfare 2. Weâ€™ll find out on December 12, when the awards air.
Youâ€™ll find the full list of nominees, across all categories, after the jump, where you can also complain about the omission of your favourite, or predict the winners.