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The Games Awards 2017 Nominees Announced

It's that time of the year when Geoff Keighley hosts the most anticipated night in game criticism.

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The Game Awards 2017 will air live on December 7 at 8:30 PM ET and today Geoff Keighley announced the nominees.  If you don't want to watch the 12 minute video embedded below, we have compiled a list of the nominees. Please take a look.

Best Performance

Ashly Burch as Aloy - Horizon: Zero Dawn

Brian Bloom as BJ Blazkowicz - Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus

Claudia Black as Chloe Frazer - Uncharted: The Lost Legacy

Laura Bailey as Nadine Ross - Uncharted: The Lost Legacy

Melina Juergens as Senua - Hellblade: Sensua's Sacrifice

Best Audio Design

Destiny 2

Hellblade: Sensua's Sacrifice

Resident Evil 7: Biohazard

Super Mario Odyssey

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Best Score/Music

Cuphead

Destiny 2

NieR: Automata

Persona 5

Super Mario Odyssey

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Best Ongoing Game

Destiny 2

Grand Theft Auto Online

Overwatch

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds

Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege

Warframe

Games For Impact

Bury me, my Love

Hellblade: Sensua's Sacrifice

Life is Strange: Before The Storm

Night In The Woods

Please Knock on My Door

What Remains of Edith Finch

Best Art Direction

Cuphead

Destiny 2

Horizon: Zero Dawn

Persona 5

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Best Multiplayer Experience

Call of Duty: WWII

Destiny 2

Fortnite

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds

Splatoon 2

Trending Gamer

Andrea Rene - What's Good Games

Clint Lexa - halfcoordinated

Guy Beahm - Dr. Disrespect

Mike Grzesiek - C9 Shroud

Steven Spohn - AbleGamers

Most Anticipated Game

God of War

Marvel Spider-Man

Monster Hunter World

Red Dead Redemption II

The Last of Us Part II

Best Action/Adventure Game

Assassin's Creed: Origins

Horizon: Zero Dawn

Super Mario Odyssey

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy

Best Action Game

Cuphead

Destiny 2

Nioh

Prey

Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus

Best Esports Team

Cloud9

Faze Clan

Lunatic-Hai

SKT1

Team Liquid

Best Esports Player 

Faker

Coldzera

Niko

Ryujehong

Kuroky

Best Esports Game

CS: GO

DOTA 2

League of Legends

Overwatch

Rocket League

Best Role Playing Game

Divinity: Original Sin 2

Final Fantasy XV

NieR: Automata

Persona 5

South Park: The Fractured But Whole

Best VR/AR Game

Farpoint

Lone Echo: Echo Arena

Resident Evil 7: Biohazard

Star Trek Bridge Crew

SUPERHOT VR

Best Sports or Racing Game

FIFA 18

Forza Motorsport 7

GT Sport

NBA 2K18

PES 20188

Project Cars 2

Best Strategy Game

Halo Wars 2

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle

Total War: Warhammer 2

Tooth and Tail

XCOM 2: War of the Chosen

Best Family Game

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle

Sonic Mania

Splatoon 2

Super Mario Odyssey

Best Fighting Game

ARMS

Injustice 2

Marvel vs Capcom Infinite

Nidhogg II

Tekken 7

Best Handheld Game

Ever Oasis

Fire Emblem: Echoes

Metroid: Samus Returns

Monster Hunter Stories

Poochy & Yoshi's Wooly World

Best Mobile Game

Fire Emblem: Heroes

Hidden Folks

Monument Valley II

Old Man's Journey

Super Mario Run

Best Independent Game

Cuphead

Hellblade: Sensua's Sacrifice

Night in the Woods

Pyre

What Remains of Edith Finch

Best Narrative

Hellblade: Sensua's Sacrifice

Horizon: Zero Dawn

NieR: Automata

What Remains of Edith Finch

Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus

Best Game Direction

Horizon: Zero Dawn

Resident Evil 7: Biohazard

Super Mario Odyssey

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus

Game of the Year

Horizon: Zero Dawn

Persona 5

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds

Super Mario Odyssey

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild


You can vote now by going to The Game Awards website right now. The Game Awards 2017 will air live on December 7 at 8:30 PM ET.

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    November 14, 2017 9:09 AM

    Asif Khan posted a new article, The Games Awards 2017 Nominees Announced

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      November 14, 2017 9:41 AM

      Best Performance with 4 woman nominated is pretty awesome!

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        November 14, 2017 10:03 AM

        Ashly Burch might have been nominated twice in the same category if the voice actor's strike didn't keep her from being Chloe in Life is Strange: Before the Storm.

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      November 14, 2017 9:43 AM

      Trending Gamer, Clint Lexa - halfcoordinated
      Is that halfcoordinated who has done several runs at Games Done Quick one handed (as they have limited use of their other hand)? If so, then they deserve to win!

      Also, how does Best Independent Game not have 'A Hat in Time'?

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      November 14, 2017 9:44 AM

      I haven't played any of the titles nominated for "Game of the Year". Also it's kind of crazy to see esports teams being categories.

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        November 14, 2017 9:45 AM

        I guess they're either banking on PUBG being completed before the end of the year or don't care it's not done.

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          November 14, 2017 9:55 AM

          Seems like they are setting a precedent. Early Access games can be nominated for The Game Awards GOTY.

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      November 14, 2017 9:53 AM

      Guys we need a name for our games award show, Durrrrrr how about the game awards. Ok done let's go to lunch

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        November 14, 2017 9:56 AM

        I know right? The Shacknews Awards sounds dank af.

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          November 14, 2017 11:20 AM

          Best Performance in a Dramatic Thread
          Mod of the Year
          Best Pile
          Best Burn
          Trending Shacker

          [cue sappy music for those we lost montage]

          Best Dump in a Trump

          ???

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            November 14, 2017 11:50 AM

            Trending Shacker is tough this year.

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            November 14, 2017 11:55 AM

            Best Original Shackmeme
            Most Underrated Shacker
            Most Underrated Thread
            Loneliest Shacker (most OP's with 0 replies or self-bumps only)
            Rookie of the Year
            Best Use of Shack APIs

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        November 15, 2017 12:09 AM

        That is why people call it the "Keighley's"

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      November 14, 2017 10:00 AM

      PUBG isn't released yet.

      Early access games being nominated for awards is stupid.

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        November 14, 2017 10:01 AM

        Ongoing Game is also a weird category.

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          November 14, 2017 10:03 AM

          It really is.

          I'm curious how they're qualifying that because with the current climate of DLC, season passes, loot boxes and expansions almost every single game on there (with a few noteworthy exceptions) could easily qualify as an "ongoing" game.

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          November 14, 2017 10:05 AM

          Same with best Chinese game. You know that Tencent shoehorned in that one.

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          November 14, 2017 11:08 AM

          Yeah like why aren’t more MMOs on that list like WoW if you have ongoing?

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        November 14, 2017 10:08 AM

        PUBG is great, but it's kind of one note. It does that one note SUPER well, but other games this year had more..............breadth.

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        November 14, 2017 11:05 AM

        Nah, if you can pay for it and play it then it should be nominated that year. That means you shouldn't have crappy state games for public consumption.

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        November 14, 2017 1:05 PM

        Yep. People forget that this game is not done. Or at least I hope it's not, based on what I've heard about the netcode.

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          November 14, 2017 2:58 PM

          They're saying 1.0 next month, that's "launch ready" or whatever.

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      November 14, 2017 10:00 AM

      2017: best year for video games.

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      November 14, 2017 10:01 AM

      Haven't played a single one of these. Oh well.

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      November 14, 2017 10:06 AM

      Would be cool for Senua to win, considering she hadn't done it before and just kind of went from being the tester for their system right into full production.

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        November 14, 2017 10:10 AM

        It really should have been nominated for Best Direction as well.

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          November 14, 2017 10:14 AM

          This thread is reminding me that the game is now firmly in my backlog :(

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            November 14, 2017 10:45 AM

            Metamucil helps

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              November 14, 2017 11:06 AM

              I’ve seen my dad attempting to drink that stuff. No thanks.

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      November 14, 2017 10:21 AM

      i think doki doki literature club absolutely should qualify for the 'games for impact' category, though maybe it did and just got beat out by the others (that IS a pretty solid list for the impact category, tbh)

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      November 14, 2017 11:32 AM

      Best Esports team. lol such a broad category.

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      November 14, 2017 11:38 AM

      Award for "Most Anticipated Game"? WTF is this shit? That's the most ridiculous award ever, it means nothing =/

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        November 14, 2017 11:49 AM

        Most Promotional Award

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          November 14, 2017 11:51 AM

          Most Overrated Game Nobody Knows About

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          November 14, 2017 11:52 AM

          "Award for Most Promotional Money Given to Us"

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        November 14, 2017 12:54 PM

        There's the Oscar category for "movie I most want to see next year", so its not like they're doing anything weird or whatever

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        November 14, 2017 9:40 PM

        Yeah! HL3 wasn't on it!

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        November 15, 2017 1:44 AM

        Yeah, pure PR BS Doritos Doritos Doritos bait

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      November 14, 2017 11:51 AM

      Best Ongoing Game? wut?

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      November 14, 2017 11:59 AM

      Really glad to see Nier Automata and Persona 5 get so many nominations. Part of me was worried that Nier Automata would get overlooked but it did get a lot of traction in the critical community.

      Both easily in my top five for the year, excellent games

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      November 14, 2017 12:29 PM

      If Nier doesn't win best music then fuck this gay earth.

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      November 14, 2017 12:45 PM

      Wolfenstein not being on the GotY list is bullshit.

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        November 14, 2017 10:23 PM

        With all the stuff that’s been out this year?! It’s really not. Though, PUBG has no business there being unfinished.

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      November 14, 2017 12:46 PM

      What is "Trending Gamer?"

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      November 14, 2017 1:00 PM

      Nice pick for the picture in the heading.

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      November 14, 2017 1:50 PM

      I hope BOTW wins. :)

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        November 14, 2017 1:58 PM

        PUBG will win because Nintendo will Gary Johnson themselves

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      November 14, 2017 2:10 PM

      I only ask that Persona 5 wins best music. I love Nier, but Persona 5 should win.

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      November 14, 2017 2:15 PM

      Game of the Year
      Horizon: Zero Dawn

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      November 14, 2017 4:29 PM

      Only 2 of the VR entries are available on the Vive :)

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      November 14, 2017 7:18 PM

       Dr. Disrespect should win every award

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      November 14, 2017 8:54 PM

      This looks so dumb.

      I hate these bullshit awards, it's so arbitrary- best performance. Fucking lol.

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        November 14, 2017 8:59 PM

        Stuff like “most anticipated” is stupid but what’s wrong with having an award for voice actors?

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          November 14, 2017 10:09 PM

          A ton of things- limited voting base, arbitrary categories- Best performance neglects the fact that someone else wrote the lines, another one directed/produced the performance. It's like having movie awards that are only about the actors.

          These categories were created to be digestible by idiots who get excited about awards, not to honor any real achievements. Notice most of the things are products or services. Not individuals. It's an advertisement in the form of an awards show. Keighley is a softball hack who can read lines in front of a camera- he's the Ryan Seacrest of games.

          They barely have any legitimacy.

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            November 15, 2017 12:25 AM

            It being People's Choice Awards vs Oscars is a different criticism than what the awards are for. If they want to give an award for best performance, fine, whatever. Its being an ad though, yeah, no shit.

            My stand is that all awards shows are bad so I really don't care. This is more about the original post

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              November 15, 2017 12:27 AM

              I will say that the jury is like the least of its problems, its almost all reputable sources. Keighley himself was a hell of a journalist before he went down the producing path. IMHO his Final Hours series in the late 90s through mid-2000s is as good as it gets, and even then the Final Hours app he made for Portal 2 was really good.

              Awards shows are obviously bad but the rest of your points, eh...

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                November 15, 2017 12:51 AM

                All award shows being shit doesn't excuse another one.

                All they have to do is mention the writers or producers of the voice content, alongside the actor that spent 10 hours making grunting sounds to be played randomly when shot in-game? Is it that hard to make it appear credible?

                The sources are maybe reputable? Hard to say. The COD game that came out 1 week ago is nominated for Best Multiplayer Game? Seems legit. Most anticipated game?

                This is exactly why I never bought the argument "games are art" - because they are constantly treated like products and anything that honors them, an advertisement.

                Ah, I can see it now- this fucking dope next to Woodward and Bernstein on the mantle of sterling journalism:

                http://i1.ytimg.com/vi/nKzF6EfMB2Y/hqdefault.jpg

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                  November 15, 2017 1:21 AM

                  Low hanging fruit, even he criticized that product placement ages ago.

                  Things like Final Hours of Half Life, Daikatana, Black & White, Half Life 2, and Portal 2 are all absolutely fantastic. Its taken almost a decade but only Danny O'Dwyer is just starting to pick up on what Keighley did, and even his work isn't such an honest warts and all account of crunch.

                  And of course the "games are art" argument is stupid. Its why I roll my eyes whenever people talk about Horizon having a good story or whatever; so much of what passes as "amazing" is sub-Syfy level of narrative (then again this is the same slice of audience that loves Peter Jackson movies and Ready Player One). Aside from execution there's the fact that as a whole gaming the most blatantly commercial medium today. Its why I focus so much on what I feel are games' specific strengths, which are mechanics, rules, and player teaching.

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      November 14, 2017 9:10 PM

      LOL! Best Family Game - All Nintendo games.

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        November 15, 2017 8:55 AM

        Sonic Mania isn't made by Nintendo... but yeah.

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      November 14, 2017 9:33 PM

      This list is invalid. Xenoblade Chronicles 2 hasn't been released yet.