Spike TV Announces Nominees For 10th Annual Video Game Awards

        Spike TV Announces Nominees For 10th Annual Video Game Awards



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

PR Newswire

NEW YORK, Nov. 15, 2012

NEW YORK, Nov. 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --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.

(Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110419/NY85419LOGO )

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

  o"Assassin's Creed III" (Ubisoft/Ubisoft Montreal)
  o"Dishonored" (Bethesda Softworks/Arkane Studios)
  o"Journey" (Sony Computer Entertainment/thatgamecompany)
  o"Mass Effect 3" (Electronic Arts/BioWare)
  o"The Walking Dead: The Game" (Telltale Games)

Best Action Adventure Game

  o"Assassin's Creed III" (Ubisoft/Ubisoft Montreal)
  o"Darksiders II" (THQ/Vigil Games)
  o"Dishonored" (Bethesda Softworks/Arkane Studios)
  o"Sleeping Dogs" (Square Enix/United Front Games)

Best Shooter

  o"Borderlands 2" (2K Games/Gearbox Software)
  o"Call of Duty: Black Ops II" (Activision/Treyarch)
  o"Halo 4" (Microsoft Studios/343 Industries)
  o"Max Payne 3" (Rockstar Games)

Studio of the Year

  o343 Industries
  oArkane Studios
  oGearbox Software
  oTelltale Games

Most Anticipated Game

  o"BioShock Infinite" (2K Games/Irrational Games)
  o"Grand Theft Auto V" (Rockstar Games)
  o"South Park: The Stick of Truth" (THQ/Obsidian Entertainment)
  o"The Last of Us" (Sony Computer Entertainment/Naughty Dog)
  o"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.

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