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Spike TV Names Video Game Awards Finalists

Rockstar Games’ Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Microsoft’s Halo 2 and Vivendi Universal Games’ Half-Life 2 lead the pack as Spike TV announces the finalists for its second annual Video Game Awards (VGAs). Hosted this year by rapper/actor Snoop Dogg, the event will be broadcast live from Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, Calif., on Tuesday, December 14 at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. C.

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Halo 2 and Half-Life 2 each received five nominations. The titles are competing for Game of the Year, along with Burnout 3: Takedown from Electronic Arts and Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater from Konami. San Andreas and Solid 3 also go head-to-head for Best Action Game, along with Tecmo’s Ninja Gaiden, while Halo 2 and Half Life 2 duke it out for Best First Person Action with Activision’s Doom 3, Ubisoft’s Far Cry and Atari’s Unreal Tournament 2004 rounding out that category.

Unlike last year, there is no category for Best Animation. Instead, judges will choose Best Graphics from Doom 3, Half-Life 2, Halo 2 and Ninja Gaiden.

It’s a battle of the blockbusters for Best Game Based on Movie as Activision’s Spider-Man 2 gets some heated competition from LucasArts’ Star Wars: Battlefront, Electronic Arts’ GoldenEye: Rogue Agent and Vivendi Universal Games’ The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape From ButcherBay.

To reflect the video game industry’s expanding influence on pop culture, this year, Spike TV has added new award categories such as Designer of the Year and Best New Technology. Competitors in the latter category are the Half-Life 2 engine (Vivendi Universal Games/Valve) the Nintendo DS handheld, the NVIDIA GeForce 6800 and the Spherex XBOX 5.1 Surround Sound System.

Nominees were determined by the Video Game Awards Advisory Board, made up of a group of gaming industry experts. Winners will be determined by votes from the Advisory Board and consumer voting. Voting for this year’s nominees on SpikeTV.com starts Nov. 16 and runs through Dec. 14. Fans logging onto the site can view clips of nominated games and other streaming video and information leading up to the show. For the first time this year, Virgin Mobile subscribers will be able to vote directly from the Virgin Extras Menu on their wireless phones.

Spike TV President Albie Hecht will serve as exec producer for the 2004 awards presentation. Casey Patterson is co-exec producer with Scott Fishman and Magda Liolis as producers. Jim Burns is the executive in charge of production for Spike TV.

Other nominees are:

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A HUMAN-FEMALE

Brooke Burke – Need for Speed Underground 2 (Electronic Arts)

Judi Dench – Goldeneye: Rogue Agent (Electronic Arts)

Carmen Electra – Def Jam: Fight For New York (Electronic Arts)

Jennifer Garner – Alias (Acclaim)

Heidi Klum – James Bond 007: Everything or Nothing (Electronic Arts)

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A HUMAN-MALE

Vin Diesel – The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from ButcherBay

(Vivendi Universal Games)

Hugh Jackman – Van Helsing (Vivendi Universal Games)

Samuel L. Jackson – Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (Rockstar Games)

Christopher Lee – GoldenEye: Rogue Agent (Electronic Arts)

Tobey McGuire – Spider-Man 2 (Activision)

HOTTEST VIDEO VIXENS

Tina Armstong – Dead or Alive Ultimate (Tecmo)

Carmen Electra- Def Jam: Fight For NY (Electronic Arts)

BloodRayne – BloodRayne 2 (Majesco Games)

Luba Licious – Leisure Suit Larry: Magda Cum Laude (Vivendi Universal Games)

Rachel Teller (played by Brooke Burke) Need for Speed Underground 2 (Electronic Arts)

BEST DRIVING GAME

Burnout 3: Takedown – (Electronic Arts)

NASCAR 2005: Chase for the Cup – (Electronic Arts)

Need For Speed Underground 2 – (Electronic Arts)

BEST SPORTS GAME

ESPN NFL 2K5 (Sega)

Madden NFL 2005 (Electronic Arts)

NBA Ballers (Midway)

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2005 (Electronic Arts)

Tony Hawk’s Underground 2 (Activision)

BEST FIGHTING GAME

Def Jam: Fight For New York (Electronic Arts)

Dead or Alive Ultimate (Tecmo)

Fight Night 2004 (Electronic Arts)

Mortal Kombat: Deception (Midway)

WWE: Smackdown! vs. Raw (THQ)

BEST SONG IN A VIDEO GAME

Chingy “I Do” Need for Speed Underground 2 (Electronic Arts)

Green Day “American Idiot” Madden NFL 2005 (Electronic Arts)

Jimmy Eat World – “Pain” Tony Hawk’s Underground 2 (Activision)

Terror Squad -“Lean Back”- Need for Speed Underground 2 (Electronic Arts)

Will I Am -“GO” NBA Live 2005 (Electronic Arts)

BEST SOUNDTRACK

GoldenEye: Rogue Agent (Electronic Arts)

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (Rockstar Games)

Halo 2 (Microsoft Game Studios)

Katamari Damacy (Namco)

Madden NFL 2005 (Electronic Arts)

DESIGNER OF THE YEAR

Sam Houser and Rockstar North for Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (Rockstar Games / Rockstar North)

Jason Jones and Bungie Studios for Halo 2 (Microsoft Game Studios/Bungie Software)

Hideo Kojima for Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater (Konami/KCEJ)

Alex Ward and Criterion for Burnout 3: Takedown (Electronic Arts/ Criterion)

MOST ADDICTIVE GAME–VIEWER’S CHOICE

Burnout 3: Takedown (Electronic Arts)

City of Heroes (NCsoft)

Donkey Konga (Nintendo)

Katamari Damacy (Namco)

The Sims 2 (Electronic Arts)

BEST GAMING PUBLICATION–FAN FAVORITE

Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM)

Game Informer Official Playstation Magazine GMR

BEST GAMING WEB SITE–FAN FAVORITE

www.1up.com

www.gamespot.com

www.gamespy.com

www.ign.com

www.shacknews.com

BEST MILITARY GAME

Call of Duty: Finest Hour (Activision)

Conflict: Vietnam (Global Star Software)

Full Spectrum Warrior (THQ)

Rome: Total War (Activision)

Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War (THQ)

BEST PC GAME

Doom 3 (Activision)

Half-Life 2 (Vivendi Universal Games)

Total War (Activision)

The Sims 2 (Electronic Arts)

BEST WIRELESS GAME

CBS Sportsline Baseball 2004 (Mforma)

Jamdat Sports NFL 2005 (Jamdat Mobile)

Might and Magic (Ubisoft – Gameloft)

National Treasure (Starwave)

BEST HANDHELD

Astro Boy: Omega Factor (Sega)

Metroid: Zero Mission (Nintendo)

Pokemon FireRed Version (Nintendo)

BEST MASS MULTI-PLAYER GAME

City of Heroes (NCsoft)

Everquest II (Sony Online Entertainment)

Final Fantasy XI (Square Enix)

BEST RPG

The Bard’s Tale (InXile Entertainment)

Fable (Microsoft Game Studios)

Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne (Atlus Co.)

X-Men Legends (Activision)

Spike TV President Albie Hecht will serve as the Spike TV’s 2004 VIDEO GAME AWARDS Executive Producer. Casey Patterson is Co-Executive Producer with Scott Fishman and Magda Liolis as Producers. Jim Burns is the Executive in Charge of Production for Spike TV.

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