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Game Awards Releases Nominations

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The 2016 Gaming Awards just released its list of nominees for the 26 categories which game developers will be striving to win come award night.

With the end of the year drawing near, gamers are looking forward to 2017 and what it holds for the future of gaming. Including a new console, the Nintendo Switch, and several highly anticipated games. Before 2017 arrives, however, time is being taken by the gaming industry to celebrate this past year of gaming with its largest celebration, The 2016 Game Awards.

The Game Awards was held at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles, California on December 1st 2016 at 8 pm Central Time.

During the event, video game creator Hideo Kojima, most well-known for creating the Metal Gear franchise, will be awarded with the “highest honor” of the night, the “Industry Icon” award.

The “Industry Icon” award “recognizes individuals who have made an [incredible] impact on the video game medium.” says The Game Awards website.

“Hideo Kojima is one of our industry’s most accomplished and innovative storytellers,” said Geoff Keighley, creator of The Game Awards. “When we started work on this year’s Game Awards, my first priority was to make sure we honor him properly in front of his peers and fans.”

Due to the release of the nominees, fans now know who is competing for the other categories.

Naughty Dog’s Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End has the most nominations with eight, including Game of the Year, Best Game Direction, Best Art Direction, Best Narrative, Best Action/Adventure Game and 3 nominations for Best Performance (Troy Baker, Nolan North, and Emily Rose.) Overwatch, Inside, and Firewatch are all following up with five nominations each.

Sony was the most represented publisher with 13 nominations, most of which are from Uncharted 4, followed by publishers EA with 10 nominations, Blizzard with 7 and Bethesda with 6. Independent gaming companies Playdead and Campo Santo have 5 nominations each.

The nominees for the Game of the Year Award, are Doom, Overwatch, Inside, Titanfall 2, and, once again, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End. The award will be given to the game “that delivers the absolute best experience across all creative and technical fields.”

The Game Awards, while still providing homage to the past year of gaming, shows viewers some of what they can expect for the next year in gaming.

“Most Anticipated Game” nominee The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, will be showing exclusive gaming footage during the broadcast. Breath of the Wild is set to be released early next year alongside the release of the Nintendo Switch.

In total, 63 different games were nominated and the full list of nominations can be found at thegameawards.com.

For those who cannot go to Los Angeles to experience it live, the event will be streamed worldwide on several different platforms, including YouTube and Twitch.

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