And The Edge Interactive Innovation Award Nominees Are...S

Edge Magazine has revealed the shortlist for its 2009 Interactive Innovation award, which recognizes titles that have done the most to steer videogaming in a new direction. So who made the list, aside from LittleBigPlanet?

LittleBigPlanet is an innovation award machine, so it stands to reason that it would be on the list. We knew that before we even looked at it. Sure enough, there it was, nestled comfortably among other surefire innovators like Flower and Noby Noby Boy, though I suspect the latter only made it mainly for the confusion factor and the tiny frogs. The only unfamiliar game on the list is MaBoShi: The Three Shape Arcade, a WiiWare title from Mindware that I don't recall ever seeing in action.

Rounding out the list are two bigger titles, Far Cry 2 and Left 4 Dead. I'm not exactly sure where the innovation is in Far Cry 2, other than perhaps the map editing tools. Left 4 Dead, on the other severed zombie hand, pretty much created its own sub-genre, so I can definitely see where Edge is coming from.

Where are they going? Find out next week when the winner is announced at the Edinburgh Interactive Festival over in England somewhere.