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Limbo, Red Dead Redemption lead GDCA nominations

Wednesday, 12th January 2011 14:35 GMT By Johnny Cullen

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GDC organiser ThinkServices has announced nominees for this year’s Game Developer’s Choice Awards, with Limbo and Red Dead Redemption taking the lead.

Creepy 2D platformer Limbo, which released on Xbox Live Arcade last summer, received seven nominations, whilst Rockstar San Diego’s open-world western masterpiece came in with six.

BioWare’s Mass Effect 2 gained five award nominations.

All three, as well as Call of Duty: Black Ops and Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood, will contest the Game of the Year award.

Full list is below, via GameSetWatch.

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)

The winners of the Pioneer, Ambassador and Lifetime Achievement awards at later dates.

The Game Developer Choice Awards takes place during GDC on Wednesday, March 2.

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9 Comments

  1. Prof.Dr.Moertel

    Where the heck is Alan Wake? :(

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Syrok

    @1 It was all just a dream. You (or anyone else) never actually played it. ;)

    #2 4 years ago
  3. freedoms_stain

    I don’t think Alan Wake would qualify as best in any category except biggest disappointment, so it’d be a waste of a nomination slot imo.

    Red Dead is up for a few of nods it shouldn’t be, (design, audio, tech) but I hope it gets writing.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Prof.Dr.Moertel

    I dont think that Heavy Rain is worth a nomination in “Innovation”. It´s the same as Fahrenheit(Indigo Prophecy)imo.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. OlderGamer

    Monday Night Combat is prolly the best game that no one plays. I mean people play it of course, games are full online, but compared to other bigger name games it snuck in under the radar.

    Great game, imo.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. AHA-Lambda

    best writing? heavy rain?

    LLLLLLLLLLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOLLLLLLLLLLLLL
    XDXDXDXDXDXDXD

    @3 – agreed on alan wake. One of the bigger disappointments of 2010 imo. Even if you did like it I would find it rich of anyone to say it was worth waiting 5 years for =/

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Tallon 4

    Best Visual Arts

    Call of Duty: Black Ops (Treyarch)???

    GTFO.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. IL DUCE

    They gotta throw black ops in there for good measure because for a game that broke all these records, it really wasn’t that good and lived off the hype of how good MW2 was the year before…

    #8 4 years ago
  9. Moonwalker1982

    MW2 was trash, there i said it. It’s just my opinion but i disliked that game alot, short campaign, online it’s full of cheaters, campers and so on. Overpowered perks and what not. Plus most maps flat out sucked.

    And i love Black Ops, it is what it is, but i highly disagree with Black Ops not being that good.

    #9 4 years ago

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