2013 Canadian Video Game Awards This Saturday

The 4th Annual Canadian Videogame Awards will be taking place on Saturday in Vancouver, British Columbia, presented as part of Vancouver Fan Expo. The CVAs were created to honour and celebrate the “best and brightest” in Canadian videogame and feature games from big mainstream titles to smaller indie projects.

If you haven’t heard of the awards don’t worry, you’re not alone. While the annual VGAs which air on Spike every year are fairly well known (if mostly panned by video game fans) the Canadian awards aren’t as well known for one main reason – they aren’t televised. To get a taste of what you can expect from the show you can watch last year’s awards ceremony here.

The awards will be presented live at the Vancouver Convention Centre during Fan Expo Vanouver and will be hosted by Elias Toufexis. Toufexis has had dozens of roles in popular games such as the Assassin’s Creed series, the Splinter Cell Series and, most notably, as the lead character of Adam Jensen in Deus Ex: Human Revolution.

From watching last year’s presentation it seems the reason that the show isn’t televised could stem from the uninterested audience. The show seems to be done in banquet form, similar to the way you see the see in Hollywood with the celebrities eating dinner directly before the show. Hopefully with fans being able to purchase tickets to show at Fan Expo the energy at the 2013 Awards is much higher.

As with many awards there is a fan’s choice award in the Future Shop Game of the Year, though voting closed on Friday. In order to be eligible to be nominated games have to be produced in Canada. So big name series and games that may be well known can’t be nominated if they are produced in Japan, Europe or anywhere else. That’s the point of this being a Canadian video game awards show.

Take a full list of the nominations below:

2013 Finalists

Game of the Year
Assassin’s Creed III
Far Cry 3
Mark of the Ninja
Mass Effect 3
Papo & Yo

Future Shop Fans’ Choice Award
Assassin’s Creed III
Batman Arkham City Armored Edition
Far Cry 3
Mark of the Ninja
Mass Effect 3
Papo & Yo
Prototype 2
Sleeping Dogs
Sound Shapes
Waveform

Best Console Game
Assassin’s Creed III
Far Cry 3
FIFA Soccer 13
Mass Effect 3
Sleeping Dogs

Best Downloadable Game
Incredipede
Mark of the Ninja
MechWarrior Online
Shank 2
Waveform

Best Game on the Go
Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition
My Singing Monsters
Shellrazer
Sound Shapes
The Bard’s Tale

Best Social / Casual Game
i saw her standing there
Jurassic Park Builder
Marvel Avengers: Battle for Earth
Rubber Tacos
The Secret World

Best Animation
Far Cry 3
Mark of the Ninja
Prototype 2
Shank 2
Sleeping Dogs

Best Audio
Assassin’s Creed III
Incredipede
Mark of the Ninja
My Singing Monsters
Sound Shapes

Best Game Design
Assassin’s Creed III
Far Cry 3
Mark of the Ninja
Mass Effect 3
Sound Shapes

Best Game Innovation
Far Cry 3
Mark of the Ninja
Papo & Yo
Sound Shapes
Waveform

Best Indie Game
Mark of the Ninja
Papo & Yo
Shank 2
Sound Shapes
Waveform

Best New Character
Far Cry 3 – Vaas
Nun Attack – The Nun Squad!
Papo & Yo – Quico
Prototype 2 – James Heller
Sleeping Dogs – Wei Shen

Best Original Music
Assassin’s Creed III – Main Theme Song
Mass Effect 3 – Leaving Earth
Papo & Yo – Liberation
Sleeping Dogs – Sleeping Dogs Score
Sounds Shapes – Cities

Best Technology
Assassin’s Creed III
Mark of the Ninja
MechWarrior Online
Prototype 2
SSX

Best Visual Arts
Assassin’s Creed III
Far Cry 3
Incredipede
Mark of the Ninja
Mass Effect 3

Best Writing
Assassin’s Creed III
Far Cry 3
Mark of the Ninja
Mass Effect 3
Sleeping Dogs

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