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The Xbox Live Arcade Awards are a really interesting way for gamers to connect with developers. They unveiled last year, with Bomberman Live taking home the crown for “best overall arcade game”. A new feature headlined this year is the ability to vote over your 360. It looks like this year is going to be a close one between Castle Crashers and Braid for the crown. Another interesting match-up is Bionic Commando: Rearmed against Mega Man 9 for “best classic/remake”. Without further ado, here are the nominees!

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

  • 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

Best Classic/Remake Game

  1. My votes:
    Best Overall Arcade Game
    Braid

    Best Original Game
    Shizoid

    Best Family Game
    A Kingdom for Keflings

    Best Co-operative Multiplayer Game
    Castle Crashers

    Best Competitive Multiplayer Game
    Street Fighter II HD Remix

    Best Solo Game
    Mega Man 9

    Best Innovation in XBLA
    Braid (time travel)

    Best Graphics
    Castle Crashers (Say what you will, I love Paladin’s drawings)

    Best Classic/Remake Game
    Bionic Commando Rearmed (Mega Man 9 was excellent, but Bionic improved the original, added multiplayer when no other classic games have done so, and took the time to improve the graphics/music without sacrificing the retro feel).

    • avatar Praphull

      Hey Matt I get so many comments to my wetsibe asking about you. The story could be about Dog The Bounty Hunter and the comments are about you. How the heck should I know anything about you? I write a comedy wetsibe for crying out loud! Maybe they think that Bath Crashers is a comedy? After hundreds of thousands of hits, not one person has asked me a question about me. It’s always, Matt Matt Matt maybe I oughta do a spoof story about you so I can put up the comments cause as is, there is no article to which I can attach the questions and comments about Matt Matt Matt it’s getting on my nerves.Fondest regardsDamien

    • avatar Fatma

      Great post, Elsie. The cover for The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea is beautiful. It maethcs the impression I get from reading the blurb perfectly. I got goose bumps when I read the book description. I can’t wait to own it!And not to leave you out, of course, I love everything about Dualed, too, and am very excited to read. 2013 is shaping up to be an amazing year for YA!Congrats to both of you on your gorgeous books!

  2. Damn we certainly have a lot of reviews. lol

  3. avatar Quraishi

    How is War World not a nominee for best graphics?!?! I know the game was not that fun, but it looks better than most regular 360 titles!

  4. @Quraishi

    While I thought the graphics looked good, they skipped a lot, and they weren’t inspired models. If it were straight detail and looks, it should win though.

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