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Spike TV Games Awards Premieres Dec. 4

Spike TV has named the 16 finalists in wide-ranging awards categories for the network's first annual "Video Game Awards" (VGAs), hosted by actor/comedian David Spade from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, airing 9-11:00 pm on Dec. 4, 2003. The all-mens channel promises to deliver a non-traditional awards show without podiums, presenters and acceptance speeches.The show will unfold in a futuristic setting that's part "next-century Tokyo" and part "Minority Report" that will seamlessly blend real and animated worlds into a dynamic awards show presentation

All viewers and video game fans are encouraged to visit Spike TV's Website at www.spiketv.com and cast their votes for their favorite video games including "viewer's choice" categories. All nominees and winners of Spike TV's "VGAs" are tallied from gaming industry experts, public opinion via Spike TV's website (www.spiketv.com) and Spike TV's editorial board.

Game of the Year* GRAND THEFT AUTO: VICECITY (Rockstar Games)* MADDEN NFL 2004 (EA Sports)* TOM CLANCY'S SPLINTER CELL (Ubi Soft)

Best Sports Game* MADDEN NFL 2004 (EA Sports)* NBA STREET VOL.2 (EA Big)* TONY HAWK'S UNDERGROUND (Activision)

Best Action Game* FREEDOM FIGHTERS (EA Games)* MAX PAYNE 2: THE FALL OF MAX PAYNE (Rockstar Games)* TRUE CRIME: STREETS OF LA (Activision)

Best Animation* DEAD OR ALIVE XTREMEBEACHVOLLEYBALL (Tecmo)* GRAND THEFT AUTO: VICECITY (Rockstar Games)* WARCRAFT III: THE FROZEN THRONE (Blizzard Entertainment)

Best Game Based on Movie* ENTER THE MATRIX (Atari)* THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING (EA Games)* STAR WARS: KNIGHTS OF THE OLDREPUBLIC (LucasArts)

Best Driving Game* F-ZERO GX (Nintendo)* NASCAR THUNDER 2004 (EA Sports)* THE SIMPSON'S: HIT & RUN (VU Games)

Best Music* DEF JAM VENDETTA (EA Big)* GRAND THEFT AUTO: VICECITY (Rockstar Games)* MADDEN NFL 2004 (EA Sports)

Best Performance By A Human* Def Jam Crew - DMX / Ludacris / Method Man / Red Man (DEF JAM VENDETTA; EA Big)* Jenna Jameson (GRAND THEFT AUTO: VICECITY; Rockstar Games)* Ray Liotta (GRAND THEFT AUTO: VICECITY; Rockstar Games)* Snoop Dogg (TRUE CRIME: STREETS OF LA; Activision)* David Duchovny (XIII; Ubi Soft)

Most Anticipated* DOOM 3 (Activision)* DRIVER 3 (Atari)* FABLE (Microsoft)* FULL SPECTRUM WARRIOR (THQ)* GRAN TURISMO 4 (SCEA)* HALF-LIFE 2 (VU Games)* HALO 2 (Microsoft)* METAL GEAR SOLID 3: SNAKE EATER (Konami)* THE SIMS 2 (EA Games) * TOM CLANCY'S SPLINTER CELL: PANDORA TOMORROW (Ubi Soft)

Most Addictive* PLANETSIDE (Sony Online Entertainment)* SOUL CALIBUR II (Namco)* THE SIMS: SUPERSTAR (EA Games)

Best PC Game* HALO: COMBAT EVOLVED (Microsoft)* MAX PAYNE 2: THE FALL OF MAX PAYNE (Rockstar Games)* WARCRAFT III: THE FROZEN THRONE (Blizzard Entertainment)

Best Online Game* BATTLEFIELD 1942: THE ROAD TO ROME(EA Games)* FINAL FANTASY XI (Square Enix)* STAR WARS GALAXIES (Lucas Arts)

Best Handheld Game* ADVANCE WARS 2: BLACK HOLE RISING (Nintendo)* FINAL FANTASY XI (Nintendo/ Square Enix)* TOM CLANCY'S SPLINTER CELL (Ubi Soft)

Best Fighting Game* DEF JAM VENDETTA (EA Big)* SOUL CALIBUR II (Namco)* WWE SMACKDOWN!: HERE COMES THE PAIN (THQ)

Best First Person Action* CALL OF DUTY (Activision)* HALO: COMBAT EVOLVED (Microsoft)* RAINBOW SIX 3: RAVEN SHIELD (Ubi Soft)

Best Fantasy Game* FINAL FANTASY XI (Square Enix)* STAR WARS: KNIGHTS OF THE OLDREPUBLIC(Lucas Arts)* THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: THE WIND WAKER (Nintendo)

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