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XBLA Awards around the corner, let the voting commence

Posted by: Dan at 3/2/2009 11:49 AM
Starting tomorrow (3/3) at 10:00 a.m. GMT, Xbox Live members can vote for the second annual Xbox Live Arcade Awards. The categories are Best Overall Arcade Game, Best Original Game, Best Family Game, Best Co-operative Multiplayer Game, Best Competitive Multiplayer Game, Best Solo Game, Best Innovation in XBLA, Best Graphics and Best Classic/Remake Game. The competition should be fierce with games like Castle Crashers, Braid and Rez-HD are nominated in multiple categories. Voting ends on March 10th at 11:59 p.m. GMT, so head over to the Spotlight Channel on Xbox Live to vote.

See all the nominees in each category after the jump:


The Second Annual Xbox LIVE® Arcade Awards Are Here
What are the best Xbox LIVE Arcade titles of 2008? You decide.

Xbox LIVE members around the world* are invited to cast their votes for their favorite Xbox LIVE Arcade titles in nine categories beginning Tuesday, March 3 at 10:00 a.m. GMT.

There’s no need to set that controller down; vote directly on Xbox LIVE! Simply head to the Spotlight channel and make your voice heard.

Haven’t had a chance to play all the nominated titles? Fear not, you’ve got time to download and check out any game you have yet to play. Place and change your votes as many times as you like before Tuesday , March 10 at 11:59 p.m. GMT, at which time votes will be locked and the polls will close.

Microsoft will announce the winners of the second annual Xbox LIVE Arcade Awards, chosen by popular vote, shortly after.

*Voting is open in all Xbox LIVE countries expect Japan, Korea, and Germany

And the nominees are:

Best Overall Arcade Game
Braid
Castle Crashers
Geometry Wars Retro Evolved 2
Street Fighter II HD Remix
Portal: Still Alive

Best Original Game
Castle Crashers
N+
Braid
Penny Arcade Episode 1
Schizoid
Age of Booty

Best Family Game
Boogie Bunnies
Roogoo
A Kingdom for Keflings
Lost Cities
Meteos Wars

Best Co-operative Multiplayer Game
Castle Crashers
Schizoid
Bionic Commando Rearmed
N+
Geometry Wars Retro Evolved 2

Best Competitive Multiplayer Game
Street Fighter II HD Remix
Geometry Wars Retro Evolved 2
Soul Calibur
Meteos Wars
Age of Booty

Best Solo Game
Braid
Mega Man 9
Penny Arcade Episode 1
Rez HD
Portal: Still Alive

Best Innovation in XBLA
Braid (time travel)
A Kingdom for Keflings (use of Avatars)
Fable II Pub Games (retail game integration)
N+ (level sharing)
Duke Nukem 3D (dynamic replay)

Best Graphics
Street Fighter II HD Remix
Geometry Wars Retro Evolved 2
Braid
Castle Crashers
Bionic Commando Rearmed

Best Classic/Remake Game
Bionic Commando Rearmed
Street Fighter II HD Remix
Mega Man 9
Galaga Legions
Rez HD