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Red Dead tops AIAS award nominations

Rockstar's Western proves popular, with nine mentions for DICE ceremony next month

The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences has unveiled the list of nominees for the 14th Annual Interactive Awards, the ceremony for which will take place at DICE next month in Las Vegas.

Topping the list by some distance was Red Dead Redemption, with the name of Rockstar's Western cropping up in no fewer than nine categories.

With six mentions apiece were Enslaved: Odyssey to the West and God of War III, while Call of Duty: Black Ops, Heavy Rain, Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood and Mass Effect II picked up five each.

Other notables with four nominations included Dance Central, Limbo and Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty.

Comedian Jay Mohr was once again confirmed as host for the event - the sixth time he will have taken the role - taking place at the Red Rock Resort.

"2010 saw many great achievements in interactive entertainment," said Martin Rae, president of the AIAS. "The Academy is continually impressed by the quality of games and creativity that are put forth each year from the men and women of this medium.

"Great games are found everywhere - this year's nominations illustrate the depth and breadth of our game experience for titles from core consoles, browsers and personal entertainment devices like the iPhone."

The nominations for selected key categories follow:

Game of the Year

  • Angry Birds HD (Publisher: Chillingo; Developer: Rovio)
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops (Publisher: Activision; Developer: Treyarch)
  • God of War III (Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment America; Developer: SCE Santa Monica Studio)
  • Mass Effect 2 (Publisher: Electronic Arts; Developer: Bioware)
  • Red Dead Redemption (Publisher: Rockstar Games; Developer: Rockstar San Diego)

Outstanding Innovation in Gaming

     
  • Angry Birds HD (Publisher: Chillingo; Developer: Rovio)
  • Dance Central (Publisher: Microsoft Game Studios/MTV Games; Developer: Harmonix Music Systems)
  • Heavy Rain (Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment America; Developer: Quantic Dream)
  • Limbo (Publisher: Playdead; Developer: Playdead)
  • Red Dead Redemption (Publisher: Rockstar Games; Developer: Rockstar San Diego)

Action Game of the Year

  • Battlefield: Bad Company 2 (Publisher: Electronic Arts; Developer: Digital Illusions CE)
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops (Publisher: Activision; Developer: Treyarch)
  • God of War III (Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment America; Developer: SCE Santa Monica Studio)
  • Halo: Reach (Publisher: Microsoft Game Studios; Developer: Bungie)
  • Red Dead Redemption (Publisher: Rockstar Games; Developer: Rockstar San Diego)

Adventure Game of the Year

  • Alan Wake (Publisher: Microsoft Game Studios; Developer: Remedy Entertainment)
  • Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood: (Publisher: Ubisoft; Developer: Ubisoft Montreal)
  • Enslaved: Odyssey to the West (Publisher: Namco Bandai; Developer: Ninja Theory)
  • Heavy Rain (Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment America; Developer: Quantic Dream)
  • Limbo (Publisher: Playdead; Developer: Playdead)

Casual Game of the Year

  • Angry Birds HD (Publisher: Chillingo; Developer: Rovio)
  • Bejeweled 3 (Publisher: PopCap Games; Developer: PopCap Games)
  • Kinect Sports (Publisher: Microsoft Game Studio; Developer: Rare)
  • Pac-Man Championship Edition DX (Publisher: Namco Bandai; Developer: Namco Bandai)
  • Plants vs. Zombies (Publisher: PopCap Games; Developer: PopCap Games)

Role-Playing/Massively Multiplayer Game of the Year

  • Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies (Publisher: Nintendo; Developer: Square Enix)
  • Fable III (Publisher: Microsoft Game Studios; Developer: Lionhead Studios)
  • Fallout: New Vegas (Publisher: Bethesda Softworks; Developer: Obsidian Entertainment)
  • Mass Effect 2 (Publisher: Electronic Arts; Developer: Bioware)
  • World of Warcraft: Cataclysm (Publisher: Blizzard Entertainment; Developer: Blizzard Entertainment)

Social Networking Game of the Year

  • Cityville (Publisher: Zynga; Developer: Zynga)
  • Family Feud (Publisher: iWin/Backstage Technologies; Developer: iWin/Backstage Technologies)
  • FrontierVille (Publisher: Zynga; Developer: Zynga)
  • Nightclub City (Publisher: Booyah; Developer: Booyah)
  • Ravenwood Fair (Publisher; Lolapps; Developer: Lolapps)

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Latest comments (3)

Panagiotis Karanikolis Developer Account Manager, Intel6 years ago
What I find shocking is angry birds getting nominated along side titles such as Red Dead, GoW, Mass Effect etc. Are sales all that drives nominations because in terms of originality, budget/production quality and games as art (remember, this is after all The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences) it just doesn't fit at all.

It's a sad turn when casual games get to compete with enthusiast titles and an "App" is stealing a slot away from let's say Super Mario Galaxy 2, Fallout New Vegas, Super Meat Boy, Assassin's Creed or whatever just because they became the new hype. What's next? Space-ville from Zynga game of the year 2012?
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David Radd Senior Editor, IndustryGamers6 years ago
Would it be fair to exclude Angry Birds simply because its a "casual" title, as you say? It's gotten a lot of acclaim along with its success - it's an example of how the gaming industry is expanding. It should be embraced as part of the larger industry, not divided into "casual" and "enthusiast."
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Terence Gage Freelance writer 6 years ago
I enjoyed Angry Birds. I'm done with it now (it was free on Android), but I thought it was a neat little idea with great presentation, good gameplay mechanics and in particular, excellent physics. I think it deserves some recognition, regardless of how lightweight it may be or what particular sector it should be classified within.
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