Vote In The 2008 Xbox Live Arcade AwardsS

Microsoft is kicking off their second annual Xbox Live Arcade Awards, where players vote for the very best downloadable titles available on the Xbox 360. Did your favorite get nominated?

Chances are it did, as the list of nominated games is chock full of instantly recognizable titles. For instance, in the Best Overall Arcade Game category, we have Braid, Castle Crashers, Geometry Wars 2, Street Fighter II HD Remix, and Portal: Still Alive. The rest of the categories are variations on that list, with the notable exception of the Best Family Game section, where titles like Roogoo and my personal favorite, Boogie Bunnies, have their chance to shine.

Capcom is a heavy contender in most categories, with three out of the five games nominated for the Best Classic/Remake Game category - Bionic Commando Rearmed, Street Fighter II HD, and Mega Man 9 - though I don't think the latter qualifies, does it?

Check out the full list of nominees below. To vote, just log on to Xbox Live's Spotlight channel between March 3rd and March 10th. May the best game win.

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