LittleBigPlanet Dominates Interactive Achievement Award Nominations

The 12th Annual Interactive Achievement Award nominations have been revealed, with Media Molecule's LittleBigPlanet dominating the competition with 10 nominations, including Overall Game of the Year.

The 12th Annual Interactive Achievement Awards will be presented by The Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences (AIAS) at next month's D.I.C.E. Summit, and sackboy might want to pull out his tuxedo for this one. Media Molecule's LittleBigPlanet might not have sold as well as some of the holiday season's bigger hits, but industry leaders recognize the game's innovation to the tune of 10 nominations. LPB is duking it out against Fallout 3, Grand Theft Auto IV, Left 4 Dead, and Metal Gear Solid 4 for Overall Game of the Year for 2008, which closely follows most gaming website's picks, including ours.

Check out the press release below to check out the nominees for Console Game of the Year, Computer Game of the Year, and Handheld Game of the Year, or visit www.interactive.org for the full list. Who are you guys rooting for?

Littlebigplanet leads with an impressive 10 Interactive Achievement Award NOMINATIONS

Fallout 3, Grand Theft Auto IV, Left 4 Dead, LittleBigPlanet and Metal Gear Solid 4 Fight It Out for ‘Overall Game of the Year’ Honors

CALABASAS, CA – January 23, 2009 – The Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences® (AIAS) today announced the nominees for the 12th Annual Interactive Achievement Awards®. The nominations for the peer-based awards have been dominated by blockbuster game, LittleBigPlanet (Sony Computer Entertainment America) with an astounding 10 nominations from industry leaders and members of the interactive entertainment software business. In addition, finalists with multiple nominations include: Gears of War 2 (Microsoft Game Studios), Left 4 Dead (Valve Software), Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots (Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc.), Fallout 3 (Bethesda Softworks), and Fable II (Microsoft Game Studios).

The awards ceremony will take place during the D.I.C.E. (Design, Innovate, Communicate, Entertain) Summit® 2009, on February 19th at the Red Rock Resort in Las Vegas, with comedian, actor and proud game enthusiast, Jay Mohr, returning for his fourth year to host the award ceremony.

These peer-based awards recognize the outstanding products, talented individuals and development teams that have contributed to the advancement of the multi-billion dollar worldwide entertainment software industry.

“This was an exciting year for games,” said Joseph Olin, president, AIAS. “The depth of talent and creativity in this industry continues to amaze me and we are honored to highlight some of the most impressive games of the year at the Interactive Achievement Awards. The 2009 nominees indeed reflect a stronghold of talent embodying the best and brightest in this field.”

Following is a partial list of finalists; the complete list of finalists is available at www.interactive.org:

Overall Game of the Year:

Fallout 3

* Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
* Developer: Bethesda Game Studios

Grand Theft Auto IV

* Publisher: Rockstar Games
* Developer: Rockstar North

Left 4 Dead

* Publisher: Valve Software
* Developer: Valve Software

LittleBigPlanet

* Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment America
* Developer: Media Molecule

Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots

* Publisher: Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc.
* Developer: Kojima Productions

Console Game of the Year:

Fallout 3

* Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
* Developer: Bethesda Game Studios

Gears of War 2

* Publisher: Microsoft Game Studios
* Developer: Epic Games, Inc.

Grand Theft Auto IV

* Publisher: Rockstar Games
* Developer: Rockstar North

LittleBigPlanet

* Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment America
* Developer: Media Molecule

Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots

* Publisher: Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc.
* Developer: Kojima Productions

Computer Game of the Year:

Fallout 3

* Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
* Developer: Bethesda Game Studios

Left 4 Dead

* Publisher: Valve Software
* Developer: Valve Software

Mass Effect

* Publisher: Electronic Arts
* Developer: Bioware

Spore

* Publisher: Electronic Arts
* Developer: Maxis

World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King

* Publisher: Blizzard Entertainment
* Developer: Blizzard Entertainment

Outstanding Innovation in Gaming:

Braid

* Publisher: Microsoft Game Studios
* Developer: Number None

Left 4 Dead

* Publisher: Valve Software
* Developer: Valve Software

LittleBigPlanet

* Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment America
* Developer: Media Molecule

Spore

* Publisher: Electronic Arts
* Developer: Maxis

Wii Fit

* Publisher: Nintendo
* Developer: Nintendo

Handheld Game of the Year

Advance Wars: Days of Ruin

* Publisher: Nintendo
* Developer: Intelligent Systems

Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia

* Publisher: Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc.
* Developer: Konami

God of War: Chains of Olympus

* Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment America
* Developer: Ready at Daw

Patapon

* Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment America
* Developer: Sony Computer Entertainment International

Professor Layton and the Curious Village

* Publisher: Nintendo
* Developer: Level 5, Inc.