National Academy of Video Game Testers and Reviewers Corp. Announces Nominees for 9th Annual NAViGaTR Awards

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Batman: Arkham Asylum ties Metroid Prime for most nominations ever. Sony Computer Entertainment America leads in nominations with 47. Dennis McCauley receives Honorary Award.

- The National Academy of Video Game Testers and Reviewers Corp.™ is pleased to announce the nominees for its ninth annual awards honoring the best of the interactive entertainment industry in the fields of art, technology, and production. A voting body of 640 eligible video game critics, analysts, and journalists determined the final 209 nominees in 47 categories.

Academy President Thomas Allen revealed, "Veteran journalist Dennis McCauley will receive a special Honorary Award for his contributions to the gaming community and gaming journalism," citing work at the Philadelphia Inquirer since 1998 and founding GamePolitics.com.

With 47 nominations, Sony ties its own record for nominations set in 2007, when the company beat the record of 41 formerly held by Nintendo. Electronic Arts follows with 28 nominations. Rounding out the double-digit publisher nominees are Activision (20), Eidos (18), Ubisoft (12), and Nintendo (10).

With 17 nominations, Batman developer Rocksteady holds the highest nomination tally among developers this year, with Uncharted 2 developer Naughty Dog following closely with 16 nods. Other high totals went to Ubisoft, Infinity Ward, Insomniac, Double Fine, and Sucker Punch.

The nominees for Game of the Year are Batman: Arkham Asylum, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, and Uncharted 2: Among Thieves. The nominees for Game of the Year represent 20.57% of the total nominations, barely moving from 20.43% last year.

Of the games which tallied three or more nominations this year, 64.6% of the nominations went to franchises (84), compared to original properties (37) and classic updates (9), reversing a two year trend in which original properties dominated. The swing is largely due to Batman: Arkham Asylum being classified as part of the overall Batman franchise, even though it is not a direct sequel.

Games leading in nominations are Batman: Arkham Asylum (17), Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (16), Assassin's Creed II, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, and Ratchet and Clank Future: A Crack in Time, each of which scored 10 nominations. Receiving nine (9) nominations each are Brutal Legend and infamous. Receiving five (5) nominations each are DJ Hero, Dragon Age: Origins, and Left 4 Dead 2. Seven years later, Batman has tied Metroid Prime's record 17 nominations.

Resident Evil 5 received four (4) nominations. Lastly, ten games scored three (3) nods: A Boy and His Blob, Dead Space Extraction, Demon's Souls, Flower, Ghostbusters: The Video Game, Klonoa, Patapon 2, Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box, Red Faction Guerrilla, and The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition.

The complete list of creative/technical nominees is available in JPG format.

The complete list of genre nominees is available in JPG format.

For more information on NAVGTR Corp.'s missions and programs, log onto http://www.navgtr.org. Winners will be announced February 27, 2010.

The general voting body of 640 journalists and writers includes contributors for such varied outlets as 1up, About.com, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Austin American-Statesman, Chicago Sun-Times, CNN, Contra Costa Times, Detroit Free Press, Digital Journal, EclipseMagazine.com, elecplay.com, Evergeek Media, FHM, GamersTemple.com, GamingTarget.com, Gannett News Service, LA Weekly, Los Angeles Times, National Post, National Public Radio, NBC, New York Times, The Ottawa Citizen, PC Gamer, Philadelphia Inquirer, Play Magazine, Public Radio International, The Regina Leader-Post, Salon, San Jose Mercury-News, USA Today, The Vancouver Sun, Wired News, Wizard Magazine, WOW Weekly, Ziff-Davis Media, and hundreds more.

The Academy is currently accepting applications from new analysts/journalists to become voters. For more information, e-mail vote at navgtr dot org with a bio and/or resume.

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