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Nominees for Game Developers Choice Awards announced, Mass Effect 2, Costume Quest and Red Dead Redemption included

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Game Developers Choice AwardsThe 11th annual Game Developers Choice Awards will take place on March 2nd this year during the 2011 Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, and over the course of the awards ceremony dozens of games and thousands of game developers will be recognised for their work on the very best videogames of 2010.

What makes the Game Developers Choice Awards special is that it’s a peer-based industry ceremony, and has for years been known as an event ‘by developers, for developers.’ If your work is recognised with an award, you can be sure of your accomplishment!

While the nominees for the event have already been chosen in a variety of categories, including ‘Game of the Year,’ ‘Best Game Design,’ ‘Best Debut Game’ and ‘Best Writing,’ special award recipients will be announced at a later date in the categories of ‘Pioneer,’ ‘Ambassador’ and ‘Lifetime Achievement’ awards.

Here is the full list of nominees in all categories (PS: Don’t forget that the Independent Games Festival Awards winners will also be announced on March 2nd, so be sure to look out for those, too!):

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)

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