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Published on November 16th, 2011 | by Cameron Woolsey

Spike Announces Some Nominees for VGA 2011

The Spike TV Video Game Awards for 2011 are nearly upon us. Spike recently released a few of the major categories to be voted upon for the upcoming celebration.

Spike has also announced the creation of its Video Game Hall of Fame Award, and annual award granted to the greatest video game franchises in history. The inaugural recipient will go to the famous The Legend of Zelda franchise.

“The ‘VGAs’ always celebrate the best games of the year and preview the future with world premieres,” said Casey Patterson executive producer of the “VGAs” and executive vice president of event production for Viacom Media Networks Entertainment Group. “Now our Video Game Hall of Fame will recognize the game franchises throughout history that have brought the industry to where it is today.”

“It is only natural to start with ‘Zelda,’” said Geoff Keighley, executive in charge, publisher relations, Spike. “‘The Legend of Zelda’ is a franchise that inspired many of us to see the potential of games when it debuted 25 years ago, one that has successfully transitioned from one game console generation to the next and has continually shown the narrative and artistic potential of the medium.”

“All of us at Nintendo are truly honored to have ‘The Legend of Zelda’ as the first inductee into Spike’s Video Game Hall of Fame,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of sales & marketing. “As we mark the 25th anniversary of the ‘Zelda’ series, we look forward to the December 10th ‘VGA’ event as a very special way to celebrate with fans and SPIKE viewers around the globe.”

The VGAs will be shown live on Spike TV, MTV 2 and Spike.com on Saturday, December 10 at 8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT.

Below are the early categories and nominees:

GAME OF THE YEAR

“Batman: Arkham City” (Warner Bros Interactive / Rocksteady Studios)
“The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim” (Bethesda Softworks / Bethesda Game Studios)
“The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword” (Nintendo)
“Portal 2” (Valve)
“Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception” (Sony Computer Entertainment / Naughty Dog)

STUDIO OF THE YEAR

Bethesda Game Studios
Naughty Dog
Rocksteady Studios
Valve

BEST SHOOTER

“Battlefield 3” (Electronic Arts / DICE)
“Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3” (Activision / Infinity Ward / Sledgehammer Games)
“Gears of War 3” (Microsoft Studios / Epic Games)
“Rage” (Bethesda Softworks / Id Software)

BEST INDEPENDENT GAME

“Bastion” (Supergiant Games)
“Minecraft” (Mojang)
“Superbrothers: Sword and Sworcery EP” (Capybara Games)
“The Binding of Isaac” (Edmund McMillen)

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