SPIKE TV ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF THE 10TH ANNUAL “VIDEO GAME AWARDS”

December 7th, 2012 by gulatis

SPIKE TV ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF THE 10TH ANNUAL “VIDEO GAME AWARDS”

 TELLTALE GAMES’ “THE WALKING DEAD: THE GAME” SHOCKS THE GAMING WORLD BY WINNING FOUR VECTOR MONKEYS FOR GAME OF THE YEAR, STUDIO OF THE YEAR, BEST ADAPTED VIDEO GAME AND BEST DOWNLOADABLE GAME

THE FUTURE OF GAMING IS REVEALED WITH THE SURPRISE WORLD PREMIERE OF “THE PHANTOM PAIN”

 SHOW ANNOUNCES “DARK SOULS II” AND WORLD PREMIERES OF “THE LAST OF US,” “BIOSHOCK INFINITE,” “TOMB RAIDER” AND MORE

 Fans Were Able To Play The “VGAs” Through A Groundbreaking Multiplatform Experience On Xbox Live

 Los Angeles, CA, Friday, December 7, 2012 – Hosted by the acclaimed international film, stage and video game star Samuel L. Jackson, executive produced by Emmy® Award winner Mark Burnett and featuring world premiere footage from highly anticipated releases, Spike TV’s tenth annual “Video Game Awards” (#VGA) proved to be the biggest night in gaming ever.  Industry titans gathered as the network celebrated the outstanding artistic and technical achievements in the gaming universe over the past year during the two-hour global event which premiered LIVE on Spike TV on Friday, December 7 at 9:00 PM ET/6:00 PM PT from Sony Picture Studios in Los Angeles.  The live awards show simulcast on MTV 2, MTV Tr3s and streamed live on Spike.com, GameTrailers.com and for the first time ever, on Xbox consoles through Xbox Live.

 A host of the most influential members of the gaming industry, as well as stars from the worlds of television, music and movies gathered at the biggest night in video games, and watched Telltale Studios win the two biggest honors of the year – Game of the Year and Studio of the Year.  “The Walking Dead: The Game” also won Game of the Year, Best Adapted Video Game and Best Downloadable Game.

Other multiple award winners included “Journey,” which won in three categories, including Best Independent Game, Best PS3 Game, and “Halo 4” which won two awards, including Best Xbox 360 Game, and “Borderlands 2” which took home awards for Best Shooter and Best Multi-Player Game.

Additional awards included “Half-Life 2” which was revealed as the Entertainment Weekly and Spike VGA Best Game of the Decade.  From “Batman: Arkham City” to “Wii Sports” and “World of Warcraft,” fans cast their ballots for their favorite game from the past ten years on EW.com/VGA and voted “Half-Life 2” the winner.  Additionally, fans determined the winner of the Character of the Year category by voting live on vga.spike.com, and awarded Claptrap from “Borderlands 2” with the honor.

The “VGAs” debuted never-before-seen world premieres of the most anticipated games of 2013 and beyond including two surprise world premieres of Moby Dick Studios’ “The Phantom Pain,”  “From Software’s “Dark Souls II,” as well as Naughty Dog’s “The Last of Us,” Epic Games’ “Gears of War: Judgment,” Obsidian Entertainment’s “South Park: The Stick of Truth,” Konami’s “Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2,” 2K Games’ “BioShock Infinite,” Square Enix’s “Tomb Raider,” Ubisoft’s “Assassin’s Creed III: The Tyranny of King Washington,” and Microsoft Studios’ “Halo 4: Spartan Ops.”

“VGA” fans were treated to groundbreaking interactivity that let viewers “play” the show as it happened live in Los Angeles.  Polls and viewer responses affected how the show progressed such as which video, music, set environments, props and custom exclusive videos they wanted to see next.

This year’s show included presenters and appearances by major stars from all over the entertainment world, including host Samuel L. Jackson, returning hosts Snoop Lion, Jack Black and Neil Patrick Harris, as well as Jessica Alba, Zachary Levi, Johnny Galecki, Adam Scott and “The Walking Dead’s” Danai Gurira, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun and Robert Kirkman.  The show also featured a show-stopping rendition of “Castle of Glass,” by Grammy Award-winning recording artists Linkin Park.  Additionally, Tenacious D ended the show with a jaw-dropping performance of “Rize Of The Fenix.”

The “VGAs” also featured an epic musical Game of the Year tribute scored by Grammy Award-winning film and video game composer Lorne Balfe.

A full list of winners is included below:

 Game of the Year - The Walking Dead: The Game (Telltale Games)

 Studio of the Year - Telltale Games

 Best XBOX 360 Game - Halo 4 (Microsoft Studios/343 Industries)

Best PS3 Game - Journey (Sony Computer Entertainment/thatgamecompany)

Best Wii / Wii-U Game - New Super Mario Bros. U (Nintendo)

Best PC Game - XCOM: Enemy Unknown (2K Games/Firaxis Games)

Best Handheld / Mobile Game -Sound Shapes (Sony Computer Entertainment/Queasy Games)

Best Shooter - Borderlands 2 (2K Games/Gearbox Software)

 Best Action Adventure Game - Dishonored (Bethesda Softworks/Arkane Studios)

 Best RPG - Mass Effect 3 (Electronic Arts/BioWare)

 Best Multi-Player Game - Borderlands 2 (2K Games/Gearbox Software)

 Best Individual Sports Game - SSX (Electronic Arts/EA Canada)

 Best Team Sports Game - NBA 2K13 (2K Sports/Visual Concepts)

 Best Driving Game - Need For Speed Most Wanted (Electronic Arts/Criterion Games)

 Best Fighting Game - Persona 4 Arena (Atlus/ARC System Works/Atlus)

 Best Adapted Video Game - The Walking Dead: The Game (Telltale Games)

 Best Independent Game - Journey (thatgamecompany)

 Best Graphics - Halo 4 (Microsoft Studios/343 Industries)

 Best Song in a Game - “Cities” by Beck (Sound Shapes)

 Best Original Score - Journey (Sony Computer Entertainment/thatgamecompany)

 Best Performance By a Human Male - Dameon Clarke as Handsome Jack (Borderlands 2)

 Best Performance By a Human Female - Melissa Hutchison as Clementine (The Walking Dead: The Game)

 Best Downloadable Game - The Walking Dead: The Game (Telltale Games)

 Best Social Game - You Don’t Know Jack (Jellyvision Games)

 Best DLC - Dawnguard – The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Bethesda Softworks/Bethesda Game Studios)

 Most Anticipated Game - Grand Theft Auto V (Rockstar Games)

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

Nominees for Spike TV’s “VGA TEN” 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, Game Informer, Joystiq, Kotaku, Polygon, IGN, GameTrailers, Gamespot, Wired.com, USA Today and Associated Press.

Mark Burnett, Casey Patterson and Carol Donovan served as executive producers of Spike TV’s 2012 “VGAs.”

The on-air sponsors for “VGA TEN” were Chevrolet, Dr Pepper TEN, GameStop, Toshiba Laptops and KFC, while Dr Pepper TEN, Turtle Beach, Paramount Pictures’ “Jack Reacher,” and Relativity Media’s “Movie 43” will serve as the show’s digital sponsors.

Spike TV is available in 98.7 million homes and is a division of Viacom Media Networks.  A unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), Viacom Media Networks is one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms.  Spike TV’s Internet address is www.spike.com and for up-to-the-minute and archival press information and photographs, visit Spike TV’s press site at http://www.spike.com/press.  Follow us on Twitter @spiketvpr for the latest in breaking news updates, behind-the-scenes information and photos.

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Contacts:
Aileen Budow                                                                   Claire Delacruz
212.767.3952                                                                   310.907.2379
aileen.budow@spiketv.com                                      claire.delacruz@spiketv.com

VGA Hosts From The Past Decade, Zachary Levi, Neil Patrick Harris And Snoop Lion, Scheduled To Join Samuel L. Jackson And Jack Black At Spike TV’s 10th Annual Video Game Awards

November 29th, 2012 by gulatis

VGA HOSTS FROM THE PAST DECADE, ZACHARY LEVI, NEIL PATRICK HARRIS AND SNOOP LION, SCHEDULED TO JOIN SAMUEL L. JACKSON AND JACK BLACK AT

SPIKE TV’S 10th ANNUAL VIDEO GAME AWARDS

 

Spike TV and Entertainment Weekly Team Up to Create the First-Ever

Entertainment Weekly and Spike VGA Best Game of the Decade” Award

Which Will Be Unveiled Live During the Show

 

 “VGA TEN” Will Air LIVE on Friday, December 7 on Spike TV at 9:00 PM ET/6:00 PM PT,

Simulcast on MTV2, MTV Tr3s, and Live Stream on Xbox LIVE, Spike.com and GameTrailers.com

 

New York, NY, November 29, 2012 – The biggest night in gaming just got bigger.  Spike TV’s “VGA TEN” (#VGA), the network’s tenth annual live televised event to celebrate the best in video games,  will feature appearances by returning hosts, Snoop Lion and Zachary Levi and a special video cameo from Neil Patrick Harris.  Presenters will include Jessica Alba, Marlon Wayans, Adam Scott and Norman Reedus and Steven Yeun from “The Walking Dead,” among others.  Gustavo Santaolalla is scheduled for a live musical performance while Wolfgang Gartner will perform as the House DJ throughout the entire show.  “VGA TEN” will premiere LIVE from Sony Picture Studios in Culver City, CA on Friday, December 7 at 9:00 PM ET/6:00 PM PT on Spike TV.  Additionally, the show will simulcast on MTV 2, MTV Tr3s, Xbox LIVE, Spike.com and GameTrailers.com.

“This year’s ‘VGAs’ is a kick-ass show,” said Mark Burnett, Executive Producer. “It’s our 10th anniversary, and it’s Chock Full O’Talent.  I literally cannot wait!”

Spike TV and Entertainment Weekly have partnered to create the first-ever “Entertainment Weekly and Spike VGA Best Game of the Decade” award.  The EW staff revealed the nominees in its “Entertainment Weekly and Spike VGA Top Ten Games of the Decade” feature which is featured on EW.com and in the upcoming issue of Entertainment Weekly.  Starting today, fans can vote for their favorite game on EW.com/VGA and the winner will be unveiled live during the awards show on December 7.

Nominees for “Entertainment Weekly and Spike VGA Best Game of the Decade” include “Batman: Arkham City” (Warner Bros. Interactive), “BioShock” (2K Games), “Half-Life 2” (Valve), “Mass Effect 2” (Electronic Arts), “Portal” (Valve), “Red Dead Redemption” (Rockstar Games), “Shadow of the Colossus” (Sony Computer Entertainment), “The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker” (Nintendo), “Wii Sports” (Nintendo) and “World of Warcraft” (Blizzard Entertainment).

“VGA TEN” will also feature highly anticipated world premieres from “Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2” (Konami), “BioShock Infinite” (2K Games), “Tomb Raider” (Square Enix), “Assassin’s Creed III: The Tyranny of King Washington” (Ubisoft), “Halo 4: Spartan Ops” (Microsoft Studios) and more.

Previously announced talent includes host Samuel L. Jackson and musical performances by Linkin Park and Tenacious D.  Game exclusives previously announced include Naughty Dog’s “The Last of Us,” Epic Games’ “Gears of War: Judgment” and Obsidian Entertainment’s “South Park: The Stick of Truth.”

Spike TV and Microsoft have also teamed up to broadcast the 2012 Video Game Awards to Xbox LIVE users in the United States and additional countries this December.  Airing alongside the live broadcast, the VGAs will showcase groundbreaking interactivity that lets users “play” the show as it happens live through the U.S. Xbox LIVE stream.  The Xbox LIVE audience will see responses to poll questions being tabulated in real time on screen and users with Xbox Smartglass will get a unique second-screen experience that updates live alongside the show content.

House DJ, Wolfgang Gartner, will release a new single during the week of the VGAs on Ultra Records, called “Wolfgang Gartner & Tom Staar – Evil Lurks.” Gartner also launches the beginning of his radio show, “Kindergarten Radio,” next week on the “Evolution” station on I Heart Radio.  “Kindergarten Radio” will air every Wednesday, 9PM-11PM EST.

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

Mark Burnett, Casey Patterson and Carol Donovan will serve as executive producers of Spike TV’s “VGA TEN.”

The on-air sponsors for “VGA TEN” are Chevrolet, Dr Pepper TEN, GameStop, Toshiba Laptops and KFC, while Dr Pepper TEN, Turtle Beach, Paramount Pictures’ “Jack Reacher,” and Relativity Media’s “Movie 43” will serve as the show’s digital sponsors.

Spike TV is available in 98.7 million homes and is a division of Viacom Media Networks.  A unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), Viacom Media Networks is one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms.  Spike TV’s Internet address is www.spike.com and for up-to-the-minute and archival press information and photographs, visit Spike TV’s press site at http://www.spike.com/press.  Follow us on Twitter @spiketvpr for the latest in breaking news updates, behind-the-scenes information and photos.

 

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Contacts:
Aileen Budow                                                                   Claire Delacruz
212.767.3952                                                                   310.907.2379
aileen.budow@spiketv.com                                      claire.delacruz@spiketv.com

Video Game Awards 2012

November 15th, 2012 by faziod

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Spike TV Announces Nominees For 10th Annual Video Game Awards

November 15th, 2012 by faziod

 

 

SPIKE TV ANNOUNCES NOMINEES FOR 10th ANNUAL VIDEO GAME AWARDS

 “VGA TEN” TO STREAM ON XBOX LIVE WITH GROUNDBREAKING NEW INTERACTIVITY

MARK BURNETT PRODUCED SHOW TO FEATURE HOST SAMUEL L. JACKSON AND MUSICAL PERFORMANCES BY LINKIN PARK AND TENACIOUS D

 

Interactive Multiplatform Event Includes Exclusive World Premieres Of Highly Anticipated Titles Including “The Last Of Us,” “Gears Of War: Judgment,” and  “South Park: The Stick of Truth”

 Complete List of Nominees Announced, with “Borderlands 2,” “Halo 4” 

and “Journey” Leading the Way with Seven Nominations Each

  “VGA TEN” Will Air LIVE on Friday, December 7 on Spike TV at 9:00 PM ET/6:00 PM PT,

Simulcast on MTV2, MTV Tr3s, and Live Stream on Xbox LIVE, Spike.com and GameTrailers.com

New York, NY, November 15, 2012 – Spike TV today announced the nominees of “VGA TEN” (#VGA) – the network’s tenth annual live televised event to celebrate the best in video games.  “VGA TEN,” hosted by Samuel L. Jackson, will feature exclusive world premieres as well as musical performances by Linkin Park and Tenacious D.  The interactive multiplatform special will premiere LIVE from Sony Picture Studios in Culver City, CA on Friday, December 7 at 9:00 PM ET/6:00 PM PT on Spike TV.  Additionally, “VGA TEN” will simulcast on MTV 2, MTV Tr3s, Xbox LIVE, Spike.com and GameTrailers.com.

Spike TV and Microsoft also unveiled plans to broadcast the 2012 Video Game Awards to Xbox LIVE users in multiple countries this December.  Fans will be able to view the “VGA’s” on Xbox consoles in the United States and additional countries to be confirmed at a later date.* The show will also be streamed internationally on Spike.com and GameTrailers.com.

Airing alongside the tenth anniversary television broadcast, the U.S. Xbox LIVE stream of the VGAs will showcase groundbreaking interactivity that lets users “play” the show as it happens live in Los Angeles.  Responses to poll questions will be tabulated in real time on screen for the Xbox LIVE audience and users with Xbox Smartglass will get a unique second-screen experience that updates in real time alongside the show content.

“This unprecedented partnership with Xbox will make ‘VGA TEN’ the biggest worldwide gaming event ever; we’re thrilled to be the first awards show presented on Xbox where our fans play every day,” said Casey Patterson, Executive Producer of the “VGAs” and Executive Vice President of Production for Entertainment Group.  “There is no more innovative producer than Mark Burnett to engage the fans on a whole new level in our big anniversary year.”

“I am blown away by how cool Xbox LIVE is. It brings the ‘VGAs’ to gamers in a completely new and innovative way,” said Mark Burnett, Executive Producer of the Video Game Awards.  “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.”

“Xbox makes your entertainment more amazing, and we can’t wait to team up with Viacom and Mark Burnett to make the VGAs the first-ever interactive TV awards show to be broadcast on Xbox LIVE,” said Marc Whitten, Corporate Vice President, Interactive Entertainment Business, Microsoft.  “Our teams are working together to create a groundbreaking interactive TV experience that will turn VGA viewers into VGA participants.”

Also revealed today, Grammy Award-winning recording artists Linkin Park will perform a show-stopping rendition of “Castle of Glass,” from their album “Living Things.”  “Castle of Glass” is also nominated for “Best Song in a Game” for EA’s “Medal of Honor: Warfighter.”  Tenacious D will also return to the VGAs with a live performance of “Rize of the Fenix.”  This will mark the band’s second VGA performance to date.

Exclusive world premieres debuting at “VGA TEN” include Naughty Dog’s “The Last of Us,”  Epic Games’ “Gears of War: Judgment” and Obsidian Entertainment’s “South Park: The Stick of Truth,” with additional exclusive World Premieres to be announced in the weeks to come. “You will freak out at this year’s short films,” said Burnett, who then added, “Can you say, ‘Sam Jackson Mode?’”

Leading “VGA TEN,” with seven nominations each are “Borderlands 2″ (2K Games/Gearbox Software), “Halo 4″ (Microsoft Studios/343 Industries) and “Journey” (Sony Computer Entertainment/thatgamecompany).  Ubisoft’s “Assassin’s Creed III,” is not far behind with six nominations while Bethesda Softworks’ “Dishonored,” EA’s “Mass Effect 3,” and  Telltale Games’ “The Walking Dead: The Game” all have five nominations each.

Nominees for Spike TV’s “VGA TEN” 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, Game Informer, Joystiq, Kotaku, Polygon, IGN, GameTrailers, Gamespot, Wired.com, USA Today and Associated Press.

Below are several of the nominees and categories for Spike TV’s “VGA TEN.”  For a full list, please go to VGA.spike.com.

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)

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

Mark Burnett, Casey Patterson and Carol Donovan will serve as executive producers of Spike TV’s “VGA TEN.”

*Xbox LIVE Gold subscription required.

Spike TV is available in 98.7 million homes and is a division of Viacom Media Networks.  A unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), Viacom Media Networks is one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms.  Spike TV’s Internet address is www.spike.com and for up-to-the-minute and archival press information and photographs, visit Spike TV’s press site at http://www.spike.com/press.  Follow us on Twitter @spiketvpr for the latest in breaking news updates, behind-the-scenes information and photos.

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Contacts:

Aileen Budow                                                                   Claire Delacruz
212.767.3952                                                                   310.907.2379
aileen.budow@spiketv.com                                      claire.delacruz@spiketv.com

Ryan Luckin
425-704-7222
rluckin@microsoft.com

Samuel L. Jackson To Host “VGA TEN”

June 4th, 2012 by gulatis

SAMUEL L. JACKSON TO HOST “VGA TEN” -THE TENTH ANNIVERSARY OF SPIKE TV’S “VIDEO GAME AWARDS”

EMMY® AWARD-WINNING PRODUCER MARK BURNETT RETURNS AS EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

 “VGA TEN” Premieres LIVE on Friday, December 7 at 9:00 PM ET/6:00 PM PT

New York, NY, June 4, 2012 – Samuel L. Jackson will return to Spike TV to host “VGA TEN,” the tenth anniversary of the “Video Game Awards” live on Friday, December 7 at 9:00pm ET/6:00pm PT.  The acclaimed international film, stage and video game star, most recently featured in the summer blockbuster, “The Avengers,” has hosted the “VGAs” three times from 2005-2007.

The biggest night in the gaming universe will feature world premieres of the most anticipated games of the future and once again simultaneously air LIVE on both Spike TV and Spike.com. “VGA Ten” will also air in over 100 countries and territories around the world.

“I’m thrilled to once again preside over the biggest night of gaming,” said Jackson.  “And to all the gamers out there – you better circle the date right now and not make any plans that night – you don’t want to be that one guy among your friends who misses this show.”

“Sam is a gamer, an icon and one badass host,” said Casey Patterson, Executive Producer and Executive Vice President, Event Production, Talent & Studio Relations for Viacom Entertainment Group. “We are thrilled to have him back at the controls for ‘VGA Ten’ as we celebrate a decade in the gaming universe.”

Also returning to the “VGAs” is Executive Producer Mark Burnett, the multi-Emmy Award-winning acclaimed producer of “Survivor,” “The Voice,” “The Apprentice,” the “63rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards,” the “MTV Movie Awards” and the “People’s Choice Awards.”

“The combination of Samuel L. Jackson and the Tenth Anniversary of the ‘Video Game Awards’ are already making this year’s show a must-see event for gamers all around the world,” said Burnett, “and we haven’t even started talking about all of the World Premieres yet!”

“I’m a huge Samuel L. Jackson fan and literally can’t get enough of him,” Burnett continued.  “What an amazing opportunity to work with Spike for the second time and with him for the first time.”

In January, Jackson was cited by Guinness Book of World Records as the highest-grossing actor of all time, bringing in over seven billion dollars in revenue.  Jackson next stars in Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming film, “Django Unchained,” which comes to theaters this December.

Since 2003, Spike TV’s “Video Game Awards,” has paid tribute to the year’s absolute best in gaming and featured exclusive world premieres of the most anticipated games of the future. The “VGAs” have gained the reputation of being the place for the world’s top video publishers to premiere their titles, and this year, “VGA Ten” will provide a sneak peak of the next generation of gaming.

Dubbed the “Oscars for Videos Games” by The Los Angeles Times & The Washington Post, the show has featured appearances by Hugh Jackman, Charlize Theron, Jack Black, Tiger Woods, Foo Fighters, Kiefer Sutherland, Dwayne Johnson, Stevie Wonder, Neil Patrick Harris, Zac Levi, Jake Gyllenhaal, Weezer, Eva Mendes, Kevin James, Tony Hawk, 50 Cent, Mike Tyson, Vin Diesel, Snoop Dogg and many more.

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.

Mark Burnett, Casey Patterson and Carol Donovan will serve as Executive Producers of Spike TV’s “VGA Ten.”

Spike TV is available in 98.7 million homes and is a division of Viacom Media Networks.  A unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), Viacom Media Networks is one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms.  Spike TV’s Internet address is www.spike.com and for up-to-the-minute and archival press information and photographs, visit Spike TV’s press site at http://www.spike.com/press.  Follow us on Twitter @spiketvpr for the latest in breaking news updates, behind-the-scenes information and photos.

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 CONTACTS:

Aileen Budow                                                 David Schwarz

212.767.3952                                                  212.767.8639

Aileen.budow@spiketv.com                          David.schwarz@mtvstaff.com

SPIKE TV ANNOUNCES 2011 “VIDEO GAME AWARDS” WINNERS

December 10th, 2011 by gulatis

SPIKE TV ANNOUNCES 2011 “VIDEO GAME AWARDS” WINNERS

“THE LEGEND OF ZELDA” CREATOR SHIGERU MIYAMOTO MAKES SURPRISE APPEARANCE TO ACCEPT THE VIDEO GAME HALL OF FAME AWARD

THE ELDER SCROLLS V: SKYRIM” TAKES HOME GAME OF THE YEAR HONORS, WINNING THREE VECTOR MONKEYS IN ALL

LIVE Show Unveils World Premiere Footage From The Gaming Industry’s Most Anticipated Titles, Including Surprise Reveals Of “Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance,” “The Last of Us,” “Command & Conquer: Generals 2” and Epic Games’ “Fortnite”

Los Angeles, CA, Saturday, December 10, 2011 – Hosted by star of NBC’s “Chuck” and avid gamer Zachary Levi, executive produced by Emmy® Award winner Mark Burnett and featuring cutting edge in-show augmented reality and world premiere footage from hotly anticipated releases, Spike TV’s ninth annual “Video Game Awards” (#VGA) proved to be a night to remember.  Industry giants gathered as the network celebrated the outstanding artistic and technical achievements in the world of gaming over the past year during the two-hour global event which premiered LIVE on Spike TV, MTV 2 and Spike.com Saturday, December 10 at 8:00 PM ET / 5:00 PM PT from Sony Studios in Los Angeles. Internationally, the “VGAs” were seen in over 100 countries and territories around the world.

A host of the most influential members of the gaming industry, as well as stars from the worlds of sports, television, music and movies gathered at the biggest night in video games, and watched Bethesda Studios release “The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim” receive the highest honor a game can receive when it took home the coveted Vector Monkey after being named Game of the Year.  “The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim” also won Best RPG, and garnered Studio of the Year honors for Bethesda Game Studios.

Other multiple award winners included “Portal 2” which won in five prominent categories, including Best PC Game and Best Multiplayer, and “Batman:  Arkham City,” which won four  Vector Monkeys, including awards for Character of the Year for the Joker, Best Xbox 360 Game and Best Action Adventure Game.

“The Legend of Zelda” creator Shigeru Miyamoto made a surprise appearance to accept the first ever Video Game Hall of Fame Award on the groundbreaking franchise’s behalf. “We always push ourselves,” said Miyamoto, “and we’re grateful you notice.”

Additional honors included the second ever Gamer God Award, which was bestowed upon Blizzard Entertainment, the creators of the “World of Warcraft,” “Starcraft” and “Diablo” series.  Original founders Michael Morhaime, Allen Adham and Frank Pearce were all on hand to accept the prestigious award.

The “VGAs” debuted never-before-seen world premieres of the most anticipated games of 2012 and beyond, including Naughty Dog’s “The Last of Us,” the surprise reveals of “Command & Conquer: Generals 2,” “Alan Wake American Nightmare,” Epic Games’ “Fortnite,” “Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance,” “Tom Clancy’s Rainbow 6 Patriots,” “Transformers: Fall of Cybertron,” “BioShock Infinite” and the winner for Most Anticipated Game “Mass Effect 3.”

This year’s show included presenters and appearances by major stars from all over the entertainment world, including Charlie Sheen, Brooklyn Decker, Seth Green, Felicia Day, LL Cool J, Jason Biggs, Seann William Scott, Tony Hawk, will.i.am, Hulk Hogan, Stacy Keibler, Bellator stars Eddie Alvarez and Michael Chandler, Blake Anderson, Adam Devine, Anders Holm and game designers Cliff Bleszinski of Epic Games and Hideo Kojima of Konami.  The show also featured a performance by Grammy Award winning rock duo The Black Keys, and Grammy Award nominated dance music innovator deadmau5, who helped transform the show with his visual representation of sound into a real life video game experience.  Additionally, NFL Hall of Famer Jerry Rice was on hand to announce the results of the vote for Digital Cover Athlete of the forthcoming “NFL Blitz” from EA Sports, with Ray Rice of the Baltimore Ravens selected by fans who cast their ballot at vga.spike.com during the show.

A full list of winners is included below:

GAME OF THE YEAR
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

STUDIO OF THE YEAR
Bethesda Game Studios

CHARACTER OF THE YEAR
The Joker – Batman:  Arkham City

VIDEO GAME HALL OF FAME AWARD
“The Legend of Zelda”

GAMER GOD AWARD
Blizzard Entertainment

BEST XBOX 360 GAME
Batman: Arkham City

BEST PS3 GAME
Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception

BEST Wii GAME
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

BEST PC GAME
Portal 2

BEST HANDHELD/MOBILE GAME
Super Mario 3D Land

BEST SHOOTER
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3

BEST ACTION ADVENTURE GAME
Batman: Arkham City

BEST RPG
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

BEST MULTI-PLAYER
Portal 2

BEST INDIVIDUAL SPORTS GAME
Fight Night Champion

BEST TEAM SPORTS GAME
NBA 2K12

BEST DRIVING GAME
Forza Motorsport 4

BEST FIGHTING GAME
Mortal Kombat

BEST MOTION GAME
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

BEST INDEPENDENT GAME
Minecraft

BEST ADAPTED VIDEO GAME
Batman: Arkham City

BEST SONG IN A GAME
“Build that Wall (Zia’s Theme)” by Darren Korb – Bastion

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
Bastion

BEST GRAPHICS
Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A HUMAN MALE
Stephen Merchant as Wheatley – Portal 2

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A HUMAN FEMALE
Ellen McLain as GLaDOS – Portal 2

BEST DOWNLOADABLE GAME
Bastion

BEST DLC
Portal 2 Peer Review

MOST ANTICIPATED GAME
Mass Effect 3

GAMETRAILERS.COM TRAILER OF THE YEAR
Assassin’s Creed: Revelations – E3 2011 Trailer

EA SPORTS NFL BLITZ DIGITAL COVER ATHLETE
Ray Rice

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.

Nominees for Spike TV’s 2011 “VGAs” 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 including Entertainment Weekly, USA Today, Game Informer Magazine, Kotaku, Joystiq, GameSpot, IGN and WIRED.

Mark Burnett, Casey Patterson and Carol Donovan served as executive producers of Spike TV’s 2011 “VGAs.”

The presenting sponsors for the 2011 “VGAs” were the all-new Chevy Sonic, Dr Pepper TEN, KFC Hot Wings and KRAFT Macaroni & Cheese Dinner. Energizer® Ultimate Lithium is the associate sponsor, with AXE and Mission Impossible-Ghost Protocol serving as digital sponsors.

Spike TV is available in 99.8 million homes and is a division of Viacom Media Networks.  A unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), Viacom Media Networks is one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms.  Spike TV’s Internet address is www.spike.com and for up-to-the-minute and archival press information and photographs, visit Spike TV’s press site at http://www.spike.com/press.  Follow us on Twitter@spiketvpr for the latest in breaking news updates, behind-the-scenes information and photos.

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Contacts:
Aileen Budow                                                  Salil Gulati
212.767.3952                                                 212.767.8705
aileen.budow@spiketv.com                     salil.gulati@spiketv.com

EA SPORTS NFL BLITZ DIGITAL COVER ATHLETE TO BE DETERMINED BY FANS DURING 2011 “VIDEO GAME AWARDS”

December 1st, 2011 by gulatis

EA SPORTS NFL BLITZ DIGITAL COVER ATHLETE TO BE DETERMINED BY FANS

Atlanta Falcons Wide Receiver Roddy White, Baltimore Ravens Running Back Ray Rice, and San Francisco 49ers Linebacker Patrick Willis All Vying for the Honor

Voting To Take Place During The 2011 “Video Game Awards”
Telecasting LIVE On Spike TV, MTV 2 and Spike.com On
Saturday, December 10 At 8:00 PM ET / 5:00 PM PT, With
Hall Of Famers Joe Montana and Jerry Rice On Hand To Declare The Winner

New York, NY, December 1, 2011 – While chasing their dreams of a Super Bowl championship, Pro Bowlers Roddy White, Ray Rice and Patrick Willis will vie for another honor – a spot on the first-ever digital cover from EA SPORTS. The All-Pro appearing on the NFL Blitz digital cover will be determined by fans, who can cast their ballot at VGA.spike.com beginning at 8:00 PM ET / 5:00 PT on Saturday, December 10 during the 2011 Spike “Video Game Awards” (#VGA). The most prolific quarterback and wide receiver duo of all time, Hall of Famers Joe Montana and Jerry Rice, will be on hand to announce the winner at the end of the ceremonies. Telecasting from Los Angeles, CA and featuring some of the most notable names in video games, entertainment, music, sports and more, the “VGAs,” 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.

“I can’t think of a better way to welcome back the beloved NFL Blitz franchise than by having two of the greatest athletes to ever put on a helmet announce which one of their contemporaries –Roddy White, Ray Rice or Patrick Willis – will represent the game when it hits the PLAYSTATION Network and Xbox LIVE Arcade in January,” said Geoff Keighley, executive in charge, publisher relations, Spike.

“Considering there are a multitude of fans of the legendary NFL Blitz games, we are thrilled to usher in a new era for the franchise with the all-new title, which is in high definition for the first time,” said EA SPORTS marketing director Anthony Stevenson. “Fittingly, this will also be the first time EA SPORTS will honor a digital cover athlete and we are excited that the fans will be such an integral part of this milestone.”

The new NFL Blitz from EA SPORTS includes the exciting tackles and over-the-top action of the legendary 1990’s arcade hit. Featuring the twitch gameplay and ultra-responsive controls of the original game, combined with all-new single-player and cooperative game modes, NFL Blitz hits the virtual gridiron in HD for the first time with blazing 60fps/60Hz gameplay. The recharged NFL Blitz offers fans the opportunity to battle rivals 7-on-7, fight their way through the Blitz Gauntlet, take over the online leaderboards in Blitz Battles, or create a true dream team by collecting player cards in Elite League. Challenging to master, yet easy to pick up and play, NFL Blitz is reborn as the ultimate HD arcade football experience for a new generation.

First released as an arcade game in 1997 by Midway Games, NFL Blitz quickly became one of the most memorable football titles in video game history. In 1998, the first console version became available for Nintendo 64™ and PlayStation, with several console editions released between 1998 and 2003. The new NFL Blitz by EA SPORTS is the first version of the game to carry the NFL license since 2003 and is the only version to be released for HD consoles to date.

NFL Blitz will be available in January as a digital download on PLAYSTATION Network for $14.99 and Xbox LIVE Arcade for 1200 points.

NFL Blitz is developed in Orlando, Florida by EA Tiburon and has been rated “E10+” by the ESRB.

EA SPORTS™ is one of the leading sports entertainment brands in the world, with top-selling videogame franchises, award-winning interactive technology, global videogame competitions and breakthrough digital experiences. EA SPORTS delivers experiences that ignite the emotions of sport through industry-leading sports simulation videogames, including “Madden NFL” football, “FIFA Soccer,” “NHL®” hockey, “NBA” basketball, “NCAA® Football,” “Fight Night” boxing, “EA SPORTS MMA” and “Tiger Woods PGA TOUR®” golf, and “EA SPORTS Active.”

For more information about EA SPORTS, including news, video, blogs, forums and game apps, please visit www.easports.com to connect, share and compete.

For the first time, Viacom Media Networks will broaden the reach and impact of the 2011 “VGAs” by simultaneously airing the show LIVE on both Spike TV and MTV2, as well as on Spike.com. Internationally, the “VGAs” will air in over 100 countries and territories around the world. In addition, the show will include unique interactive opportunities only available to viewers during the initial live broadcast. Further details will be announced in the weeks to come.

Mark Burnett, Casey Patterson and Carol Donovan will serve as executive producers of Spike TV’s 2011 “Video Game Awards.”

Spike TV is available in 99.8 million homes and is a division of Viacom Media Networks. A unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), Viacom Media Networks is one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. Spike TV’s Internet address is www.spike.com and for up-to-the-minute and archival press information and photographs, visit Spike TV’s press site at http://www.spike.com/press. Follow us on Twitter@spiketvpr for the latest in breaking news updates, behind-the-scenes information and photos.

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Contacts:

Aileen Budow
212.767.3952
aileen.budow@spiketv.com

Salil Gulati
212.767.8705
salil.gulati@spiketv.com

Julie Foster
407.386.5184
jfoster@ea.com

Zac Levi To Host 2011 “Video Game Awards”

November 30th, 2011 by gulatis

ZACHARY LEVI PLUGS IN AS HOST OF SPIKE TV’S 2011 “VIDEO GAME AWARDS”

Show To Feature A Performance By The Black Keys Of Their Video Game Hit “Lonely Boy”
Grammy Nominated Electronic Artist Deadmau5
Will Perform Throughout The Telecast

“Gamer God” Award To Be Bestowed Upon Blizzard Entertainment Founders
And World Premiere Of New Footage From “Diablo III” To Be Shown

“VGAs” Air LIVE On Spike TV And MTV2 And Will Be Streaming On Spike.com
Saturday, December 10 At 8:00 PM ET / 5:00 PM PT

New York, NY, November 30, 2011 – Star of NBC’s “Chuck,” voice actor for “Fallout: New Vegas” and “Halo: Reach,” owner of the nerd culture site www.TheNerdMachine.com and video game super fan Zachary Levi will host Spike TV’s 2011 “Video Game Awards” (#VGA). 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, MTV2 and Spike.com on Saturday, December 10 at 8:00 PM ET/5:00 PM PT.

“Zac Levi is an avid gamer who is truly a part of gaming culture and understands the fans,” says Casey Patterson, Executive Producer and Executive Vice President, Event Production, Talent & Studio Relations for Viacom Entertainment Group. “He has great ideas about this year’s show. Zac is all about honoring the year in gaming and ushering in the future by showcasing massive world premieres at this year’s event. We’re excited to be working with Zac.”

Audience members and viewers will also be treated to a live performance by Grammy Award recording artists The Black Keys, who will perform their video game hit, “Lonely Boy,” and the duration of the festivities will feature Grammy nominee and dance music innovator deadmau5, who will transform the show with his visual representation of sound into a real life video game experience.

Among the list of presenters and attendees are Sports Illustrated cover model and star of “Battleship” Brooklyn Decker, “Family Guy” star and voice of Joker in the “Mass Effect” series Seth Green, cast members of “Workaholics” Blake Anderson, Adam Devine and Anders Holm, multiplatinum and Grammy Award-winning recording artist LL Cool J, stars of the upcoming “American Reunion” Jason Biggs and Seann William Scott, the most prolific quarterback and wide receiver combination in NFL history, Hall of Famers Joe Montana and Jerry Rice, and many more to be announced shortly.

This year, Spike TV will be bestowing the Gamer God Award upon the three founders of Blizzard Entertainment for their immense contributions to the electronic gaming medium. Creators of the “World of Warcraft,” “Starcraft” and “Diablo” entertainment universes, Blizzard is celebrating its 20th anniversary – as well as the 15th anniversary of “Diablo” – in 2011. Co-founders Michael Morhaime, Allen Adham, and Frank Pearce will accept the award and treat Blizzard’s global community to the full never-before-seen opening cinematic of the company’s upcoming release, “Diablo III.”

The talent joins the already announced never-before-seen world premieres of the most anticipated games of 2012 and beyond, including BioWare’s next project, the next “Alan Wake” game and “Metal Gear Solid: Rising,” “Tom Clancy’s Rainbow 6 Patriots,” “Transformers: Fall of Cybertron,” and Most Anticipated Game nominee, “BioShock Infinite” as part this year’s “VGA” festivities.

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.

Leading the way with 12 nominations at the 2011 “VGAs” is “Portal 2” by Valve. Rocksteady Studios’ second adventure featuring the Dark Knight, “Batman: Arkham City” garnered 10 nominations, while the third chapter in the Nathan Drake adventure, “Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception” by Naughty Dog and independent game “Bastion” rounded out the top most- nominated games with 9 and 5 nods each, respectively.

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 including Entertainment Weekly, USA Today, Game Informer Magazine, Kotaku, Joystiq, GameSpot, IGN and WIRED.

For the first time, Viacom Media Networks will broaden the reach and impact of the 2011 “VGAs” by simultaneously airing the show LIVE on both Spike TV and MTV2, as well as on Spike.com. Internationally, the “VGAs” will air in over 100 countries and territories around the world.

Mark Burnett, Casey Patterson and Carol Donovan will serve as executive producers of Spike TV’s 2011 “Video Game Awards.”

The presenting sponsors for the 2011 “Video Game Awards” are the all-new Chevy Sonic, Dr Pepper TEN, KFC Hot Wings and KRAFT Macaroni & Cheese Dinner. Energizer® Ultimate Lithium is the associate sponsor, with AXE and Mission Impossible-Ghost Protocol serving as digital sponsors.

Spike TV is available in 99.8 million homes and is a division of Viacom Entertainment Group. A unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), MTV Networks is one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. Spike TV’s Internet address is http://www.spike.com and for up-to-the-minute and archival press information and photographs, visit Spike TV’s press site at http://www.spike.com/press. Follow us on Twitter @spiketvpr for the latest in breaking news updates, behind-the-scenes information and photos.

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Contacts:
Aileen Budow                                                                                 Salil Gulati
212.767.3952                                                                                212.767.8705
aileen.budow@spiketv.com                                                    salil.gulati@spiketv.com

Hideo Kojima reveals the “truth” about Metal Gear Solid: Rising at the 2011 Video Game Awards Saturday December 10th at 8p ET / 5p PT only on SPIKE.

November 21st, 2011 by gulatis

The Truth About Metal Gear Solid Rising
Get More: The Truth About Metal Gear Solid Rising

Spike Announces VGA Nominees & Honors “Legend Of Zelda” With First Ever Video Game Hall Of Fame Award

November 16th, 2011 by gulatis

SPIKE ANNOUNCES ITS FIRST VIDEO GAME HALL OF FAME AWARD
“LEGEND OF ZELDA” FRANCHISE TO BE FIRST HONOREE INDUCTED AT THE 2011 “VIDEO GAME AWARDS”

Global Multiplatform Event Will Include Exclusive World Premieres Of The Most Anticipated Titles Of 2012 And Beyond, Including “Tom Clancy’s Rainbow 6 Patriots,” “Transformers: Fall of Cybertron” and “BioShock Infinite”

Complete List Of Nominees Announced, With “Portal 2” and “Batman:  Arkham City” Leading the Way With 12 and 10 Nominations Each, Respectively, And “Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception” Rounds Out the Top 3 With 9 Nominations

Executive Produced By Mark Burnett, The 2011 “VGAs” Will Air LIVE On Saturday, December 10 On Spike TV, MTV2 And Spike.com

New York, NY, November 16, 2011 – Spike TV today announced the creation of its first ever Video Game Hall of Fame Award.  This annual honor will recognize the most memorable and innovative video game franchises in history.  The inaugural recipient, “The Legend of Zelda,™” is one of the most influential and beloved gaming franchises of all time.  The legendary series will take its rightful place as the first entry into the Video Game Hall of Fame, with a special tribute at the 2011 “Video Game Awards” (#VGA) – the network’s ninth annual live televised event to celebrate the best in games.  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.

“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 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 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.

Leading the way with 12 nominations is “Portal 2” by Valve.  Rocksteady Studios’ second adventure featuring the Dark Knight, “Batman: Arkham City” garnered 10 nominations, while the third chapter in the Nathan Drake adventure, “Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception” by Naughty Dog and independent game “Bastion” rounded out the top most nominated games with 9 and 5 nods each, respectively.

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.

Below 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.

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)

For the first time, Viacom Media Networks will broaden the reach and impact of the 2011 “VGAs” by simultaneously airing the show LIVE on both Spike TV and MTV2, as well as on Spike.com.  Internationally, the “VGAs” will air in over 100 countries and territories around the world.  In addition, the show will include unique interactive opportunities only available to viewers during the initial live broadcast.  Further details will be announced in the weeks to come.

Mark Burnett, Casey Patterson and Carol Donovan will serve as executive producers of Spike TV’s 2011 “Video Game Awards.”

“The presenting sponsors for the 2011 “Video Game Awards” are the all-new Chevy Sonic, Dr Pepper TEN, KFC Hot Wings and KRAFT Macaroni & Cheese Dinner.  Energizer® Ultimate Lithium is the associate sponsor, with AXE and Mission Impossible-Ghost Protocol serving as digital sponsors.”

Spike TV is available in 99.8 million homes and is a division of MTV Networks.   A unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), MTV Networks is one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. Spike TV’s Internet address is http://www.spike.com and for up-to-the-minute and archival press information and photographs, visit Spike TV’s press site at http://www.spike.com/press.  Follow us on Twitter @spiketvpr for the latest in breaking news updates, behind-the-scenes information and photos.

“The Legend of Zelda” is a trademark of Nintendo.

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Contacts:
Aileen Budow                                                                  Salil Gulati
212.767.3952                                                                 212.767.8705
aileen.budow@spiketv.com                                     salil.gulati@spiketv.com