The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS) has announced the nominees for the 16th annual Design, Innovate, Communicate, Entertain (D.I.C.E.) Awards. Leading the pack this year is thatgamecompany’s Journey, which scored eleven total nominations, including Game of the Year, Outstanding Achievement in Game Direction, Outstanding Innovation in Gaming, Downloadable Game of the Year, Casual Game of the Year, Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction, Outstanding Achievement in Gameplay Engineering, Outstanding Achievement in Online Gameplay, Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Composition, Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design, and Outstanding Achievement in Story.
Each of the remaining Game of the Year nominees (all of which placed on Game Rant’s list of the Top 10 Games of 2012) earned multiple nominations, as well, with five for Far Cry 3, eight for The Walking Dead, and three for XCOM: Enemy Unknown. Other heavily nominated games include Halo 4 (six nominations) and Dishonored (five nominations).
The awards will be handed out on Thursday, February 7th, during the 2013 D.I.C.E. Summit in Las Vegas, and the ceremony will be streamed live on Machinima.com starting at 7:30pm PT. Nerdist head honcho/comedian Chris Hardwick will assume hosting duties for the event, replacing longtime host Jay Mohr.
Hardwick, who tweeted that he’s “EXCITED like heated electrons” to be hosting the show, discusses the event.
“The D.I.C.E. Awards are VERY important to me. I have been playing video games since there were video games. I hope there is some type of Dovahkiin Shout that will make sure I don’t mess this up. I will find one! If not, I’ll just look like a psychotic, screaming a**hole leading up to the Awards.”
Take a look at the full list of 2013 D.I.C.E. Awards nominees below.
Game of the Year
Outstanding Achievement in Game Direction
Outstanding Innovation in Gaming
Downloadable Game of the Year
Handheld Game of the Year
Mobile Game of the Year
Web Based Game of the Year
Action Game of the Year
Adventure Game of the Year
Casual Game of the Year
Family Game of the Year
Fighting Game of the Year
Racing Game of the Year
Role-Playing/Massively Multiplayer Game of the Year
Sports Game of the Year
Strategy Game of the Year
Outstanding Achievement in Animation
Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction
Outstanding Character Performance
Outstanding Achievement in Connectivity
Outstanding Achievement in Gameplay Engineering
Outstanding Achievement in Online Gameplay
Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Composition
Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design
Outstanding Achievement in Story
Outstanding Achievement in Visual Engineering
Bethesda’s 2012 Spike VGAs, will Journey and The Walking Dead be able to keep their winning streaks alive? Will either game earn more awards than Skyrim? What do you think?
Ranters, are there any games that you think the AIAS has unfairly overlooked? Do you find any surprises among the nominations? And who would you pick to win the major categories? Let us know in the comments below.
The 16th annual D.I.C.E. Awards ceremony takes place February 7, 2013. Check back with Game Rant for a full list of the winners.
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Source: The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences