“Game Canada” – Canadian Videogame Award Nominations Announced

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The nominations for the 2013 Canadian Videogame awards were announced for seventeen categories. Seeing the list, it’s impressive to see how many great games of all types and sizes are developed by studios here in the Great White North…and there isn’t even a BioWare title up for anything this year!

Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed IV leads the way with 12 nominations, while titles as diverse as Batman: Arkham Origins, Don’t Starve, and Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon are not far behind. Winners will be announced on November 21, 2014 in Toronto. Congratulations to all the nominees!

Here’s the complete nominee/category list:

Game of the Year
• Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag (Ubisoft Montréal)
• Batman: Arkham Origins (WB Games Montréal)
• Contrast (Compulsion Games)
• Dead Rising 3 (Capcom Vancouver)
• Don’t Starve (Klei Entertainment)
• Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon (Ubisoft Montréal)
• Guacemelee! (DrinkBox Studios)
• Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon (Next Level Games)
• Outlast (Red Barrels)
• Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Blacklist (Ubisoft Toronto)

Best Console Game
• Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag (Ubisoft Montréal)
• Batman: Arkham Origins (WB Games Montréal)
• Dead Rising 3 (Capcom Vancouver)
• Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon (Ubisoft Montréal)
• Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Blacklist (Ubisoft Toronto)

Best Downloadable Game
• Contrast (Compulsion Games)
• Don’t Starve (Klei Entertainment)
• Guacemelee! (DrinkBox Studios)
• Outlast (Red Barrels)
• Rogue Legacy (Cellar Door Games)

Best Game on the Go
• Fast & Furious 6: The Game (Kabam)
• Infinite (Nexus Game Studio)
• Jurassic Park Builder, Battle Arena (Ludia)
• Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon (Next Level Games)
• Mighty Bots (East Side Games)

Best iOS Game
• Baldur’s Gate II: Enhanced Edition (Beamdog)
• Dungeon Hunter 4 (Gameloft Montreal)
• Pocket Mine (Roofdog Games)
• Soul Power (Gabriel Koenig)
• Super Splatform (P1XL Games)

Best Social/Casual Game
• Ballpark Empire (Behaviour)
• EGGNOGG (Madgarden)
• Monster Loves You! (Radial Games)
• TraceRace (Spaddlewit Inc.)
• UNO & Friends (Gameloft Toronto)

Best Animation
• Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag (Ubisoft Montréal)
• Batman: Arkham Origins (WB Games Montréal)
• Dead Rising 3 (Capcom Vancouver)
• Don’t Starve (Klei Entertainment)
• Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Blacklist (Ubisoft Toronto)

Best Audio
• Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag (Ubisoft Montréal)
• Batman: Arkham Origins (WB Games Montréal)
• Dead Rising 3 (Capcom Vancouver)
• Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon (Ubisoft Montréal)
• Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon (Next Level Games)

Best Game Design
• Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag (Ubisoft Montréal)
• Batman: Arkham Origins (WB Games Montréal)
• Dead Rising 3 (Capcom Vancouver)
• Don’t Starve (Klei Entertainment)
• Guacemelee! (DrinkBox Studios)

Best Game Innovation
• Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag (Ubisoft Montréal)
• Contrast (Compulsion Games)
• Dead Rising 3 (Capcom Vancouver)
• Guacemelee! (DrinkBox Studios)
• Infinite (Nexus Game Studio)

Best Indie Game
• Contrast (Compulsion Games)
• Don’t Starve (Klei Entertainment)
• Guacemelee! (DrinkBox Studios)
• Infinite (Nexus Game Studio)
• MacGuffin Quest (Pixel Crucible)
• Outlast (Red Barrels)
• Pocket Mine (Roofdog Games)
• Rogue Legacy (Cellar Door Games)
• Sang-Froid – Tales of Werewolves (Artifice Studio)
• Super Stickman Golf 2 (Noodlecake Studios Inc.)

Best New Character
• Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag (Ubisoft Montréal) – Edward Kenway
• Contrast (Compulsion Games) – Didi Malenkaya
• Dead Rising 3 (Capcom Vancouver) – Nick Ramos
• Don’t Starve (Klei Entertainment) – Wilson
• Guacemelee! (DrinkBox Studios) – Juan Aguacate

Best Original Music
• Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag (Ubisoft Montréal) – Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag Main Theme
• Batman: Arkham Origins (WB Games Montréal) – Arkham Origins Main Title
• Contrast (Compulsion Games) – House on Fire
• Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon (Ubisoft Montréal) – Power Core
• Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon (Next Level Games) – Dark Moon

Best Technology
• Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag (Ubisoft Montréal)
• Bungee Pigs (InLight Entertainment)
• Contrast (Compulsion Games)
• Dead Rising 3 (Capcom Vancouver)
• Warframe (Digital Extremes)

Best Visual Arts
• Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag (Ubisoft Montréal)
• Batman: Arkham Origins (WB Games Montréal)
• Contrast (Compulsion Games)
• Don’t Starve (Klei Entertainment)
• Guacemelee! (DrinkBox Studios)

Best Writing
• Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag (Ubisoft Montréal)
• Batman: Arkham Origins (WB Games Montréal)
• Contrast (Compulsion Games)
• Dead Rising 3 (Capcom Vancouver)
• Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon (Ubisoft Montréal)

Fans’ Choice Award
• Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag (Ubisoft Montréal)
• Batman: Arkham Origins (WB Games Montréal)
• Contrast (Compulsion Games)
• Dead Rising 3 (Capcom Vancouver)
• Don’t Starve (Klei Entertainment)
• Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon (Ubisoft Montréal)
• Guacemelee! (DrinkBox Studios)
• Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon (Next Level Games)
• Outlast (Red Barrels)
• Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Blacklist (Ubisoft Toronto)

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