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Host, Nominees for 16th Annual D.I.C.E. Awards Announced

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Posted on January 14, 2013 AT 05:00pm

As part of the upcoming 2013 Summit, the 16th Annual D.I.C.E. awards will be presented. Today, the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences announced the nominees for this year’s awards, as well as the ceremony’s host.

That host will be Chris Hardwick, who is known for everything from a variety of film roles, the founding of Nerdist.com, his hosting of AMC’s Talking Dead and Web Soup, writing work for Wired Magazine and Attack of the Show, stand-up comedy, and appearances on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and Chelsea Lately, just to name a few examples.

“The D.I.C.E. Awards are VERY important to me,” Hardwick said as part of the AIAS’ press release. “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.”

As to the awards themselves, here’s the rundown of games that have been nominated this year:

Game of the Year

  • Borderlands 2
  • Far Cry 3
  • Journey
  • The Walking Dead
  • XCOM: Enemy Unknown

Outstanding Achievement in Game Direction

  • Journey
  • Dishonored
  • Far Cry 3
  • The Unfinished Swan
  • The Walking Dead

Outstanding Innovation in Gaming

  • Journey
  • Nintendo Land
  • Sound Shapes
  • The Unfinished Swan
  • The Walking Dead

Action Game of the Year

  • Borderlands 2
  • Far Cry 3
  • Halo 4
  • Hitman: Absolution
  • Sleeping Dogs

Adventure Game of the Year

  • Assassin’s Creed III
  • Darksiders II
  • Dishonored
  • New Super Mario Bros. Wii U
  • The Walking Dead

Mobile Game of the Year

  • Fairway Solitaire
  • Hero Academy
  • Horn
  • Rayman Jungle Run

The 16th Annual D.I.C.E. Awards will take place Thursday, February 7th at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas. The awards ceremony will be steamed live via a partnership with Machinima, starting at 10:30pm Eastern / 7:30pm Pacific.

Eric L. Patterson, Executive Editor
Eric L. Patterson got his start via self-publishing game-related fanzines in junior high, and now has one goal in life: making sure EGM has as much coverage of niche Japanese games as he can convince them to fit in. Eric’s also active in the gaming community on a personal level, being an outspoken voice on topics such as equality in gaming and consumer rights. Stalk him on Twitter: @pikoeri. Meet the rest of the crew.

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