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NAVGTR announces nominees for 2012 game awards

The National Academy of Video Game Testers and Reviewers (NAVGTR, pronounced “navigator”) announced its list of nominees for the 2012 NAVGTR video game awards. Voice actors Tom Sizemore and Tara Platt were on hand to present the nominations.

The organization plans to have a panel of game journalists and other industry folks debate the list and predict the winners during the PAX East festival this April. It will announce the winners shortly afterwards.

And the nominees are…

Animation:

  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
  • Dead Space 2
  • L.A. Noire
  • Rayman: Origins
  • Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception

Control Design, 2D or Limited 3D:

  • Anomaly: Warzone Earth
  • Child of Eden
  • Kung-Fu High Impact
  • Little Big Planet 2
  • Rayman: Origins

Control Design 3D:

  • Batman: Arkham City
  • Bulletstorm
  • El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron
  • Gears of War 3
  • Portal 2

Control Precision:

  • Dead Space 2
  • The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
  • Portal 2
  • Rayman: Origins
  • Super Mario 3D Land

Direction in a Game Cinema:

  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
  • Catherine
  • Dead Space 2
  • Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception
  • The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings

Game Design, New Intellectual Property:

  • Bastion
  • From Dust
  • Frozen Synapse
  • Solatorobo: Red the Hunter
  • SpaceChem

Game Design, Franchise:

  • Batman: Arkham City
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
  • Portal 2
  • Rayman: Origins

Graphics, Technical:

  • Crysis 2
  • The Ico and Shadow of the Colossus Collection HD
  • L.A. Noire
  • Little Big Planet 2
  • Sonic Generations
  • Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception

Innovation in Gameplay:

  • Deus Ex: Human Revolution
  • Lost in Shadow
  • Minecraft
  • Rayman: Origins
  • SpaceChem

Innovation in Game Technology:

  • Child of Eden
  • Just Dance 3
  • L.A. Noire
  • Rayman: Origins
  • Rift

Supporting Performance in a Comedy:

  • Chris Cox as “Rell” (Bulletstorm)
  • Anthony De Longis as “General Serrano” (Bulletstorm)
  • Greg Ellis as “Johnson” (Shadows of the Damned)
  • Colin McFarlane as “Avalon Centrifuge” (Little Big Planet 2)

Supporting Performance in a Drama:

  • Will Collyer as “James Tiernan” (L.A. Noire)
  • Erika Heynatz as “Elsa Lichtmann” (L.A. Noire)
  • Yuri Lowenthal as “Tobias Nebbins” (Catherine)
  • Kevin McKidd as “Soap” (Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3)
  • Michelle Ruff as “Katherine McBride” (Catherine)

Lead Performance in a Comedy:

  • Logan Cunningham as “Rucks” (Bastion)
  • Steve Blum as “Grayson Hunt” (Bulletstorm)

Lead Performance in a Drama:

  • Troy Baker as “Vincent Brooks” (Catherine)
  • Adam Harrington as “Roy Earle” (L.A. Noire)
  • Billy Murray as “Price” (Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3)
  • Aaron Staton as “Cole Phelps” (L.A. Noire)
  • Elias Toufexis as “Adam Jensen” (Deus Ex: Human Revolution)

Use of Sound in a New Intellectual Property:

  • Catherine
  • L.A. Noire
  • Papa Sangre
  • Pulse
  • Rage

Use of sound in a franchise:

  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
  • Dead Space 2
  • F.E.A.R. 3
  • Rayman: Origins
  • Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception

Writing in a Comedy:

  • The Baconing
  • Disgaea 4: A Promise Unforgotten
  • Ratchet and Clank: All 4 One
  • Sesame Street: Once Upon a Monster
  • Stacking

Writing in a Drama:

  • Brink
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
  • Catherine
  • Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception
  • The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings

This Year’s Honorary Award Recipient: Skip Rizzo, for the use of virtual reality, motion control, and gaming technologies in pain distraction for surgery and chemotherapy, as well as for training, stress relief, and rehabilitation of cognition and memory loss

Game of the Year:

  • Batman: Arkham City
  • Battlefield 3
  • Catherine
  • Dark Souls
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
  • Minecraft
  • Portal 2
  • Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception

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