Spike Video Game Awards Re-Branded as VGX 2013; Nominees Announced

Published 1 year ago by , Updated November 19th, 2013 at 4:07 am,

VGX 2013 Nominees

For this year’s version of their annual video game awards, Spike TV is trying something a little different. Rather than broadcast the show live on an actual cable channel, the awards show will be streamed through a bevy of online outlets, from GameTrailers.com to MTV2.com.

In keeping with that change, Spike has rebranded their awards show as VGX 2013, and promised that the show won’t just be about awards and trailers, but will feature behind-the-scenes interviews with developers and some other early access content. The awards are still the main focal point, but the show is getting bigger and broader at the same time.

No host has been announced, but we know VGX 2013 will broadcast live on December 7, 2013 at 6PM EST. The full list of available venues from which to view the 3-hour show are as follows: Xbox One, Xbox 360®, PlayStation®3 (PS3â„¢), Twitch, iOS and Android devices, and available globally on VGXLIVE.com, Hulu, Yahoo Screen, the Yahoo Screen app and Viacom properties Spike.com, ComedyCentral.com MTV.com, MTV2.com, BET.com and GameTrailers.com. And for those that miss the live broadcast, Spike TV will air a “VGX Replay” featuring the show’s biggest highlights on December 9th at midnight.

VGX Logo

As far as the VGX 2013 nominees go, Spike just unveiled that list earlier today, and many of the most high profile, and critically praised, titles of the year are well represented. Games like BioShock Infinite, The Last of Us, and Grand Theft Auto 5 are leading the pack with several nominations in various categories, while much smaller games, like The Fullbright Company’s Gone Home, are also receiving some recognition.

Check out the list of nominees below:

Game of the Year

Studio of the Year

  • Irrational Games
  • Naughty Dog
  • Rockstar North
  • The Fullbright Company

Best Shooter

Best Action Adventure Game

  • Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag
  • Grand Theft Auto 5
  • The Last of Us
  • Tomb Raider

Best Sports Game

  • FIFA 14
  • MLB 13: The Show
  • NBA 2K14
  • NHL 14

Best Independent Game

  • Gone Home
  • Kentucky Route Zero
  • Papers, Please
  • The Stanley Parable

Best RPG

  • Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn
  • Fire Emblem: Awakening
  • Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch
  • Pokemon X/Y

Best Fighting Game

  • Divekick
  • Injustice: Gods Among Us
  • Killer Instinct
  • Tekken Revolution

Best Driving Game

  • F1 2013
  • Grid 2
  • Forza Motorsport 5
  • Need for Speed Rivals

Best DLC

  • Borderlands 2: Tiny Tina’s Assault on Dragon Keep
  • Dishonored: The Knife of Dunwall
  • Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon
  • Mass Effect 3: Citadel

Best Xbox Game

  • BioShock Infinite
  • Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons
  • Grand Theft Auto 5
  • Tomb Raider

Best PlayStation Game

  • Grand Theft Auto 5
  • Rayman Legends
  • The Last of Us
  • Tomb Raider

Best Nintendo Game

  • Pikmin 3
  • Rayman Legends
  • Super Mario 3D World
  • The Wonderful 101

Best PC Game

  • Battlefield 4
  • Gone Home
  • Papers, Please
  • The Stanley Parable

Best Handheld Game

  • Animal Crossing: New Leaf
  • Pokemon X/Y
  • Tearaway
  • The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds

Best Casual Game

  • Animal Crossing: New Leaf
  • Disney Infinity
  • Plants vs. Zombies 2: It’s About Time
  • Skylanders Swap Force

Best Voice Actor

  • Troy Baker as Joel in The Last of Us
  • Troy Baker as Booker DeWitt in BioShock Infinite
  • Steven Ogg as Trevor Philips in Grand Theft Auto 5
  • Willem Dafoe as Nathan Dawkins in Beyond: Two Souls

Best Voice Actress

  • Ashely Johnson as Ellie in The Last of Us
  • Courtnee Draper as Elizabeth in BioShock Infinite
  • Camilla Luddington as Lara Croft in Tomb Raider
  • Ellen Page as Jodie Holmes in Beyond: Two Souls

Best Soundtrack

  • BioShock Infinite
  • Grand Theft Auto 5
  • Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch
  • The Last of Us

Best Song in a Game

  • “ADHD” performed by Kendrick Lamar (Grand Theft Auto 5)
  • “Sleepwalking” performed by The Chain Gang of 1974 (Grand Theft Auto 5)
  • “Survival” performed by Eminem (Call of Duty: Ghosts)
  • “Will the Circle be Unbroken” performed by Courtnee Draper & Troy Baker (BioShock Infinite)

Most Anticipated Game

  • South Park: The Stick of Truth
  • Destiny
  • Watch Dogs
  • Titanfall
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

What’s most strange about the nominees, as has been the case in past years, is the delineation as to what game gets nominated in the specific console categories. In some cases, like Battlefield 4‘s nomination under “Best PC Game”, the choice makes sense, but, for example, highlighting BioShock Infinite under the Xbox and not any of the other consoles is confusing.

BioShock Infinite Elizabeth Behind the Scenes Trailer

Similarly confusing is the snub of voice actor Michael Mando who did a phenomenal job as Vaas in Far Cry 3. Yes, Far Cry 3 was a 2012 release, but the game didn’t hit in time for the VGA 2012 window, and presumably it was overlooked when considering this year’s nominations. That isn’t to say Troy Baker, who nabbed a nom for his portrayals of Joel in The Last of Us and Booker DeWitt in BioShock Infinite, doesn’t deserve a nomination, but Mando, in this writer’s opinion, should also be included in that category.

The show’s winners will be announced on December 7th after the VGX panel has cast their votes, but gamers can determine the winner of Most Anticipated Game (2014) by voting online right now. To be fair, we don’t know much about the 2014 slate — although that could change after the VGX show — but Spike’s choices all rank pretty high as far as next year’s must-have games go.

Which 2014 release are you most looking forward to? What do you think of the VGX 2013 nominees? Any surprises or snubs? Which game is your Game of the Year?

Spike VGX 2013 will stream December 7, 2013 at 6PM PST.

Source: Spike

TAGS: BioShock: Infinite, Grand Theft Auto 5, Spike Video Game Awards, Super Mario 3D World, The Last of Us, Tomb Raider

  • Alex

    Troy Baker not being nominated for The Joker hurts me.

    • Avengers Assemble!!!

      It hurts me too :(
      He did an amazing job!

    • Mr. Ed

      Well c’mon, this poor excuse of a videogame awards show barely nominated MARK “THE JOKER” HAMILL in the past.

      He was invited in 2011. They gave him lousy seats and the award in the category that he was nominated in, was given off-camera.

      What can we expect from this show? They give no respect and they get no respect.

  • http://gamerant.com Rob Keyes

    You’re absolutely right about Mando and the console categories.

  • Atomic Gumshoe

    Interesting that Battlefield 4 is the only mainstream game in the pc category and the rest are all indie titles. For my money The Last of Us is the best game I played this year and deserves to win most of the categories it was nominated for. I also hope Blood Dragon wins best DLC

    • chas

      I agree with you about The Last of Us. I have fun with the other games but I believe that The Last of Us was more memorable and has more going for it.

  • boogoo

    Glad to see Tomb Raider there!

  • Pitfall Harry

    Tomb Raider doesn’t deserve to be nominated. It was a solid game but not that great.

    I don’t think it’s very fair to have the same actor nominated for more than one role. Either nominate Baker for one or the other, not both. I’d say for the Last of US. He did a damn good job as Joel.

  • Ken J

    So what does the “X” stand for? Or is it just because the letter x is “cool” or something??

    • http://gamerant.com Anthony Taormina

      My guess is it stands for experience, since the show is now more of like a live mini-convention than just an awards show.

      • Ken J

        I guess. But then you meant “Xperience” lol 😀

      • Sam

        Expo maybe? Like with RTX = Rooster Teeth Expo?

  • ColdSc

    Happy to see Tomb Raider and The Last of Us are on there. Really awesome games.

  • James M

    Last of Us was amazing and by far the best game of the year if not the past 3 or 5 years. Really looking forward Watchdogs & Destiny on my PS4 when it finally comes out.

  • vladiator

    its gonna go down between last of us and gta 5 man those were some amazing games

  • Andrés

    That’s a pretty poor and often repetitive list.

  • NerdStar7

    What my list would be:

    Game of the Year:
    Grand Theft Auto 5

    Studio of the Year:
    Naughty Dog

    Best Shooter:
    Battlefield 4

    Best Action Adventure Game:
    The Last of Us

    Best Sports Game

    NBA 2K14

    Best Independent Game:
    The Stanley Parable

    Best RPG:
    Pokemon X/Y

    Best Fighting Game:
    Injustice: Gods Among Us

    Best Driving Game:
    Forza Motorsport 5

    Best DLC:
    Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon

    Best Xbox Game:
    BioShock Infinite

    Best PlayStation Game:
    The Last of Us

    Best Nintendo Game:
    Super Mario 3D World

    Best PC Game:
    Battlefield 4

    Best Handheld Game:

    Best Casual Game:
    Disney Infinity

    Best Voice Actor:
    Steven Ogg as Trevor Philips in Grand Theft Auto 5

    Best Voice Actress:
    Ashely Johnson as Ellie in The Last of Us

    Best Soundtrack:
    Grand Theft Auto 5

    Best Song in a Game:
    “Survival” performed by Eminem (Call of Duty: Ghosts)

    Most Anticipated Game:

    • Kyle GILMOUR

      You clearly have not played Beyond Two Souls. Ellen Page BLOWS Ellie out of the water.

  • L2404

    Why is Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon listed as DLC? is it just because it’s DOWNLOADABLE? my assumption was that DLC was exclusively expansion.

    • danh951

      Since DLC stands for Downloadable Content the term is quite ambiguous. So technically it isn’t limited to only expansions for a video game, but in theory could even include a skin pack for a multi-player character. I do see where you’re coming from,however.

      Also, although Blood Dragon was released as its own standalone “spin-off”, it was also technically extra content for Far Cry 3, similar to Undead Nightmare for Red Dead Redemption, however the connection between the two in Far Cry’s case is looser.

  • LouieTheFly

    Bioshock Infinite nominated for GOTY. Really? Ok then.

  • fizzystrings

    3D world should have been nominated for best soundtrack, it’s one of the best I’ve heard in a while.

  • Raine mirra

    1 game that I didn’t see in that list where was saints row 5!

    • Fizzystrings

      Probably because it doesn’t exist.

      • wut?

        Ummm… lol

  • Kyle GILMOUR


  • ribcopterz

    why are all the video game shows being taken off of Cable? first G4 is no longer a video game show and now this

  • Brandon

    I can’t see why AC4 didn’t get nominated for Best Soundtrack, nothing gets me mored pumped than some sea shanties and piratey orchestral notes!