Portal 2, Batman: Arkham City Lead 2011 VGA Nominations

November 16, 2011

Spike TV has announced nominees for the 2011 Video Game Awards -- the network's ninth annual live televised event to celebrate the best in games -- with "Portal 2" and "Batman: Arkham City" leading with 12 and 10 nominations, respectively. Telecasting from Los Angeles, CA and featuring some of the most notable names in video games, Hollywood, music, sports and more, the two-hour event honoring the outstanding achievements within the video game industry over the past year will premiere LIVE on Spike TV, MTV 2 and Spike.com on Saturday, December 10 at 8:00 PM ET/5:00 PM PT.

Nominees for Spike TV's 2011 Video Game Awards were determined by the VGA Advisory Council, made up of a group of some of the most well-respected video game journalists from media outlets such as Entertainment Weekly, USA Today, Game Informer Magazine, Kotaku, Joystiq, GameSpot, IGN and WIRED.

After "Portal 2" by Valve's 12 nods and 10 nods for Rocksteady Studios' second adventure featuring the Dark Knight, "Batman: Arkham City," the third chapter in the Nathan Drake adventure, "Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception" by Naughty Dog and independent game "Bastion" gained 9 and 5 nods each, respectively.

Following are several of the nominees and categories for Spike TV's 2011 Video Game Awards. For a full list, please go to VGA.spike.com.

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)

Bethesda Game Studios
Naughty Dog
Rocksteady Studios

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)

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

The 2011 Video Game Awards will feature world premieres of the most anticipated games of 2012 and beyond. In addition to the previously announced exclusives debuts of BioWare's next project, the next "Alan Wake" game and "Metal Gear Solid: Rising," this year's viewers will be get the first look at footage from "Tom Clancy's Rainbow 6 Patriots," "Transformers: Fall of Cybertron" and Most Anticipated Game nominee "BioShock: Infinite." Additional exclusives will be announced in the coming weeks.

For additional information about other VGA world exclusives and announcements, fans can log onto VGA.spike.com and get updates via Twitter @SPIKE_TV as well as the hashtag #VGA.