The Spike TV Advertisement Awards...oops, I mean Video Game Awards, is coming up soon. To help celebrate the biggest, brightest and best-selling games of the year, the official list of nominees has been unleashed to the public, so fanboys across the interwebs can argue until the break of dawn, which game deserves more awards for poorly upscaling to 720p and barely maintaining 30fps.

Mark Burnett, Executive Producer of the Video Game Awards commented briefly about the inclusion of live-streaming via Xbox Live, saying...
“I am blown away by how cool Xbox LIVE is. It brings the ‘VGAs’ to gamers in a completely new and innovative way,” “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 show will be ripe with non-video game celebrities, including overexposed artists like Linkin Park, performing stuff like “Castle of Glass” off their latest album “Living Things”. There's also going to be an appearance by lesser-known parody acts like Tenacious D, for those who care.

The following nominees below have been voted on by top-tier industry folk from the likes of Entertainment Weekly, Game Informer, Joystiq, Kotaku, Polygon, IGN, GameTrailers, Gamespot,, USA Today and Associated Press, so we know at least a few of them will have voted for real games...well, for the ones on that list that actually know something about video games other than being paid to attend a publisher-screened review party and churn out a mass-media-friendly, by-the-numbers review score.

Anyway, you can check out the full list below, and remember to forget to tune in for the full Spike TV VGAs on Friday, December 7th at 9:00 PM ET/6:00 PM PT on Spike TV where tons of games will get plenty of advertising time and most of the trailers will be the only thing worth talking about after the show goes off the air.

Oh yeah...and don't forget the Doritos.

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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