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Halo 3, BioShock Lead Video Game Award Nods

Spike TV's "Video Game Awards" returns this year with a 5th anniversary celebration that will honor the year's greatest achievements in gaming. This year, HALO 3 and BIOSHOCK lead the way, with seven nominations apiece, including Game of the Year.

Spike TV's 2007 "Video Game Awards" tapes Friday, Dec. 7th at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas and will premiere Sunday, Dec. 9th (9:00-11:00 pm, ET/PT).

Nominees for the awards were determined by the VGA Advisory Council, made up of a group of the most well-respected experts in the industry who, for the first time in history, will also determine the show's winners. Games released between Nov. 16, 2006 and Dec. 1, 2007 were eligible for nomination. Fan voting, however, will not be left out, as the winner in the Most Addictive Game category will be solely determined by the fans. Voting for the award begins today exclusively at www.vga.spiketv.com, and will close Saturday, Dec. 8.

The nominees for Spike TV's 2007 "Video Game Awards" are:

* Game Of The YearBIOSHOCK (2K Games/ 2K Boston -- 2K Australia)HALO 3 (Microsoft Game Studios/ Bungie Studios)THE ORANGE BOX (Valve/ Valve)MASS EFFECT (Microsoft Game Studios/ BioWare)

* Studio Of The Year2K Boston/ 2K AustraliaBungie StudiosValveHarmonix

* Best ShooterHALO 3 (Microsoft Game Studios/ Bungie Studios)CALL OF DUTY 4: MODERN WARFARE (Activision/ Infinity Ward)THE ORANGE BOX (Valve/ Valve)BIOSHOCK (2K Games/ 2K Boston -- 2K Australia)

* Best RPGMASS EFFECT (Microsoft Game Studios/ BioWare)ETERNAL SONATA (Namco Bandai Games/ tri-Crescendo)FINAL FANTASY TACTICS: THE WAR OF THE LIONS (Square Enix/ Square Enix)SHIN MEGAMI TENSEI: PERSONA 3 (Atlus/ Atlus)

* Best Military GameCALL OF DUTY 4: MODERN WARFARE (Activision/ Infinity Ward)TOM CLANCY'S GHOST RECON ADVANCED WARFIGHTER 2 (Ubisoft/ Red Storm Ent. -- Ubisoft Paris)WORLD IN CONFLICT (Sierra/ Massive Ent.)TOM CLANCY'S RAINBOW SIX VEGAS (Ubisoft/ Ubisoft Montreal)

* Best Individual Sports GameSKATE (Electronic Arts/ EA Black Box)TIGER WOODS PGA TOUR 08 (Electronic Arts/ EA Tiburon)TONY HAWK'S PROVING GROUND (Activision/ Neversoft)VIRTUA TENNIS 3 (Sega/ Sega-AM2)

* Best Handheld GameTHE LEGEND OF ZELDA: PHANTOM HOURGLASS (Nintendo/ Nintendo)FINAL FANTASY TACTICS: THE WAR OF THE LIONS (Square Enix/ Square Enix)PUZZLE QUEST: CHALLENGE OF THE WARLORDS (D3Publisher/ Infinite Interactive)SYPHON FILTER: LOGAN'S SHADOW (Sony Computer Ent./ Sony Bend)

* Best GraphicsBIOSHOCK (2K Games/ 2K Boston -- 2K Australia)CRYSIS (Electronic Arts/ Crytek)CALL OF DUTY 4: MODERN WARFARE (Activision/ Infinity Ward)MASS EFFECT (Microsoft Game Studios/ BioWare)

* Best Game Based On A Movie Or TV ShowTHE SIMPSONS GAME (Electronic Arts/ EA Redwood Shores)NARUTO: RISE OF A NINJA (Ubisoft/ Ubisoft Montreal)THE LORD OF THE RINGS ONLINE: SHADOWS OF ANGMAR (Midway Games -- Turbine/ Turbine)JOHN WOO PRESENTS STRANGLEHOLD (Midway Games/ Midway Games)

* Best Rhythm GameROCK BAND (MTV Games/ Harmonix)GUITAR HERO III: LEGENDS OF ROCK (Activision/ Neversoft)JAM SESSIONS (Ubisoft/ Plato)GUITAR HERO ENCORE: ROCK THE 80S (Activision/ Harmonix)

* Best Driving GameFORZA MOTORSPORT 2 (Microsoft Game Studios/ Turn 10 Studios)PROJECT GOTHAM RACING 4 (Microsoft Game Studios/ Bizarre Creations)DIRT (Codemasters/ Codemasters)NEED FOR SPEED PROSTREET (Electronic Arts/ EA Black Box)

* Best Action GameGOD OF WAR II (Sony Computer Entertainment/ SCE Studios Santa Monica)ASSASSIN'S CREED (Ubisoft/ Ubisoft Montreal)SUPER MARIO GALAXY (Nintendo/ Nintendo)RATCHET & CLANK FUTURE: TOOLS OF DESTRUCTION (Sony Computer Ent./ Insomniac Games)

* Best Team Sports GameMADDEN NFL 08 (Electronic Arts/ EA Tiburon)NHL 08 (Electronic Arts/ EA Canada)NBA 2K8 (2K Sports/ Visual Concepts)WINNING ELEVEN: PRO EVOLUTION SOCCER 2007 (Konami/ Konami)

* Best SoundtrackROCK BAND (MTV Games/ Harmonix)GUITAR HERO III: LEGENDS OF ROCK (Activision/ Neversoft)BIOSHOCK (2K Games/ 2K Boston -- 2K Australia)TONY HAWK'S PROVING GROUND (Activision/ Neversoft)

* Breakthrough TechnologyROCK BAND (MTV Games/ Harmonix)THE ORANGE BOX/ PORTAL (Valve/ Valve)HALO 3 -- Saved Films/ Theatre Mode (Microsoft Game Studios/ Bungie Studios)CRYSIS (Electronic Arts/ Crytek)

* Best Xbox 360 GameBIOSHOCK (2K Games/ 2K Boston -- 2K Australia)HALO 3 (Microsoft Game Studios/ Bungie Studios)MASS EFFECT (Microsoft Game Studios/ BioWare)THE ORANGE BOX (Valve/ Valve)

* Best Wii GameMETROID PRIME 3: CORRUPTION (Nintendo/ Retro Studios)SUPER MARIO GALAXY (Nintendo/ Nintendo)SUPER PAPER MARIO (Nintendo/ Nintendo)THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: TWILIGHT PRINCESS (Nintendo/ Nintendo)

* Best PS3 GameRATCHET & CLANK FUTURE: TOOLS OF DESTRUCTION (Sony Computer Ent./ Insomniac Games)HEAVENLY SWORD (Sony Computer Ent./ Ninja Theory)WARHAWK (Sony Computer Ent./ Incognito Ent.)UNCHARTED: DRAKE'S FORTUNE (Sony Computer Ent./ Naughty Dog)

* Best PC GameTHE ORANGE BOX (Valve/ Valve)WORLD IN CONFLICT (Sierra/ Massive Ent.)CRYSIS (Electronic Arts/ Crytek)BIOSHOCK (2K Games/ 2K Boston -- 2K Australia)

* Best Original ScoreHALO 3 (Microsoft Game Studios/ Bungie Studios)BIOSHOCK (2K Games/ 2K Boston -- 2K Australia)MASS EFFECT (Microsoft Game Studios/ BioWare)GOD OF WAR II (Sony Computer Ent./ SCE Studios Santa Monica)

* Best Multi-Player GameHALO 3 (Microsoft Game Studios/ Bungie Studios)THE ORANGE BOX (Valve/ Valve)ROCK BAND (MTV Games/ Harmonix)CALL OF DUTY 4: MODERN WARFARE (Activision/ Infinity Ward)

* Most Addictive GameHALO 3 (Microsoft Game Studios/ Bungie Studios)THE ORANGE BOX (Valve/ Valve)GUITAR HERO III: LEGENDS OF ROCK (Activision/ Neversoft)WII SPORTS (Nintendo/ Nintendo)

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