2011 Spike VGA nominees announced, Zelda to become first Hall of Famer

Spike TV has revealed its list of 2011 Video Game Awards (VGA) nominees, as well as the announcement it will be naming the Legend of Zelda franchise as its very first Hall of Fame inductee.

The video game hopefuls are split amongst 25 categories which cover every conceivable achievement in the industry from Best Games on individual consoles, to Best Independent Game, Best DLC, and Best Performance By a Human Male/Female. Overall, Portal 2 and Batman: Arkham City lead the pack with 12 and 10 nominations, respectively. Here's a glimpse at some of the top contenders:

Game of the Year

  • Batman: Arkham City (Warner Bros Interactive / Rocksteady Studios)
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Bethesda Softworks / Bethesda Game Studios)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword (Nintendo)
  • Portal 2 (Valve)
  • Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception (Sony Computer Entertainment / Naughty Dog)

Best Shooter

  • Battlefield 3 (Electronic Arts / DICE)
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (Activision / Infinity Ward / Sledgehammer Games)
  • Gears of War 3 (Microsoft Studios / Epic Games)
  • Rage (Bethesda Softworks / Id Software)

Best Independent Game

  • Bastion (Supergiant Games)
  • Minecraft (Mojang)
  • Superbrothers: Sword and Sworcery EP (Capybara Games)
  • The Binding of Isaac (Edmund McMillen)

Best Performance by a Human Male

  • J.K. Simmons as Cave Johnson (Portal 2)
  • Mark Hamill as the Joker (Batman: Arkham City)
  • Nolan North as Nathan Drake (Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception)
  • Stephen Merchant as Wheatley (Portal 2)

Best DLC

  • Fallout: New Vegas – Old World Blues (Bethesda/Obsidian)
  • Mass Effect 2: Arrival (EA/BioWare)
  • Mortal Kombat: Freddy Krueger (Warner Bros. Netherrealm Studios)
  • Portal 2 Peer Review (Valve)

(You can find the complete list here here)

In addition to handing out its regular batch of awards this year, Spike TV will also be honoring the Legend of Zelda franchise with the inaugural space in its Video Game Hall of Fame.

"It is only natural to start with Zelda," said Geoff Keighley, executive in charge, publisher relations, Spike. "'The Legend of Zelda' is a franchise that inspired many of us to see the potential of games when it debuted 25 years ago, and one that has successfully transitioned from one game console generation to the next and continually shown the narrative and artistic potential of the medium."

You can cheer on Link and company, as well as catch some previews of the new Alan Wake and BioWare games, when Spike TV's 2011 VGAs air on December 10 at 8pm ET/5pm PT.


  • cory-smith - November 17, 2011 10:31 a.m.

    Saw the list for "Best Graphics", neither Skyrim nor Battlefield 3 are there. What the hell?
  • Sleuth - November 17, 2011 11:12 a.m.

    Dark Souls should be in Portal 2's place.
  • rapmasterRH - November 18, 2011 5:21 a.m.

    At least Dark souls is nominated for the RPG game of the year award.
  • Ultimadrago - November 17, 2011 11:21 a.m.

    >Spike TV VGAs >Spike TV having its own Hall of Fame lolwut
  • bboyd - November 17, 2011 1:09 p.m.

    Dark Souls, fantastic as it is, is too niche to ever be accepted by a place like Spike.
  • Redeater - November 17, 2011 1:27 p.m.

    If you think this show means anything you are wrong. Megan Fox won best voice actress for doing Transformers. Let me repeat that.... Megan Fox ........won best voice actress...... for doing Transformers. You know what else was released that year? Uncharted 2 and Dragon Age Origins. Two words people.......Claudia Black.
  • Fuzunga - November 17, 2011 2 p.m.

    No LA Noire or Deus Ex. Interesting.
  • Rodon - November 17, 2011 2:26 p.m.

    Well, all I can say is: The Game of the Year nominees list is MUCH better than last year's, am I right?
  • codystovall - November 17, 2011 2:46 p.m.

    I disagree because blank isnt on there and blank is and why is even blank on there this show is blank. Batman > skyrim :).
  • ThatGamerDude - November 17, 2011 4:17 p.m.

    Of course Batman is greater than Skyrim. Anything is greater than Skyrim! >:D Now to fight the fanboys...
  • Silentboy - November 17, 2011 3:07 p.m.

    I stopped watching the VGAs when they brought the cast of Jersey Shore on stage to present an award...
  • shawksta - November 17, 2011 4 p.m.

    I really dont care about "Who Wins" Mainly that the awesome games this year get the appreciation they need. Damn, Those comments from facebook has got ALLOT of trolls and haters on some nominations.
  • infestedandy - November 17, 2011 4:28 p.m.

    Spike doesn't have any idea what they're doing. Look at the list. By the way, Skyward Sword is listed as a game of the year contender? What? The game isn't even out yet. LOL. Good job Spike.
  • gondarpwns - November 17, 2011 7:45 p.m.

    I can already tell u who wins GOTY batman, Shooter MW3, Best Indie Minecraft, Best Actor Mark Hamill, and either ME2 DLC or FNV DLC
  • rapmasterRH - November 18, 2011 5:20 a.m.

    Just voted. Picked Batman: Arkham City for GOTY. Best performance by a Human Male is going to be close. I thought all the voice actors were worthy of the award. Ended up picking Nolan North though.

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