"Borderlands 2," "Halo 4" and "Journey" lead the way with seven nominations each for the 10th annual kudocast airing Friday, December 7, on Spike TV.

Video Game Awards 2012 host Samuel L. Jackson
November 15, 2012

NEW YORK, NY — 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, California, 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":

Game of the Year
"Assassin's Creed III"
"Mass Effect 3"
"The Walking Dead: The Game"

Best Action Adventure Game
"Assassin's Creed III"
"Darksiders II"
"Sleeping Dogs"

Best Shooter
"Borderlands 2"
"Call of Duty: Black Ops II"
"Halo 4"
"Max Payne 3"

Studio of the Year
343 Industries
Arkane Studios
Gearbox Software
Telltale Games

Most Anticipated Game
"BioShock Infinite"
"Grand Theft Auto V"
"South Park: The Stick of Truth"
"The Last of Us"
"Tomb Raider"

Best RPG
"Diablo III"
"Mass Effect 3"
"Torchlight II"
"Xenoblade Chronicles"

Best Multi-Player Game
"Borderlands 2"
"Call of Duty: Black Ops II"
"Guild Wars 2"
"Halo 4"

Best Fighting Game
"Dead or Alive 5"
"Persona 4 Arena"
"Street Fighter X Tekken"
"Tekken Tag Tournament 2"

Best Driving Game
"DiRT: Showdown"
"F1 2012"
"Forza Horizon"
"Need for Speed Most Wanted"

Best Team Sports Game
"FIFA Soccer 13"
"Madden NFL 13"
"NBA 2K13"
"NHL 13"

Best Individual Sports Game
"Hot Shots Golf World Invitational"
"Tiger Woods PGA Tour 13"
"WWE '13"

Best Xbox 360 Game
"Assassin's Creed III"
"Borderlands 2"
"Halo 4"

Best PS3 Game
"Assassin's Creed III"
"Borderlands 2"

Best Wii/Wii U Game
"New Super Mario Bros. U"
"The Last Story"
"Xenoblade Chronicles"

Best PC Game
"Diablo III"
"Guild Wars 2"
"Torchlight II"
"XCOM: Enemy Unkown"

Best Handheld/Mobile Game
"Gravity Rush"
"LittleBigPlanet PS Vita"
"New Super Mario Bros. 2"
"Sound Shapes"

Best Social Game
"Draw Something"
"Marvel: Avengers Alliance"
"SimCity Social"
"You Don't Know Jack"

Best Downloadable Game
"Sound Shapes"
"The Walking Dead"

Best DLC
Dawnguard – "The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim"
Leviathan – "Mass Effect 3"
Mechromancer Pack – "Borderlands 2"
Perpetual Testing Initiative – "Portal 2"

Best Independent Game
"Dust: An Elysian Tail"
"Mark of the Ninja"

Best Adapted Video Game
"Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two"
"Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes"
"The Walking Dead"
"Transformers: Fall of Cybertron"

Best Graphics
"Assassin's Creed III"
"Halo 4"

Best Song in a Game
"Castle of Glass" by Linkin Park – "Medal of Honor Warfighter"
"Cities" by Beck – "Sound Shapes"
"I Was Born for This" by Austin Wintory – "Journey"
"Tears" by Health – "Max Payne 3"

Best Original Score
"Call of Duty: Black Ops II"
"Halo 4"
"Max Payne 3"

Best Performance by a Human Male
Dameon Clarke as Handsome Jack – "Borderlands 2"
Dave Fennoy as Lee Everret – "The Walking Dead"
James Mccaffrey as Max Payne – "Max Payne 3"
Nolan North as Captain Martin Walker – "Spec Ops: The Line"

Best Performance by a Human Female
Emma Stone as Amanda Cartwright – "Sleeping Dogs"
Jen Taylor as Cortana – "Halo 4"
Jennifer Hale as Commander Shepard – "Mass Effect 3"
Melissa Hutchison as Clementine – "The Walking Dead"

Character of the Year
Connor – "Assassin's Creed III"
Commander Shepard – "Mass Effect 3"
Claptrap – "Borderlands 2"
Master Chief – "Halo 4"
Raul Menendez – "Call of Duty: Black Ops 2"

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

*Xbox Live Gold subscription required.