2011 Canadian Videogame Award finalists announced

One misconception about Canadians is that we spend our lives obsessing over hockey, guzzling superior beer and adding extra vowels to our words. This is simply not true – we do all that, and also make and play a ton of videogames. In honour (that's honour with a 'u') of this, the Canadian Videogame Awards are returning to Vancouver this May for a second year, and today its producers released the list of finalists vying for the 2011 cup.

Spread over twelve categories, the list of top Canadian made games are no surprise. Assassin's Creed Brotherhood and Mass Effect 2 are tied for the most nominations at seven apiece, and are competing for the coveted Best Canadian Made Game of the Year award against Dead Rising 2, FIFA Soccer 11, and Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Conviction. Other well known titles up for recognition include Deathspank (Hothead Games,Vancouver), Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions (Beenox, Quebec City), and Shank (Klei Entertainment, Vancouver).

31 different games are represented in total, all of which are now open to public voting.

"I am unbelievably excited about the second annual Canadian Videogame Awards!" said Victor Lucas, one of the events founders, and creator, producer and co-host for the games and entertainment show Electric Playground. "So many videogames developed in our country over the last year were phenomenal; I think we're going to see a lot of great surprises this year! It's a great privilege to be able to show the videogame community how important it is to this country."

The 2nd Annual Canadian Videogame Awards take place May 18th at the Centre for Performing Arts in Vancouver, just one day prior to the big Canadian Games Conference. It will feature a live presentation by Video Games Live and a slew of famous Canadian presenters. And yes, we have a slew of famous Canadian presenters. They also drink superior beer.

[Source: 2011 Canadian Videogame Awards]

Apr 15, 2011


  • omnikai - May 20, 2011 12:41 a.m.

    What a great night! My night at the 2011 Canadian Videogame Awards, impressions and opinions!
  • Ivolt - April 16, 2011 8:10 p.m.

    @barachat I was about to post that. I didn't know this existed, let alone that this is it's second year. I think our beer has more alcohol in it, hence the superior quality(?) I don't about beer though. Anyway, looking forward to these.
  • Themadkossak - April 16, 2011 4:01 a.m.

    @pagenpoet no real Canadians drink molsen or oland, water will get you to party town faster than that swill. All real Canadians drink whiskey... maple flavoured of course first time I ever heard of a Canadian game awards
  • essiy - April 16, 2011 1:58 a.m.

    I'm feeling somewhat patriotic now. I actually only heard of this a few days ago, I guess I have to tune in. It's about time we do this kind of thing since a few companies are located here.( I actually live in the city that houses bioware and I went to the building back when it was unknown.)
  • ManiacalET - April 16, 2011 12:47 a.m.

    @Dman3981 Good sir, you are officially my idol simply for that pun. May you live a long life of prosperity
  • Dman3981 - April 16, 2011 12:20 a.m.

    American Beer is like having sex on a canoe, its ******* close to water.
  • bitchassafriBLAMamericANTISTA - April 15, 2011 11:06 p.m.

    do all these games have to feature maple syrup and william shattner's rendition of rocket man.
  • BaraChat - April 15, 2011 8:49 p.m.

    @ JohnDagger Neither did I. We do have the Junos though... Junos? Anyone? Nope, I thought so. Fun fact, I live in Quebec, and for the 4 of you who know there are federal elections here in Canada on May the 2nd, and the french party-leaders' debate had to move a day earlier because the Montreal Canadiens played their first playoffs game on yesterday. You know there's a problem when Politics is less important than hockey.
  • TheWhitestMexican - April 15, 2011 6:38 p.m.

    Considering this is only the 2nd CVA they've put on, it's not that surprising very few people in or outside of Canada have heard of it.
  • Larinah - April 15, 2011 6:25 p.m.

    Their best on-the-go section didn't include HG/SS. I call a bias.
  • joemama - April 15, 2011 5:54 p.m.

    This is the first im hearing of it
  • paganpoet - April 15, 2011 5:52 p.m.

    Psh! The only Canadian beer I know is Molson and Oland, and I'm not very impressed. Then again I live in Colorado, which is microbrewery central in the USA.
  • JohnDagger - April 15, 2011 5:52 p.m.

    lol, I didn't know we had Video Game Awards....

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