The Second Annual Xbox LIVE Arcade Awards

 

2008 was a banner year for Xbox LIVE Arcade titles and we’re going to kick off the Second Annual Arcade Awards on March 3rd. The cool thing is this year, you get to cast your votes directly on your Xbox 360 within NXE.

 

Voting starts next week, so read up on it before you cast your ballot.

 

Not sure what game to vote for ? Each Arcade title has a free demo to give you a taste of the action. To get you started, here are the categories and nominees:

 

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

Comments

  • Anonymous

    Nice, seems like Braid has alot of nominations.

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  • Snaven Shake

    I am shocked that Mega Man 9 isn’t up for best game overall.

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  • Frayteez

    I have a feeling Braid will win a lot of awards and well deserved. Its an amazing game and experience

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  • Luffay

    Castle Crashers should be under innovation for “Longest development of an XBLA title” lol. I joke because I care.

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  • Agreschn

    Okay, there’s something kinda ridiculous with the Best Family Game category. Lost Cities is up for Best Family Game but IT DOESN’T SEEM TO BE AVAILABLE ANYMORE. What’s up with that?

    http://tinyurl.com/b29v9u < -- There's the Arcade stuff and the L page for the Canadian marketplace. The listing goes from Fantasy Football Live Score Tracker to Lumines Live! http://tinyurl.com/b7lrpy < -- There's a search on all of Xbox.com for Lost Cities. The first link is the Game Details page and the second link is to the Xbox Live Marketplace but when you click the link, it takes you to a "Content not found" page. I'm thinking somebody should look into that, especially if it's going to be up for an XBLA award.

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  • DamianIsabel

    no Banjo Kazooie for nomination?
    list blows without it…
    one of the finest games available on 360,
    and yes, cannot wait for Banjo Tooie!

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  • Ganon255

    Braid, Braid, Braid, Braid, Braid

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  • Android8675309

    award shows should be banned save for Oscars.

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  • Seleste

    Darnit, is it not possible to vote through the website? My 360 is off for repairs. 😦

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  • QualityJeverage

    Voting Braid for all the categories it’s nominated in.

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  • Warrengonline

    Best Family Game, Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader – no signs of it. 😦 Castle Crashers, SSFIIHDR and Galaga Legions nominated. Nice selection.

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  • ImaginedBug

    That’s what I was thinking too Seleste. So Major, how about a page on the site to vote with huh?

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  • Bennyishere

    Bionic Commando Rearmed should win everything. EVERYTHING.

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  • uacostajr52

    Braids gonna clean up, like Slum Dog Millionaire did at the Oscars…

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  • LausDomini

    And the winners are:
    Overall – Braid
    Original – Braid
    Family – A Kingdom for Keflings
    Co-op – N+
    Competitive – Street Fighter
    Solo – Portal
    Innovation – Braid
    Graphics – Braid
    Remake – Bionic Commando

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  • Arsenic13

    So Major, you should see about getting that Silent Hill remake for the Arcade. It would make me happy 😀

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  • Arsenic13

    Also. Why are gays being banned for just stating they are gay in their profile? What is this crap? The rules need to be changed. How is it not biased listening to reports on an account because of the homophobes that reported it? If we pay for a service, why cant we have equal rights. The internet is buzzing about this issue, this is like the several case.
    The lesbian women who got banned just stated she was lesbian. How is sexuality offensive?

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  • CaptainBob23

    Castle Crashers > your face

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  • bennybenbenj

    Is there a list anywhere to show what games came out in 2008, week by week? Seems like Braid is nominated for basically eveything, which is fine, it was ace, but I’d be interested to see what else came out that was eligible at least. It’s going to win basically everything it’s up for, right?

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  • bennybenbenj

    Also am I right in thinking the 5 in the ‘Best Game’ category were the five released in the ‘Summer of Arcade’ promotion?

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  • Sim31

    @Arsenic13

    I think the reason they are making a big deal is the Xbox 360 Platform and Live Service is demographically ranged between the young youth kids and into the mature adults. I believe they dont want the kids to read that stuff on peoples profiles and/or see it in the gamertag but even though which I dont understand is they can still hear it through voice chat, because the gamers can be cussing and everything else to where a kid might be listening.

    I think there probably could be a revision done to the services and agreement to where it can be allowed but if the XBL account is marked as a minor, they cannot see it or even find the gamertag as to where if the XBL account is over the 18 age mark, it doesnt matter if the person sees it or not.

    Thats my look on it.

    Anyways, Im ready to vote on my 360 for the best XBLA Games! Bring it on!

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  • RJ Horsey

    How in the world is Banjo-Kazooie not up for anything? It’s obviously the best and fullest XBLA for download now. It should be at least up for ‘Best Classic/Best Remake’.

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  • ManicBomber

    I love Banjo-Kazooie, but it’s hard to figure out how to give it an award. It’s not original content, while there is some things added, and it’s not a remake it’s almost a direct port. That’s why I’m glad I don’t have to figure out what games get nominated 😀

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  • metallicorphan

    Braid i think…other games will make an appearance when i vote(mainly where Braid isnt a contender)

    i would even give best graphics to braid,sure SSF2TRHD was cool,but Braid graphics were..am i still considered cool if i say ‘Beautiful’?…i liked all the backgrounds etc

    best classic/remake i reckon goes to SSF2TRHD

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  • MACPH1ST0

    I want Banjo Kazooie as a write-in for Best Family Game. What a travesty that such a great game isn’t already in that list of nominees!

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