E3 06 Game Critics Award nominees revealed

Gears of War grinds out five, with Spore and more in hot pursuit

Best Puzzle/Trivia/Parlor Game
- Elite Beat Agents -- (Inis/Nintendo for Nintendo DS)
- Guitar Hero 2 -- (Harmonix/Red Octane for PlayStation 2)
- LocoRoco -- (SCEJ/Sony Computer Entertainment for PSP)
- Lumines II -- (Q Entertainment/Buena Vista Games for PSP)
- WarioWare: Smooth Moves -- (Nintendo for Wii)

Best Online Multiplayer Game
- Battlefield 2142 -- (Digital Illusions/Electronic Arts for PC)
- Enemy Territory: Quake Wars -- (Splash Damage/id/Activision for PC)
- Gears of War -- (Epic Games/Microsoft Games Studio for Xbox 360)
- Huxley -- (Webzen for PC/Xbox 360)
- World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade -- (Blizzard for PC)

Nominations breakdown:

Five Nominations: Gears of War

Four Nominations: Assassin's Creed, Bioshock, Spore

Three Nominations: Enemy Territory: Quake Wars, LocoRoco

Two Nominations: Crysis, Elite Beat Agents, Hellgate: London, Madden NFL 07, Mass Effect, Nintendo Wii, Super Mario Galaxy, Supreme Commander, Wii Sports, World of Warcraft: Burning Crusade

Publisher Breakdown
(Plus Trend Analysis Over Past 3 Years)

13 Nominations: Nintendo-- (+1 from 2005, +2 from 2004, +7 from 2003)

11 Nominations: Electronic Arts-- (-5 from 2005, Same as 2004, +5 from 2003)

10 Nominations: Sony Computer Entertainment-- (+2 from 2005 and 2004, +4 from 2003)

9 Nominations: Microsoft-- (+1 from 2005, Same from 2004, -4 from 2003)

6 Nominations: Take Two Interactive-- (+3 from 2005, +6 from 2004 and 2003)

5 Nominations: THQ -- (+4 from 2005, +2 from 2004, +1 from 2003)

4 Nominations: Activision -- (Same as 2005, -2 from 2004, -3 from 2003); Ubisoft-- (+3 from 2005, Same as 2004, +2 from 2003)

3 Nominations: Namco Bandai -- (Same as 2005); Vivendi Games-- (Same as 2005, -2 from 2004, -5 from 2003)

2 Nominations: Atari -- (+1 from 2005); Sega -- (Same as 2005)

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