Assassin's Creed III, Dishonored, Journey, Mass Effect 3 and The Walking Dead are the nominees, announced today, for Game of the Year at the 2012 Spike Video Game Awards.
The rest of the list contains, as you might expect, a number of nominees that were just released only days ago, if at all. Halo 4 and Call of Duty: Black Ops II are up for best-in-class honors, and both are nominated as best multiplayer titles, despite being available for a combined 11 days. The as-yet unreleased New Super Mario Bros. U and ZombiU also get nods. There's even a nomination for Linkin Park for its contributions to
Black Ops II Medal of Honor.
This might raise the question of why, say, these awards aren't done in February or March, like the Oscars. Answer: because no one's buying video games for Christmas in February or March.
2012 Spike Video Game Awards [Spike]