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 Limbo, Red Dead, Mass Effect 2   Lead 11th Annual Choice Awards Nominees
Limbo, Red Dead, Mass Effect 2 Lead 11th Annual Choice Awards Nominees
January 12, 2011 | By Staff

January 12, 2011 | By Staff
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Organizers have revealed the finalists for the 11th annual Game Developers Choice Awards, the leading peer-based video game industry event celebrating the industryís top games and developers.

Nominations for games released in 2010 are led by indie developer Playdeadís Xbox Live Arcade hit Limbo. The evocative monochrome puzzle platformer, which was winner of last yearís Independent Game Festival Awards for Visual Art and Technical Excellence, received seven Choice Awards nominations in all, including one for Game of the Year.

The indie stand-out is closely followed by two other Game of the Year nominees, Rockstar San Diego's western-themed open-world adventure game, Red Dead Redemption, with six nominations in total, and BioWare's emotionally-charged science fiction adventure Mass Effect 2, with five nominations.

Treyarchís Call of Duty: Black Ops and Ubisoft Montrealís Assassinís Creed: Brotherhood also received multiple nominations, including one each for Game of the Year.

And, showcasing the diversity of the Ďfor developers, by developersí awards, other retail and digital games receiving multiple nominations include Double Fineís Costume Quest, SCE Santa Monicaís God of War IIIł Quantic Dreamís Heavy Rain, Uber Entertainmentís Monday Night Combat and Team Meatís Super Meat Boy.

Swedish developer Mojangís Minecraft was also a multiple nominee, receiving three Game Developers Choice nominations, particularly notable because of a concurrent-year first: the game is also a finalist for this yearís Independent Games Festival, where it also received three nominations.

Overall, the Game Developers Choice Awards are open to any video game, with no restrictions or payment for game submission, with open nominations from a plethora of game professionals helping to choose this yearís finalists. Winners will now be selected by the Game Developers Choice Awards-specific International Choice Awards Network (ICAN), which is an invitation-only group comprised of 500 leading game creators from all parts of the video game industry.

The complete list of nominees for the 11th Annual Game Developers Choice Awards are as follows:

Best Game Design
Super Mario Galaxy 2 (Nintendo)
Mass Effect 2 (BioWare)
Limbo (Playdead)
Red Dead Redemption (Rockstar San Diego)
God of War III (SCE Santa Monica)

Innovation
Heavy Rain (Quantic Dream)
Kirby's Epic Yarn (Good-Feel & HAL Laboratory)
Minecraft (Mojang)
Limbo (Playdead)
Dance Central (Harmonix)

Best Technology
Starcraft II (Blizzard)
Red Dead Redemption (Rockstar San Diego)
Heavy Rain (Quantic Dream)
Mass Effect 2 (BioWare)
God of War III (SCE Santa Monica)

Best Handheld Game
God of War: Ghost of Sparta (Ready At Dawn/SCE Santa Monica)
Cut the Rope (ZeptoLab)
Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker (Kojima Productions)
Game Dev Story (Kairosoft)
Dragon Quest IX (Level 5)

Best Audio
Limbo (Playdead)
Red Dead Redemption (Rockstar San Diego)
Halo: Reach (Bungie)
Battlefield: Bad Company 2 (DICE)
Mass Effect 2 (BioWare)

Best Downloadable Game
Costume Quest (Double Fine)
Limbo (Playdead)
Super Meat Boy (Team Meat)
Minecraft (Mojang)
Monday Night Combat (Uber Entertainment)

Best Writing
Red Dead Redemption (Rockstar San Diego)
Heavy Rain (Quantic Dream)
Mass Effect 2 (BioWare)
Costume Quest (Double Fine)
Fallout: New Vegas (Obsidian)

Best Debut Game
Limbo (Playdead)
Darksiders (Vigil Games)
Minecraft (Mojang)
Monday Night Combat (Uber Entertainment)
Super Meat Boy (Team Meat)

Best Visual Arts
God of War III (SCE Santa Monica)
Limbo (Playdead)
Call of Duty: Black Ops (Treyarch)
Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood (Ubisoft Montreal)
Red Dead Redemption (Rockstar San Diego)

Game of the Year
Red Dead Redemption (Rockstar San Diego)
Mass Effect 2 (BioWare)
Call of Duty: Black Ops (Treyarch)
Limbo (Playdead)
Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood (Ubisoft Montreal)

In addition to the awards for individual games, the Game Developers Choice Awards committee will be announcing its Special Award recipients in the near future, including honorees for the Pioneer, Ambassador and Lifetime Achievement Special Awards -- as well as revealing the identity of this year's Game Developers Choice Awards host.

Winners in all major categories will be honored at the Game Developers Choice Awards show, attended by over 3,000 of the world's leading video game developers, and taking place Wednesday, March 2nd at 6:30 pm at the Moscone Convention Center during the 2011 Game Developers Conference in San Francisco.

Since last yearís ceremony, the Game Developers Choice Awards added a sister Game Developers Conference Online Awards ceremony focused around the rise of online games, paired with Austin's GDC Online conference last October. Highlights from the show, which crowned Riot Games' League of Legends as Best New Online Game and CCP's EVE Online as Best Live Game, will be shown during the main Choice Awards ceremony.

For more information about the 11th Annual Game Developers Choice Awards - part of the UBM TechWeb Game Network, as is this website - check out its official website - and for information about the 2011 Game Developers Conference, please visit the official GDC website.


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Chris Remo
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Nice to see the increasing indie representation in the Choice Awards in recent years.

Derol McCarthy
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Nice to see that Heavy Rain topped Best Innovation, this is a must have game for the PS3 Move.

Michiel Hendriks
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These are nominations, not the results. Heavy Rain didn't top anything, it's alphabetically just first.

John Polson
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This goes without saying probably, but this list seems much more respectable than VGA's. Darksiders as best Debut game was a surprise, albeit pleasant. I echo the indie sentiments!

R G
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Echo the indie sentiments, but don't think that Limbo should be game of the year.



Before anybody sends their ninjas to kill me, I just believe that Red Dead was better. I enjoyed Limbo, and it actually serves as an inspiration (not visually, because who wants to copy?) to me on my game Asylum, but gameplay wise it's just to familiar. Like retreading Braid almost, albeit with a completely different visual and audio format.



Great to see fellow indies getting nominated though.

Zack Hiwiller
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Not to thumb my nose at someone's opinion, but you don't think Limbo should win because it was "too familiar" but you want Red Dead to win which cribs so heavily from its cousin GTA4?

R G
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I meant that Red Dead pretty much turned the whole notion that a western cannot succeed in the game industry. Just as ME2 is an outstanding game. But I knew it was going to be outstanding already. It's a safe choice.



Really, I would pick it between Red Dead or Limbo. I just can't choose Limbo because, as much of the atmosphere it has, it really hasn't made that mark on me like Red Dead did.



I hold both AAA and indie games in the same light, as I don't like to say "well that's good...for indie game" or go with the fashion nowadays of "Well, let's just pick this because it's an indie game and it's the right thing to do nowadays."

Kenneth Barber
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Really encouraging to see indies and small houses sprinkled throughout these categories!!

Douglas Baker
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Call of Duty: Black Ops for Game of the Year? Really? Did they play the campaign? It was a hot mess of poor writing and even worse voice direction. EVERYBODY SCREAM ALL OF YOUR LINES AND IT WILL SEEM REALLY INTENSE!!!!

R G
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I really don't think they'll choose Black Ops. Anything but that.

Michiel Hendriks
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It's a shame that Enslaved isn't on any of those lists. It's one of my favorites this year. Although I'm not really sure in what category it could compete.

Daniel Kaplan
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Yay Minecraft! :D See you at GDC guys!



/Daniel


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